Noorun 'Alaa Noor - Noor over the Noor i.e. Nabiyullaah  Mohammad (saws) and Waliyullaah Ali (as)
Almost 14 centuries have passed since the first aayat of Qur’an was revealed on Rasoolullaah (saws) in the Ghaar-e-Hiraa (Cave of Hiraa) in Makkah Mokarramah. Since then, the Qur’an which was revealed originally in the Arabic Language has been translated into innumerable languages across the globe and right now it is the most read book in the World. Though as far as Arabic text of Qur’an is concerned it has remained in its original form but its translation into other languages have got changed and revised with changing times as per the whims of the translators and free-mindedness of the commentators. Translations of the Qur’an in any famous language which are freely available in the market have lost the very essence of the message of the Qur’an. They have lost its spirit, depth and vastness. Translations have merely become a simple written text on a page which has nothing left but readability and compatibility. Had transliterating or translating the words of Allaah been incumbent for the  people across the  World to read and  understand it then  Rasoolullaah

(saws) or his aal-e-taiyeb (pure progeny) himself would have translated it in the several languages. He would have never left such important job on the people who are totally blind of its reality and facts. And history stands as a strong witness of those greedy mob-selected people who have used false Qur’anic interpretation for their personal gains and social mileage. If Rasoolullaah (saws) knew the languages of mountains, clouds, animals, stones and trees then translating the Qur’an in any other language of the World was not a big task for him. To negate all these controversies of the future time, Rasoolullaah (saws) said that, Arabic is the language of Allaah and His Prophets.

During the Imaamat of 14th Faatemi Imaam Maulaana Ma’ad Mo’iz (as) (341-365 AH/952-975 AD), whose period is considered the golden and most memorable in respect of secularism, prosperity, education and learning.  In Cairo there used to converge a huge number of learned people of various discipline from Islamic and non-Islamic territories and under one roof they used to translate the master’s works into multiple languages and make people understand it with utter simplicity.  This formed the base of the beautiful university of academic excellence now known as Jaama’e Azhar.  If our Imaam wished he would have got translated the Book of Allaah into many such languages and it was definitely not a big deal.  But our Imaam knew the very complexity and esoteric meaning (ta’weel) of it, that cannot be imparted in the common masses.  This clearly means that if we want to understand the divine and spiritual understanding of the Qur’an we must learn and recite the Qur’an in Arabic language under the strict guidance, patronage and supervision of the guardian of the Da’wat of Rasoolullaah (saws) i.e. Da’i uz-Zamaan.

Even if the Qur’an is learnt and recited in the Arabic language everything contained in it is not easy to comprehend its true sense. There are numerous instances where our intellectual power or faculty of reasoning fails to extract the real meaning. Forget about the whole chapter or verse of the Qur’an, let us take one of its easiest words – “Noor”. Translators and Commentators across the globe who are expert in English language and literature will translate this word as – light, glory etc. Any of the famous Arabic-English dictionaries gives the meaning of the Noor as – light, ray of light, brightness, gleam, illumination, lamp, lantern, flashing light etc. Unfortunately these are all physical examples or what human mind knows about light or its properties. Everything written in the Qur’an cannot be confined within the limits of what our physical senses perceive. Since Qur’an is the Word of Allaah it has a spiritual dimension which can only be understood by the one who is a link between “that” spiritual world and “this” physical world – and that link is no one but Nabi, Wasi and Imaam. The complexity of the easiest word “Noor” is further evident in the various verses of the Qur’an where above meanings does not convey any meaningful message.

In Aayat un-Noor Allaah Ta’aala says that,

“Allaaho noor us-samaawate wal arze masalo noorehi ka-mishkaatin feeha misbaahun; al-misbaaho fee zojaajatin; az-zojaajato ka-annahaa kaukabun durriyun yooqado min shajaratin mobaarakatin zaytoonatil laa sharqiyatin walaa gharbiyatin” (35/24)
which means, ‘Allaah is the Light of the Skies and the Earth. His Light is as a niche and within it a lamp; the lamp is in the glass, the glass as it were a brilliant star, lit from a mubaarak tree, an olive, neither of the east not of the west’.

