The sweetness of His guidance!


Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

If you know Allah Almighty, you thus possess the greatest and most sublime of all areas of knowledge. Useful knowledge brings lights to the heart. So, what about this knowledge which is the best, most sublime, and the root of all other knowledge!

Thereupon, this verse truly applies to your heart:

{Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within a glass, the glass is as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is All - Knowing of all things.}

[Surat an - Nūr: 35]

{Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The ex ample of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within a glass, the glass is as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is All - Knowing of all things.}

[Surat an - Nūr: 35]

This is the light of belief in Allah Almighty and His Attributes and signs. It is in the hearts of the believers like that light which combines all good traits.

The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) used to say in his supplication:

“Allahummaij‘alfi qalbinūran, wafi basari nūran, wafi sam‘i nūran, wa ‘an yamīni nūran, wa ‘an yasāri nūran, wafawqi nūran, wa tahti nūran, waamāmi nūran, wa khalfi nūran, waj‘alli nūra (O Allah, place light in my heart, light in my sight, light in my hearing, light on my right, light on my left, light above me, light below me, light in front of me, light behind me, and make light for me).”

[Narrated by Al-Bukhāri and Muslim]

Once the heart becomes full of this light, it manifests on the face, which shines as a result. Then, the body organs comply and become submissive and obedient.

Allah Almighty says:

{Allah guides to His light whom He wills.}

[Surat an - Nūr: 35]

Ibn Sa‘di (may Allah have mercy upon him) said, “When their inside gets illuminated by prayer, their outside becomes radiant.

{Their mark is on their faces from the trace o f p rostration.}

”This light prevents a person from committing immoral acts. The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“An adulterer is not a believer at the time of committing adultery, a drinker of alcoholic drink is not a believer at the time of drinking, and a thief is not a believer at the time of committing theft.”

[Narrated by Al - Bukhāri and Muslim]

“Allahumma ij‘al fi qalbi nūran, wa fi basari nūran, wa fi sam‘i nūran, wa ‘an yam īni nūran, wa ‘an yasāri nūran, wa fawqi nūran, wa ta hti nūran, wa amāmi nūran, wa khalfi nūran, waj‘al li nūra (O Allah, place light in my heart, light in my sight, light in my hearing, light on my right, light on my left, light above me, light below me, light in front of me, light behind me, and make light fo r me).”

[Narrated by Al - Bukhāri and Muslim]

Once the heart becomes full of this light, it manifests on the face, which shines as a result. Then, the body organs comply and become submissive and obedient. Allah Almighty says:

{Allah guides to His light w hom He wills.}

[Surat an - Nūr: 35]

Ibn Sa‘di (may Allah have mercy upon him) said, “When their inside gets illuminated by prayer, their outside becomes radiant.

{Their mark is on their faces from the trace of prostration.}”

This light prevents a person from committing immoral acts. The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“An adulterer is not a believer at the time of committing adultery, a drinker of alcoholic drink is not abel iever at the time of drinking, and a thief is not a believer at the time of committing theft.”

[Narrated by Al - Bukhāri and Muslim]



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