Saturday, September 22, 2018

My PhD Research Journey



In Istanbul with my co-analyst, Dr Hakan Gulerce, 
LIFE IS A SCHOOL and LOVE IS ENERGY are the two most powerful conceptual metaphors that I found in my PhD research journey which brought me to the heart of Damascus Sermon.  It is a beautiful journey where Bediuzzaman binds our hearts through a powerful verse from the Quran “Do not despair of God’s mercy” (Q39:53). This verse teaches us to put our ultimate hope and focus on Allah as His mercy is infinite.I am truly grateful to Allah as I found the Risale i Nur while working on my PhD research work. Risale i Nur is a lighthouse that brought me back to the Quran and Sunnah. Bediuzzaman asserts we are the students of the Quran and he expresses “The Quran is the SUN that never sets; it is a special mercy; it is a true guide; it is a healer; it is a source of nourishment and it is strength.