An-Nur (The Light) One of Allaah’s Names
In the Name of Allaah, Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem, I begin to write:
All Praise is due to Allaah, we praise Him, and seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allaah, Most High, from the evils of our own selves and from our wicked deeds. Whomever Allaah guides cannot be misguided, and whomever He leads astray cannot be guided. I testify that there is no true God worthy of being worshipped except Allaah, Alone, without partner or associate. I further testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger . May Allaah’s salaah and salaam also be granted to the Prophet’s
pure family and to all of his noble companions.
O you who believe! Fear Allaah [by doing all that He ordered and abstaining from all that He forbade] as He should be feared [obey Him, be thankful to Him, and remember Him always] and die not except in a state of Islaam. [TMQ1, aal-’Imraan (3 102)].
O mankind! Be dutiful to your Rabb [Allaah], Who created you from a single person [Adam] and from him [Adam] He created his wife [Eve], and from them both He created many men and women. And fear Allaah through Whom you demand your mutual [rights] and [do not cut the relations of] the wombs [kinship]. Surely, Allaah is ever an All-Watcher over you. [TMQ,
O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allaah and fear Him, and speak [always] the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allaah and His Messenger has indeed achieved a great success. [TMQ ,al-Ahzaab (33:70-71)].
It proceeds that the most truthful speech is that of Allaah's Book [the Qur’aan] and that the best of guidance is that of Muhammad . The worst of evils are the muhdathaat (newly-invented matters [in the deen]), and every innovated matter (in the deen) is a bid’ah; every bid’ah is a dalaalah (misguidance), and every dalaalah is in the Fire of Hell.” Know, may Allaah’s Mercy be upon me and you, that Knowing of Allaah by His Names and Attributes increases the faith in Him and the adherence to His commandments because, when established, this knowledge would enjoin the proper estimate of Allaah with the the believer. It is grave injustice on the part of some people who give high estimate to created beings while falling short in giving Allaah all the proper and most high estimate He deserves. Also when we know that creation will come to an end, then it is improper and wrong to offer worship to something that will cease to exist. The worship of creation in one form or another is due to ignorance about the Qualities of Allaah, the Ever-Existing:
What is the matter with you, that you fear not Allaah (His punishment), and you hope not for reward from Allaah or you believe not in His Oneness. [TMQ; Nooh (71):13]. The believer, who properly estimates the Greatness of Allaah, will be guided to obey, fear, hope, and seek Him Alone. This estimation of Allaah fills the heart of the true believer such that he would not
introduce anyone before Allaah and His Messenger . Therefore, the knowledge of Allaah entails that the Muslim resort only to Him, invoking Him by His Names and Attributes. That is why Allaah says:
“And (all) the Most Beautiful Names Belong To Allaah, so call on Him by them.” [TMQ; al-A’raaf (7): 180].
One of the Great Names of Allaah is (An-Nur: The Light). It is one of the names of Allaah that are mentioned in conjunctive constructs (related names) and they are part of al-Asmaa’ Al- Husnaa. For example, Allaah’s Name ar-Rabb ( “The Lord”) always comes related to other words in the ayaat (verses) of the Qur’aan. We read in soorat al-Faatihah: Rabbul ‘Aalameen The Rabb of al-’Aalameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists): Ar-Rabb: - Allaah is the Rabb: He gives all things the power to grow, to move, and to change; and to Whom belongs the Creation and Commandment. The Master Who has no equal in His Soveignty, Predominance, and Highness. The One Who Provides, Sustains, Owns, Cherishes, Organizes all that existing. Ar- Ruboobiyyah is an infinitive noun of Ar-Rabb.
1TMQ: Translation of the meaning of the Qur’aan