Channel: Abdul Nasir Jangda
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The most central verse in the whole Quran
definitely one of the most powerful verses in the whole Quran. And even one of the most well known verses in the entirety of the Quran, I've been kind of holding off talking about this particular aisle because
I just knew that we would need a little bit of time to be able to really delve into this idea. And also just wanted to be properly mentally kind of prepared to dive into this idea. But today we're going to be talking about suitor number 24 suited to nude
I in number 35, which is known very aptly as I A to noodle. This is the verse about noon, light in illumination in the Quran.
In this particular ayah, Allah subhanaw taala starts off by very powerfully, very succinctly, very comprehensively, but at the same time very briefly concisely stating, Allah Who knew to summarize what you will earn
that Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.
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that Allah subhanaw taala. When he says that God Himself Allah is the Light of the heavens in the earth, it means Allah is the Creator of the heavens and the earth. Allah is the sustainer of the heavens and the earth. Allah is the provider for the heavens and the earth. Allah is the One who oversees who manages who governs who rules, and controls everything in the heavens and the earth. And one particular layer that Allah is the one who guides all the inhabitants of the heavens and the earth.
Now, that in and of itself is a statement by itself.
Now, Allah subhanaw taala
talks about something that is, to some degree, some extent separate from what has been said, but obviously it complements it he says methylene blue reheat the example of his light and some actually I'm delivering our bus obey you have no God.
And many of the companions of the prophets Allah He somebody actually explained that it's not talking about Allah, it saying that the example of its light. Now what is the it referring to? The it is referring to that when a believer Ri has this realization, when a human being believes,
realizes faith in their heart? Martha Lou noodle Imani if he called will movement, that when a believer now has faith, what is the example of having faith? What is that like? So Allah gives maybe the most beautiful and powerful example parable in the entire Quran. That the example of having faith in your heart
what is the example of that commission carton,
it is like there being a niche in the wall.
And the niche in the wall basically refers to just like how these windows are kind of cut into the wall. But imagine there wasn't glass on the outside of it. It was just a carving inside of the wall, there was kind of a place carved out inside of the wall.
So that's the example of the chest of the believer that it is this container. Now what goes in that container, fee how misbegotten
that there is a light there is a flame there is a lantern.
For our purposes, there is a lamp sitting inside of that circular cutout in the wall, that lamp that lantern in the chest of the believer, that is the faith, the Iman and even specifically they talk about that is the Quran.
That is your belief in Allah. That that is this chest is fit to contain something to hold something.
But what is put inside of it. So now the example is you put faith inside of that chest and Miss Bahu fees are judged.
But what happens now if you just
Put a flame inside of this opening in the wall. And that's just sitting there, what's going to happen is that the wind is going to extinguish that flame. It's not going to last very long. So what do you need, you need some glass in front of it,
to contain that flame, and to protect it from being extinguished. So what is that glass that protects the faith in the life of this person that is now the heart that is describing the heart of the believer.
So the heart is that glass. But here's the problem. If the glass is dirty, that covering that glass covering if it is filthy, if it is dirty, if it is stained, then the light is not going to penetrate through that very, very well.
You're not going to catch a lot of light. So what do we need to do? We need to have a clear glass
that is clean. It's so clean, it's so clear, you can't tell it's there. Right? Like when there's a glass door and it just gets polished. People run into the glass door. You can't even tell it's there. Right? So that kind of clarity. That's what you need. And that's why that's the example of the heart. Now if you have a dirty filthy heart, right, like what is the example the Quran gives a dirty filthy art it's like the heart of a hypocrite.
Where Allah subhanaw taala tells us in the Quran, you have your own Allah ha ha ha their own. They're constantly deluding themselves to think they can trick Allah. They can deceive Allah, they can lie to Allah, the prophets, Allah the psalm says he there was a clever, he whenever the hypocrite makes a promise, he breaks his promise. Whether the husafell Chara, when he gets into a debate, he crosses the line, we that to me, not gonna win you trust, when you try to trust that person. He betrayed your trust. But as opposed to that, the believer is different than that. Right? The believer in the reality of the believer is contradictory to that. And you can just interpret
that in terms of
all those behaviors being the opposite, right, that is described by obey, you know, gabra the Allahu Taala and who, where he says in southern Impala sadaqa when he speaks, he's truthful. We're in hakama Adela, when they give a judgment or ruling they are fair and honest and just way the Julius sabara. When that person is tested, they are patient we're in or our three year Shikara. When they are given something, then they are very grateful. And now the example of this person is for what he saw it in se garaje lil Hayy Yong chi vehicle beryllium what that person is like a living person walking amongst the dead. We've seen that example previously in the Quran, that a person who has
light is alive is living and a person that is devoid of that light, that person is spiritually dead.
So UNMISS biographies who Jaja as you judge or dukkha and Maha coca when duty, the class is clear and shiny.
And then Allah says, You kudu, Min Chandra, Timo Baraka tins, a tuna, la Sharqiya wallaga via
now, you need fuel, every fire, every flame needs some kind of fuel, whether that's some wood, or that is some kind of oil or kerosene or whatever it is, you're going to need something that keeps that fire going, you have to fuel the fire, literally. So what is the fuel for this fire, you got faith, you've captured faith, right? We call it a lightning in a bottle. But that's why we call it that because that doesn't last for very long. And you put it there in your chest and your heart that is covering it is clear. And so that light is radiating through. But what if it just extinguishes shortly thereafter? That's no good. We need something to fuel it. So what fuels this fire so Allah
subhanaw taala gives the analogy that a good lamp a good lantern is fueled by a very pure oil and the purest kind of oil that people used to want to burn their lamps with was olive oil, pure olive oil, la Sharqiya Willa HERBIE, this has many interpretations. It means north, east nor West. And what that basically means is it's universal.
