THE MYSTICAL AYAT OF LIGHT

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A very mystical ayatof the Quran that has been much pondered over by commentators in their tafsir is the ‘Verse of the Light’ which is the 35th verse of Surah (chapter) ‘Noor’, also spelt ‘Nur’, where ‘noor’ is the Arabic word for light. It won’t be a surprise if a lot of Muslims are searching for Surah Noor art online for sale in the ecommerce marketplace. Surah Noor wall art can be a good spiritual reminder if framed and pasted on walls. If written in a beautiful calligraphic style, it would make for a majestic piece of Islamic wall art.

The English translation of the verse is given below:

‘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 verse is replete with metaphors, analogies and depth. Therefore, it is quite profound and its meaning not easy to decipher.

In his commentary (tafsir), Maududi says: “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. An absence of light is termed darkness, invisibility, and obscurity. On the other hand, when there is visibility and things become exposed to view, a 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 cited by Sufis and Muslim philosophers for esoteric readings of the Quran. Al-Ghazalipenned his interpretation of the verseas as well as the nature of Divine Lighting his masterpiece Mishkat al-Anwar (the “Niche of Lights”).

Many people remember just the first line of the lengthy verse: ‘Allah is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth’.

When it comes to decorating your home, you can buy Surah Noor wall art, where this profound verse, or a part of it, is transcribed in a calligraphic font. Frame it and stick it to your wall. Admire the beauty of the calligraphy, but more importantly, delve into the meaning and message of the verse. Though not among the most readily available verses in the world of Islamic wall art, some specialist stores do offer Surah Noor art online for sale. Indeed, the Quran is full of gems from which one can take inspiration and also frame them as constant reminders on their walls.

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