Ustadz Said Nursi (q.s.) on Ignoring Corrupting Thoughts

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

In Ustadz Said Nursi’s (q.s.) “Treatise on Scrupulosity”, from “The Second Station of the Twenty-First Word,” and translated by Dr. Colin Turner, he said, “When meanings arise in the heart, they enter the imagination stripped of form; it is there that they are clothed in an image or form.  The imagination, always affected by some cause, weaves images of a sort.  It leaves on the way the images of the things to which it gives importance.  Whatever meaning passes through it, it either clothes it, or wears it, or taints it, or veils it.  If the meanings are pure and clean, and the images, dirty and base, there is no clothing, but there is contact.  The man with scruples confuses the contact with being clothed.  He exclaims, ‘Alas!  How corrupted my heart has become.  This lowness has made me despicable!’  Satan takes advantage of this vein of his.

The cure for such a wound is as follows: Listen, O you unfortunate!  Just as outward cleanliness, which is the means to the correct conduct of your prayers, is not affected by the uncleanness of the inside of your inner organs, and is not spoiled by it, so the sacred meanings being close to unclean forms does not harm them.  For example, you are reflecting on some Divine Signs when suddenly you feel ill, or an appetite, or a stimulation like a need to pass water.  Of course, your imagination will see whatever is necessary to cure the ill or answer the need, and will look at it, weave lowly forms appropriate to them, and the meanings that arise will pass between them.  But there is no harm in their passing, nor soiling, nor error, nor injury.  If there is any mistake, it is in paying them attention and imagining the harm.”


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