The Noor of a Believer

Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1434 Programmes
noorAllah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah doth know all things ~ Surah An Noor 24:35.

In Surah Noor, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala mentions His Manifestation of Noor, which brightens up the skies and earth and extends to all His creation…

According to some Mufassireen, the verse refers to The Noor of a Believer which is bestowed to him by Allah Taala.

It is similar to a niche, in which there is a lantern. The oil used to burn the lantern is from the olive tree (olive oil), on which the sun rays have been shining on perpetually.  This lantern is placed in a very bright, illuminated, crystal clear glass case, throwing out radiant rays of light that brightens up everything surrounding it. This is the “Noor of a Believer”!

In contrast to that, Allah talks about the condition of the disbeliever who’s deeds and actions are devoid of Noor. He looks for Guidance but does not take the path of Guidance. The disbelievers deeds and actions are like a mirage’. When a person travels on a road on a hot day, he sees a reflection of water in the distance. The faster he tries to approach it, the further and further it goes away… Similarly, the disbeliever thinks he is doing good but he does not see the effect of the deeds… In reality they are all disappearing, leaving him in darkness…

Or like the darknesses in the depth of an ocean, with waves upon waves (absolutely dark), to such an extent that one caught in this dark sea is unable to see his own hand even. The disbeliever is trapped in the darkness of his kufr – devoid of Noor…. He has no sense of direction.

May Allah grant us the Noor of Imaan, the Noor of Quraan and Hadeeth and may Allah make us Lanterns that will spread this Noor to the four corners of the Globe….