Is Allah Noor (Light) and was Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) made of Noor?

Please click the following link to read this article in Urdu language: کیا اللہ نور ہے اور کیا نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نور سے بنے ہیں؟

Assalam o Alaikum

Allah is NOT Noor, rather, Noor is a creation of Allah. The Quran states that Allah is an ineffable reality and human language cannot produce an adequate parable; therefore, there is no mithaal (example) of what Allah is like. We also know that angels are made of light. Hence, the Creator (Allah) and the creation (light) cannot be one and the same. If Allah is not Noor, what then is the guiding light that is frequently mentioned in the Quran? Here are some proofs from the Quran itself (we don’t need to go into hadith):

Praise be to Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth, and made the darkness and the light. Yet those who reject Faith hold (others) as equal, with their Guardian-Lord. [06:01]

“Surely We revealed the Taurat in which was guidance and light.” [05:44]

“and We gave him (Isa) the Injeel in which was guidance and light.” [05:46]

Allah is the guardian of those who believe. He brings them out of the darkness into the light; and (as to) those who disbelieve, their guardians are Taghoots who take them out of the light into the darkness; they are the inmates of the fire, in it they shall abide. [02:257]

“And thus did We reveal to you an inspired book (Quran) by Our command. You did not know what the Book was, nor (what) the faith (was), but We made it a light, guiding thereby whom We please of Our servants; and most surely you show the way to the right path: [42:52]


Noor, therefore, is a word used by the Quran to either denote guidance, true knowledge or Emaan (as an antonym to the darkness of Kufr).

Noor has also been used as a “parable” to describe the omnipresence of Allah and the fact that He is the source of all guidance (in Surah Noor, 24:35, the parable is light (guidance), without an outside source. So this means that Allah is the ultimate source of ALL guidance. This does not mean that He is physically made of Noor, because as we see above, He has actually created light). Notice in 24:35, that Allah Himself goes on to say: The parable of His Light. This means that Allah is explaining Himself using human language, and also making the concept understandable to us.

People who blindly follow their sects tend to rely more on the sayings and interpretations of their scholars, rather than read the Quran themselves. This is why they have taken [24:35] literally, claiming that Allah Himself or some of His creations among humans such as Prophet Muhammad (SAW) or Ali (RA) or other pious people are made of Noor.

The Saba’ee contribution in this regard cannot be ignored. They extended the concept of Ali (RA) being Noor to their Imams, who are supposed to be divine as well. In their enthusiasm for the person of Ali (RA), they elevated him and his descendants to a position above that of Muhammad (SAW). Saba’ees gave Ali (RA) and their Imams a near-divine status. The origins of this concept lie in ancient Persian paganism:

“The Shias, however, gradually evolved ideas that seemed even closer to Christian incarnation…(Regarding the divinity of Ali and the Imams) They (Shias) were drawing on ancient Persian tradition of a chosen god-begotten family which transmitted the divine glory from one generation to another.” [Karen Armstrong, ‘A History of God’ pp. 189]

To make the discussion even more interesting and to add to your knowledge, let me also copy the Nicene Creed, the official creed of Christians as decreed by Emperor Constantine in 325 AD, so you can see the similarities between the Christian Trinity and what is now alleged about Prophet Muhammad (SAW) being Noor:

We believe in one God,
The Father Almighty,
Maker of all things, visible and invisible,
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
The Son of God,
The only-begotten of the Father,
That is, of the substance of the Father,
God from God,
Light from light,
True God from true God,
Begotten not made,
Of one substance with the Father,
Through whom all things were made,

Those things that are in heaven and
Those things that are on earth,
Who for us men and our salvation,
Came down and was made man,
Suffered,
Rose again on the third day,
Ascended into the heavens
And will come
To judge the living and the dead.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit.

The whole of Sufism and all other sects that believe in the transfer of esoteric knowledge (hidden knowledge) from wali (saint) to wali depend on this single hadith (which is not authentic):

It is related that Jabir ibn Abdullah said to the Prophet: “O Messenger of Allah, may my father and mother be sacrificed for you, tell me of the first thing Allah created before all things.” He said: “O Jabir, the first thing Allah created was the light of your Prophet from His light, and that light remained (lit. “turned”) in the midst of His Power for as long as He wished and there was not, at that time, a Tablet or a Pen or a Paradise or a Fire or an Angel or a Heaven or an Earth. And when Allah wished to create creation, he divided that Light into four parts and from the first made the Pen, from the second the Tablet, from the third the Throne, [and from the fourth everything else].”

This hadith implies that Allah first created the Prophet’s (SAW) Noor and from that everything else was created. This is why some sects claim that Muhammad (SAW) was the very first prophet, not Adam (SAW). They also use this hadith to prove the superiority of Muhammad (SAW) to other prophets.

It is a very famous hadith, but not a reliable one. We will see why it is important for sects (and especially Sufism) to believe in this legend. Please read the article titled ‘The Dodgy Noor Connection.’

To conclude, Allah, is a reality that cannot be described and we should refrain from attaching physical attributes to Him. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was a man, who was special because he was chosen by Allah to perfect the message of Islam. We will also discuss in greater detail that Muhammad (PBUH) was a Bashar (man), who suffered pain and experienced joy, lived a remarkable life and, after completing his mission, he died a natural death. His soul is now in Jannat, in a place closest to Allah.

Assalam o alaikum

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  1. AJ SCIENCE KEHTI HAY K light (noor) ki double nature hay.aik particle ki tarha behavior and doosra wave ki tarha behavior. hum insaan particle ki nature k banay huwe hain jab k wave ki nature nahi rakhte. but MUHAMMAD PBUH ki double nature hay q k wo dunya may particle (yani AFZALULBASHAR) k sath wave form may light ki speed se b zada tez raftaar se gaye or ALLAH se mil kar aye. science ne kaha hay light yani noor ki double nature hay particle ki nahi .iska matlab MUHAMMAD PBUH NOOR hain.jo b koi noor hoga to noor ki speed ya uss say greater speed se safar karega.sura mayeda #5 ayat#15aik kitaab (QURAN) or aik NOOR(pbuh) aya.by engr hafiz Muhammad Tauseef Mughal B.E.CHEMICAL

    • The Real Islam

      Dear brother Muhammad Tauseef,

      Thanks for your comment.

      The onus is on you to provide evidence for your assertion. When we have stated that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was Bashar, we brought evidence from the Quran to support this. The Quran is very clear that had there been angels dwelling on the Earth (angels are made of light), Allah would have sent a prophet who was an angel. But, as we know, it is men and women who dwell on this Earth and so, prophets were but men like us, with the same trappings of mortality. They were, however , divinely inspired and free from sin, and they were given a choice at the time of death, i.e. whether they wished to continue living or not.

      If you believe that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was made of light, despite the very clear evidence in the Quran, then you have to bring evidence of the same authenticity to prove your point. We cannot simply apply a scientific observation to the person of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), when the Quran has already discussed this matter with great clarity.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Assalam o alaikum

      • Hussain Soofiyani

        The answer for your question is the night of Hijrath from Mecca to Medina Please read the related Hadith .

      • The Real Islam

        Brother Hussain, its not very clear what you’re trying to prove from the incident of Hijrat and its relation with Allah or Prophet being noor (light). Can you please copy the related hadith that you’re referring to with its complete reference so it can be discussed in detail?

        Furthermore, it’s a common misunderstanding that the Hijrat (migration to Medina) happened during night time. In reality Hijrat to Medina happened during day time. This is because Arabia being such a hot country, people of that time used to stay inside their houses during the day in order to avoid severe heat where as travelling or even conducting business at night times was a common practice as the weather would be cooler. So because Hijrat was supposed to happen quietly, the Prophet (SAW) and Abu Bakr (RA) left Makkah during noon time when the weather was hot and when people were inside their houses. Moreover, actually started from Abu Bakr (RA)’s house. The entire incident has been collected in Sahih Bukhari in the following hadith. Since it’s a very long hadith so we’re only copying the relevant part below with complete reference:

        [Sahih Bukhari - Book 58, Hadith 245]
        At that time the Prophet was in Mecca, and he said to the Muslims, “In a dream I have been shown your migration place, a land of date palm trees, between two mountains, the two stony tracts.” So, some people migrated to medina, and most of those people who had previously migrated to the land of Ethiopia, returned to medina. Abu Bakr also prepared to leave for medina, but Allah’s Apostle said to him, “Wait for a while, because I hope that I will be allowed to migrate also.” Abu Bakr said, “Do you indeed expect this? Let my father be sacrificed for you!” The Prophet said, “Yes.” So Abu Bakr did not migrate for the sake of Allah’s Apostle in order to accompany him. He fed two she-camels he possessed with the leaves of As-Samur tree that fell on being struck by a stick for four months. One day, while we were sitting in Abu Bakr’s house at noon, someone said to Abu Bakr, “This is Allah’s Apostle with his head covered coming at a time at which he never used to visit us before.” Abu Bakr said, “May my parents be sacrificed for him. By Allah, he has not come at this hour except for a great necessity.” So Allah’s Apostle came and asked permission to enter, and he was allowed to enter. When he entered, he said to Abu Bakr. “Tell everyone who is present with you to go away.” Abu Bakr replied, “There are none but your family. May my father be sacrificed for you, O Allah’s Apostle!” The Prophet said, “i have been given permission to migrate.” Abu Bakr said, “Shall I accompany you? May my father be sacrificed for you, O Allah’s Apostle!” Allah’s Apostle said, “Yes.” Abu Bakr said, “O Allah’s Apostle! May my father be sacrificed for you, take one of these two she-camels of mine.” Allah’s Apostle replied, “(I will accept it) with payment.” So we prepared the baggage quickly and put some journey food in a leather bag for them. Asma, Abu Bakr’s daughter, cut a piece from her waist belt and tied the mouth of the leather bag with it, and for that reason she was named Dhat-un-Nitaqain (i.e. the owner of two belts). Then Allah’s Apostle and Abu Bakr reached a cave on the mountain of Thaur and stayed there for three nights.

        There are many false stories associated with the incident of Hijrat to Medina and most of them come from the Shi’ite sources. For a detail account of Hijrat as well as these false stories such as Ali (RA) sleeping on the Prophet’s bed etc. please download and read the following scanned booklet from the e-books section of this blog: http://therealislam1.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/eng-migration-to-medina.pdf

      • SYED AMMAR JAFRI

        assalamalaikum my dear brother-e-Islam,
        do you know that it is haraam and kufr to manipulate quran and hadith as per your own agenda and as per your own perception or mental approach or just to oppose the reality because it proves that shia belief about Allah being noor, Mohammad s.a.w.w. being the noor from the noor of Allah and then Panjetan and the rest of the imams till Imam-e-zamana a.s being noor from the noor of Prophet Mohammad s.a.w.w.
        It’s a shame that in your “bugz” against shias you have gone so far that you are indirectly claiming that shias are mushrik by comparing shia belief with the Christian belief of Trinity.
        Brother you have to answer to Allah one day.
        WE ALL KNOW THE QURANIC VERSES SAYING AT VARIOUS POINTS THAT ” ALLAH IS NOOR” WITHOUT ANY DOUBT.
        Now you are challenging and denying quranic verse by saying that what Allah is saying clearly in Quran is not what it is in reality. Read soora baqra, it clearly says people like you who deny quranic verses and do not believe in what Allah says are only goin to hell , as their hearts are like stones, no matter what Allah says in Quran these people have no effect . I encourage you brother to read soora Baqara again and again and it will open new doors of understanding Quran for you. It will give you wisdom to enlighten your heart with the same noor which is needed to understand the noor of ALLAH S.W.T. AND THE DERIVED NOOR OF PROPHET MOHAMMADS.A.W.W. AND PANJETAN AND IMAMS.
        YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO INTERPRET QURAN AS PER YOUR LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING TILL YOU ARE AT A CERTAIN LEVEL OF QURANIC VISION AND KNOWLEDGE.
        PLEASE READ THE TAFASEER OF GREAT ULAMAAS AND THEN TRY TO UNDERSTAND ALLAH S.W.T.
        yOU SEEM TO BE A THIRSTY STUDENT OF ISLAM BUT YOU NEED TO GET TO THE TRUE SOURCE OF INFORMATION WHICH WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF NOOR OF ALLAH S.W.T. AND IT WILL SOLVE ALL THE ISSUES YOU HAVE WITH THE CONCEPT OF NOOR.
        BY THE WAY IF ALLAH IS NOT NOOR WHAT IS ALLAH THEN, QURAN SAYS EVERYTHING IS MADE OF NOOR OF ALLAH. IF YOU SAY THAT ALLAH IS NOT NOOR YOU ARE DOING SHIRK, BID-AT AND KUFR BECAUSE YOU ARE SAYING THAT ALLAH IS SOMETHING OTHER THAN NOOR AND ALLAH CREATED THE FIRST CREATION NOT WITH NOOR AND WITH SOMETHING ELSE.
        I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT IS THAT “SOMETHING ELSE” BECAUSE WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING ACCEPT ALLAH THEN ALLAH CREATED SOMETHING FROM HIS OWN EXISTANCE. AND IF ALLAH CREATED THE FIRST CREATION NOT FROM HIS OWN NOOR THEN YOU ARE DENYING THE QURANIC VERSES WHICH SAY THAT THERE WAS NOTHING ACCEPT ALLAH AND ALLAH SAID “KUN” AND THINGS HAPPENED.
        BROTHER QURAN IS NOT JUST ARABIC LANGUAGE . IT IS PHILOSOPHICAL, IT IS CRITICAL, IT IS THE ULTIMATE KNOWLEDGE. PLEASE READ IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND YOU WILL EXPLORE MORE AND MORE INSHALLAH

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother Ammar,

        On this blog, another Shia reader said that the Shia do not believe that Allah is noor in the literal sense. You can read his comment here:

        http://therealislam1.wordpress.com/2009/06/14/is-allah-noor-light-and-was-prophet-muhammad-pbuh-made-of-noor/#comment-853

        So there seems to be some confusion amongst Shi’ites about the nature of the noor of Allah. This is the first thing for you to resolve.

        I have to be very clear here that the writers of this blog hold no ‘bugz’ or bias against Shias. We highlight the wrong teachings of all sects. This is because, first, Allah has forbidden Muslims from making sects; second, we only ever analyse the beliefs of various sects in the light of the Qur’an and Sahih Hadith and in doing so, we scrutinise all sects. 90% of what you have mentioned, i.e. the belief in Allah being noor and Muhammad (SAW) being the first creation, belief in Punjtan Pak etc., is also held by Sunni Barelvis. Our stance is simple: anyone who holds a belief that is a negation of the clear verses of the Qur’an is committing kufr and his beliefs lie outside Islam. It doesn’t matter whether such a person a Shia or a Sunni.

        So don’t try to turn this into a Shia or anti-Shia issue as we do not target anyone. Our writings are always primarily about beliefs. The onus is on you to prove that belief in divine imamat is an Islamic belief or that the idea of Punjtan is Islamic. Please bring verses from the Qur’an to back your claims.

        We look forward to hearing from you.

