Allaah and the name “an-Noor”

source: silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor – the series of guidance and light tape no. 514

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Question #4: “Some of the students of knowledge found it strange that you explained Allaah’s saying, the Most High – ‘Allaah is the Light of the heavens and the earth’[1] – to be that He illuminates them[2] and that He does not have the name ‘An-Noor’ (The Light); so we would like a detailed explanation about this.”

Shaykh al-Albaani (rahimahullaah) answers:

“I don’t have any detailed explanation except that I don’t know of An-Noor being one of the names of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, in an authentic hadeeth. Rather, (the Prophet) (‘alayhi ssalaam) had said that ‘His Veil is light’ – when he was asked ‘Did you see your Lord?’, he had said: ‘A light,[3] how could I see Him?’[4] [5] [6] And (also) in the narration of Abu Moosaa al-Ash’ari in Saheeh Muslim, he said ‘His Veil is light…’[7]

 


[1] Surat un-Noor; 24:35
[2] Tafseer Ibn Katheer and Tafseer as-Sa’dee mention similar statements, with both literal meanings and also metaphorical ones such as ‘Allaah is the One who guides those in the heavens and the earth,’ ‘His Book is a light,’ ‘His legislation is a light’ etc.
[3] it was not clearly heard that the Shaykh said ‘A light’ due to a problem with the tape recording, but it is part of the hadeeth
[4] Saheeh Muslim #178; it was also narrated in this same chapter with the wording: ‘I saw a light’
[5] what is meant by ‘A light, how could I see Him?’ is the light of the Veil, which is mentioned in another hadeeth: ‘His Veil is light,’ and it is also mentioned in another hadeeth: ‘I saw a light’ – so its meaning is that ‘how could I see Him while the light of the Veil had prevented me from seeing Him?’; refer to Shaykh ‘Abdul Muhsin al-‘Abbaad in Sharh Sunan at-Tirmithee, tape #361
[6] the meaning of ‘A light, how could I see Him?’ is: ‘His Veil is a light, so how could I see Him?’; refer to Imaam an-Nawawee in his explanation of Saheeh Muslim, part 3, p. 12
[7] Saheeh Muslim #179

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asaheeha translations

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Allaah and the name “an-Noor”

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