Nouman Ali Khan acquaints us with some of the important lessons with reference to Surah An Nur.
“Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth; a likeness of His light is as a niche in which is a lamp, the lamp is in a glass, (and) the glass is as it were a brightly shining star, lit from a blessed olive-tree, neither eastern nor western, the oil whereof almost gives light though fire touch it not – light upon light – Allah guides to His Light whom He pleases, and Allah sets forth parables for men, and Allah is Cognizant of all things.”
– Surah An Nur, verse 35
Light is a symbol of knowledge, enlightenment, and reflection while darkness is a symbol of ignorance. Allah is the light or the reflection of the skies and the earth which implies that everything in the Universe bears the signature of the Creator and Allah’s design is seen in everything in the Universe. The believers are able to perceive this light in the niche. For them, this light and wisdom is the example of a lamp which is a source of light. The fuel of this light-bearing lamp is their faith, which is the example of a blessed olive tree. They see the light through the parable of bright glass, though not directly exposed to it. The faith leads to the light of Wisdom. Allah increases the light of Wisdom for those who strive to see this light and keeps on increasing it for their guidance.