        Regards

      • samir

        Allah in the Koran have 99 names and they represent his qualities,we all know our names are sometimes allahs name,the reason behind humans keeping those name is not about human body,every human has a soul and nobody on this forum has seen it and nobody can define a soul,but we all possese this soul,so there is a part in us which has the quality of Allah but we have not realized that due to our inability as we have not reached a high which Nabi(saw)had reached,you can call prophets body similar to ours but when it comes to the Noor his soul was one with allah.we all have spark of that Noor in us but we need to realize within ourselves,the one who knows himself knows allah,and one more thing I have noticed on this sight,people are quick to give the disclaimer to somebody’s opinion,which I feel is aright of everyone,until he changes for himself,so each to there own as long we don’t hate someone or hurt someone we are all fine we all say bismillahir rehman arahim.he is the most benificent and merciful,so he is at least 100″times more merciful than a human can be towards there children,Allah guides to the humble one,peace be upon you all ameen….

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother Samir,

        Assalam o alaikum

        I don’t think I agree with your argument where you are trying to link Muhammad (SAW)’s soul with Allah. It is correct that we have a soul; but no one knows about the nature or substance of a human soul. According to the Qur’an, the soul is simply Allah’s hukm or order. Prophets and messengers of Allah were pure from sin but they were not divine. As long as we keep this basic principle in mind, that prophets were human beings, we do not fall into the trap that previous nations and sects have fallen into: they too attributed divine things to their messengers and auliya and then started to worship them. This is also why the Qur’an tells us very clearly that messengers were men.

        I would also like to add that the word noor, when used as ‘noor of Allah’, refers to the fact that Allah is the source of guidance and that is the meaning we should keep in mind.

        Coming to your point about giving disclaimers, I think you may be referring to the tendency to judge, which is often exhibited by sects. Our approach is simple: to refute the wrong teachings, not to judge people. Judgement is for Allah only. However, if someone commits obvious shirk, then that needs to be pointed out in the best and most patient manner and the correct teaching highlighted to bring someone back to hidayah. This is different from being judgemental and pointing fingers.

        You can read more about this in the following article: http://therealislam1.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/too-judgemental/

        Jazakallah

      • samir

        Thanks for your reply,but I beg to differ that soul is allahs hukum,the manner in which Allah made Adam is quite different than how he made the rest of creation,and I have not read anywhere in the Koran that the soul is allahs hukum,though Allah is different than his creation he has an attachment to everything in this universe,you will agree that Allah says that he has made everything in pairs,so if there is a zahir than there is a batin,our body has attachment to our children,because they have our genes,we don’t love our machines which we have created the way we love our children,it is same with the human soul which is a amanat of Allah within our body,it has come from him and shall return to him,Allah loves his creation and human body is the best of his creation which has a soul,we cannot describe the smell of a flower to somebody who have not smelled it,so it is a experience which cannot be put into words,so Allah and the soul are beyond human words,you are in this blog are trying to emphasis that prophet Mohd(saw)is a human being just like us,we all agree,but the whole of universe cannot reach his greatness when it comes to his purity of his deeds in this world his obedience to Allah, the love for the weak and needy,his generosity towards humanity irrespective of there faith,there is a difference between a king and a beggar ugly and the beautiful,though they are human beings,so the religion we all believe is because of the prophet(saw)we don’t know Allah without him,he has shown us the way towards him,if somebody calling him divine should not effect anyone or not offend anybody because nobody is calling the prophet Allah but they are trying to acknowledge his superiority compared to ourselves,the prophet(saw)is attached to Allah the way nobody would,by the way of shahada La ilaha illalah mohammedur rasullah,which we all recite everyday and will continue to do so till the day of judgement.
        Salam

      • The Real Islam

        I have written one reply to all your comments which is at the bottom of your most recent comment.

    • Dr. Stone

      He did not travel by himself , he was on that creature called “Buraaq”, so the speed was of the Buraaq not of the Prophet PBUH.

    • brother today science tells that even humans emit waves of very very small intensities.But islam is all and above science.If authentic traditions prove that the prophet(pbuh) was a bashar,then you have to agree otherwise it would be an act of jahilliyah

  2. Contortion

    Why do you contort what is clearly written? Allah calls Himself the Noor. And you have created an entire blog post to argue otherwise.

    Learn to accept what is said at it is said. Besides, no one’s going to ask you to produce God in a physics lab anytime soon.

    • The Real Islam

      Dear Contortion,

      Thank you very much for taking the time to read our blog and leave a comment.

      I think that you have managed to point out the flaw in your own argument. Light can be created in a physics lab and studied for its properties. We know what its speed is and how much mass it can have. Do you think that Allah is made of such a common place substance, which can be studied for its properties and experimented upon? Allah tells us that there is none like Allah. He also tells us that He created ‘light’ and ‘darkness’. He also tells us that angels are made of light. The Creator and His creation cannot be one and the same, otherwise, what would distinguish one from the other?

      As highlighted in the article, Surah Noor gives us a ‘parable’ to help us understand the concept of ‘uncaused noor’ or the source of all noor. i.e. Allah is the ultimate source of all guidance, it flows from Him. And yet, says Allah in Surah Noor, no fire has touched this source. Therefore, this is a pure absolute source of guidance which doesn’t depend on any other cause for its existence.

      See the following hadith from Sahih Muslim:

      Abu Musa reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) was standing amongst us and he told us five things. He said: Verily the Exalted and Mighty God does not sleep, and it does not befit Him to sleep. He lowers the scale and lifts it. The deeds in the night are taken up to Him before the deeds of the day. and the deeds of the day before the deeds of the night. His veil is the light. In the hadith narrated by Abu Bakr (instead of the word” light” ) it is fire. If he withdraws it (the veil), the splendour of His countenance would consume His creation so far as His sight reaches. (Book #001, Hadith #0343)

      A’mash has narrated this hadith on the same authority and said: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) was standing amongst us and he told us four things. He then narrated the hadith like the one reported by Abu Mua’wiya, but did not mention the words” His creation” and said: His veil is the light. (Book #001, Hadith #0344)

      So if light is Allah’s veil, how can it be the substance of which He is made? Should we even be speculating on the substance of His being, when He has said Himself that He is ineffable or that there is none like Him? Thus, the Surah Noor verses should be read in tandem with the other verses in the Quran, in which Noor is clearly used to denote guidance (which is why it is also used for revealed scripture). When ‘noor’ is mentioned as a substance of creation, then we find that it is angels who are made of noor (while man is made of clay and jinns are made of fire).

      I hope this clarifies things for you. You are welcome to post any queries or disagreements you may have.

      Regards

    • samir

      Sura Noor,Allah says light upon light Allah guides to its light!please explain what you make of sura Noor I the Koran

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother Samir,

        Assalam o alaikum

        The Light verses in Surah Noor are classed as ‘mutashabihaat’. This means that their meaning is not clear. When taken together with other verses that tell us that Allah is a reality we cannot grasp, we have said that Allah is not noor because noor/light is a physical substance created by Allah and the Creator and the creation cannot be one and the same. Also, light is a substance that can be studied for its properties, unlike Allah who is beyond human imagination. ‘Light’ is used as a metaphor (tashbih) in the Qur’an to tell us that Allah is the source of all guidance. We have discussed this in detail in this article (first 3-4 paragraphs) and have also commented on it here:

        http://therealislam1.wordpress.com/2009/06/14/is-allah-noor-light-and-was-prophet-muhammad-pbuh-made-of-noor/#comment-454

        We hope that this answers your question.

  3. Muhammad Khan

    Tafsir : “Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth”

    Tafsir Ibn Kathir:

    `Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas said: (Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.) means, the Guide of the inhabitants of the heavens and the earth.

    Ibn Jurayj said: “Mujahid and Ibn `Abbas said concerning the Ayah: (Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.) He is controlling their affairs and their stars and sun and moon.”

    As-Suddi said concerning the Ayah: (Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.) by His Light the heavens and earth are illuminated.

    In the Two Sahihs, it is recorded that Ibn ‘Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “When the Messenger of Allah got up to pray at night, he would say: (O Allah, to You be praise, You are the Sustainer of heaven and earth and whoever is in them. To You be praise, You are the Light of the heavens and the earth and whoever is in them. )

    It was narrated that Ibn Mas`ud said, “There is no night or day with your Lord; the Light of the Throne comes from the Light of His Face.”

    (The parable of His Light) There are two views concerning the meaning of the pronoun (His).

    The first is that it refers to Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, meaning that the parable of His guidance in the heart of the believer is (as a niche) This was the view of Ibn `Abbas.

    The second view is that the pronoun refers to the believer, which is indicated by the context of the words and implies that the parable of the light in the heart of the believer is as a niche. So the heart of the believer and what he is naturally inclined to of guidance and what he learns of the Qur’an which is in accordance with his natural inclinations are, as Allah says:

    (Can they who rely on a clear proof from their Lord, and whom a witness from Him recites it (can they be equal with the disbelievers)) [11:17]. The heart of the believer in its purity and clarity is likened to a lamp in transparent and jewel-like glass, and the Qur’an and Shari`ah by which it is guided are likened to good, pure, shining oil in which there is no impurity or deviation.

    (as (if there were) a niche) Ibn ‘Abbas, Mujahid, Muhammad bin Ka`b and others said, “This refers to the position of the wick in the lamp.” This is well-known, and hence Allah then says: (and within it a lamp.) This is the flame that burns brightly. Or it was said that the niche is a niche in the house. This is the parable given by Allah of obedience towards Him. Allah calls obedience to Him as light, then He calls it by other numerous names as well. Ubayy bin Ka`b said, “The lamp is the light, and this refers to the Qur’an and the faith that is in his heart.” As-Suddi said, “It is the lamp.”

    (the lamp is in a glass,) means, this light is shining in a clear glass. Ubayy bin Ka`b and others said, “This is the likeness of the heart of the believer.”

    (the glass as it were a star Durriyyun,) Some authorities recite the word Durriyyun with a Dammah on the Dal and without a Hamzah, which means pearls, i.e., as if it were a star made of pearls (Durr). Others recite it as Dirri’un or Durri’un, with a Kasrah on the Dal, or Dammah on the Dal, and with a Hamzah at the end, which means reflection (Dir’), because if something is shone on the star it becomes brighter than at any other time. The Arabs call the stars they do not know Darari. Ubayy bin Ka`b said: a shining star. Qatadah said: “Huge, bright and clear.”

    (lit from a blessed tree,) means, it is derived from olive oil, from a blessed tree.

    (an olive,) This refers to the blessed tree mentioned previously.

    (neither of the east nor of the west,) means, it is not in the eastern part of the land so that it does not get any sun in the first part of the day, nor is it in the western part of the land so that it is shaded from the sun before sunset, but it is in a central position where it gets sun from the beginning of the day until the end, so its oil is good and pure and shining.

    Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that Ibn `Abbas commented on:(an olive, neither of the east nor of the west,) “This is a tree in the desert which is not shaded by any other tree or mountain or cave, nothing covers it, and this is best for its oil.”

    Mujahid commented on: (neither of the east nor of the west, ) saying; “It is not in the east where it will get no sun when the sun sets, nor is it in the west where it will get no sun when the sun rises, but it is in a position where it will get sun both at sunrise and sunset.”

    Sa`id bin Jubayr commented: (an olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself)) “This is the best kind of oil. When the sun rises it reaches the tree from the east and when it sets it reaches it from the west, so the sun reaches it morning and evening, so it is not counted as being in the east or in the west.”

    (whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself), though no fire touched it.) `Abdur-Rahman bin Zayd bin Aslam said (this means) because the oil itself is shining.

    (Light upon Light!) Al-`Awfi narrated from Ibn `Abbas that this meant the faith and deeds of a person.

    As-Suddi said: (Light upon Light!) “Light of the fire and the light of the oil: when they are combined they give light, and neither of them can give light without the other. Similarly the light of the Qur’an and the light of faith give light when they are combined, and neither can do so without the other.”

    (Allah guides to His Light whom He wills.) means, Allah shows the way to the ones whom He chooses, as it says in the Hadith recorded by Imam Ahmad from `Abdullah bin `Amr, who said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah say: (Allah created His creation in darkness, then on the same day He sent His Light upon them. Whoever was touched by His Light on that day will be guided and whoever was missed will be led astray. Hence I say: the pens have dried in accordance with the knowledge of Allah, may He be glorified.)”

    (And Allah sets forth parables for mankind, and Allah is All-Knower of everything.) Having mentioned this parable of the Light of His guidance in the heart of the believer, Allah ends this Ayah with the words:

    (And Allah sets forth parables for mankind, and Allah is All-Knower of everything.) meaning, He knows best who deserves to be guided and who deserves to be led astray. Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri said, “The Messenger of Allah said: (Hearts are of four kinds: the heart that is clear like a shining lamp; the heart that is covered and tied up; the heart that is upside-down; and the heart that is clad in armor. As for the clear heart, it is the heart of the believer in which is a lamp filled with light; as for the covered heart, this is the heart of the disbeliever; as for the upside-down heart, this is the heart of the hypocrite, who recognizes then denies; as for the armor-clad heart, this is the heart in which there is both faith and hypocrisy. The parable of the faith in it is that of legume, a sprout that is irrigated with good water, and the likeness of the hypocrisy in it is that of sores that are fed by blood and pus. Whichever of the two prevails is the characteristic that will dominate.) Its chain of narrators is good (Jayyid) although they (Al-Bukhari and Muslim) did not record it.

    http://forums.islamicawakening.com/f43/tafsir-allah-light-heavens-earth-7020/

  4. younis hamdani

    i have researching whether prophet is noor or not.
    there are two aayats in quaran one says prophet was bashar and other it was noor. it is a confusion……………..

    • The Real Islam

      I believe that you are referring to the following verse:

      “There has come to you light and a clear Book from Allah” [05:15]

      Some interpret this ayat to mean that the ‘light’ being referred to above is the person of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). It is a rule of Tafseer (exegesis) of the Quran that we take all relevant verses into consideration before deriving a conclusion. In various places, the Quran uses the parable of ‘light’ to mean ‘guidance’, as we have explained in the article on this blog. But, we also find in the Quran that:

      And they say: “What sort of a messenger is this, who eats food, and walks through the streets? Why has not an angel been sent down to him to give admonition with him? [25:07]

      This tells us that even at the time when Muhammad (SAW) was taking his dawah (message of Tauheed) to the polytheists of Makkah, they used to come up with a similar objection. It is almost psychological, this need to believe in a prophet who is supernatural. The mushrikeen actually did not like the fact that Muhammad (SAW) was Bashar, as the Quran clearly states in the above ayat.

      Allah could easily have appointed an angel as a prophet (and angels are made of noor) but human beings could have simply raised one objection and refused to follow his Sunnah: “How can we, mere mortal and flawed humans, follow the perfect path of a supernatural prophet?”

      Since Allah wanted us to believe that we can all follow the Sirat-e-Mustaqeem, He appointed a human being like us as prophet. The Quran tells us:

      Say: Had there been in the earth angels walking about as settlers, We would certainly have sent down to them from the heaven an angel as a messenger. [17:95]

      In other places, the Quran mentions ‘the light’ in addition to the messenger and the Quran itself:

      Therefore believe in Allah and His Messenger and the Light, which We have revealed; and Allah is Aware of what you do. [64:08]
      [Emphasis is mine]

      From the above verse, we learn that it is the Quran that is addressed as noor/light/hidayat. Yet another ayah of Quran makes it even more apparent:

      “Those who follow the Messenger-Prophet, the Ummi, whom they find written down with them in the Taurat and the Injeel (who) enjoins them good and forbids them evil, and makes lawful to them the good things and makes unlawful to them impure things, and removes from them their burden and the shackles which were upon them; so (as for) those who believe in him and honor him and help him, and follow the light which has been sent down with him, these it is that are the successful.” [07:157]
      [Emphasis are mine]

      The light or Hidayat sent down with the Prophet was the Quran, the guiding book that can help us all attain salvation. In the past, that ‘light’ was represented by revealed scripture like the Torah or the Injeel.

      Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and all other messengers of Allah were human beings like us in essence or in physical terms but were special in a way that they were chosen amongst humans to spread Allah’s message, given to the same physical limitations (except for miracles) that all human beings have:

      “And We have not sent before you but men (as messengers) from (among) the people of the towns, to whom We sent revelations. [12:109] & [16:43]

      “Before thee, also, the messengers We sent were but men, to whom We granted inspiration: If ye realise this not, ask of those who possess the Message. Nor did We give them bodies that ate no food, nor were they exempt from death.” [21:7-8]

      And We granted not to any human being immortality before you (O’ Muhammad), then if you die, would they live forever? [21:34]

      Say (O’ Muhammad): “I am only a man like yourselves; it is revealed to me that your god is one Allah, therefore whoever hopes to meet his Lord, he should do good deeds, and not join any one in the service of his Lord.” [18:110 and 41:06]


      Say: I do not say to you, I have with me the treasures of Allah, nor do I know the unseen, nor do I say to you that I am an angel; I do not follow aught save that which is revealed to me. Say: Are the blind and the seeing one alike? Do you not then reflect? [06:50]
      [Emphases are mine]

      The Quran is very clear on this issue, as this was an objection the Mushrikeen of that time had raised anyway, that they wanted an angel as a prophet and yet Allah sent a man. We also find that ‘the light’ refers to guidance: in various places in the Quran, this title is used for revealed scripture like the Torah and the Injeel.

      I hope this clarifies things somewhat. You are welcome to comment here or raise further queries.

      Assalam o alaykum

      • Assalam o alaikum
        JazakAllah khair brother “Real Islam” for your efforts.May Allah enable you to do more and also make us pious.

      • The Real Islam

        Wa-alaikum us salaam, brother. Your kind words are much appreciated.

      • samir

        When Allah made Adam,he asked the angels to bow before him except for Azazil everyone bowed,then why would Allah easily send angel instead of NAbi (saw)?there is something special about humans,as Allah had created the 7 skys and everything in between by saying kun,but made Adam with his hands and blew the soul from himself,nobody took the challenge but human as they were given something special the hidden names which only the pure in faith and rightly guided possessed,you all are very knowledgeable on this forum and I feel too small in comparison of your grasp in the koran, but there are questions in my mind as well as certain answers to the question which I would be wrong,we are born Muslims and we believe in Islam,why are we better than somebody who was born a Hindu or a Jew?are we not following our religion exactly the same way the unbelievers practiced at the time of Nabi(saw),there argument was our parents practiced the belief of idol worship,why should we change,they we’re told by the Nabi if your parents were going to Hellfire would you follow them,I would ask every Sunni and shia on this forum to see each others perspective and see what is more logical of our explanation,I would not disrespect anyone of the prophets associates or hazrat ali just to make other feel bad,because in the end we have to answer to Allah.The status of Hazrat Ali is very well documented by both shia and sunnis,we have come from him and we shall return to him,may Allah guide us towards the right path both shia and Sunni,we all believe in Allah and his last prophet,Allah in his great mercy forgive the sins of all muslims ameen….

      • The Real Islam

        Assalam o alaikum brother,

        There are no Sunni or Shia in Islam. The Deen of Islam does not allow sects so ideally all Muslims should simply use the title of ‘Muslim’. If we believe in the Qur’an and Sahih Hadith without any sectarian influences, we will give due respect to all Sahaba (RA), including Ali (RA). Similarly, no one will feel the need to exaggerate the status of any Sahaba (RA). The key problem here is that people follow the religion of their parents without question. Effectively, the majority of Muslims today follow the religion of their parents and you are correct in saying that the Qur’an warns against that. In fact, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) challenged this openly and had to endure much hardship as a result.

        So once we become Muslims through knowledge and choice, the titles of Shia and Sunni become meaningless and we find peace in calling ourselves ‘Muslim’ only.

        Wassalam

      • First let me say I am a Christian, an Islamophile, I came by you as I was researching the ‘Doctrine’ of noor Muhammad- I have found the discussion here very interesting and I agree with you. I find the concept far too close to our Christian concept of the Logos. You are familiar with the prologue of John? And, yes Allah is not made of light nor is light, since as you say these are Allah’s creations – but the light is like a torch making things clear, comprehensive, in other words it is a tool.

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother,

        First of all please accept our apologies for a late response.

        Thank you for taking out the time to read our blog. I am afraid that I am not familiar with the prologue of John. Perhaps you can give us a summary?

        The word ‘noor’ or ‘light’ in the Qur’an is used in various contexts but almost always refers to guidance or truth. For instance, God refers to Himself as true light without a source and He also refers to the Torah, Gospel and the Qur’an as light. So the word ‘light’ with its connotation of purity refers to guidance about the ‘straight path’, often taking the form of indicators or beacons along the way, or a torch as you have written.

        We are planning to write more articles under the broad heading of Islam and other faiths and we hope that we can retain your readership and perhaps also benefit from your comments.

        Best wishes

    • SYED AMMAR JAFRI

      ALLAH WAS NOOR, ALLAH IS NOOR AND ALLAH WILL BE NOOR FOREVER. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO TWIST QURANIC VERSES.
      WHEN ALLAH S.W.T. HIMSELF IS SAYING IN QURAN THAT “ALLAH IS NOOR” THEN WHY DO YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT. jUST BECAUSE THIS PROOVES SHIA BELIEF THAT PROPHET MOHAMMAD WAS CREATED BEFORE ANYTHING WAS CREATED BY ALLAH WITH ALLAH’S NOOR AS PER A VALID HADITH.

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother Ammar,

        It is not us who insist on this. Allah has told everyone in the Qur’an that He is an ineffable reality and that noor is a creation of Allah. The Creator and the created cannot be the same. It is as simple as that. Or are you saying that you believe that the Creator and the created can be the same?

        The hadith you have referred to is not reliable. Here is the criticism on that hadith:

        In you are interested in an academic discussion, then please bring some evidence to back up your claims rather than type in capital letters: in the virtual world of the internet, writing in capital letters is the same as yelling.

        Regards

  5. younis hamdani

    you can reply back

  6. Fahim

    THE LIGHT OF IMAAN AND THE LIGHT OF THE BODIES.

    THE LIGHT OF THE HOLY PROPHET.
    [Noor 24:35] Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth; the example of His light is like a niche in which is a lamp; the lamp is in a glass; the glass is as if it were a star shining like a pearl, kindled by the blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west – it is close that the oil itself get ablaze although the fire does not touch it; light upon light; Allah guides towards His light whomever He wills; and Allah illustrates examples for mankind; and Allah knows everything.
    Says Hazrat Kaab ibn Ahbaar (RAA):- Here, in the words of Allah, the second Noor means the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). (Kitaab ul-Shifa)
    Says Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (RAA):- The niche means the chest of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), the glass lamp means the heart of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), and the lamp means the light that Allah placed in it. The light is neither of the east nor of the west, neither Jewish nor Christian. The blessed tree is illuminated – i.e. there is light upon the light of Ibrahim (peace be upon him) – i.e. the light of Mohammed’s heart is upon the light of Ibrahim’s heart. (Tafseer Khazin)

    THE HOLY PROPHET IS A LIGHT FROM ALLAH
    [Ahzab 33:45 - 46] O Herald of the Hidden! We have indeed sent you as an observing present witness and a Herald of glad tidings and warning. And as a caller towards Allah, by His command, and as a sun that enlightens.

    [Maidah 5:15] O People given the Book(s)! Indeed this Noble Messenger (Prophet Mohammed – peace and blessings be upon him) of Ours has come to you, revealing to you a lot of the things which you had hidden in the Book, and forgiving a lot of them; indeed towards you has come a light from Allah, and a clear Book.

    LIGHT OF THE HOLY PROPHET’S BODY.

    The Holy Prophet’s Prayer for Light (Noor).
    Ibn ‘Abbas (RAA) said: I spent the night in the house of my mother’s sister, Maimuna, and observed how the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) prayed (at night). He got up and relieved himself. He then washed his face and hands and then went to sleep. He again got up and went near the water-skin and loosened its straps and then poured some water in a bowl and inclined it with his hands (towards himself). He then performed a good ablution between the two extremes and then stood up to pray. I also came and stood by his left side. He took hold of me and made me stand on his right side. It was in thirteen rak’ahs that the (night) prayer of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) was completed. He then slept till he began to snore, and we knew that he had gone to sleep by his snoring. He then went out (for the dawn prayer) and then again slept, and said while praying or prostrating himself:” O Allah! place light in my heart, light in my hearing, light in my sight, light on my right, light on my left, light in front of me, light behind me, light above me, light below me, make light for me,” or he said:” Make me light.” (Muslim)

    The light of his face, body, teeth.

    Narrated Ibn Saba’ (RAA):- Among the special attributes of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is that he had no shadow, and he was pure light. So whenever he walked in the sunlight moonlight, his body never cast a shadow. (Zarkani, Khasais Kubra).

    The body of the Holy Prophet did not cast a shadow either in the light of the sun or in the light of the moon. (Hakim Tirmizi)

    Narrated S. Ayesha (RAA):- I was sewing (something in the dark room) when the needle slipped out of my hand. I searched for it but was unable to find it. Thereupon the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) entered (the room) and by the bright light rays emanating from his face, the needle shone and I came to know where it is. (Ibn Asakir, Khasais Kubra)

    Narrated Hazrat Jaabir (RAA):- ” I once saw Allah’s Apostle (peace and blessings be upon him) on the night of a full moon. On that night he wore red clothing. At times I looked at the full moon and at times at Allah’s Apostle. Ultimately I came to the conclusion that Allah’s Apostle was more handsome, beautiful and more radiant than the full moon.” (Tirmizi)

    Narrated Abu Ishaq: Al-Bara’ was asked, “Was the face of the Holy Prophet (as bright) as a sword?” He said, “No, but (as bright) as a moon.” [Bukhari]

    Holy Prophet travelled faster than light itself.

    [b/Israel 17:1] Purity is to Him Who took His bondman in a part of the night from the Sacred Mosque to the Aqsa Mosque around which We have placed blessings, in order that We may show him Our great signs; indeed he is the listener, the beholder.
    (This verse refers to the physical journey of Prophet Mohammed –(peace and blessings be upon him) – to Al Aqsa Mosque and from there to the heavens and beyond. The entire journey back to Mecca was completed within a small part of the night.)

    Light in the things touched by the Holy Prophet.

    Narrated Anas bin Malik: Two of the companions of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) departed from him on a dark night and were led by two lights like lamps (going in front of them from Allah as a miracle) lighting the way in front of them, and when they parted, each of them was accompanied by one of these lights till they reached their (respective) houses. (Bukhari)

    Narrated Abu Said Khudri:- Hazart Qatadah bin Noman (RAA) once remained in the company of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), while it was a dark and stormy night. When he was about to leave, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) gave him a stick of date palm, and said, “Take this with you – it shall illuminate the space around you by ten yards in front and ten yards behind. When you reach home, you will see a dark object there – so beat it with this stick until it goes away from there, for that dark object is the Satan.” So when Hazrat Qatadah left, the stick turned bright and he reached home. Entering his home, he found the dark object and he beat it so much that it ran away. (Shifa Shareef, Zarqani)

    LIGHT OF THE BELIEVERS

    [A/I`mran 3:107] And those whose faces will be shining, are in the mercy of Allah; they will abide in it forever.

    [Hadeed 57:12-13] The day when you will see the believing men and believing women, that their light runs before them and on their right – it being said to them, “This day, the best tidings for you are the Gardens beneath which rivers flow – abide in it forever; this is the greatest success.” The day when hypocrite men and hypocrite women will say to the Muslims, “Look mercifully towards us, so that we may gain some of your light!”; it will be said to them, “Turn back, search light over there!”; so they will turn around, whereupon a wall will be erected between them, in which is a gate; inside the gate is mercy, and on the outer side is the punishment.

    Narrated Abdullah bin Buraidah (RAA), from his father:- The Apostle of Allah said, “No companion (Sahabi) will die in a land without being raised up as a guide and a light for them on the Day of Resurrection.” (Tirmizi, Mishkaat)

    Narrated by Abu Malik al-Ash`ari : When the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) finished his prayer he turned to face the people and said: “O people! Listen to this, understand it, and know it. Allah has servants who are neither Prophets nor martyrs and whom the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)s and martyrs yearn to be like, due to their seat and proximity in relation to Allah.” One of the beduin Arabs who came from among the most isolated of people twisted his hand at the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and said: “O Messenger of Allah! People from humankind who are neither Prophets nor martyrs and yet the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)s and the martyrs yearn to be like them due to their seat and proximity in relation to Allah?! Describe them for us!” The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)’s face showed delight at the Beduin’s question and he said: “They are of the strangers from this and that place. They frequent this or that tribe without belonging to them. They do not have family connections among themselves. They love one another for Allah’s sake. They are of pure intent towards one another. On the Day of Resurrection Allah will place for them pedestals of light upon which He will make them sit, and He will turn their faces and clothes into light. On the Day of Resurrection the people will be terrified but not those. They are Allah’s Friends upon whom fear comes not, nor do they grieve.” (Musnad Imam Ahmed)

    Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “The first group (of people) who will enter Paradise will be (glittering) like the moon when it is full. They will not spit or blow their noses or relieve nature. Their utensils will be of gold and their combs of gold and silver; in their centers the aloe wood will be used, and their sweat will smell like musk. Everyone of them will have two wives; the marrow of the bones of the wives’ legs will be seen through the flesh out of excessive beauty. They ( i.e. the people of Paradise) will neither have differences nor hatred amongst themselves; their hearts will be as if one heart and they will be glorifying Allah in the morning and in the evening.” (Bukhari)

    Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-’As: The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Do not pluck out grey hair. If any believer grows a grey hair in Islam, he will have light on the Day of Resurrection. (Abu Dawud)

    Narrated Aisha (RAA):- When Najashi died, we started talking of the light which continued to be seen over his grave. (Abu Daud, Mishkaat)

    • The Real Islam

      Brother Fahim,

      Thank you very much for your input brother. It seems you believe in the “Prophet (SAW) being light” theory and perhaps this is why you seem to have copied a large amount of references that are either:

      1. Incomplete references (i.e. just the name of a book (Bukhari or Muslim etc. isn’t enough evidence)
      2. Weak or even fake traditions (riwayaat) often collected in low rated or relatively unknown collections of Hadith.
      3. Commentaries and fatwas of scholars from various sects – as Muslims we can only accept a fatwa or commentary by a scholar if it is in conformance with the Quran and Sahih Hadith; otherwise it should be rejected.
      4. Examples or references that are irrelevant to the topic of our article.

      In our view these sectarian commentaries and weak or fake traditions found in low rated or unknown collections are major contributors towards confusing people on such topics as they spread beliefs that are contradictory to the Quran and Sahih Ahadith found in reputable collections.

