because of the severity of the need and others not being in the forefront. For a long time I have looked on in astonishment and wonder, but only now understood the wisdom in this public regard, of which I am in no way worthy — despite my fearsome faults. The wisdom in it is this:
Here at this time, the Risale-i Nur and the collective personality of its students have directed that severe need to themselves. They have supposed my person to be a representative of the Risale-i Nur’s wondrous reality and its sincere and pure personality —despite my share of its work and service being only a thousandth— and they have given me the attention. But this is both harmful for me, and a burden. It is also not my right. But I have remained silent and have accepted the harm for the sake of the Risale-i Nur and its collective personality. Also, because of my service to it, they have considered my unimportant person to be included in the predictions about the Risale-i Nur, which is a mirror reflecting the All-Wise Qur’an’s miraculousness at this time, and the collective personality of its sincere students, made through Divine inspiration by some of the saints such as Imam ‘Ali (May God be pleased with him) and Gawth al-A‘zam (May his mystery be sanctified). It seems I was mistaken, for in some places I attributed some of their kind attention to my person, and did not direct it towards the Risale-i Nur. The reason for this was my weakness; I apparently accepted part of it for myself to prevent the things that might scare away those who help me multiplying and to increase their confidence in what I said. I warn you! There is no need to defame my transitory person, which is at the door of the grave; there is no necessity to give it so much importance. In any event you cannot combat the Risale-i Nur, so do not combat it! You cannot defeat it. You will cause great harm to this nation and country by combating it. Anyway you cannot scatter its students. For the defender of the Qur’an at this time and its heroic actions —which in the view of the Islamic world are like those of former times— will not allow the sons of this land’s forefathers, who gave forty to fifty million martyrs on the way of defending the Qur’an, to abandon it. Even if they apparently withdraw, those sincere students are still bound to it with all their lives and spirits. They will not abandon the Risale-i Nur, which is a mirror of that reality, thereby harming this nation, country, and public security.
My last word is:
But if they turn away, say: “God suffices me, there is no god but He; in Him do I place my trust — He the Sustainer of the Throne [of Glory] Supreme!”1