The Twentieth Letter
In His Name, be He glorified!
And there is nothing but it glorifies Him with praise.(17:44)
In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
There is no god but God, He is One, He has no partner; His is the dominion, and His is the praise; He alone grants life, and deals death, and He is living and dies not; all good is in His hand, He is powerful over all things, and with Him all things have their end.1
[This sentence expressing divine unity, which is recited following the morning and evening prayers, possesses numerous merits2 and according to an authentic narration bears the degree of the Greatest Name.3 It consists of eleven phrases each of which conveys both some good tidings, and a degree in the unity of dominicality (tevhid-i rubûbiyet), and an aspect of the grandeur and perfection of divine unity from the point of view of a Greatest Name. Referring a full explanation of these vast, elevated truths to other parts of the Risale-i Nur, in fulfilment of a promise we shall for now write a brief, index-like summary of them in two “Stations” and an “Introduction.”]
Bukhari, Adhan, 155; Tahajjud 21; Muslim, Dhikr, 28, 30, 74, 75, 76; Tirmidhi, Mawaqit, 108; Hajj, 104; Nasa’i, Sahw, 83-6; Ibn Maja, Du^a, 10, 14, 16; Abu Da’ud, Manasik, 56; Darimi, Salat, 88, 90; Muwatta’, Hajj, 127, 243; Qur’an, 20, 22; Musnad, i, 47; ii, 5; iii, 320; iv, 4; v, 191.
See, Musnad, iv, 60; al-Haythami, Majma’ al-Zawa’id, x, 107.
See, Ibn Maja, Du’a, 9.