chapter  5
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The Nature and Definition of Sharr According to the Risale-i Nur

The current chapter will illustrate how Nursi approaches the problem from different angles, thereby using well known theories, but nevertheless combining these theories with aspects that are original to the Risale. Nursi partially shares the theory of privatio boni, and employs the theory of ‘the best of all possible worlds,’ ‘world of duality’ and ‘principle of plenitude’ in his own way. He furthermore discusses the necessity of minor ashrār as a test, in relation to the creation of Paradise and Hell, in terms of calamities and inflicts as well as natural disasters. Additionally, he explains why Satan has been created. Establishing a relation between sharr and worship, he creates a new theological concept that he calls ‘negative worship.’