I shall mention a point concerning two Hadiths to my brothers who become bored of writing, and prefer other recitations during the Three Months, the months of worship, to writing out the Risale-i Nur, although to do this is worship in five respects.1 The two Hadiths are these:
O my brothers who weary of writing out of laziness! And O my brothers who lean to Sufism! These two Hadiths show that the black light flowing from your blessed, pure pens serving the truths of belief and mysteries of the Shari‘a and practices of the Prophet (UWBP) at a time such as this – even a drop of their water-of-life-like ink – may win for you on the Day of Judgement reward equal to a hundred drops of martyrs’ blood. So try to win it!
We asked for an explanation of the five sorts of worship which our Master indicates in this valuable letter. The explanation we received is below:
i. To strive against the people of misguidance, the most important struggle.
ii. To serve our Master in the form of helping him spread the truth.
iii. To serve Muslims in respect of belief.
iv. To obtain knowledge by means of the pen.
v. To perform worship in the form of reflective thought, one hour of which may sometimes be equal to a year’s worship. Signed: Rüştü, Hüsrev, Re’fet
al-Ghazali, Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din, i, 6; al-Munawi, Fayd al-Qadir, vi, 466; al-‘Ajluni, Kashf al-Khafa’, ii, 561; al-Suyuti, Jami‘ al-Saghir, No: 10026.
Ibn ‘Adiyy, al-Kamil fi’l-Du‘afa’, ii, 739; al-Mundhiri, al-Targhib wa’l-Tarhib, i, 41; Tabarani, al-Majma‘ al-Kabir, 1394; ‘Ali ibn Husamuddin, Muntakhabat Kanz al-‘Ummal, i, 100; al-Haythami, Majma‘ al-Zawa’id, vii, 282.