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Lessons from Surah an-Noor
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pamphlets, when the scholars used to choose and select a single verse of the Quran, to comment upon and to study and to analyze, you will perhaps be amazed to learn that the verse that they would most focus on is not one of the verses that would perhaps come to your mind. There is not one of the verses of Surah Al Fatiha surah to the colosse. There's not even ayatul kursi Even though our Prophet told us on Allahu alayhi wa sallam that ayatul kursi is the greatest verse of the Quran. No.
Rather they would focus on a verse in Surah, two nor the surah, the chapter of light. And that verse is also known as the verse of light Aria to know the 35th verse of surah, two nor verse number 35, in which Allah subhana wa Taala says, Allah who knows somehow it will. Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth. It is this verse, that is probably the most commented upon verse amongst the scholars of Islam for centuries, hundreds of years, because Allah subhanho wa Taala within this verse, He gives a parable. He gives an example. Allah azza wa jal says Allah who knows somehow it will. Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth method who knows he comes keratin v hummus
bar. The example of his light is like the example of a crevice or a niche in which there is a light a candle and Miss Barham, feasel, Georgia, and that candle is encased in glass. As to Georgia took her under her coca boundary. That glass is so gleaming It is so bright, that it is like in and of itself. It is like a shining twinkling star. You are doing shells you're rotting mobile marketing is a tool not in luxury yet in a beer. And that candle it's oil that he takes from the oil and lights that candle. It is also from a blessed and olive tree. There is neither found in the East notice found in the West. Your car do say to her you will be one Olam Thompson's who now that oil in and of
itself is also so pure, so gleaming. That it is about to come to light it is about to set on fire. Even though no fire has touched it. That is how bright it is. No room.
So Allah says it is light upon light. You have the light, the gleaming, pure nature of the oil. You have the light of the candle, you have the gleaming nature of the glass, it is light upon light. You had the law holy naughty Hema Yasha Allah azza wa jal guides to his light whomsoever He chooses, while Buddha Bula Who am Zanelli nurse, and Allah sets forth parables for mankind, Allah who be cliche in alim, and indeed Allah is all knowing or knowledgeable over everything. This verse of the Quran, verse number 35, of surah, to Nora and there is a verse that insha Allah after today's thought, but I want you to go back and study and read, analyze, even if it's just the translation.
This is the verse from over 6000 plus verses that the scholars most focused and most commented upon, because Allah subhanho wa Taala is speaking, in essence about our Eman. He's speaking about the most basic fundamental concept in our religion. And that is our belief in our Eman. Allah subhanho wa Taala says Allah who knows somehow it will ARB. Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth. What is the meaning of this light? There are many varying opinions amongst the scholars of FCM. But three of perhaps the most common and the most acceptable of those opinions is that the first meaning of this nor of this light of Allah subhanho wa Taala is the light of guidance. That is what a large
region is referring to. And throughout the Quran and the Sunnah Allah refers to himself and refers to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he refers to the origin as the light of guidance for the owner and Allah xojo says, For example, and zelner, la kununurra Medina, and we have revealed upon you a bright light meaning the origin and the Prophet Allah azza wa jal described the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and he said in Surah, Allah wahda Aryan in Allah he is he was he Raja Munira and Allah azza wa jal despite his prophet or Salim he said that he is a color to the path of Allah by the permission of Allah, and he is a bright lamp. And Alonzo gentlemen, he describes
entering people into a man or bringing them into Islam. He says, Your Holy Joe whom you know below Matic Eleanor, he takes them from darkness and he enters them into light. What is this light, it is the light of Islam, the light of guidance that Allah subhana wa Taala bestows upon those people that he chooses and selects. It is the greatest blessing that Allah subhanho wa Taala can bestow upon any single person that is the first
interpretation of the light of Allah in this verse. The second interpretation is that it is the physical light that Allah zildjian has placed upon this earth, the sun, the moon, the stars, these are the lights that Allah has physically placed upon the earth it is from the creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala and the third of those tougher said the third of those interpretations is that the nor the lighter is being referred to in this first It is Allah Himself. Because Allah is light. As is mentioned in the hadith of Abdullah bin or bus or the Allahu angama in Al Bukhari and Muslim, the one of the daughters of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would most make during the 19 is
