Friday Sermon: Al-Nur - The Light

July 12th, 2002

Today Hazoor further elucidated the Quranic exposition of Al-Nur (The Light) and its interrelated perception in his Friday sermon.

Hazoor said that Allah brings believers out of the darkness of ignorance and unawareness into the Nur or the light of discernment. Hazoor said nothing connotes darkness more than ignorance just as light is best depicted by discerning knowledge.

Hazoor said people vary in their spiritual development and are granted the Divine light in accordance with their capacity, just as the light of the moon falls down on the earth in varying degrees; it is brighter and even illuminates the indoors of a house that has its doors and windows open, compared to a house where the doors have been shut and thus cannot receive the moon’s luminosity in the same way. Hazoor said God’s angels descend when man is worthy of receiving the Nur; the pure and holy disposition of the angels by design inclines people towards piety.

Expounding the beneficial aspect of Durood Sharif (Invocation of blessings on the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be on him) Hazoor said that whoever wished to be the recipient of Allah’s grace should recite Durood Sharif abundantly.

Hazoor said that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) had enjoined that on the Day of Judgment Salat would be a source of Nur, testimony and salvation for one who looked after one’s Salat and that one who abundantly goes to the mosque in the dark of the night should be given the glad tidings of Nur on the Day of Judgement.

Quoting from the writings of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) Hazoor said Allah the Exalted manifests the nur of a person through their sincerity and that only the righteous and the discerning can distinguish between Divine Signs and worldly affairs for they possess the discernment of Nur. Hazoor said just as one needs eyesight to observe the light of the sun, similarly the discernment of Nur is required to experience matters spiritual.

Hazoor said the Nur or light of revelations bring forth fragrance from the Unknown.