      Furthermore, we seriously doubt if you have read our article beyond its title as some references that you have quoted have already been explained in our article. We have decided to briefly comment on the references you provided. However, in future please refrain from pasting heaps of irrelevant text. We would, however, be happy to have a discussion or answer any follow up questions. Following is our reply to the references you provided:

      Your reference:
      [Noor 24:35 (Kitaab ul-Shifa and Tafseer Khazin)

      Neither of the above-stated ahadith or tafsirs are reputable or widely accepted so we would refrain from commenting on these references. Nevertheless, we have explained the verse 24:35 in our article with the help of other Quranic verses.

      Your reference:
      [Ahzab 33:45 - 46]
      We have to interpret this verse in accordance with other verses in the Quran (this is a basic rule of understanding the Quran). For instance, the Quran also states that there is light in other scriptures i.e. Taurat and Injeel (these verses are already quoted in our article) and so this doesn’t mean these scripture used to glow or produce light. What it actually means is that they contained the light of hidayah or guidance for mankind. So the correct translation of [Ahzab 33:45-46] would be:

      And as one who invites to Allah [Islamic Monotheism] by His Leave, and as a lamp spreading light [through your instructions from the Quran and the Sunnah - the legal ways of the Prophet].

      So it is the Noor of Hidayat that the Prophet (SAW) brought with him in form of Quran.

      Your reference:
      [Maidah 5:15]
      This reference was also quoted by another reader and we have already replied to him beneath the original article. Following is the link:

      http://therealislam1.wordpress.com/2009/06/14/is-allah-noor-light-and-was-prophet-muhammad-pbuh-made-of-noor/#comment-33

      Your reference:
      Ibn ‘Abbas (RAA) said: … O Allah! place light in my heart, light in my hearing, light in my sight, light on my right, light on my left, light in front of me, light behind me, light above me, light below me, make light for me,” or he said:” Make me light.” (Muslim)

      First of all, the complete reference of this riwayat is as follows: Sahih Muslim – Book 04, Hadith 1677. Secondly this hadith, if taken literally, actually refutes the argument that the Prophet (SAW) was created with Noor. If the Prophet (SAW) was already “Noor e Mujassim” or if he was created with Noor then why did he have to pray to Allah to make him Noor later on? As we have already explained in our article with the help of Quranic verses, Allah has used the terms Noor or light as guidance or Hidayah and so the Prophet’s dua here would also be translated in the same way that he prayed Allah to fill his being with the light of guidance.

      Your reference:
      Prophet didn’t have a shadow (Zarkani, Khasais Kubra and Ibn Asakir, Khasais Kubra)

      The Prophet (SAW) not having a shadow is yet another theory based on weak or fake riwayaat such as the ones you have quoted above. What we actually learn from Sahih Ahadith, such as the one we are copying below from Sahih Bukhari, is that the Prophet (SAW) was a normal human being in every aspect, so much so that at the time of Hijrat (migration), the people of Medina, who hadn’t seen the Prophet before, couldn’t recognise him and mistook Abu Bakr (RA) as the Prophet (SAW).

      ”…One day, after waiting for a long while, they returned home, and when they went into their houses, a Jew climbed up the roof of one of the forts of his people to look for some thing, and he saw Allah’s Apostle and his companions dressed in white clothes, emerging out of the desert mirage. The Jew could not help shouting at the top of his voice, “O you ‘Arabs! Here is your great man whom you have been waiting for!” So all the Muslims rushed to their arms and received Allah’s Apostle on the summit of Harra. The Prophet turned with them to the right and alighted at the quarters of Bani ‘Amr bin ‘Auf, and this was on Monday in the month of Rabi-ul-Awal. abu bakr stood up, receiving the people while Allah’s Apostle sat down and kept silent. Some of the Ansar who came and had not seen Allah’s Apostle before, began greeting abu bakr, but when the sunshine fell on Allah’s Apostle and abu bakr came forward and shaded him with his sheet only then the people came to know Allah’s Apostle.” (Sahih Bukhari – Book #58, Hadith #245)

      So if the Prophet’s body used to glow or if he didn’t have a shadow, why didn’t the people of Medina notice this when Abu Bakr (RA) and Prophet (SAW) had arrived in Medina in broad daylight? Similarly, as confirmed in the below hadith, why did Abu Bakr (RA) have to provide shade to Nabi (SAW) from the sunshine when he was already light/noor? So as we mentioned earlier, we must seek evidence from authentic references only and shouldn’t rely on stories we read in books propagated by sects.

      Your reference:
      Prophet was more handsome than the moon (Tirmizi)
      As bright as the moon (Bukhari)

      Both these riwayaat confirm nothing but Sahaba sharing their love for the Prophet with examples i.e. how handsome and beautiful the Prophet (SAW) or that he was more beautiful than the moon. It doesn’t mean his body used to glow. Again, if this was the case the people of Medina (in the above stated hadith of Bukhari) would’ve immediately recognised him at the time of Hijrat. So we learn that these are just expressions used to depict love and affection and indeed we see many examples such as these all around us. Even today a mother would say “Allah ne mujhe chand sa beta diya” but we don’t translate this comment as if the child is made of light, do we?

      Your reference:
      [Israel 17:1] Ascension to heavens or Miraaj

      Indeed the above references are about the Mairaj incident, which was a miracle and the common rule in Islam is that we cannot generalise miracles. Allah indeed took Nabi (SAW) for a physical journey but this doesn’t mean that Nabi (SAW) was able to make such journeys on regular basis. There are many examples during his life which prove this theory wrong. For instance, when the people of Makkah captured Usman (RA) and spread a rumour that he was murdered. If Nabi (SAW) was able to travel with the speed of light or if he was ‘Hazir o Nazir’ (omnipresent) then he would have travelled to Makkah and come back in an instant to confirm that the news of Usman’s (RA) martyrdom was false. However, Nabi (SAW) gathered Sahaba and took an oath to avenge the death of Usman (RA) and started marching towards Makkah. This shows that the Prophet (SAW) was neither Aalim ul Ghaib nor Hazir o Nazir or light (i.e he did not have knowledge of the unknown, except what was revealed to him by Allah, and he was not omnipresent).

      Your reference:
      Light in the things touched by the Holy Prophet (Bukhari)

      Once again a tradition quoted without any reference. The correct reference of this hadith is Sahih Bukhari – Book 8, Hadith 454. We are also a bit confused as to why you have quoted this incident as nowhere does this hadith confirm that the Prophet (SAW) was made of light or produced these lights from his body. What we learn from this incident that these 2 Sahaba were lead by a light through Allah’s miracle until they reached their homes.

      Your reference:
      Stick of date palm (Shifa Shareef, Zarqani)

      Another incident from unknown reference and still it doesn’t confirm that Prophet (SAW) was made of light or if this stick became illuminated because the Prophet (SAW) touched it.

      Your reference:
      [Al-e-Imran 3:107] [Hadeed 57:12-13]
      Faces and clothes into light…… On the Day of Resurrection (Musnad Imam Ahmed)

      Brother you seem to have copied every verse or hadith that mentions the word “light” without bothering to confirm what it actually says or means. Once again, nowhere do these verses and ahadith confirm that these refer to the Prophet (SAW) being made of light. It is obvious to see that both these verses followed by ahadith refer to the believing men and women or the momineen and Sahaba who will have shining faces on the Day of Judgement. And even if we agree that Allah will literally make their bodies to glow and shine then this will be done in the Hereafter as a reward for their good deeds. This would not happen in this world. The very basic philosophy of Islam about this world is that human beings are made of dust, jinns are made of fire and Angels are made of light. All momineen, Sahaba and prophets were human beings and not jinns or angels. We do learn from Sahih ahadith that people (both believers and disbelievers) will get special bodies in the Hereafter but this is not true for this world.

      Your reference:
      (people) who will enter Paradise will be (glittering) like the moon… (Bukhari)

      Yet again, it is the people of Paradise that are being mentioned here and not people of this world.

      Your reference:
      Plucking out grey hair (Abu Dawud)

      Once again, the hadith says “on the day of resurrection”.

      Your reference:
      Najashi’s death (Abu Daud, Mishkaat)

      Can you please provide the complete reference of this riwayat? Here is a link to Abu Dawud online: http://www.muslimaccess.com/sunnah/hadeeth/abudawud/index.htm
      There are ahadith in Sahih Bukhari, Muslim and Muwatta Imam Mali about Najashi’s death and how the Prophet (SAW) and Sahaba performed his funeral prayer; still there is no mention of any light on his grave. Similarly, even if there was a light on his grave, how does this prove Muhammad (SAW) to be made of light?

      We hope that you will rely on stronger references in the future and not take them out of context.

      Assalam o alaikum

      • samir

        Muhammed (saw)had already passed away when hazrat usman died?so how come he would have done anything to stop it?

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother,

        The incident we are referring to is that of Bait-e-Ridwan (just before Sulah Hudaibiya) when Nabi (SAW) heard about Usman’s (RA) capture. This incident happened in 6AH (or 6 years after the migration to Madina). Some people say that Nabi (SAW) is made of noor and hazir-o-nazir (present everywhere at all times). We gave this example to prove that that is not the case and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was a human being.

        Jazakallah

      • samir

        Dear brother
        Allah in the Koran has asked us to look at his creations as they are also signs of the hidden meaning,we all know now which was not known 1400 years back that moon in the night sky does not posses that light by itself it is the light of the sun,Nabi(saw) Noor is also allahs Noor,we are living in the night of this world,he is showing us the way by the light of Allah towards sirate mustakim,nothing in the universe is sustained without Allah,even his(Nabi)saw divinity is allahs blessing,nothing will last in this world except the face of allah,it would be foolish on our part to give answers on allahs behalf to each other,even Nabi(saw)when questioned by the people used to wait for allahs guidance,we should not be denying somebody’s opinion outright,because they may be right,this are very serious topics and you could face the wrath of Allah if we keep insisting upon the ordinariness of Nabi(saw)if that was not the context which allah meant,look at hazrat Musa he parted the 2 seas with the command of Allah,Haazrat Isa brought the dead alive with allahs help,he was born without any man touching his mother,so they are divine that way,we cannot do things like that,Iblis did not obey Allah,and Hazrat Adam did not obey allah so what was the difference between the two,Iblis did not repent,but Hazrat Adam did,when the prophet can make mistake who are we,you could be totally wrong in what you are trying to prove here,so please never be certain about things,because everyone is reading the same Koran but understand differently this is diversity of thought,which should be accepted not ridiculed,even Allah says in the Koran don’t judge people of the book(Christians)they might be better than you,so cetainity in your knowledge is dangerous for your own self,to you yours and to me mine and Allah knows the best.
        Salam

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother Samir,

        Here is what Allah says about the soul:

        And they ask you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) concerning the Ruh (the spirit); Say: “The Ruh (the spirit) is one of the things, the knowledge of which is only with my Lord. And of knowledge, you (mankind) have been given only a little.”
        (Al-Isra, Chapter #17, Verse #85)

        O people of the Scripture (Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah aught but the truth. The Messiah ‘Îsa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah and His Word, (“Be!” – and he was) which He bestowed on Maryam (Mary) and a spirit (ruh ) created by Him; so believe in Allah and His Messengers. Say not: “Three (trinity)!” Cease! (it is) better for you. For Allah is (the only) One Ilah (God), glory be to Him (Far Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is All-Sufficient as a Disposer of affairs.
        (An-Nisa, Chapter #4, Verse #171)

        Then He fashioned him in due proportion, and breathed into him the soul (created by Allah for that person); and He gave you hearing (ears), sight (eyes) and hearts. Little is the thanks you give!
        (As-Sajda, Chapter #32, Verse #9)

        This is why I said earlier that ruh or soul is Allah’s hukm and mankind has been given no other knowledge in this matter. So whatever you have written about the ruh’s connection with Allah etc., these are just your own personal views and they are not supported by the Qur’an or Sahih Hadith.

        The kind of views you have expressed are often expressed by Sufis. In our opinion, Sufis mostly tell stories which have no place in Islam. We have written extensively on the Sufi creed and you can read the following articles on the subject:

        http://therealislam1.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/sufism/

        http://therealislam1.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/the-dodgy-noor-connection/

        http://therealislam1.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/sufism-is-an-omelette/

        Jazakallah

  7. Ali

    Asla o Alikim
    Would you please share your evidence or prove by virtue of whcih followig statemnt were published on your web site:-
    “The whole of Sufism and all other sects that believe in the transfer of esoteric knowledge (hidden knowledge) from wali (saint) to wali depend on this single hadith (which is not authentic)It is related that Jabir ibn Abdullah said to the Prophet: “O Messenger of Allah, may my father and mother be sacrificed for you, tell me of the first thing Allah created before all things.” He said: “O Jabir, the first thing Allah created was the light of your Prophet from His light, and that light remained (lit. “turned”) in the midst of His Power for as long as He wished and there was not, at that time, a Tablet or a Pen or a Paradise or a Fire or an Angel or a Heaven or an Earth. And when Allah wished to create creation, he divided that Light into four parts and from the first made the Pen, from the second the Tablet, from the third the Throne, [and from the fourth everything else].”

    Regards

    Ali

    • The Real Islam

      Dear brother Ali,

      Thank you for this excellent question. We must confess that we had planned to write further on this but forgot to. We have now added the article to the blog and we hope that it will answer your question. Please feel free to comment on the article and post your questions. Here is the link:

      http://therealislam1.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/the-dodgy-noor-connection/

      Assalam o alaikum

    • samir

      Dear brother,
      This is beautiful that you quote the verse from quran,which in my understanding would be believers of Christianity took the physical body to be god and attached the concept of physicality which is a physical concept and Allah is above that,if you fill the water of the ocean in a glass or a bucket the glass or the bucket does not become the ocean,Allah is every where and in every one of us,Allah says that he resides in the heart of the believer,your concept for me would be making Allah alien to its creation which has no attachment to its creation,the most beautiful thing in a human being is the love in our hearts and that is created by attachment and not fear,your concept creates fear,for me Allah is love as he in every verse starts with bismillah -er – rehman er rahim,we discipline our children when they are very young by scaring them as they would not understand the concepts at that age but when they grow up you don’t have to do the same thing as they are matured and they understand,Sufi concept believe in this and I relate very much to that concept, I don’t believe Allah who provides to mankind and to his creation irrespective of your belief in him or not,you abuse him or you praise him,he is the most benificent and merciful and he is not sensitive to such small things for his own sake,he don’t want people to get into the trap of defining him because it is not possible,because no word could do justice to his being,and the other thing you mentioned was that ruh is allahs hukum,but you also admit according to quran we have very little knowledge about the soul,if you take the concept of zahir and batin,when you want to hold something with your hand you give order to your hand or when you want to speak your brain signal the tongue,that is the relation between you and your body part,but you are not like your body part,you cannot see your own signal or you can visualize the order of your brain,allahs order is not to something which he is not attached too,he is in everything and everywhere but you cannot define him in the physical sense.Islam has many interpretation as Allah says in the quran that I have made you different tribes and different from each other so that I can test you,who among you is the best in religion,there is no compulsion in religion the only thing which is worst in allahs eyes is that when you do bad to each other as brothers,our parent will forgive us if we do something wrong to them most of the time but they would not forgive if you harm their other children,Allah being the most benificent and merciful has 100times more mercy than our parents,the most important thing is our intentions towards him and each other if you have purity in your heart and love for him it does not matter he is more forgiving and loving then you and I can ever imagine,just because somebody believes in him in a certain way does not doom him in eternity,that’s the reason before saying every verse Allah remind us he is the most benificent and the merciful.
      Salam brother

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother Samir,

        Assalam o alaikum

        You have once again made a very long comment and I am going to allow it on the blog just this last time. The reason why your comments are nor hujjat for a Muslim is that they are your own views and personal opinions and I or other Muslims are under no obligation to believe in them. Your view of Allah and man-God relationship are not evidenced by the Qur’an and the Sahih Hadith. This is why I requested you the last time as well that you have to bring some evidence to strengthen your argument. You may be surprised to hear that I too see Allah as a merciful God and you are welcome to read my article called ‘Why don’t we rely on Allah’s mercy?’ http://therealislam1.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/why-dont-we-rely-on-allah-mercy/

        I would say this one more time: I think that Sufism is a lot of nonsense. Sufis have taken huge liberties with Islamic beliefs. They have chopped and changed the Shariah and come up with Tareeqat. They are responsible for creating a religion that glorifies shirk. So this blog is not the best place to tell us how appealing Sufism is, because we think that Sufis and their followers have committed grave shirk and injustice and they have attempted to change the very philosophy of Islam. I do not dislike Sufis but Sufism’s core philosophy is so contradictory to Islam that it is astonishing to witness how successfully Sufis have fooled people into believing that somehow Sufism is Islamic.

