This epistle was of tremendous importance in the eyes of its author. Many of the greatest geniuses of Islamic thought, the likes of Ibn Sīnā, were unable to provide a real demonstration of the reality of the corporeal Resurrection and Hereafter with purely logical arguments; yet Imām Nursī was able to expound this extremely challenging pillar of faith with such ease and clarity that even ordinary laymen and children can easily understand it.
The Resurrection Epistle is one of the great testaments to the genius of Imam Sa’id Nursi. One of the earliest parts of the Risale i Nur, it is a unique and highly original contribution to eschatology, which seeks to demonstrate – to the widest possible audience – the existence of life after death, by means of a dazzling exposition of the entailments of the Divine Names and Attributes, as well as of the outwardly transient, yet all-embracing nature of man. Widely-read, much loved and theologically influential, it is one of the 20th century landmarks of both Turkish/Ottoman and Islamic literature.
The Resurrection Epistle treats the following three main subjects:
- Proving the existence of the Necessary Being
- Proving His Names and Attributes
- Proving the Resurrection via adducing proofs on the basis of the former two realities.