BRIEF HISTORY OF AHMED IHSAN GENC
He was born in Gaziantep, Turkey in 1930. Although he could not continue his official education life after secondary school due to family reasons, he raised himself with an inexhaustible love of reading and learning. Starting from his early youth he made circles of lessons of faith. Important people such as lecturers, professors, politicians and highly educated people also attended often these circles of him and benefited from his conversations full of wisdom and spirituality. He worked as a sign painter, poet, author, book seller, civil servant and director of Sonmez Publications, as well as writing articles for newspapers and magazines such as İttihat, Yeni İstiklâl, Bugün, Milli Gazete, Zafer and İslami Hareket. Poetry books called “Waves of Light” were published in 1959 and “Glorious Homeland Gaziantep” in 1961. The first book of the Bird's Milk series was published in 1964. The full version of “Bird’s Milk”, which is his masterpiece, consisting of short and concise wise words written for 60 years, was published in 2005. His books published after 2005 are: Prayers and Its Secret Beauties, May Forgiving Allah Forgive Us, Our Trade with Almighty Allah, We, Book of Glorification, Book of Thanksgiving, Worship in Everything, My Thoughts on Risale-i Nur, Love, Messages from My Conscience to My Self, Secrets of Prayer Insistence on Prayer, Bird's Nest, Open Letters.
In the early 1950s, he became aware of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, who was the Great Scholar of the Age, and his Risale-i Nur service, and he devoted his later life to understanding and explaining the Risale-i Nur in the lecture circles he formed as a devoted disciple of the Risale-i Nur, and he tried to live Islam and reflect its beauties with his behaviours as well as his speech. Thanks to Ahmed Ihsan Genc, many young people got acquainted with Risale-i Nur.
In the mid-1960s, he put forward the idea that the religious people should establish a party of their own as a “farz-i kifaye” institution, and he became the mastermind of the National Ordinance Party, which was established in 1970, and broke new ground in Turkish political life. However, as a result of the departure of the party's ruling staff from the direction they had determined, he cut his ties with this movement and continued to Risale-i Nur sessions in the humble lecture circle he formed and write his wisdoms under the name of Bird’s Milk until the end of his life.
Ahmed İhsan Genç, who was a great person of learning, wisdom, ideas, causes and spirituality, passed away in Istanbul on the evening of February 19, 2020. His funeral was buried in Kemarburgaz cemetery. When he passed away, he had 13 children and nearly 100 grandchildren, from his only one marriage. His students in his circle of Risale-i Nur still continue the lessons in the way that they have learned from their masters.