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In this lecture, Sh. Abdul Wahab Saleem discusses the life of one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Bediuzzaman Said Nursi was a revivalist who dedicated his life to reviving faith within the Republic of Turkey after the fall of the Ottoman caliphate. He also details many of the harsh measures that the secularists had taken against Islam and Muslims after the abolishment of the caliphate.

Bediuzzaman Said Nursi was a man of great influence on the ummah during one of the most critical phases that the ummah went through in the previous century. That critical phase included the fall of the Muslim caliphate and the formation of the nation-states.

During this phase, each Muslim country struggled to find its own identity. The Republic of Turkey realized itself into a secular state. Under the harsh rule of Mustafa Kemal, this longstanding epicenter of Islam and Muslims became one of the harshest rivals of anything Islamic, anything Arabic, and anything Ottoman.

In this lecture, I discussed the life of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi and his role in the renewal of faith within his people. I also chronologically detailed all the measures that the secularists had taken after the fall of the caliphate to suppress Islam, destroy its presence in Turkey, and prevent any attempts to a renewal of faith. This was truly one of the darkest phases in recent history.

I ask Allah to raise the status of Said Nursi, accept his great sacrifices for Islam and Muslims, and grant us the ability to develop faith-based communities who spread the light of Allah in all corners of the world.

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