winter prayer is that he would say Allahu Malakal Hammond and turn all summer what he will out of the woman for him, Allah all praises for you, for you what the light of the heavens and the earth and everything within it. That is something that he would often make to our to Allah subhanho wa Taala with in another Hadith, the hadith of Abu Musa lashari in Sahih Muslim, he said, karma phenol Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam become secretly mad in Allah hallelujah Nam William
your field will restore your phone your federal ammo lady a cobbler hammered in the hardware I'm in a hurry cobbler hammered in nail she Jarboe who no local chef at la hora katsu hard to watch he Manta la he basa Roman Holiday, Abu Musa several the Allahu under the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, one day stood before us and he said five things to us. Indeed Allah does not sleep. And there is not befitting that he should sleep. Indeed alarms though with job skills, they rise and they descend meaning that when our actions rise up to Allah subhanho wa Taala. He judges them using his scale of justice. And when a large social distance is provisioned to mankind, he also does so
with his with his skills of wisdom and justice. Number three, that the actions of the night go up to Allah before the actions of the day and the actions of the day you rise to Allah before the actions of the night. Number four, that the veil of Allah subhanho wa Taala is all light. And number five what Allah azza wa jal to remove even a small apparent a small part of that veil from his face than the light and the brilliance of his face. It would destroy everything that he touched from his creation. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is no he is light and from the names of Allah azza wa jal is a North observer of the Allah who answered as is also collected in fine Muslim that I asked the
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, so ultra Rasul Allah He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam held Allah at robuck parlor nor on an IRA. I asked him a messenger of Allah when you went on my journey. You went on the salah and Mirage on a single night, you went from Mecca to Jerusalem, to the seven heavens and back and you went to New spoke to Alonzo vigil directly. Did you see your Lord? Did you see Allah subhanho wa Taala and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam replied, No on an RR. It was just light, how could I possibly see him? Because the light of Allah subhana wa Taala is too strong for any person in this life, to be able to see the face of Allah. But from the greatest, if not the
greatest blessing that Allah will grant to the people of Paradise in the next life is that they will be able to see the face of the Lord and creator subhanho wa Taala. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is more and his guidance his nor and he has pleased physical move for us within his creation within this universe. But then Allah azza wa jal gives the parable of that nor that the example of his light is like a crevice in which there is a glass in which there is a candle and even the oil of the candle is so bright that it is light upon light. What is the meaning of this? Some of the scholars of Tafseer they gave a holistic analysis. They said that it is a parable to describe the man of the
believer, the faith of the believer, that the power of the believer the power of a person's Eman and the brilliance of the man. It is like the example that Allah azza wa jal has placed within this verse. Or this follows such as Ibrahim Rahim Allah they went through each part of the verse and they said that this is what it means. Even obey Him. Rahim Allah. He said that the Mischka the crevasse that Allah azza wa jal is speaking about. It is the chest of the believer. And the glass that Allah azza wa jal describes as being within that crevice, the glass, it is the heart of the believer and the tandel the light that Allah azza wa jal mentions as being encased in that glass, that is the man
that Alonzo which is the faith that a large portion places in the heart of the believer and this is a very
Interesting analysis, a very interesting explanation. If you were to ponder over this explanation of spoilers like Ibrahim rahima, Allahu taala, Allah subhana wa Taala has placed in the heart of every single believer Eman. You have a man in your hearts of varying degrees and levels. Sometimes it rises sometimes it increases and sometimes it decreases. But each and every single one of us have within us this fitrah that Allah has placed. We know when we've done something wrong, because even before anyone else tells us or before we need any evidence of the Quran and the sooner it is often first our heart that tells us that we don't feel that is that is a personal compass that Allah has
placed within you. And when you do something good and you come closer to Allah, you yourself feel that your Eman has increased, that your connection with Allah has been strengthened that you have come closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala so Allah azza wa jal has pleased that within you, yet so delicate and fragile is that light, as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us that from the signs of yarmulke, Yama is that a person wakes up as a believer, but by evening they are a disbeliever. And at evening a person will be a believer, but by the next morning, they will be a disbeliever so fragile is that a light that Allah subhanho wa Taala has encased it within our heart.
