Bediuzzaman Said Nūrsi and the Nature of Human Creation in his Major Works: Considering a New Breakthrough in Islamic Philosophy


Nur Hadi Ihsan
Ridani Faulika Permana
Abdullah Muslich Rizal Maulana


This paper aimed to analyse Bediuzzaman Said Nūrsi’s ideas regarding the nature of human creation in his major works. In order to achieve such goal, this paper utilized a ‘conceptual analysis’ method to reveal Nūrsi’s elaboration on the concept. The research found that humans, according to Nūrsi, arise from the mother's womb with God's fondness -Rahīm- governed with the eternal pact in the metaphysical realm to be ‘abid in the physical world, who are expected to fulfil their responsibility as God's servant by worshipping Him and Him alone in the form of honest submission. Furthermore, worship is only possible via the perfect actualization of intellect, and recognizing the essence of worship is the Amānah to be the vicegerent of God -Khalīfatullāh- as humans will discover a comprehensive understanding of God -Ma'rifātullah- through their worldly journey. This work finally ended with a reflection pertaining to the possibility of the philosophical thoughts of Nūrsi as a breakthrough in advancing Islamic philosophy in the present age.

Keywords: Bediuzzaman Said Nūrsi, Human Creation, Islamic Philosophy, Khalīfatullah, Risale-i Nūr


Author Biographies

Nur Hadi Ihsan, Aqeedah and Islamic Philosophy, University of Darussalam Gontor, Indonesia

Lecturer of Postgraduate Program of Aqeedah and Islamic Philosophy

Ridani Faulika Permana, University of Darussalam Gontor

Lecturer of Department of Tafseer and Qur'anic Science, Faculty of Ushuluddin

Abdullah Muslich Rizal Maulana, University of Darussalam Gontor

Lecturer of Department of Comparative Study of Religions, Faculty of Ushuluddin

How to Cite
Ihsan, Nur Hadi, Ridani Faulika Permana, and Abdullah Muslich Rizal Maulana. 2022. “Bediuzzaman Said Nūrsi and the Nature of Human Creation in His Major Works: Considering a New Breakthrough in Islamic Philosophy”. Journal of Islamic Thought and Civilization 12 (1), 114-37.


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