One of the most depressive periods of humanity is expressed by many
thinkers. Social facts that rapidly change with technology had society’s political,
economic and social structures gain new appearances, starting from human and everyday
life. This raid change no doubt added many values to human life, but today what
is discussed today is those things that this change took from the human.
Although dominant ideologies of 19th century, which reflected on 20th century
as well, and social and authoritarian views that affect the life from all dimensions
began losing their effect upon the beginning of 21st century, their effects are
still visible. Millions of people lost their lives due to two world wars in the
past century, but humankind under the effects of “ism”s got away from the intention
of existence, and confronted with the danger of losing eternal life. In this century
while human’s questionings concerning its existence form the humankind’s biggest
inner conflicts, searches to ensure inner peace and make human existence meaningful
became prominent. Association of the latest economic crisis with human’s ambition
and greed, and evaluations concerning economic crisis from human essence are results
of these searches. When it is considered that today humankind struggles against
many problems and humankind leans to new searches, it can easily be seen how meaningful
Bediüzzaman’s solutions for today are.
Bediüzzaman reminds human, who is disturbed with positivism’s excessive materialism,
the purpose of creation, makes human meet with God’s infinite mercy, compassion
and grace, keeps creator-creature relation alive and gives ideas to make these visible
in every facets of life. Against some diseases as self-seekingness, repressing the
weak, violation of law that became common spread due to disbelief and that became
the world’s problem today, Bediüzzaman suggests believing people and offers a roadmap,
rather than a Jacobinist approach. Based on the principles of right, law, justice,
virtue, brotherhood and solidarity that ensure societies’ happiness against a civilization
that is based on interest, dissolute, conflict and racism which lead to personal
and social ethical degeneration causing people’s and society’s disruption, Koran
explains principles of civilization.
Based on these, we think that problems that humankind struggles with in many
areas can be solved with the light of Bediüzzaman’s ideas. In this context, 5th
National Risale-i Nur Congress on “Solution Seeking for Today’s Problems and Said
Nursi Model” held in Istanbul between March 20-21 2010 is important, and can offer
solutions to human’s current problems. By considering these, we allocated this issue
to some of the papers from this congress. This effort, aiming at thinking and searching
Bediüzzaman Said Nursi’s views and his solutions for problems smashing humankind
once again, will also help us to understand the situation of the society with the
civilization understanding and lifestyle offered by Koran.
We present you this journal with the hope that these problems all through world
and that caused crises in our country will lead to truths causing human’s happiness
and lead to a world based on grace, ethics and justice, as promised by Bediüzzaman.
In our next issue we hope to present you papers and final declaration from 5th National
Risale-i Nur Congress’ workshop titled “Politics, Democracy, Human Rights, Kurdish
Issue and World Peace”.