Yet that heart Allah azza wa jal describes as being glass, because glass is something see through Allah subhanho wa Taala. When he describes the heart as being glass, it is because glasses see through. And likewise your heart, what is within your heart will always manifest upon your limbs, upon your tongue, in your speech, your character, your actions, you will always come out, because glass is also fragile. As the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Allah in nephele Jessa, the model, either a solar had solar, he'll just do cooler, or either faceted faster, they'll just add the cooler. And
indeed, there is a morsel of flesh within the body. If it is righteous, then the whole body becomes righteous. But if it is evil and corrupt, then the whole body becomes evil and corrupt Indeed, it is the heart. And so Allah zildjian has given us that heart, what is within your heart will always come out. However it comes out and Allah subhanho wa Taala when he judges us for our actions and our deeds, Allah subhanho wa Taala first and foremost looks within our heart to judge our sincerity, our excellence and our piety.
And then olara zildjian has in case that within the chest. so fragile is the man that Allah subhana wa Taala protects it with so many layers. It so many of us take it for granted the Eman that Allah subhana wa Taala has given to us the blessing that Allah azza wa jal has bestowed upon us. The fact that you know the Quran, you know the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the fact that Allah azza wa jal has given you the ability and the knowledge to know the How to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala. And you have the ability to worship Allah to pray too fast, to give us the care and charity and all of those other good deeds, yet how insignificant as it often seem within our eyes. Yet how
great does a large region make it within this parable of the Quran and then Allah azzawajal describes the oil, the oil that shines the oil that shines, and the oil that lights this candle, ignore him rahimullah who said that that oil, there is neither left neither found in the East nor the West. That oil is the oil of the Quran. That is the oil of the Quran. That is the guidance that Allah has sent to us. That is the revelation that Alonzo vigil has given to us the Quran, in and of itself is a light in and of itself is bright, in and of itself is gleaming in and of itself. It is brilliant and superb. The Orion in and of itself is a great guidance. Yet when it merges and when it
is combined with the man of the believer, when it is entered upon your heart and it settles within your heart and the to merge and they combine you have your Eman. You have your natural disposition to worship Allah, you have that compass that Allah has placed within you. And then you add upon that the knowledge of the Quran the guidance of the on on the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. That is when Allah says more on our learner that is light upon light. dilla hooli naughty Hema Yasha It is Allah who guides whomsoever He rose to that light, the Quran, it is one of the greatest blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And it was the miracle that was given to the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that is everlasting until Yeoman Yama and that is why Allah subhanho wa Taala the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam rather said in the hadith of Abram buttonhole, lanie describing the
the hearts of the believers in Nadella he near 10 min.
