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A WAY TO BE SAVED FROM BOTH WORLDLY TORMENT AND THE TORMENT OF THE HEREAFTER

My friends in prison and brothers in religion,

It has occurred to me to explain to you a truth through which you may be saved both from worldly torment and the torment of the Hereafter. It is as follows:

For example, a person killed someone’s brother or other of his relatives. A murder resulting from a minute’s satisfaction of revenge causes millions of minutes of distress and the troubles of imprisonment. In addition, the fear of retaliation by the murdered man’s relatives, the anxiety of always being pursued by an enemy drive away all pleasure and enjoyment in life. The person thus suffers both fear and vexation. There is only one solution for this, and that is reconciliation, which the Qur’an commands, and right, truth, humanity, and Islam, and also the advantage to both parties require and encourage.

Indeed, both right and truth and mutual advantage for both parties require reconciliation. For the appointed hour of death is fixed, and it does not change. Since his appointed hour had come, the murdered man would not have lived any longer. The murderer was the means of God’s decree being carried out. Unless they are reconciled, both parties continue to suffer the torments of fear and vindictiveness. It is because of this that Islam commands that a believer should not be angered or bear a grudge against another believer for more than three days. Especially, if the murder was not the result of a vindictive grudge and enmity or the deceiving mischief of someone who incited the discord, the parties must make peace without any delay. Otherwise, that minor disaster becomes a large one, and continues. If they make peace, and the murderer repents and prays continually for the one he killed, then both parties will gain much and become like brothers. In compensation for a brother lost, they will gain several brothers in religion. In submission to Divine Destiny and Decree, they should give up enmity, and especially since they have taken part in the lessons of the Risale-i Nur, both individual and collective peace and brotherhood in the circle of the Risale-i Nur require that they put aside all grudges between them.

In Denizli prison, all the prisoners who had been enemies became brothers through the lessons of the Risale-i Nur, which formed one of the reasons for our acquittal, and caused even the irreligious outlaws to say concerning those prisoners, “What wonders God wills and creates! God bless them!” I have, however, seen here that a hundred men suffer troubles because of one man and do not go out to enjoy the fresh air together. A manly believer of sound conscience will not cause other believers harm because of some insignificant and minor error or advantage. If he makes a mistake and causes harm, he should repent immediately.

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In His Name, be He glorified.

Upon you be peace and God’s mercy and blessing.


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Last Updated on November 14, 2000

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