Friday, 17 August 2018

THE MYSTICAL VERSE OF THE LIGHT

One of the most profound passages of the Holy Quran which has been much pondered over by commentators is the ‘Verse of the Light’, which is the 35thayatof the surah (chapter) titled ‘Noor’, also spelt ‘Nur’, where ‘noor’ is the Arabic word for light. It is no wonder then that many people look to buy Surah Noor artonline. Theywant to decorate their home with Surah Noor artas a frequent spiritual reminder.


Given below is the English translation of the verse (courtesy: Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s translation and commentary):

‘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.’

The metaphorical verse is very deep and its meaning not easy to decipher. In the ayat, analogies have been used, and so we are compelled to use the most of our pondering abilities.

According to the commentary (tafsir) by Maududi: “Light is something which makes things visible; which is itself manifest and helps make other things manifest. The human mind conceives light in this very sense. Absence of light is termed darkness, invisibility and obscurity. On the other hand, when there is visibility and things become exposed to view, man says there is light. Allah has been called `Light’ in this basic sense, and not in the sense of a beam of light which travels at the speed of 186,000 miles per second and stimulates the optic nerve through the retina. This conception of light has nothing to do with the reality of the meaning for which human mind has coined this word.”

The Verse of the Light is animportant text that many Sufis and Muslim philosophers cite for esoteric readings of the Quran. The verse was pondered over much by al-Ghazali whose interpretations of this verse, as well as the nature of divine Light is detailed in his masterpiece Mishkat al-Anwar (the "Niche of Lights").

Since the verse is quite long, many people remember the foremost line of the verse, ‘Allah if the Light of the Heavens and the Earth’.

Thoughit’s not among the ayatsmost people look for when it comes to Islamic wall art, nevertheless, those with a deep understanding of the Holy Quran do ask for this verse to be written in a calligraphic font so that they can frame it for their homes. Some boutique Islamic art stores do offer the verse written in beautiful and stylish calligraphic font for those looking to buy Surah Noor artonline or searching for Surah Noor art.Most certainly, there is no dearth of Quranic ayatwhich one can take inspiration from and even frame them as frequent spiritual reminders on their walls.

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