        From this point onwards, I will not allow a comment from you on this topic because I think that you have been given ample opportunity to broadcast your views. I would now urge you to read our views as well and see if there is anything that resonates with you. As a Muslim, you need to adhere to what is written in the Qur’an and explained in the Sunnah. When the Qur’an says Muhammad (SAW) was not noor but was bashar just like all prophets before him, then that view holds more weight for me than the views of famous Sufis. If Allah says Muhammad (SAW) was a man, but a Sufi says that he was noor and possessed divinity, then I would very humbly tell the Sufi that he is wrong. If the Sufi persists, then I will very humbly tell him that he is also lying. If Allah tells us that He has not given us any knowledge of the Ruh, then Samir or anyone else shouldn’t be speculating about the Ruh’s connection with Allah. And with due respect, you are only speculating.

        Allah’s word, and Allah’s word alone, is the Truth.

        While Allah is the most merciful, He is also the Qahhar. So if we mess with the belief system of Islam, then we are liable for eternal torment and punishment. Allah will indeed forgive all sins if He wishes but He has made it clear that He will not forgive shirk. That statement should strike fear in the hearts of those Sufis who go about claiming connections with Allah.

      • K A AbdurRahiman

        Assalaamu alaikum brothers,

        Following this blog, a doubt arises whether we are like the six blind men who described an elephant..;
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        Light is but a very narrow slot of an infinite spectrum of electromagnetic energy, which humans can see; some animals see more! Science has no answer to what remains at the extremes!! Perhaps Allaah the Great has given the power to Rasoolullaah sallallaahu alaihivasallam to see through extra range of the spectrum that he was able to see Jibrael alaihissalaam.
        So why do we waste our time in finding answers to questions that are known to HIM only? Are we not making the greatest of shirk in trying to compete with HIS knowledge? Why do we like to interpret the grey area, when there are so many urgent matters of our dheen requiring our time and energy?
        But for religious leaders such as Abdul khader Jailani, Islam would not have spread so far and wide. Their thassawuf and Thareekas took the message to tiny villages with out any funding from kings.

        Please hear Al haj, Moulana, Moulavi, Dr. Deen Mohamed (Al Azhari) Phd.
        Vice President: Islamic University of Qatar, at the following link:
        [link deleted]

        Out of the trillions of humans from Adam alaihissalaam todate, why Allaahutha’aalaa is particular on one man when He commands us as follows:
        INN ALLAHA WA MALAIKATAHU YU SALLUNA ALAN NABI YA AYYUHAL LAZEENA AMANU SALLU ALAIHI WA SALLIMU TASLIMA

        Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Nabee (Prophet). You who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation.
        [Quran: Al Ahzab Chapter 33]

        Brothers, can you tell with hands on your heart whether all of you have saluted Rasoolullaah sallallaahu alaihiwasallam in that worthy manner as our Master commands us in your discussions?

        Allaah Tha’aalaa knows best.

        Is it not time to close this blog, the intention of which is great but the after effects dangerous. At this period in history, we need blogs that can unite us rather than helping the enemies to destroy the ummah.
        Wassalaam.

        [comment edited by blog admin]

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother,

        Assalam o alaikum and thank you for your comment.

        I think the point we made in our article above is that this issue is not as technical and scientific as people turn this into. Neither is it a grey area. The Qur’an is very clear on the substance of creation used for humans (clay, water) and jinns (fire). The Qur’an is also very clear on the fact that light is a creation of Allah. The problem occurs when people mix all these Quranic rulings and conclude something that negates the Qur’an. In view of this, if you feel pondering on this issue is a waste of time then that is your personal view but for us it is a top priority because it is a matter of aqeedah (belief).

        As far as this blog is concerned, we try to address the core causes of the problems faced by Ummah today. We don’t argue over the symptoms, we address the root cause. So if today the Prophet (SAW) is called upon for help and is thought to be alive, present and aware in this world and is given almost the same powers as Allah then the root cause of this problem is this dodgy belief, which leads people to think that Allah is noor and the Prophet is a part of Allah’s noor and through this belief they ascribe partners with Allah by giving His sole powers and attributes to His creations. The Christians did exactly the same: for them, Eesa (AS) too was ‘light from the light of God’.

        So, the way we look at this is that if the Ummah stops wasting its time on the actual grey area, which is to declare Allah and Prophet (SAW) made of noor, a lot of polytheistic beliefs and practices can be rectified. For us, this matter is black and white. It doesn’t matter if Allah’s being is on the visible spectrum of light or the invisible one, the fact of the matter is that human language cannot describe Him. Allah forbids humans from doing so and so you will never find us commenting on Allah’s being. On this blog, we are but trying to rely and stand firm on the information He has given to us regarding this topic and we are encouraging others to do the same rather then make wild guesses about frequency or visibility of light waves. Hence we wrote this article. Believe me there is nothing more urgent in Deen or in a Muslim’s life than having the correct beliefs and staying away from Shirk.

        Regarding the teachings of Abdul Qadir Jilani, please read the following blog article to see how he propagated the Bidd’ah of 15th Sha’baan and the shirk of seeking the waseela of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) when sending a dua to Allah: http://therealislam1.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/asli-ghaus-ul-azam-kon/

        Lastly, your suggestion for closing the blog is a bit strange. Perhaps you are implying that we are dividing people instead of uniting them. The reality however is completely opposite as we believe that through this blog we are inviting people to leave their individual sects and become only Muslims and unite on the actual Islam, which is against all sects. This is because the Ummah is already divided into countless sects i.e. Sunni, Shia, Barelvi, Deoband, Ahle Hadith, Salafi, Ahmedi etc. We are trying to challenge the very existence of sects as well as the wrong beliefs and practices that they have spread so people can unite on the way of the Prophet (SAW) and his companions as explained in the Qur’an and Sahih Hadith. But of course we don’t believe in “Aalim Online” style marriage of convenience between sects as that is not unity.

        Instead of suggesting to others to close their blogs perhaps you should try and come to terms with the fact that just like we are entitled to our opinions and beliefs, others too have the same right. If we do not agree with someone else’s opinions then instead of advising them to shut down their website, we either attempt to answer their arguments or take a leave. There is always the option of starting your own blog.

        P.S. Due to our blog rules we are unable to share any outside video or website links but we are posting your thoughts in full.

      • samir

        Thank you for giving me the opportunity to express my views,I was very much trying to understand your point of view,and at the same time shared my opinion with you all,I am very sorry if in anyway hurt you or others with my opinion,and with my humble prayers that allah bestow us with real understanding of the faith of islam and forgive us all our sins,inshallah you won’t here from me again with my best wishes to you all.
        Khuda Hafiz dear brother

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother Samir,

        Assalam o alaikum

        I think that you have got offended by my earlier comment. It was not meant to cause any distress and if it did, then please accept my apologies.

        This topic of Noor has historically been the most popular on our blog and you must have noticed that there are nearly 70 comments on it. In addition to the article itself, we have made over 30 detailed comments on this subject so it has been discussed in exhaustive detail. My suggestion was to read the article and the long discussion in the comments section. If you have already read everything, then may I ask what is it that you have learnt in your quest for the Truth? And if you have your own views on the subject, then as a Muslim you must bring evidence from the Qur’an and Sahih Hadith to strengthen your argument otherwise it would simply be personal opinion and will not be binding (hujjat) on another Muslim.

        So rather than leave the blog, please spend a couple of days reading the full article and the comments under the article and then let us know what you think. If you still wish to leave the blog, then of course that is your decision.

        Jazakallah

  8. Abdurrazak Mansuri

    Salaam Alaykum,
    Your above article-
    Allah is NOT Noor, rather, Noor is a creation of Allah.
    For this Noor you gave some Ayah from Qur’an and tried to explain that Allah is not Noor but some thing else.
    Refer in Qur’an Sura Noor Ayah No. 35 Allah gave clarification of His Noor.
    No doubt as you mentioned Noor may is used in the meaning of Emaan, truth etc. In English also some words have many meaning as an example word “see” to see means to watch, to look,
    “I see” means I understand
    “I will see you” this sentence use for revenge .
    Only I request you when you are giving example of some Ayah for Noor, better you mention correct explanation Noor of Allah what explain Allah Himself for His Noor in Chapter 24:35
    Allah 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.
    Allah does guide whom He will to His Light.
    Allah bless all of us. Amen.
    Jazakallah,
    Mr. Abdurrazak Mansuri

    • The Real Islam

      Dear brother Abdurrazak,

      Thank you for reading our blog.

      Surah Noor 24:35 has been discussed in a lot of detail in our article so we would suggest that you read our viewpoint in detail first. This ayat is one of Mutashabihaat (not clear) so two things need to be kept in mind regarding this:

      1. That this ayat should be understood in the light of other ayaat in the Qur’an. The best explanation of the Qur’an is the Qur’an itself. Allah tells us that light is His creation and that angels are made of light. Similarly, the verse in Surah Noor is but a parable or an example to help us understand that Allah is the true uncreated source of guidance. This ayat is not meant to indicate what substance Allah is made of, since we know very well that Allah is unique and we cannot speculate on the substance of His Being.

      2. The second thing to remember is that we maintain belief in this Mutashabeh verse as Allah has told us and we do not put our own theories and ideas into it. So if the Qur’an explains to us that noor is a creation of Allah and hadith tells us that noor is Allah’s veil, then we have to view this ayat and our belief in this ayat accordingly. So this ayat can only be understood if it is not taken literally; the ayat makes clear that Allah is telling us that He is the true source of guidance and that His guidance is the true (pure) guidance. If we take this ayat literally, then we encounter the problem of what is meant by Lamp, Glass and Olive Oil? In the latter half of the verse, Allah says clearly that He has set forth parables for men and this ayat is but a parable.

      Allah’s light is the light of guidance, not the substance of His Being.

      We hope that this answers your query and we would request you to read the full article to see the explanation for Surah Noor 24:35.

      Assalam o alaikum

  9. drismailkassim

    I really find you are just swimiing around the literal oceans of Translation without even knowing the Understanding of Verses of Quran. Upon understanding the Holy Verses you need to acquire , The Knowledge of Wisdom behind that Knowledge , Knowledge of that Understanding , will lead you to be exposed of Wisdoms and The Deeper Understanding of Wisdoms will lead you to understand The Knowledge of Reality of that Verses and that will lead you to Marifaah. You are still in the levels of kindergarden arguing and quarelling about the verses without deepening your knowledge and Wisdom Hikmah that Allah encourages every muslims to acquire, Firstly know who are the Ulool Albaab , Then know who are Ullol Absaar ,then Know who are Ulool ILM, everyone here seems to pretend and acts as though knowing Quraan at the tip of their Hands. Seek the WIsdoms of Quranic Verses from Wali Wali Allah [ Surah Yunus 62] The possesor of Iman Yakin and then seek to know further from Ulool ILM. Be a Muslim [ a Muslim who submit by heart , Soul and The Entire Being] then upgarde to become a Mu’mineen. Then to become a Muhsineen , Then Upgrade to become a Mutaqeen. Then upgrade to become a Sadiqeen. Ask any So called Scholars are they a Saliheen , Or A Shyuhadaah , A Siddiqeen , A Inheritor of Prophetic [ Warthathul Anbiya] [ Al Ulamau Warthathul Anbiya].

