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The Hero of “Isn’t there anything more?”

  • “Isn’t there anything more?” reflects the perspective of a person, who makes serious efforts to serve humanity, who does not give up in the face of troubles, who pushes the limits, and who shows constancy, resolution, and endeavor to be righteous and truthful. A person who dedicates himself or herself for this cause is the hero of “Isn’t there anything more?” Such heroes use all kinds of blessings and abilities bestowed on them to build “the islands of peace” in the world for all humanity. They never consider themselves sufficient in this journey, and always strive to attain the knowledge of God even better.
  • “The true believer, along with believing of overcoming all kinds of difficulties and problems with the Mercy and Compassion of God, will accept from the very beginning that in respect of natural disposition he is in need of society and his personality will be manifested only by support of the people around him. And under no circumstances will he ever consider himself self-sufficient. He will never rush forward when any duty or position is offered. First, he will look around to see whether more qualified people are present, and in case he sees any he will step aside and give that person a chance. He never believes that he gives his dues to the position he is in, and always looks for ways to be more efficient. His current knowledge will not be enough for him, he considers learning as his lifelong duty and always tries to reach new horizons of ingenuity. He never considers himself sufficient in regard to getting closer to the Almighty; he will not concede his current spiritual rank adequate and will continuously make an effort to be much closer to the Divine convent. Yes, a believer is a person who does not consider himself to be self-sufficient and is always in search of finding ways for making the best out of his every deed by saying, ‘Isn’t there anything more?’1)
  • “In order to implement what we know in practical life, first of all, knowledge must be saved from being rough and simple information; it needs to be transformed into ‘ilm,’ in the sense of knowing a matter with its true nature and grasping that matter through consciousness and systematic thinking.
  • In the Qur’an, God Almighty gives the command to His Noble Messenger (which can be interpreted as follows):
  • “… say, ‘My Lord, increase me in knowledge.’” (Taha, 20/114).
  • Each and every one of us as the follower of the Prophet is then supposed be a fervent seeker of knowledge always trying to grow deeper in knowledge. For example, it is a religious obligation to recite the Qur’an. However, even if we commit the entire Qur’an into memory, if we do not make efforts to understand and delve deeper into it, we will fail to benefit from the treasures of the Qur’an, the eternal source of light.”2)
  • “… being sincere and loyal are in direct proportion with one’s degree of faith. The sounder one’s faith is, the more that person will succeed in acquiring sincerity. Believers should never stop striving to attain sounder faith; they should always ask for more, trying to gain insight into knowledge of the creative commands and the Religion, in an effort to make continuous progress at faith and knowing God. They should make a ceaseless effort in this regard, climbing degrees of certainty in faith, and ascending from one level to the next.”3)
  • “… as that reflective traveler reads each page of the earth, their belief, which is the key to true happiness, begins to gain strength; their knowledge of God, the key to spiritual progress, increases, and the truth of belief in God, the source and foundation of all perfection, develops in them one degree more, bestowing upon them many spiritual pleasures and further arousing their curiosity and eagerness. Having listened to the perfect and convincing lessons taught to them by the heavens, the atmosphere, and the earth, the traveler asks: ‘Is there more?’ At which point they hear the loud, rapturous invocations of God made by the seas and the great rivers which flow into them; they listen awhile to these mournful and pleasant sounds. Both verbally and with mute eloquence they are saying: ‘Look at us and read us too!’”4)

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M. Fethullah Gülen, Diriliş Çağrısı (Kırık Testi-6) , İstanbul: Nil Yayınları, 2011, p. 221.
M. Fethullah Gülen, Mefkûre Yolculuğu (Kırık Testi-13), İstanbul: Nil Yayınları, 2014, pp. 126–127.
Ibid., p. 34.
Bediüzzaman Said Nursi, The Rays, New Jersey: Tughra Books, 2010, p. 127.
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