Earlier to become global reberty historically in or Habu, la he was out there Indeed Allah azza wa jal has vessels from amongst the people of the earth, and the vessels of your Lord, on the hearts of the believers are the hearts of the righteous people. And indeed the most beloved of those hearts to Allah are those that are most gentle and soft. Because when your heart is gentle and soft, it is more willing to accept the guidance of the Quran. And that is why when Allah so gentlemen, the props are seldom always described, the heart of the believer is described as gentle and soft. Whereas when the disbelievers are described, their hearts are normally described as being harder than rock and
stone. The most beloved of those hearts to Allah are those that are most gentle and soft. When you have that a man and you appreciate that he man irrespective of the challenges that you may be facing, irrespective of the difficulties that you may be seeing that the oma is facing, but when you yourself have that knowledge, you have that contentment and peace in your heart and you have your relationship with Allah subhana wa tada and then you continue to supplement it with the guidance of the Quran. And the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, it is a light that cannot be extinguished. Even if all of the forces of this universe were to come together, that light is
sufficient for you, because he raised from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that's when Allah azza wa jal then tells us in the next few verses how to preserve that light, who are the people of that light? Who are the people to who nurture that light? He says feeble youth in the in Allah who and talofa in houses that Allah azza wa jal has given permission that they should be elevated. Meaning the massage in the houses of Allah subhanho wa Taala use cavafy hasma His name is mentioned there when you say behala houfy herbal hoodoo we will install and he is glorified there in by night and by evening the journal love to hear him to john rotten well I better These are a group of people who
commerce and business buying and selling does not divert them and decree law from the remembrance of Allah, what you're calling the Salah, and establishing the prayer, what is occur and giving zurka Johar foreigner Yeoman that upon level fee he'll absorb because rather they fear that day when they will return to the Lord and the hearts and the eyes will turn out of fear. This is the description that Allah has given those people who know how to continuously increase the man when it becomes law. They know how when shavon comes to them and he makes them distance from Allah how they regain that close connection to Allah subhanho wa Taala they come to the massage and they studied the Quran.
They remember Allah they glorify and praise Him and they know their priorities, because nothing from this dunya will divert them from the remembrance of Allah or his worship. And this surah to Juma is such a prime example. When we will take time out of our work and our studies. Our lunch break is used to come here to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala because we know how serious an obligation is, whether we're at work, we're traveling, we're at home, we're on a journey wherever we are. We know when those five prayers come, it is time to stop and offer those prayers. Virgil whatever time he may be the harasser Muslim Russia, irrespective of how late it may be, these are the obligations
that Allah has placed upon us. And that is why Allah azzawajal then goes on, to mention the immense reward that those people will have those people who have that light and it glows and shines bright and they know how to use the Quran and they know how to use what Allah has given to them from the means of strengthening their Eman. Leah dizzier whom Allah who is an AMA cinema, um, you know, this is for those people, so that allow me reward them for the best of that which they used to do. Not just any action, not just the least of what they used to do. I send them a mural for the best deeds that they did. That is what Allah will reward them according to. Why is he the human fugly? And then
he will increase them from his bounty and his favor, will law who also come in your shirt will be laid if he served and Allah gave us and provides to whomsoever He wills without there being any limit. barakallahu li walakum or Ernie was sooner one of our annual Jacobi Murphy him in a coma akula mattice merwyn monster fetullah Holly welcome Alicia Marin muslimeen I'm in Cali them in first off Euro in the whole of Orion.
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Do an OBE and I will say that I'm hamedan Abdo hora solo hodari along with one Allahumma salli wa sallam robotic Allah. He was the he was succubi he was one was seldom at the Sleeman kathira, a madman. Allah subhanho wa Taala after mentioning these verses about the believers, and giving us this parable of light, after which the whole surah is named, Allah subhana wa Taala. In the next two verses, he speaks about the opposite. Those people who don't have that light, those people who sometimes have that light, but that light extinguishes from them. Those people who don't supplement that light with the guidance and the light of the Quran, and the example of our Prophet sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam, Allah subhana wa Taala says we'll live in a cafaro or maloom kasara being beauty.