In this verse Allaah says that, He is the Light of the Skies and the Earth and it is contained in a glass which is like a brilliant star. Common understanding says that if Allaah is the Light of Skies and Earth, how could it be contained in a glass which is again like a brilliant star? Next baffling thing is that it is lit from a tree. Even if the lantern is lit in the sky how is it possible that it is lit from a tree? Undoubtedly, the real meaning of this verse cannot be grasped without the Saheb of intellectuality and reasoning.

In another verse Allaah says that,

“Qad jaa’akum minallaahe noorun wa ketaabum mobeen” (15/5)
which means, ‘There has come to you from Allaah, a Light and an open Book’.

If Allaah has said in the previous verse that He is the Light of Skies and Earth, then which is the Light in this aayat which Allaah has sent to us? This means that the Light in the previous verse is different from the Light in this verse. Hence the word Noor in both these aayats does not carry the same meaning of “Light”.

Elsewhere in other verse Allaah says that,

“Afaman sharahallaaho sadrahu lil islaame fahowa ‘alaa noorin min rabbehi” (22/39) which means, ‘Is he whose chest Allaah has opened for Islaam, so that he is in light from his Lord? Taking the context of Light from the previous two verses can we understand what the meaning of Light in this verse is?

Roots of confusion goes further deep in the mind when in the following verse Allaah says that,

“Wallazeena aamanu billaahe wa rosolehi olaa’eka homus-siddiqoona was-shohadaa’a ‘inda rabbehim lahum ajrohum wa noorohum” (19/57)
which means, ‘And those who believe in Allaah and His Messengers, they are veracious and martyrs, they shall have their reward and their light’.

What is this Light which will be given to the people who have believed in Allaah and His Prophets?

In Aayat ul-Kursi, Allaah says that, “Allaaho waleeyul-lazeena aamanu yukhrejohum minaz-zolomaate elan noor” (257/2) which means, ‘Allaah is the Walee of those who believe. He brings them out from darkness into light’. Can we understand the meaning of this verse from its translation? Which is this Light where Allaah will take His believers?

Above quoted verses from the Qur’an are just examples. It would go beyond the limits of article if we go on quoting the verses containing the word Noor. It is proved that the concept of Noor in all above verses is not same. Hence to know the real meaning of the Qur’an and its words we need to go to the person who has understood it in depth. Hence for learning Qur’an, a single person authorized by Allaah through “Nass” is necessary and not the books of Commentary or Tafseer. The person on the status of Imaamat who is appointed by his father and he appoints his son in his place, is always present on the face of this Earth in the absence of Nabi or Wasi and he is called the Imaam (as) of the Shi’a of Ameer ul-Mumineen Ali (as). Therefore, the people who have not got the Ne’mat of A’immat-e-Taahereen (as) i.e. Imaam-e-Aal-e-Mohammad (as) have indeed not got the real essence of the Qur’an.

During the time of the occultation (daur us-Satr) of A’immat (as), the Du’aat ul-Akrameen (aq) carries over the Da’wat of Allaah to the mumineen and imparts them the unaltered knowledge of Shari’at and teaches the real message of the Qur’an. We are the blessed ones because we are not perplexed by the complexity of the Qur’an because A’immat-e-Taahereen (as) have given us an in depth understanding of every word of the Qur’an. Hence, for us, Noor is not merely Light but it is the Glory of Allaah (jalaal and ‘azmat), knowledge (‘ilm), Angels (malaa’ekah), Ambiyaa (as) (pl. Of nabi), Awsiyaa (as) (pl. Of wasi), A’immat (as) (pl. Of imaam), mumineen (believers), Qur’an, guidance (hidaayat), deeds (aamaal), Da’wat (spiritual mission), salvation (najaat), paradise (Jannat), bounties (ne’mat), intercession (shafaa’at) etc. Noor encompasses all these meanings in its vastness and which of its meaning applies to which verse is clarified by A’immat-e-Athaar (as) in numerous books and treatises and its excerpts are often weaved in the articles on our website or Mishkaat ul-Haadi monthly newsletter .

