The Twenty-Sixth Flash
Treatise For The Elderly
[This Flash consists of twenty-six hopes, lights, and solaces.1]
REMINDER: The reason I have described my sorrows and afflictions at the beginning of each Hope in a truly grievous way that will sadden you is in order to show the extraordinary efficaciousness of the remedies proceeding from the All-Wise Qur’an. This Flash, concerning the elderly, has been unable to preserve its beauty of expression in three or four respects:
The First: It is about my life the events of which I revisited in my imagination; it was written in the state of mind of those times. It was not possible, therefore, to preserve an orderly arrangement in the way it is set out.
The Second: It was written at a time I felt extreme fatigue, after the morning prayers, and I was also compelled to write it at speed; its manner of expression therefore became confused.
The Third: There was not always someone with me to write, and the scribe who generally accompanied me had four or five other duties connected with the Risale-i Nur. We therefore could not find sufficient time to correct it and it remained in a disordered state.
The Fourth: We were both tired after its composition, and not thinking carefully of the meaning, made do with correcting it only superficially; so there are bound to be faults in the manner of expression. I request the generous elderly to look tolerantly on such errors and to include us in their prayers when they raise their hands to the divine court, since divine mercy does not reject the prayers of the blessed elderly.
It is written in a handwritten copy of this Flash corrected by the respected author: “The remaining Hopes, from the Fourteenth to the Twenty-Sixth, have not been written due to the well-known calamity (Eskişehir Prison); the time of writing them having passed now, it has remained without them.” (The Fourteenth to the Sixteenth were composed subsequently. Tr.)