As for those who disbelieve, then the example of the actions will be like the example of a mirage in the desert. The one who is thirsty will consider it to be water, Hector Elijah who legit who share but when he arrives at that point, he will find that in reality it was nothing those actions will become null and void. What was your de la her in the Who? For our faculty Saba, but instead he will find Allah to be there and Allah will will will account him in full
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would like the example of a person who is put in perpetual darkness, the darkness of the unfathomable see yaksha Mojo memoji Mojo menfolk to him. They will cover him wave upon wave. Mojo Mojo Mojo menfolk, he majan sahab Luma tomorrow bajo kabang it is darkness upon darkness had either Raja hula Mecca Dr. raha to the extent that if that person was to even stretch their hands, they would be unable to see in front of them. Woman la mujer de la Honda Honduran firma Anna whom unknown and whosoever Allah does not grant a light to them, then they will never have a light. We know that our Prophet told us that Allahu alayhi wa sallam and Allah mentions in the Quran, that on yarmulke
Yama those people who will enter into gender will have to cross the Sirat the bridge, and as they cross over that bridge, they will only cross in accordance to the light that Allah has granted to them. And that light that Allah gives to them will be in accordance to the level of Eman that they had in this life. So some people their light will be so bright and so shining, that even though that bridge is thinner than a strand of hair, and sharper than the edge of a blade or a sword, because their light is so bright, they will pass over like lightning, and others in a blink of an eye and others will run like a fast sprinter. Because they will have a bright light there a man in this life
was sufficient for them to give them that light. Yet others will have a weak light because of their weaker Eman because they didn't do enough to preserve and nurture that Eman that light that Allah had given to them. So they will walk or they will crawl yet others will have only a blinking light. When the light comes on. They will take a step and then the light will extinguish and they will be in darkness not knowing whether the light will come on again or not. And if it comes on, they will take another step. No one will dare to walk upon that bridge in darkness. Each person is waiting for that light to come. So Allah azza wa jal gives the example of those people who they will be in such
perpetual darkness that they can't even see their hands. That is the darkness of your multi Yama. That is how dark you will be. There will be no light by the natural no artificial. The only light is the light of Eman. It is difficult to compress. And to summarize hundreds of years of Tafseer into a short hotbar but what I wanted to do was give you a glimpse of the power of this verse and how the scholars of Islam used to consider it to be so important that they wrote so many works and books just on the single verse of the Quran, and how we need to reconnect with the Quran. Go back and study and analyze this verse. But I want to leave you with a final Hadith and that is the hadith of
Abdullah buzzworthy Allahu anhu a Muslim that he said that one night I went to stay with my aunt maimunah or the Allahu anghami Muna was one of the wives of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He spent the night with her and it's a long duration. He spent the night with a and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he wanted to see how the prophets of Salaam would worship during the night. So he watched him and he narrated his widow, and he watched him and he narrated his prayer and he stood up to pray next to him. He says at the end of this narration, that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam made in this prayer. In another narration, he said he made a dua in his
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He made this Dora and the whole Dora revolves around this concept of light. He said Allah, place light in my heart, and please light my hearing, and place light in my sight, and placed light upon my white and upon my left and placed light in front of me and behind me and placed light above me and below me and Allah grant me light and another generation he said, Allah make me like Abdullah Baba, Ambassador the Allahu Hanuman are at this amazing the power of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam showing how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam understood from this verse, the importance and the concept of this light, how precious it is, how far China is, how much work and
effort you need to put into preserving and nurturing that light of a man by chance that he will be the reason of your salvation in this life. And the next We ask Allah subhana wa Tada. By His most beautiful names and love geometry, we study grants of starlight and he makes it shine bright, and he shows his brilliance amongst all to all others, and that Allah subhanaw taala preserves that light for us and our children, our families, under Allah azza wa jal cuantas, the light of the Quran and the Sunnah of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he makes us from amongst those people. When we hear admonition, we follow it in best indeed, under Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us and our
families, our parents, our spouses and our children, his mercy and His forgiveness and Allah azza wa jal cuantas all the highest forms of Jannah subhana wa Coronavirus at the phone was Salam on Anil mousseline hamdu lillahi, Rabbil alameen.
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