  10. drismailkassim

    Those who belittle the Prophet SAW and downgrade His Position after having recited the doa after iqamah and azan has really put the Holy Maqam of the Prophet SAW very very Low and they are enemies from within , they are munafiqoon, If only you knew the Reality of The Holy Prophet’s SAW Creation and its wisdoms, you would refrain from all these kind of belitteling of the Prophet SAW. In jahiliyah Times there were kafiroon and mushrikoon who denied Prophet SAW miracles and todya these are scounderels who deny the Lights of the Holy Prophet SAW , May Allah SWT Save their Iman, Prophet SAW is more than Light , He is the Rahmatun Lil Alameen , He is the Beloved and Khaleel of Allah SWT , He is A Slave a Humble One, Whose Reliance was totally on His Lord Almighty.There is no dispute about his greatness , while munafiqs says he is just an ordinary man, Yes, Allah SWT asked Prophet SAW to say that, because they taught Prophet SAW , Had some powers or more powers , But were in that sense of Power was just as an ordinary person , but he is not like you and anyone else in this Dunya in terms of his maqams , greatness , Maqamam Mahmooda , Al Wasilah Wal Fahdilah , Be really3 careful in uttering of about the Prophet SAW , of what you dont have the knowledge, lest you might fall into becoming a Munfaiqoon , Wa Rafaana La Zhikrak, Is this a state of an ordinary person , lesser than any lights of guidance , Prophet SAW is the Center of Guidance and that itself is the Light of Guidance and Rahmatan lil Alameen.You all know only the translation , You must die to seek the Divine Knowledge , which are all in Al Quraan and enlightening every verses with Light Upon Light , Ignorance is darkness and Light is Guidance and Knowledge.
    Prophet SAW is greater and greatest of all Human Beings and He is more than the Light , Even the Sun light is ashamed of the Prophet’s SAW Divine Light, The Lights at the birth time of the Prophet SAW extinguished the Fire of Majusi that has been burning for hundred of Years.
    Light is Nothing compared the RahmatanLil Alameen. Now do you know what is Rahmatan Lil Alameen for you and all of the alameen , The stone , The Tree , The Atoms , How is Rahmatan Lil ALameen essence found in the Prostitute , or In Syaitan or Dajjal ……Remember It is Rahmatan Lil Alameen for the Entire Alams. Wake up slumbering ones, Dont Ever you belittle the Holy Prophet’s SAW Maqam and Darajjat , His Greatness as the Most Beloved Slave of Allah SAW , Dont ever call him again as an ordinary person , like you treat your father or your people, He is beyond any man comparison in characters let alone the Divine Proximity. Bringing stupid examples such as Prophet SAW could not be there in Makkah to save Osman is not at all relevant to show Prophet SAW state of ordinaryness, While he Could bring the Moon , Inscribe His Name and Allah’s KALIMAH on the Moon and miracles more than this , The Journey at the Speed of Light and beyond, to Travel beyond the Speed of Light to the Throne of Lord you need to be an Essence Beyond the Speed of Light or else you can travel. Think Deep and beyond your meat box up on the skull there. These are the enemies of the Prople who cover themselves under the name of ISLAM and Bring down the State of The Holy Prophet SAW , They deny many good hadees and narrations just because they dont befit their Dirty Nafs and syaitanic voices. You dont Like the Holy Prophet SAW and cannot acceot his Miracles and Him being the Greatest Slave of Allah Who is a Human yet A Divine Being attached to Lord at every moment of time, get out of ISLAM. That is the Bets advise.Atleast you dont corrupt the minds of good brothers who Love the Prophet SAW and accept all miracles performed by The Holy Prophet SAW as one of His greatest Legend , The Highest of The Miracles are the Blessings of Rahmatan Lil Alameen , The Highest of The Miracles are the Holy Quran and again the Highest of the Miracles are the Holy Prophet SAW is an Embodiement of Greatest Light of Allah SWT on this Universe [ his light is the Guiding Light ] Prophets SAW Light is the Light Of Mercy and Blessings and The Greatest Light for the entire Universe. Believe or discard it [ but this the reality of Knowledge of Al Quraan ] If only you know what Light means.Therefore dont dispute on Prophet’s Light oh ignorant ones and also dont talk on this subject with half or little knowledge lest that enemies will weaken your Iman as how i see some of them bring forth statements and proofs to refute that the Holy Prophet SAW is Not the Light refered by Allah [ While he is the Light, Light Greater than Any Light – The Light Of Mercy , The Light of Blessings , Teh Light of Guidance , While Almighty Allah SWT is The Light of Heaven adn Earth , Yes Allah’s one of the Greatest Attribute is the Light – Anoor , And it is Recorded Sifaat of Allah SWT and He is the LIGHT – that you see all around you and even that produce in your Laboratory because Oh Ignorant Ones , Oh whom degrade Allah SWT Version of Al Quran as if though their thinking are right and accurate – Know that , Think , Meditate , Ruminate , Contemplate and Get beyond your meaty brain ……….. That INDEED ALLAH IS THE LIGHT and all of the Craetion is in DARKNESS and They are Opposite to LIGHT. Learn the Knowledge of LIGHT and Divine ILM to access and know the truths that you people have not even heard of though you have learnt more than 2.5 Million books and accumulated certificates of Dunya and Deen to declare yourselves as Mawlana , Ustaz or Shaykh, Do you have the Certificate From Allah SWT to declare yourself as the Salihen , Shyuhada , Siddiqeen and Warzathul Anbiyaa[ the inheritors of the Prophets] dont throw your half cooked knowledge to confuse innnocent Muslims across the Globe , You will be answereable to Allah SWT. Learn the Knowledge of Reality as How Imam Ghazali has learnt and as how many Mujadeed has learnt to be in the good books of Almighty Allah SWT. May Allah Forgive me and Bless You all.

    • The Real Islam

      Dear Dr Ismail,

      Please can we ask you to keep your comments short and focussed to make it easy for our readers to read them and digest them? It also makes it easy for us to reply to them.

      You have said that, “Prophet SAW is the Center of Guidance and that itself is the Light of Guidance and Rahmatan lil Alameen.” We would simply clarify that Allah is the Centre of guidance and the source of guidance. That guidance is referred to as ‘light’ or ‘noor’ in the Qur’an. On one hand, you are telling us not to be literal, on the other you are being literal yourself and saying that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was physically made of light, just as Allah was. So are you saying that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) shared in Allah’s Being? Is that what you mean by ‘Divine Proximity’?

      Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was chosen by Allah for his great character and wisdom to pass on the message of Allah. Like other prophets, he was masoom (free from sin or evil) and he was granted some miracles by Allah’s leave. He was a man, one who ate and slept and walked amongst men, as Allah Himself tells us in the Qur’an. One doesn’t need to be a certificate-holding scholar to realise this.

      The shirk of the Jews was that they took Uzair (AS) as Allah’s son. The shirk of Christians was that they took Jesus (AS) as Allah’s son, part of His being, light from light. The shirk of the Muslim ummah is that it made Prophet Muhammad (SAW) part of Allah’s being by declaring Allah as Noor and then declaring Muhammad (SAW) as part of that Noor. We have explained this in detail in another article called ‘The Dodgy Noor Connection’. The article also clarifies how Sufism’s foundations rest on this concept.

      Assalam o alaikum

  11. imran

    Brother why are you wasting your time……

    [Comment text deleted]

    • The Real Islam

      Dear brother Imran,

      Your comment is being deleted because it is angry and abusive. A Muslim is expected to have the best of Ikhlaq (manners) and it serves no purpose at all to single out a group of people and make crass judgments about them.

      If you have anything useful and positive to add to the discussion, then you are welcome to comment.

      Assalam o alaikum

  12. Ahmad

    Brother what i understand is that Allah is not noor. Noor either means Emaan, knowledge or guide.
    Now take surah noor ayat 35.
    First line would be: Alah is guide/knowledge/eman of heaven and earth. Second line: Example of his guide/knowledge/eman is like niche in which is light. Now brother this translation of noor as knowledge or guidence doesn’t fit. Allah here tells us that what he is like. But later again in the ayat knowledge and guidence fits in the ayat like in the first line. Now please explain.its contradicting and supporting in the same ayat.

    • The Real Islam

      Dear brother,

      There is no contradiction at all. Allah is the source of all guidance; the uncaused source. This is why we are given the parable of a lamp giving light, a light generated on its own (the oil is well near luminous). So we will amend your sentences slightly for better understanding:

      The first line would be Allah is the source of all the guidance/knowledge of heaven and earth.
      Second line: The parable/similitude of His unlimited guidance/knowledge is like niche in which is a lamp.

      I hope this will help explaining our stance in the article.

      Assalam o alaikum

      • AbdurRahiman

        003.007
        ABDLH.YUSUF ALI: He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: In it are verses basic or fundamental (of established meaning); they are the foundation of the Book: others are allegorical. But those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part thereof that is allegorical, seeking discord, and searching for its hidden meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: “We believe in the Book; the whole of it is from our Lord:” and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding.
        MUHD M.W.PICKTHALL: He it is Who hath revealed unto thee (Muhammad) the Scripture wherein are clear revelations – they are the substance of the Book – and others (which are) allegorical. But those in whose hearts is doubt pursue, forsooth, that which is allegorical seeking (to cause) dissension by seeking to explain it. None knoweth its explanation save Allah. And those who are of sound instruction say: We believe therein; the whole is from our Lord; but only men of understanding really heed.
        M.H.SHAKIR: He it is Who has revealed the Book to you; some of its verses are decisive, they are the basis of the Book, and others are allegorical; then as for those in whose hearts there is perversity they follow the part of it which is allegorical, seeking to mislead and seeking to give it (their own) interpretation. but none knows its interpretation except Allah, and those who are firmly rooted in knowledge say: We believe in it, it is all from our Lord; and none do mind except those having understanding.

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother AbdurRahiman,

        Jazakallah for posting the verses of the Qur’an although we are not sure what point you are trying to make.

  13. Saira Zulfiqar

    II have two questions.

    1. If guidance of mankind was/is, as we know, Allah’s purpose, would he not simplify the matter for us by describing His physical attributes and state? What good does this ambiguity do?

    2. You say that Allah is an ineffable reality and that we are religiously barred from attributing any worldly characteristics to Him, how are we supposed to envision Him while praying? Irony is that although describing Allah’s appearance is blasphemous, majority of us picture Him as a bearded male or a light emanating from Heaven.

    As much ridiculous as my questions might sound to you, I want to assure you that these are real questions that cry for an honest consideration.

    • The Real Islam

      Dear sister Saira,

      Assalam o alaikum

      Your questions are not ridiculous at all. Here are the answers as per our understanding:

      1. You and I are not in a position to decide or dictate what Allah should or should not have clarified. Allah has created us and He knows us inside out. Therefore, the guidance He has provided must be adequate given the limitations of human understanding. Again, I am not sure what ambiguity you are referring to. Allah says clearly that there is none like Him. This means that our limited faculty of imagination can neither imagine Him nor should we try to.

      2. It is worth mentioning that Allah Himself uses parables in the Qur’an for His being. For example, He talks about His throne in the Ayat-al-Kursi. We often hear that all of Universe is in His Hands. Yet, we have no way of knowing if Allah has hands like humans do. Our brain naturally dwells on things like that but that is the moment to stop ourselves and remind ourselves that it is a bit pointless conjuring up images of Allah when we have been told clearly that He is beyond our imagination. You are correct in saying that the majority of us, especially when praying, picture Him as a bearded male etc. Human beings have always wondered about Allah; there are cave drawings and ancient murals depicting God, and in the modern era, movies and books indeed depict Him as such. As Muslims, we should avoid such conjecture. When saying our prayers, we can simply imagine ourselves in our mind’s eye, prostrating on the prayer mat. This is sufficient to help focus our concentration.

      The ‘Noor’ article specifically considers the viewpoint, unfortunately held by many Muslims, that Allah is made of Light and Muhammad (SAW) is a part of His Being. This belief is outside Islamic beliefs, it is Shirk in Allah’s Being, and we have pointed to the similar beliefs held by Christians about the person of Jesus (AS).

      We hope this answers your questions.

      Wassalam

      • ALAA MOHAMMAD

        Dear all, It is mentioned in ALE-IMRAN that say (Muhammad) I am the first Muslim & moreover Quran is not an ordinary book rather tadhabbur (ponder) irrespective of ones intellectual capacity or analytical & derivative capablity it is not easy for deriving the hidden secret until and unless Allah helps you in understanding or people of DHIKR one would end up in interpreting it in its own way. Allah (ST) mentioned in S:3, that understanding Quran itself is a test.

        So my kind request to all the Muslim brothers (SHIA/SUNNI) first thing don’t hate each other as nobody has this authority. Moreover, only to translate the word “DEEN” which has 7 different meaning is difficult.

        Your creed (aqidah) should be perfect otherwise one have to suffer for it. So forget your perception rather just accept as it is though it may hurt ones feeling.

        My bother only is that we must obey Allah & Rasool (PBUH) and should not treat him like ordinary man. Yes Nabi was like us, but we are not like him. Yes we are like animal bcoz they also eat and sleep. Even the body of Nabi is not burried on earth, as one could still read the Hadith written on Riyaz-uz-Jannah that this is a part of paradise in Madina Munawara which is very old (uthmani empire) Moreover I am against such Hadith which says that ABUTALIB was MUSHRIKH, Nabi was illiterate, Nabi is dead (though during prayer we read Dharood sharif, which means Muhammad is alive) and moreover no interest shown towards respecting Ahlebait for whom Allah has guaranted their purification. Nabi was operated by angels to remove dirt out at early age (means Nauzbillah, firefighting due to poor planning) Nabi sleeping on Abu bakr (RA) lap as he was tired and Abu bakr (RA) was still active etc.

        We need Hadith to understand the Sunnah of prophet but not to learn who (ALE-IBRAHIM) is Mushrikh. Nabi was not prophet until 40 yrs whereas Musa(PBUH) stayed hungry for three days to find a MAIMOONA in order to get feeded (milk)

        KINDLY ANALYZE WITH PURE HEART AND INTENTION, AS THIS MATTER HAS NOT BEEN SOLVED SINCE 1000′S OF YEAR.

        DON’T FORGET WHAT HAPPENED TO Musa’s(pbuh) Ummah when they insisted to see Allah (ST) the mountain was burned by NOOR.

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother,

        To be honest, I don’t know how to respond to your comment. The Quran’s meaning has been explained by Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his Sahaba (RA) and that is the meaning to follow.

        Nabi (SAW) was a bashar, a man, who ate and slept and died. He was buried in the same earth we live on. His soul is now in Barzakh in a place closest to Allah. This is what the Quran and Sahih Hadith tell us.

        It doesn’t matter whether you or anyone else likes it or not if Abu Talib is called a Mushrik. The fact is that he was a mushrik and the person who gave us this information is Prophet Muhammad (SAW):

        Narrated Said bin Al-Musaiyab from his father: When the time of the death of Abu Talib approached, Allah’s Apostle went to him and found Abu Jahl bin Hisham and ‘Abdullah bin Abi Umaiya bin Al-Mughira by his side. Allah’s Apostle said to Abu Talib, “O uncle! Say: None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, a sentence with which I shall be a witness (i.e. argue) for you before Allah. Abu Jahl and ‘Abdullah bin Abi Umaiya said, “O Abu Talib! Are you going to denounce the religion of Abdul muttalib?” Allah’s Apostle kept on inviting Abu Talib to say it (i.e. ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’) while they (Abu Jahl and Abdullah) kept on repeating their statement till Abu Talib said as his last statement that he was on the religion of Abdul muttalib and refused to say, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ (Then Allah’s Apostle said, “I will keep on asking Allah’s forgiveness for you unless I am forbidden (by Allah) to do so.” So Allah revealed (the verse) concerning him (i.e. It is not fitting for the Prophet and those who believe that they should invoke (Allah) for forgiveness for pagans even though they be of kin, after it has become clear to them that they are companions of the fire (9.113). (Sahih Bukhari, Book #23, Hadith #442)

        Nabi (SAW) is dead, as the Quran tells us that all living beings will die, and as Abu Bakr (RA) told us and as all Sahaba (RA) had an ijma on it (consensus):

        Narrated ‘Aisha : Abu Bakr came riding his horse from his dwelling place in As-Sunh. He got down from it, entered the Mosque and did not speak with anybody till he came to me and went direct to the Prophet, who was covered with a marked blanket. Abu Bakr uncovered his face. He knelt down and kissed him and then started weeping and said, “My father and my mother be sacrificed for you, O Allah’s Prophet! Allah will not combine two deaths on you. You have died the death which was written for you.” Narrated Abu Salama from Ibn Abbas : Abu Bakr came out and ‘Umar , was addressing the people, and Abu Bakr told him to sit down but ‘Umar refused. Abu Bakr again told him to sit down but ‘Umar again refused. Then Abu Bakr recited the Tashah-hud (i.e. none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and muhammad is Allah’s Apostle) and the people attended to Abu Bakr and left ‘Umar. Abu Bakr said, “Amma ba’du, whoever amongst you worshipped muhammad, then muhammad is dead, but whoever worshipped Allah, Allah is alive and will never die. Allah said: ‘muhammad is no more than an Apostle and indeed (many) Apostles have passed away before him ..(up to the) grateful.’ ” (3.144) (The narrator added, “By Allah, it was as if the people never knew that Allah had revealed this verse before till Abu Bakr recited it and then whoever heard it, started reciting it “) (Sahih Bukhari, Book #23, Hadith #333)

        Nabi (SAW) did not have a formal education and that is why he was the ‘unlettered’ prophet; the word Allah uses in the Quran is ‘Ummi’.

        The rest of your post I could not understand.

        Assalam o alaikum

  14. omer

    i was bit confused but after reading your blog, im much satisfied with the details. i appreciate your efforts.

    How can GOD be created from a thing(Light), that HE created himself??