It's universally appreciated, universally recognized, is neither here nor there. It's very balanced. And it's something that everyone appreciates. So what is the fuel that keeps faith alive in the heart of the believer?
And that is the Quran. That is the remembrance of Allah and what
is the quality of the remembrance of Allah. What is the quality of the Quran, it is pure. It is the name of Allah Subhan Allah Alhamdulillah La Ilaha illa Allah Allahu Akbar. It's undiluted. It's an, you know, it's pure, it's unadulterated and diluted.
It's not polluted,
and it's universal. Everyone has access to the Name of Allah, everyone has access to the Quran.
Right? And as evidence just a quick we understand this, but just to make the point, right. Some of the greatest scholars and interpreters of the Quran
didn't come from any one particular kind of background.
They weren't from Quraysh. They weren't from Makkah. They weren't from ages. They weren't even Arab in their ethnicity.
But this Quran is for everyone. And everyone benefits from it, and everyone contributes to the knowledge and the understanding of the Quran. So it's universal, but we have to keep that, that fire lit. We have to keep that eemaan Going by fueling it with the Quran in the remembrance of Allah. Yet God do say to how you lead well along comes us who narrow and then it complements that fuel, that fuel has to be so pure and so potent,
that it would catch on fire without even a flame being touched to it. It's that period star potent and that's what the Quran is. The Quran brings the brings the dead it brings life to the dead hearts, that sometimes you don't even need someone to deliver the Quran.
Sometimes the person hearing the Quran doesn't even need to understand what the Quran is people just listen to the recitation of the Quran and accept Islam.
People pick up a translation of the meaning of the Quran which is not, you know, it's not the Quran. It's not exactly the Quran. It's a translation and it has all these flaws and shortcomings, but they read the translation and they are convinced of its truth. That's how potent it is.
And then Allah says new Runa Allah new Rin new rune, Allah Newton, that this is how that light now compounds. What does that mean? mudra and Allah Newton, this person has light, this person has faith. This person has Iman, this person has Islam. And now what happens? It transfers to someone else.
The prophets Allah the sun had that light and they transferred to her deja vu Cobra de la Huang and I live in a beautiful neighborhood the Allahu Turon home and say there's no Hadith in Abu Bakr Siddiq, they don't have fun, but the Allahu Anhu may Allah be pleased with them. And what happened from there, then it transfers from Abu Bakr Radi Allahu Taala and who to others
to activate it.
And then it transfers from Zubaydah olam to Abdullah Abu Zubaydah. And then it transfers from Abdullah bin zubaid to Allah to Blue surveyed. And the list goes on and on and on. And there's this multiplier effect. And that's why in the first three years of the mission of the prophets of Salaam, there are 40 Muslims.
In the next 10 years, there's a couple of 100 Muslims, two to 300 Muslims.
In the next 10 years, there's over 100,000 more Muslims.
And within a generation, you had millions and millions of Muslims, to where we are here today, halfway across the world.
And we are talking about the book of Allah in the house of Allah during the last 10 nights of the month of Ramadan.
It's just that multiplier effect neurona Allah New Light upon light, that compounding light
to where this entire OMA is just glowing. With Iman. Radiant with faith.
powerful in its presence. Yeah, they luckily knew that he made and sha
Allah guides to His light. whomsoever He wills.
Allah guides whomsoever he was,
that beloved or the Allahu Anhu.
Who didn't know his own father was born into slavery. could not read or write.
lived a life of hardship and servitude
comes to faith and becomes the mother of the prophets Allah DISA
Salman al Pharisee, who grew up literally worshipping a fire. That's the irony of it.
And then travels all across the ancient world,
across Mesopotamia and Babylon, the ancient world
And then arrives where in Al Madina, Munawwara and finds the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and accepts Islam. So much so that the prophets Allah Islam says as in the hadith of Buhari, Locanda Dino betrayal, and Allahu Allahu Harada that even if the truth was found on another planet,
this guy would find a way to get there. He would go there to find it.
That the man who tried
multiple times to assassinate the Prophet saw
the man who put his actual hands around the throat of the messenger salatu salam, Abu Jahan,
his son becomes Musa,
the man who led an army against the Prophet sallahu, Salah Abu Sufyan becomes lucem Yeah, Delabole Ludi evening, yes, Sha. Allah guides to His light whomsoever He was way up to the Beloved and fell in us. This is how Allah gives these beautiful, powerful examples to the people. Well, luck will be cliche and Eileen, and Allah indeed is Knowing of everything. So this is Isaiah to note. This is the verse about light and illumination in the Quran, in which Allah subhanaw taala tells us, Allah is the illumination of the heavens and the earth, but the gift of the human being, why the angels, you know, what they saw what they recognize within the human beings will make all the creation
understand the supremacy of the human being, what made shaytaan jealous of the human being,
is that the human being has the ability to capture a bit of that light inside of his or her heart, and then become a representative and a beacon of that light and be guided by that light and carry that light to others. May Allah subhanaw taala grant us all the light of iman, may Allah subhanaw taala continue to fuel our iman through the Quran. May Allah subhanaw taala keep us connected to the book of Allah. May Allah subhanaw taala make his proper good representatives of this light and this faith and may Allah subhanaw taala make us the means of the guidance of all of humanity. I mean, your blood Amin Subhan Allah who will be handy he Subhana Colombia Hambrick Nashua La ilaha illa
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