Even a human being passes through a continuous cycle of darkness and light. By being born in this World is coming from darkness into light – from the darkness of his mother’s womb he is stepping into the new bright sunny environment of this Earth. He leads his life in the light. If he is guided by Allaah, he gets the light of the righteous knowledge and accordingly he executes lawful deeds of Shari’at which indeed is a light for Him. When he dies he goes from the light of this world into the darkness of grave. But for a mumin, the darkness of grave does not matter at all because the light of knowledge and deeds will illuminate his grave.

Darkness is nothing but absence of Noor. Darkness cannot be made or created. Wherever there is no light, there is darkness.   In the horrific darkness of ignorance Allaah has lit the light of His Prophets who exhibits the heavenly beauty of the eternal code of life governed by Him.  All of us cannot grasp the real essence of the Shari’at of Allaah. There are some people who have left our heavenly garden of Ahl ul-Bayt (as) and went astray in search of flowers elsewhere but to their misfortune they could not find the fragrance and beauty of a garden like us. They could not understand that by going elsewhere they have indeed left the roots of all knowledge and light. A garden full of brilliance, glory, fragrance, beauty and calmness was not visible to them. For them Allaah says,

“Aw ka-zolomaatin fee bahril lujjiyin yaghshaaho maujum min fauqehi maujum min fauqehi sahaabun zolomaatun ba’zohaa fauqa ba’zin ezaa akhraja yadaho lam yakad yaraahaa wamal lam yaj’alillaaho lahu nooran famaa lahu min noor” (40/24)
which means, ‘Or is like a darkness in a vast deep sea, overwhelmed with a great wave over a great wave, topped by dark clouds, darkness one above the another, if a man stretches out his hand, he can hardly see it! And he for whom Allaah has not made Light, for him there is no Light’.

The darkness described above is the darkness of ignorance, impure knowledge and ill-learning acquired from the one who does not believe in the Divine Succession of Nabi, Wasi and the Imaam (as). These are the people who have acquired infected knowledge from other sources and boast that they know the best. They are not less than those who make unlawful sexual relations (zinaa) by cheating their lawful wife and getting infected with deadly diseases like STDs.  Here, STDs stands for “Sustained Torture of Darkness”.  They are in a delusion that they have got the Noor; but truly Noor is only with those who have faith in the Nass of M. Ali (as) and his beloved children. They roam about here and there with their “Noor” which in reality is darkness of ignorance and license of illicit relationship. They try to mislead mumineen in every possible way by starting classes of ignorance, printing their ‘dark’ literature, distributing tormenting and nasty pamphlets etc. They themselves don’t know to which sect they belong. Forgetfully they sometimes bang in some janaazah only to showcase their unsteadiness or get hooked to some fanatic group.  Their oscillating tendency is evident when, in Moharram they do the maatam of Imaam Husain (as) and in Ramazaan they start and end their fasts with the sighting of Moon. They don’t even know that Imaam Husain (as) never started or ended the fasts of Ramazaan by seeing the Moon on the rooftops. The reason is that Imaam Husain (as) himself is the Haqeeqi (real) Moon and there is no need for him to see the other Moon in the sky..!  Every Faatemi Imaam is like a Moon to us and the ultimate “Noor” which Allaah will descend on us is in the being of Imaam and we pray that may Allaah Ta’aala reveal this Noor in the blessed time of our Maulaa Saiyedna Abu Haatim Taiyeb Ziyauddin saheb (tus).

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