  15. Mohsin Ali

    Masha Allah…great work…May Allah bless you..Ameen

    It is clear from the Quranic verses and Sahih hadith that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was a bashar and not noor,

    I don’t understand why people are keep sticking to the doubt that Prophet Muhammad SAW is noor,

    • samir

      Prophet is Indeed the Noor of Allah because he is the one who got his message to mankind,can you imagine in the secular world asking your children by giving them the book and ask them to understand by there ownI am sure the answer is No it is not possible,give the book to an adult and ask them to solve complicated math problem again the answer would be a big No,then how you would understand allahs book without a teacher,Allah has given the book with the teacher in the form of imam of the time who would interpret the message of Allah in the changing times, even during the time of prophet there were changes made by Allah in the Koran so how it would be possible understanding Koran in our time,when we can’t even understand the human knowledge in the form of mathematics,biology,chemistry without a teacher,Allah says in the Koran you will be called upon by the name of the imam of your time,the Nabi(saw)had said I leave among you two weighty things the book and the Noor they would both meet me in the hear after at Hous-e-kouser,Allah has made everything in this world in pairs if you have the book there suppose to be a teacher,I am sure allah being the most just would not leave us without a teacher,it would not be possible,the great Nasire khusro started his journey in the 12th century when he came upon the verse in the Koran where Allah ask the prophet(saw)to take the baiyat(promise)on his hand from the people who were accompanying him and links his baiyat of the people to as if they had taken it on allahs hand,Nasirkhusro said to himself how can Allah be so unjust that people in the time of Nabi(saw)were lucky to do baiyat on his hand and I have no one in the present time to do baiyat on,so he started his journey in the search of the hand of Allah in his time which led him to the fatimid empire were he found the imam of his time,Allah says in the Koran to the Nabi(saw)they want to extinguish the Noor of Allah by the blow of there mouth but Allah protect his Noor from the hypocrites,how do you blow the Noor?the only way you could do is by spreading lies and false rumours that were directed towards Hazrat Ali by belittling his status in the eyes of people,Allah also indicates towards HazratAli when he mention about people who give alms also in there ruku(sajda)which Hazrat Ali had done when a person who was so in need that he ask for help and Hazrat Ali who was reciting namaz streches his hand forward and gestures towards that person to take it,Allah in the Koran says to Nabi(saw)that tell them to the people that I don’t want anything for my prophetship except your love for my family(Hazrat Ali bibi Fatima,imam hasan and imamhussain)j

      • zahid

        I am amazed to know ignorant people like u exist , clearly finding meaning of Quran according to your sweet will. May ALLAH open your heart .

  16. Ahsan Kazmi

    The Shias in no way claim that Allah is light in the physical sense.
    “Without doubt, the “light” mentioned in the verse of Light (Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth…) is not a physical and sensible light. For, sensible light pertains to the accidental characteristics and qualities of material existents. Hence, the arguments that negate Allah’s (awj) corporeality preclude perceiving Allah (awj) as sensible and material light. Moreover, there are numerous Qur`anic verses that deny the possibility of a visual perception of Allah (awj), disaffirming any similarity between Him and His creatures.”

    read a more detailed explanation here:

    http://www.al-islam.org/faith_reason/12.htm

    • The Real Islam

      Dear brother Ahsan,

      The article discusses the concept of transfer of divine glory to various people. For the Sunni Barelvis, the Prophet (SAW) was made of Allah’s Noor (in the physical sense) and could share in Allah’s divinity. For the Shia, the Noor represents ‘esoteric’ or hidden knowledge, as commented upon by Karen Armstrong (and quoted in the article). The weblink you have provided confirms that this divine light or Noor represents guidance or knowledge of things. We have developed the Noor argument further in the article called ‘The Dodgy Noor Connection’. In that article, we have quoted a fabricated tradition from a Shia named AbdurRazzaq bin Hamam, who first said that Muhammad (SAW) was created from the Noor of Allah. Further on, we find traditions from Shia narrators who talk about this Noor (divine knowledge) being transferred to Abdul Muttalib, then splitting into two: one piece was transferred to Abu Talib and one to his brother Abdullah. This is why Ali (RA) is seen as the Imam ul Aulia as he possessed that Noor, and Muhammad (SAW) as the Imam ul Anbiya, as he too possessed that Noor. The weblink you have provided goes to great lenghts to prove that Abu Talib was a Momin….can you tell us why it is important for the Shia to believe that Abu Talib was a Momin?

      So whether you see it as physical light or esoteric knowledge, the Shia view is that Ali (RA) possessed this knowledge and so did the 11 other Imams who are ‘masoomeen’ or innocent (free from sin). It is this belief of ‘shared divinity’ that we have tried to refute through the Qur’an and Sahih Hadith. The correct belief is that Abu Talib died a Mushrik and so did Abdul Muttalib. Ali (RA) was a great Sahabi and a man known for his knowledge of Islam. He made great sacrifices for Islam and, like the other Sahaba, Allah has promised Jannah to him.

      Assalam o alaikum

      • AbdurRahiman

        Probably no explanation may enter your intellect as it seems from your writings that you have been fixated with your own conviction; and even though i feel it a waste of time in forwarding the following to you, yet I am doing the same to fulfil a duty of transmitting a knowledge which I came across:
        The Light of the Prophet
        compiled by GF Haddad ©

        From Shaykh M. Hisham Kabbani’s book:
        “The 555 beautiful names of the Prophet”
        with concerning ahadith, prophetic sayings, traditions
        [text deleted]
        G Fouad Haddad

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother AbdurRahiman,

        You posted a very long article. We have deleted the text but kept the reference so other readers can read it if they wish.

        The response to this long article is simple and short and it is found in the Qur’an. ‘Light’ is a creation of Allah and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was a Bashar, a man. All prophets were the best of men, free from sin and of great intellect. But they were human beings.

        A million scholars can start exaggerating the ‘being’ of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) or view him as part of Allah’s Light and then start creating all of Universe through that Light, but those million opinions do not have any worth in front of the Qur’an. A Muslim is a Muslim because he follows the Qur’an, not scholars. The opinions listed in that article are nothing but stories and wild conjecture.

        We would now urge you to read our article with an open mind and then evaluate the opinions of the scholars to see if they contradict the Qur’an. If they do contradict the Qur’an (and they do), the best thing to do is to throw them in the bin.

        Jazakallah

      • Imran

        Allah Is noor

        Ref. Quran
        Ayat an-nur
        24th surah 35th Ayat
        Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.
        The parable of His Light is a niche wherein is a lamp
        the lamp is in a glass, the glass as it were a glittering star

        and if Allah is not Noor then what he is ?

        HZ. Abu Talib Was a momin

        He conducted the Prophet’s (PBUH) Nikah !!!

        and nikah is only accepted/legit when a muslim conducts the nikah
        If abu talib was a kafir then why would Prophet(PBUH) want a kafir to conduct his nikah !!!

        Ref: al Hadith:
        “Kullo maulodin yuhlido ala fitratil islam”
        “every child is born with fitrat of Islam the guardians of the child make them beleive what they”
        Now back to point HZ abu talib Raised two children
        1.Prophet Muhammad(PBUH)
        2.Hz Ali (A.S)

        both of them brought are The two pillars of islam
        they walked on HZ Abu talib’s Footsteps what he taught them
        then how can be HZ abu talib be kafir

        he died as a true momin

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother Imran,

        The blog post on ‘noor’ has got nearly 90 comments on it and almost all arguments brought in favour of this idea have been discussed in detail. Please take out some time to read the comments on the article, which will provide further clarity.

        Authentic hadith tells us that Abu Talib died as a mushrik. Whether a person dies in the state of Emaan or not has nothing to do with whether his children were pious. For example, Ibraham’s (AS) father was a mushrik, as the Qur’an tells us clearly. Using your logic, can we conclude that Ibraham’s father was a momin because he raised a son [Ibraham] who was one of the greatest prophets?

  17. Allah ho noor Samwati Wal Arz……our Allah Kaisa noor hy us ki example Sura Noor ko zara samaj ka parhy

    • The Real Islam

      Dear brother Khurshid,

      Assalam o alaikum

      We would like to request you to please read the above article in full and also read the questions and answers at the bottom of the article. That should clarify the matter to you.

      Jazakallah

  18. As Salamu Alaikum,

    This is a great job done by you guys indeed, MashaAllah. May Allah reward all of you immensely.

    Unfortunately the comments left here are mostly by [text deleted].

    Your patience in answering back is also real admirable. I personally am collecting evidences against these shameless and baseless claims. If i can indeed get to finish it, I will try to share with you guys, In shaa Allah. (Just a little addition, the claims that these Jahils make, similar claims about other prophets and Gods can be found in the Christian, Jewish and Hindu scriptures.)

    Please dont edit or delete my comment.

    May the blessings and mercy of Allah be with you.

    [Comment edited by blog admin]

    • The Real Islam

      Dear brother Imtiaz,

      Assalam o alaikum

      Thank you for reading our blog. We found your comment to be aggressive so we have edited it.

      It is important to clarify that we are not against any sects and certainly not against particular sects. We reject all sects, be it Barelvi or Ahlehadith/Salafi and we do this on the basis of their beliefs, not because we have something against them or because we hate them.

      We also think that it is not for us to sentence anyone to Hell because this is only Allah’s decision. However, based on the clear beliefs and actions of certain groups, we can identify if such beliefs or actions amount to Shirk or Kufr. The purpose is to refute false practices and personalities who propagate them (refutation of Taghoot) so that the actual Truth can be highlighted. Our practice is to patiently do Dawah and bring the evidence to the table; the rest is up to the reader as to what they choose to follow.

      Calling someone a ‘jahil’ or other such words does not lead to a healthy discussion; rather it makes people angry and the whole purpose of Dawah is lost. This is why, in Surah Asr, Allah exhorts us all to patience.

      Wassalam

      • Imran Ayub

        Assalamu alaikum
        Dear brothers
        I have been brought up in an environment whereby my relatives.friends.local community members all believe that our beloved prophet was made of noor and is omnipresent. This has always struck me as illogical.
        I am so happy to have read your articles,
        which you have answered calmly,constructively
        and with great reasoning.
        Thankyou for sharing your knowledge and may Allah s.w.t reward you.

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother Imran,

        Thank you for taking out the time to read our blog and for your kind comment. We have share buttons at the bottom of our article so please share this with your family and friends to spread the word. I am sure that there will be disagreements and much anger, as there always is when someone’s long held beliefs are questioned. But our job as Muslims is to invite people to the Truth by putting the evidence in front of them. We then have to be patient and let them make the choice to understand Islam and choose consciously to live according to Allah’s will.

        Jazakallah

  19. Mohammad Yasrab

    As salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu!!!

    Thank you for this post, May Allah Reward you. I always had the same belief as you guys and now I’m happy to find out that there other people who also think the same way as me.

    However, there’s this ONE thing which I am doubtful about. Can you please clear me up on the Ayat which tells the Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon him, to say: I am the first of the Muslims. I think in Ale Imran. I would be very happy to know what is your understanding of it. Thanks in Advance. I mean, what’s the meaning if the Ayat, why ‘FIRST of the Muslims’?

    • The Real Islam

      Dear brother Yasrab,

      Assalam o alaikum and jazakallah for your kind comment.

      The verses that you are referring to are as follows:

      Say: Shall I take a guardian besides Allah, the Originator of the heavens and the earth, and He feeds (others) and is not (Himself) fed. Say (O Muhammad): I am commanded to be the first who submits himself, and you should not be of the polytheists. (Al-Anaam, verse 14)

      Say (O Muhammad): Surely, (as for) me, my Lord has guided me to the right path; (to) a most right religion, the faith of Ibrahim the upright one, and he was not of the polytheists. Say (O Muhammad): Surely my prayer and my sacrifice and my life and my death are (all) for Allah, the Lord of the worlds; He has no partner. And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims.” (Surah Al-Anaam, Verses 161-163)

      These verses simply mean that Muhammad (SAW) is commanded to be the first Muslim from amongst his people or Ummah. And naturally it was the case as well. If we are to conclude that Muhammad (SAW) was the first Muslim ever then does this mean the Quran contradicts itself (nauzubillah) in the following verses about Jesus (AS) and Ibrahim (AS), who came a long time before Muhammad (SAW)?

      But when Jesus became conscious of their disbelief, he said Who will be my helpers in Allah’s way? The disciples said: We are helpers (in the way) of Allah: We believe in Allah and bear witness that we are Muslims. (Aal e Imran, verse 52)

      Ibrahim was not a Jew nor a Christian but he was (an) upright (man), a Muslim, and he was not one of the polytheists. (Aal e Imran, verse 67)

      So the correct conclusion would be that Muhammad (SAW) was the first of Muslims amongst the group/community to which he belonged.

      Jazakallah

      • AbdurRahiman

        Assalaamu alaikum,

        Will any brother or sister quote the Hadith Quthsi informing that our Rasoolullaah was the first of creations by Allaah Tha’aalaa.

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother,

        Assalam o alaikum

        This hadith is in fact a fabricated one, which means that it was ‘created’ by someone and attributed to the Prophet (SAW) and as such this hadith is the worst possible lie. We have commented on this hadith in the following article: http://therealislam1.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/the-dodgy-noor-connection/

        Please take out ten minutes to read this article. The jirah (criticism) on this hadith can be found in the first volume of Habib ur Rehman Kandhalvi’s book, Mazhabi Daastanain aur un ki Haqeeqat, available to download from the E-Books section of this blog.

        The Qur’an tells us in various places that Adam (AS) was the first human created by Allah. I am copying a couple of verses below:

        And surely, We created you (your father Adam) and then gave you shape (the noble shape of a human being); then We told the angels, “Prostrate yourselves to Adam”, and they prostrated themselves, except Iblis (Satan), he refused to be of those who prostrated themselves.

        (Allah) said: “What prevented you (O Iblis) that you did not prostrate yourself, when I commanded you?” Iblis said: “I am better than him (Adam), You created me from fire, and him You created from clay.” (Al-Araf 07:11-12)

        Jazakallah

      • Mohammad Yasrab

        Again, Thanks alot for clearing me up, I knew I could count on you guys, and if you dont mind, can you also clear me on the verse in Surah Ahzab which reads ‘Ya Ayyuh ANabbiyu Inna ArsalNaka Shahid o Wa Mubashir o Wa Nazira.’ , cause this says that he (saw) is a warner, a giver of glad tidings and a WITNESS, now can you tell me does this apply that he is a witness to only his Ummah at that time, or also his whole Ummah, and if the latter is true, then how is he a witness among us? you see, im from Pakistan and the people here are All barelvis/sufis, Thanks God im not one of them, and thanks to you and other websites I am able to debate with them, however, they give me this ayat to say that Muhammad (saw) omnipresent, and then I go speechless, cause i dont know how to counter this agrument. I would love it if you would tell me the real interpretation of this ayat, thanks alot in advance!!

      • The Real Islam

        Dear brother Yasrab,

        Assalam o alaikum

        Coincidentally, another reader of this blog made the same point that Barelvis and Sufis make about Prophet Muhammad (SAW) being a witness to his ummah at all times. This belief is wrong. Only Allah is witness to everything at all times and only Allah is omnipresent through His Knowledge. You can read our detailed reply here:

        http://therealislam1.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/belief-in-ghaib-unseen/#comment-1179

        Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions on this topic.

