Friday Sermon 24 November 1995
I convey greetings of Assalamo Alaikum on behalf of the Community to the Ahmadis of Singapore on the occasion of their Jalsa Salana which is being held from 24 - 26 November and appeal for prayers for its success and that of the Singapore Community. Light is related to the physical eyes and that is why we think that whatever we see shining is light although the greater part of the shining rays is invisible. The connection we have made between light and refulgence is because of our limited experience. Our eyes have not been enabled to observe every part of the shining light. 'The Noble Quran' declared Allah the Almighty to be the light light the heavens and the Earth. What is Allah? Allah is the collective name for all the beautiful attributes. Not one of these attributes can be eradicated, nor can any of them be lessened in any way and there is no scope for any kind of addition or expansion to them because they are already perfect. The Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has been declared to be the intermediary to the path of adopting this light because all the Divine attributes are perfectly manifested in his person. So every person among you is capable of being enlightened by the light of Muhammad ﷺ the Prophet of Allah which primarily is the light of Allah and is manifest in his person as far as was possible for it to be manifested in a human being. The writings of the Promised Messiah allude to 'The Holy Quran' speaking of this subject in the words 'Thou dost surely possess high moral excellences'. The phrase that the light of that Messenger who did not waver even one bit from uniformity was already blazing is very apt in itself but when light descended upon it from the heavens it became 'Light upon light!' and a light of such excellence glowed forth that it enlightened the entire world. This light cannot be received by mere praise it can only received by adopting its beautiful attributes. Once having reached this stage the area of true praise begins: If one considers something to be good from the bottom of the heart one is impassioned to obtain it. We hear the beautiful attributes of Allah the Almighty recited but do not know how to adopt them. To ease this journey Allah the Almighty presents the Immaculate Prophet Muhammad ﷺ as an example of His light showing that 'This is how my Light is perfectly manifested in a human being'. Then in the Quranic verse: 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]: 37). It is revealed that the example of the light of Muhammad the Prophet of Allah is not one which you cannot adopt and it was not given to distinguish him from the common people instead it was to show people the heights they could reach. If you so desire you can partake of this light by following the same route and it says that the light of Allah which manifested upon a heart went on enlightening home after home through the benevolence of Muhammad the Messenger of Allah and through the blessings that follow when one follows him and God wills these houses to be elevated by the blessing of this light. So by shining in his own age the light of Muhammad the Messenger of Allah made others capable of shining so kindling more of the same flames in other bosoms. This verse also reveals that the light is received through veneration of the Divine, through remembrance of God. Remember him day and night and you will begin to partake of this light.  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. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Nur [The Light]: 36).  'The Holy Quran'. al-Qalam [The Pen]: 5). © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2015.
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