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al-Shaykh Said Nursi


Said Nursi, one of the greatest saints, scholars, and heroes of late Islamic history, was very plausibly the mujaddid, or 'renewer of the faith', of the 14th Islamic century. Born in Nurs, in eastern Anatolia into a Kurdish family, his prolific memory earned him the appellation Badi'uzzaman, or 'wonder of the age', and enabled him to memorise all the basic textbooks of the Ottoman curriculum. 

Bediüzzaman's vast magnum opus Risale-e-Nur, is an encyclopaedic treatment of theological questions relating to the Qur'an, rich in poetic narrative and sometimes startling philosophical perspicacity. It became the single most famous Islamic work of the twentieth century in Turkey.

He died in 1960. 

Rahimahu'llahu Ta'ala 



   Shaykhu'l Islam Mustafa Sabri

Shaykh Mustafa Sabri, the last Shaykh al-Islam of the Ottoman Caliphate, was one of the greatest geniuses of 20th-century philosophical theology, although his expertise encompassed all of the traditional sciences of Islamic civilisation. Born in 1869 in Tokat, present-day Turkey, he studied at Kayseri and Istanbul, his quick mind and piercing insight quickly gaining him the respect and then reverence of his peers, and he quickly rose through the ranks of the caliphatal 'ulema, until he was appointed Shaykhu'l Islam, the highest religious position in the Caliphate. He soon found himself delivering lessons at court directly to the Sultan Abdal Hamid II, as it was the ancient practice of the Ottoman caliphs to take instruction from the greatest scholars of their lands. 

 Shaykh Mustafa Sabri mastered the Logic and Philosophy of the late Ottoman State, sciences that constituted, in the formulations of such unique figures as Gelenbevi (d.1791), probably the most refined rational framework in human history. Eventually settling in Egypt after his expulsion from Turkey, Shaykh Mustafa Sabri wrote his monumental 3-volume Mawqif al-'Aql.

In Mawqif al-'Aql, Shaykh Mustafa Sabri uses his sensational intellectual capacity and tools to comprehensively critique the very foundation of Western thought, humbling Kant for his naive and presumptuous attack on the validity of metaphysics, demonstrating inconsistencies and absurdities in the theory of evolution, amongst countless other studies. 

He died in Egypt in 1954.  Rahimahu'llahu Ta'ala