        Jazakallah

  20. Mohammad Yasrab

    Ok Thank You

  21. Mohammed Mubashir

    * تفسير Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ‘Abbâs
    ——————————————————————————–
    { يَا أَهْلَ ٱلْكِتَابِ قَدْ جَآءَكُمْ رَسُولُنَا يُبَيِّنُ لَكُمْ كَثِيراً مِّمَّا كُنْتُمْ تُخْفُونَ مِنَ ٱلْكِتَابِ وَيَعْفُواْ عَن كَثِيرٍ قَدْ جَآءَكُمْ مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ نُورٌ وَكِتَابٌ مُّبِينٌ }

    (O people of the Scripture! Now hath Our messenger) Muhammad (pbuh) (come unto you, expositing unto you much of that which ye used to hide in the Scripture) regarding the traits and description of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the legal ruling on stoning [married fornicators] as well as other things, (and forgiving much) and leave many other things, not mentioning them to you. (Now hath come unto you light) a messenger, i.e. Muhammad (from Allah and a plain Scripture) explaining the lawful and the unlawful,

    • The Real Islam

      Dear reader,

      The actual verse of Quran 5:15 is as follows:

      يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ قَدْ جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولُنَا يُبَيِّنُ لَكُمْ كَثِيرًا مِّمَّا كُنتُمْ تُخْفُونَ مِنَ الْكِتَابِ وَيَعْفُو عَن كَثِيرٍ ۚ قَدْ جَاءَكُم مِّنَ اللَّهِ نُورٌ وَكِتَابٌ مُّبِينٌ
      O followers of the Book! indeed Our Apostle has come to you making clear to you much of what you concealed of the Book and passing over much; indeed, there has come to you light and a clear Book from Allah;

      We have already explained this verse whilst answering a question by another read. Please click here to see our explanation of this verse.

      Please also be advised that the Tafsir known today as Tafsir Ibn Abbas is actually the work of a Shi’ite historian called Muhammad Ibn al-Sa’ib al-Kalbi. This tafsir never goes back to the actual interpretations of Ibn Abbas (RA).

  22. Fatima

    Assalam-o-Alaikum,

    Isnt noor an attribute of Allah (considering its one of His names)? Didnt Moses (P.B.U.H) fainted on slightest glimpse of Allah’s noor on Mount Senai? How do you explain that?

    • The Real Islam

      Dear sister Fatima,

      This is a good question. The Noor article has many comments and most of these issues have been discussed in detail. You can see the following comment which will answer your question:

      http://therealislam1.wordpress.com/2009/06/14/is-allah-noor-light-and-was-prophet-muhammad-pbuh-made-of-noor/#comment-23

      ‘Noor’ as an attribute of Allah refers to ‘original source of guidance’ or the ‘light of Hidayah’ or the Truth. It does not refer to the physical phenomenon of light. In the hadith quoted in the above comment (link given) you will notice that physical light is Allah’s veil. Moreover, the Qur’an explains to us that:

      It is not given to any human being that Allah should speak to him unless (it be) by revelation, or from behind a veil, or (that) He sends a Messenger to reveal what He wills by His Leave. Verily, He is Most High, Most Wise. (Ash-Shura, Chapter 42, Verse 51) [Emphases added]

      So Moses (AS) did not glimpse Allah on Mount Sinai. He glimpsed the veil of Allah.

      Wassalam

  23. Sajid Iqbal

    Aslamualikum, i think what we need to do, brother of Islam, is to stop debating about the Quran, Allah hasn’t provided us with the QUran so we can debate about for thousands of years! You no and every one else knows that by giving these fatwas, you wont change a persons belief in what they believe in. This is turnin into a debate show and who are we to start debates? Dont you think its only the Scholors that should be doing this? If you want to do dawah people, please call the non believers to the religion of Islam. Allah Hu Akbar!

    • The Real Islam

      Dear brother Sajid,

      I don’t think that we debate about the Qur’an. Rather, we bring the message of the Qur’an to the attention of Muslims so seem to have forgotten it completely. To understand our motivation for writing this blog, please see the ‘About Us’ section: http://therealislam1.wordpress.com/about/

      We have never said that we are alims or muftis and we have never given any fatwas.

      JazakAllah

      • zahid

        Brother , Assalamu alium , you are doing your job , but you can make somebody understand who has an open eye and heart , but after following your blog quite a long time … I have found lots of them , your invitation to the real Islam must have to be sounds strange in this days…otherwise the hadeeth of Raul will prove wrong( nawjubillah) ..true believers of Islam will be strange guy ….to other’s. But we need to do our job… We want ALLAH’S help .

  24. Belal

    Brother Real islam
    I bumped on this bu accident and it is refreshing to see your discussions only focusing around the Holy Koran. Many Muslims get carried away like Christians and try to link divinity to the Prophet (saw) and other Sahabas. Instead they must focus on following the Quran the way prophet (saw) did and follow his example rather than come with such discussions.

    Thanks
    Belal

  25. Mohammad Munir Uddin

    Assala-mu-alaikum
    i like this page. It’s giving me a great knowledge about some misunderstanding in Islam …
    Keep it up brother.

    • The Real Islam

      Dear reader

      Thanks a lot for your kind thoughts. If you like our efforts then the best way you can help our cause is by inviting people in your family and friends to read our blog.

      All our articles in Urdu and English can be shared on Facebook and we also have a Facebook page for anyone to join.

      Kind regards

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  27. Haroon Yousaf

    Masha Allah good work done so far. Let me add my comments as well.

    You see this Noor / Not-Noor dilemma is so intense that it finally created sects and school of thoughts adversely opposite to each other – however, the subject has been totally confused by the two sides. It’s not that easy to understand this concept which has the element of truth, to some extent, on both sides.

    I read somewhere about an Engineer talking about “Wave-Particle” nature of the light. This fact is also important but luke-warm or little knowledge is what dumps everything off. You have to learn it all. Whereas Quran and Ahadith contain references to “Light / Noor” and as well frame all of the realities into their given shapes and contours but in 24:35 (Quran) Allah sums it all, though metaphorically, into being a oneness of light!.

    Heard about Wahdat-ul-Wajood (English: Pantheism Science: Quantum Oneness)

    Let me explain though I can’t in few lines but let’s try.

    Step by Step.

    1. Allah is pure Allah as per Sura Ikhlaas.
    2. Allah is NOT Noor but He created Noor.
    3. Noor (Energy) is basically most subtle universal building block of the whole creation.
    4. From this Noor and its various proportions, complex, intricate and fully organized structures – in line with commandments and designs of the Creator – the whole universe came into being along with various Alimeen.
    5. Science (read Quantum Physics) CONFIRMS (do not argue on this) at the sub-atomic level ALL OF US are LIGHT/ENERGY incorporated at various thresholds abiding the universal laws of nature (read Physics, Biology, Chemistry etc.).
    6. The above (Pt. 5) is not just for human beings but EVERYTHING be it Iron, Animals, Earth, water whatever.
    7. The Sufis (genuine ones Quran and Sunnah compatible only) when they reach the final apotheosis of their self-awareness they reach at the basic level of Quantum Oneness (of the creation not the Creator) that I explained a little in point 3. So they see “Themselves” – their extension all around indefinitely and apparently infinitely. So, they crack up there (some of them not all of them) thinking that “That’s It!”. I found / saw / reached Allah! and call out “Ana- Al Haq” e.g. Mansoor and Sarmad – History reports both left their teachers earlier and were sort of over smart to traverse this difficult illusionary yet reality phase alone so they were badly MISTAKEN.

    All others DID NOT REPORT any such fallacy. Because they knew that they reached the highest threshold of self-awareness i.e. the Base of the creation and Human / man-kind being at top of it because of the divine honor given to him by His Lord.

    Now the above experience is very very personal, esoteric and is quite perplexing for those who have never tried it or found it. And it’s also not for everyone. And let me tell you, mostly it’s not given to those who do not deserve it. And people have a valid right to denounce it at once since this thing has never been openly reported or advised by Prophet Muhammad PBUH or Sahaba Karam RA.

    For all of us there is an actual set frame of reality that Allah subhana wa’tala incorporated as Islam. Clear guidance in Quran and Sunnah. Stick to it. There is no need to transcend yourself above the threshold of reality given to you unless you are the blessed one and have a teacher. Quite Frankly, nowadays NONE whatsoever.

    Today’s Scientist reached at this Quantum Oneness Level where the saints not only of Islam but Christianity and Judaism (in the validity of their religions) reached as in “Wahdat-ul-Wajood” but it misled a whole lot of nations.

    The concept is NOT for everyone but since they have read and been informed about this – various versions – the two lines would keep on striking each other and would never yield.

    The safest one is the one defined and set by Allah subhana wa’tala in His Quran. Though He’s hinted that “Behind this Quantum Oneness is Allah!” the beginning verse “Allah ho noor us Samawat wal Ard.”.

    The creation begins from Noor.

    To sum it, We are all light / energy at sub-atomic levels. Not just one particular person. But at the real level of reality that we are given to live within, we are all “Bashars” since we DO NOT exist in sub-atomic level of mutual interaction.

    I hope the above if deciphered correctly would ease out the tension. The both notions are true to some extent. Again, “Wave particle Theory” but one should know we exist mostly in the Particle state and not the Wave state!

    For further readings:

    Read about Wahdat-ul-Wajood if you want to know the Sufi Version. Beware Sufi go terribly wrong if they think that Wahdat-ul-wajood is the extension of Allah or Allah himself superimposed in His creations – it would be a blunder and shirk as well.

    Read about Quantum oneness or Dr. Quantum. John Alfred Wolf. to get an established scientific point of view.

    Stick to Quran and Sunnah. There is no need for this Behas (argument) Allah won’t ask you on the day of judgement whether Prophet PBUH was light or human being etc.

    Again Allah knows the best!

    • The Real Islam

      Thank you for your input; however, and I’m sure you will appreciate, Sahaba (RA) were not aware of the modern day science or complicated terminologies such as quantum physics, sub-atomic levels, particle and wave states etc. and yet they understood Islam fully and practiced it to perfection, better than any human being who will follow. This shows that Islam, a Deen of shepherds, is not a complicated mathematical equation or a scientific formula for the most brainy and the highly initiated; it is a simple religion that appeals to and fits the needs of the intellect of an Ummi and a PhD alike and it is also very easy for people from all walks of life to understand as well as practice.

      The Sufis who come in various breeds and types, including the ‘closet sufis’, turned this simple Deen of Allah into a complicated and pseudo-scientific myth simply because their intention was to sit between a common man and Allah. They wanted to play gods on earth and so they came up with complex definitions and terminologies and ended up turning a simple message into a mystical cult full of illusions. They developed this ‘VIP culture’ in Islam where only few chosen ones from a pure lineage are able to rise to the level of super-humans whilst the ordinary folk bow and kneel before these chosen ones for every religious need. Hence, a Deen of submission was turned into a deen of Khudai where these Sufis claimed that they have been bestowed by supernatural powers or through years of practice they have reached the highest thresholds of piety and self-awareness. As much as they claim that these ‘initiation and salook’ experiences are to be kept private, they all make them public in order to get publicity and/or for their own army of mureeds and their pedigree. In reality, all Sufism has done is to rebrand ancient philosophies and terminologies like Nirvana etc. and incorporated these into Islam.

      Lastly we have not only read Wahdat ul wujood and other pagan beliefs in great detail but have had many detailed discussions with followers of Sufism. A better approach would be for you to refer to us a good Sufi online resource, which you believe is the truest and purest of them all so we can analyse their teachings in the light of the Qur’an and Sahih Hadith for our own benefit and also for our blog readers.

      Please try not to post such long comments in the future.

      Regards

  28. NABEEHA SHAAZ

    JAZAK ALLAH KHAIR …. I REALLY NEED THIS EXCELLENT INFORMATION .. MAY ALLAH REWARD U WITH KNOWLEGDE..
    STAY BLESSED

    • The Real Islam

      JazakAllah.

      • Sajjad Zaidi

        It is true that we should have not call Allah as Noor, I remember a verse of Quran “Laisa ka mislayhe shai” (There is nothing like Him), every thing which we can be recognized as a “thing” cannot be called as Allah. Noor is a thing which is created by Allah, no doubt about it, therefore Allah cannot be like His own creation.

        So which Noor Allah has created first? We have to search the Quran as well as hadith. Lets began with Quran, Allah says in Sura-e-Rehman

        55:1) The Most Merciful
        55:2) Taught the Qur’an,
        55:3) Created man,

        Whom you think Allah has taught the Quran before the creation of man? There is a hadith which says “Awwalu ma khalaq Allahu noori” (Allah has created my Noor first). So the term Noor itself is applicable on the Prophet Muhammad (SAWW), we can understand this hadith through Quran too, the term Noor Allah has been discussed several places in Quran but I am referring you a verse from sura-e-saf

        61:8) They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it.

        In this aya-e-mubaraka, Noor Allah clearly means the Prophet Muhammad (SAWW). It is also mentioned in this verse that there is not a single Noor, but a chain of Noor or we can say a chain of personalities, otherwise it would not have said that “Allah will perfect his light (please read the true meaning of Arabic Word “Muttimmu Noorehe”), although the disbelievers dislike it.” We understand the meaning of word “muttimmu” here means “complete”.

        We understand that chain of Noor as Imams. Which are themselves Noor too. We will examine the aya-e-noor later, but you must be known with the Hadith where Prophet said that “Ali & Me are pieces of One Noor”. In Quran, Ali (A.S) has been introduced as nafs-e-rasool while Prophet has selected Ali as his brother in this world & in hereafter after the hijrat.

        If you have any doubt that Prophet was not the first noor which Allah has created then how can you explain the following verses:

        6:162-163) Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah , Lord of the worlds. No partner has He. And this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims.”

        Note the term “first of the muslims ” Awwal ul muslimeen”, The word Muslim means one who submits and implies complete submission to the will of Allah. So this means that Prophet Muhammad was present before the creation of anything, well before even the creation of angels.

        22:78) Allah named you “Muslims” before [in former scriptures] and in this [revelation] that the Messenger may be a witness over you and you may be witnesses over the people. (This is part of the verse not the translation of complete verse).

        6:14) Say, “Is it other than Allah I should take as a protector, Creator of the heavens and the earth, while it is He who feeds and is not fed?” Say, [O Muhammad], “Indeed, I have been commanded to be the first who submit [to Allah] and [was commanded], ‘Do not ever be of the polytheists.’ ”

        39:11-12) Say, [O Muhammad], “Indeed, I have been commanded to worship Allah , [being] sincere to Him in religion. And I have been commanded to be the first of the Muslims.”

        I have not mentioned verse where Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) has been introduced as “AWWAL UL ABIDEEN” means “first of the worshippers”.

        I am a servant of Allah, my job is to take you to the “Urwatil Wusaqa”
        that never breaks. The Shia are correct in their views, you need to increase your knowledge before going to criticize anyone.

      • The Real Islam

        Your comment is very important as it discusses key points in Shia theology. We are composing a reply to it which we will post as a blog post. Please give us a few days. Thanks.

        In the meantime, please read this article on the Noor Connection.

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  32. Saad

    Assalamoalaikum
    Here lots of people are trying to justify Allah swt as ‘light’. If Allah is light and Muhammad saw is light then why did Allah swt dignified the human beings as Ashraful Makhluqats.

    Respect for the admin

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