It is very difficult to explain the true meaning of the Arabic word 'Nur' in any other language. Allah (SWT) describes Himself as being Nur, so one must appreciate and fully understand His reality before one can even begin to delve into the reality of His Nur.

True inspiration and true revelation comes from the kind of knowledge known as Marifat which comes from the light of Allah (SWT) which enlightens the mumins' heart. As we know our beloved Prophet (S.A.S) is the Nur of Allah (SWT), so we can get the true light only through him.

"No man will obey Allah (SWT) who has not first obeyed the Prophet (S.A.S)" (Hadith).

This means that true knowledge can only be procured through Muhammed (S.A.S). In the Quran Allah (SWT) says, "Who so ever strives for our sake will guide him to our ways." (Q29: 69). Good inspiration comes from Allah (SWT) but the intention should be ours as our Prophet (S.A.S) said: "My earth and my heaven contains me not but the heart of my faithful servant contains me." (Hadith).

Allah (SWT) has said in Surah Nur: "Allah (SWT) is the Light of the heaven and the earth. The parable of His light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp is 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: light upon light! Allah (SWT) doth guide whom He will to His light: Allah (SWT) doth set forth parables for men: and Allah (SWT) doth know all things" (Q24: 35).

Allah (SWT) illuminates our souls through means that reach our inner most self. His light is Universal, so pure and so intense that grosser beings need a veil to take His rays: "His elect are absorbed in prayer and praise and deeds of love, unlike the children of darkness, struggling in depths profound of vanities false. All nature sings to the glory of Allah (SWT), and men are fraud and hypocrisy are but rebels in the Kingdom of Allah (SWT)." (A. Yusuf Ali Surah Nur 24: 35 57 Q). As Allah (SWT) Himself is the light of the heaven and the earth, it means that if one fails to recognise the light and hence his reality, he is blind.

The physical light is but a reflection of the true Light and that true light is Allah (SWT). We can only think of Allah (SWT) in terms of our phenomenal experience, and in the phenomenal world, light is the purest entity that exists. The physical light, however, has limitations posed by the virtue of its very physical nature. For example, (1) it is dependent upon some source external to itself; (2) it is a passing phenomenon; if we take it to be a form of motion or energy, it is unstable, like all physical phenomena; (3) it is dependent on space and time; its speed is 186,000 miles per second, and there are stars whose light takes thousands of years before it reaches the earth. The perfect Light of Allah (SWT) is free from any such limitations. (A. Yusuf Ali 2997).

There are differences between Allah (SWT)'s Nur and ordinary persons' Nur. Allah (SWT) puts 70,000 veils of light (Deen) between Himself and the mumins, so a mumin is drawn towards Allah (SWT) according to the relationship between Allah (SWT) and the mumin. There are two ways to unveil Allah (SWT)'s Nur towards His creation. One is to draw near Him another is to focus light towards the object/subject.

Similarly, there are 70,000 veils of darkness (Zulmatt) between Allah (SWT) and the Kafir. When Allah (SWT) likes someone He draws that person towards Him and gives him His affection. The more affection He gives the more He brings that person towards Him, like a charcoal burning in the fire, at the end we only see the heat and light of the charcoal and not the charcoal itself. When the fire is out and the charcoal is removed from the fire, we can actually observe the colour of the charcoal. This can be equated with the state when a person is out of Allah (SWT)'s affection.

Darkness is ignorance, light is knowledge, and knowledge is power, so if one fails to achieve the knowledge, one will remain in darkness.

In the Quran Sharif Allah (SWT) says, " But the unbelievers, - Their deeds are like a mirage, In sandy deserts, which The man parched with thirst Mistakes for water; until When he comes up to it, He finds it to be nothing: But he finds Allah (SWT) (Ever) with him, and Allah (SWT) Will pay him his account; And Allah (SWT) is swift in taking account. (Q24:39). For example, When Shaytan tried to deceive Isa (A.S) by showing a mirage of worldly things, he could not succeed as Allah (SWT) protected him.

Allah (SWT) puts mumins through various kinds of trials in this world. He burns them, tempers them, seasons them to keep them prepared for Heaven, but this trial lasts only for a short while as comfort follows the hardship. The mumins are then ready for Heavenly duties. While non-believers may be provided with whatever they need, Allah (SWT) may feed them well, treat them well, nourish them, preparing them for fuel for Hell, because Allah (SWT) promised Hell that He would feed it so that Hell will be satisfied. There are some Wali Allah's and Dervish who when they find variety of food in front of them, pray to Allah (SWT) saying "Usually many variety of food is meant for the disbelievers. Not for us. Most probably, we have done something wrong or that You are angry with us. Otherwise, we are happy with little amounts." There are some average Wali Allah's who can see above four skies and earths when they close their eyes. These Walis will be identified when they meet the Prophet (S.A.S) during their journey (Badari). These Wali Allah's are called Ah-leyh Tassarouf.

Once Junayed Baghdadi (R) along with his disciples, went to visit Hazrat Mohammed Nuri (R), Junayed (R)asked Nuri (R), "How are you?" He replied, "Where is Nuri?" (R) "Where is Nuri?" (R) I could not find him around. So when I found Nuri (R) I looked for Allah (SWT) but I could not find Him? Battle against oneself is more meritorious then the Jihad (Holy War). The Followers of Junayed Baghdadi (R) could not understand the meaning of this conversation. So they asked Junayed (R), "What is the meaning of the conversation?" He replied that Mohammed Nuri (R) was so much devoted to Allah (SWT) that he lost himself within Allah (SWT).

Note: Insha'Allah, in the near future I will explain more details about Nur if I get the blessings from Allah (SWT).
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