ning atheists struggling against Islam and the truths of the Qur’an on account of apostasy. Calling absolute despotism “the Republic” in order to attack us, and making the regime a screen to absolute apostasy, and calling absolute dissipation “civilization,” and calling arbitrary compulsion on account of disbelief “the law,” they have both ruined us, and deceived the Government, and preoccupied the judiciary with us for no reason. Referring them to the wrath of the All-Compelling and Glorious One, we take refuge in the citadel of For us God suffices, and He is the Best Disposer of Affairs so as to defend ourselves against their evil.
The Eighth: Last year the Russians sent numerous people to make the Hajj as propaganda in order to show that they are more respectful towards the Qur’an than other nations and, because of religion, to try to turn the Islamic world against the religious people of this country. But the main collections of the Risale-i Nur were being spread at that time in both Mecca, and Medina, and Damascus, and Egypt, and Aleppo, attracting the appreciation of the religious scholars, which both negated the communist propaganda, and showed to the Islamic world that like formerly the Turkish nation and its brothers are supporting religion and the Qur’an and are the elder brothers of the other peoples of Islam and their heroic commander in the service of the Qur’an. Those collections from the Risale-i Nur demonstrated this in those sacred centres. Will it not the bring the earth to anger if this valuable national service of the Risale-i Nur is responded to with torments in this way?
The Ninth is a brief summary of a matter that was proved and elucidated in my defence in Denizli.
If through his genius and intelligence a great military commander arrogates to himself all the positive virtues of the army and ascribes to the army his own negative evils, the courageous actions and virtues of the soldiers, which equal them in number, will be reduced to one, while the commander’s evils will be equal in number to the soldiers, which is an awesome wrong and contrary to the truth. This being so, I said to the public prosecutor in our previous trials, who was attacking me because of the slap a Hadith I expounded forty years earlier dealt that person: “It’s true I’m offending him due to predictions made by Hadiths, but I’m also defending the army’s honour and preserving him from serious error. As for you, for the sake of one single friend of yours, you are affronting the honour of the army, which is the Qur’an’s standard-bearer and an heroic commander of the Islamic world.” God willing, the prosecutor saw the matter more fairly and was saved from his error.
The Tenth: It is because in the administration of justice the essence of