Friday Sermon 27 October 1995
Allah is the Light of the heavens and the Earth. The similitude of His light is as a niche, wherein is a lamp. The lamp is in a crystal globe. The globe is bright as it were a glittering star and a lamp lit from a blessed olive tree neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would well-nigh glow forth even though fire touched it not. Light upon light! Allah guides to His light whosoever He wills. And Allah sets forth parables for people, and Allah knows all things completely. Glowing forth from houses for which Allah ordained that they be exalted and that His name be commemorated in them. Glorify Him therein in the mornings and the evenings. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Nur [The Light]: 36, 37). It is generally thought that this light is that which we observe. It is correct that all the meanings of light are an interpretation but it becomes difficult to explain the light of Allah the Almighty with reference to these lights. Shining itself is not to be found in the midst of the Divine light. One light is that which is apparent but there are some which are hidden, that is the primary cause of everything, from which everything is created, this is the light which one cannot observe with the physical eyes and that is the real light. In explanation of His light Allah the Almighty mentions the Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and does so in a way that explains the reality of light that relates to evolution. The real light is the existence of Allah the Almighty or that which bursts forth from His ipseity and whatever one considers the light only holds some resemblances to this attribute of Light but the actual light cannot be seen: Abdullah bin Shaqiq reported: I said to Abu Zarr 'Had I seen the Messenger of Allah, I would have asked him'. He said 'What is that thing that you wanted to inquire of him'? I said 'I wanted to ask him whether he had seen his Lord'. Abu zarr said 'I had, in fact, asked him and he replied 'I saw Light'. (Muslim Ibn al-Hajjaj. 'Sahih Muslim'). That is to say 'He is a light, how can I see Him?' This Hadith also reveals that the light of Allah in the gnosis of the Holy Prophet was not the physical light. The invisibility of light is not proof of its non-existence rather it sometimes becomes a matter of great importance. Most of the light which exists in the world is invisible. Without concentrating upon the universe one cannot understand the subject discussed in 'the Light of the heavens and the Earth'. The spirit that operates in the universe is not light but the Light of Allah is the ethereal that transcends it and is free from all kinds of flux. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19951027-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2015.
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