Thursday, June 2, 2011

Al - Noor Part 2


Moving on with the name and attribute of Allah SWT, in last post the explanation for Noor-Al-Hissi or The Sensible Light was done. In this post, bi ithnillah we will study about the Noor-Al-Ma'anawee or The Insensible Light;

Note : I would use the word ''Noor'' and ''Light'' synonymously, I hope it does not cause any confusion.

II. Noor-Al-Ma'anawee :
It is the type of noor that although you cannot, see it or touch it. You would still feel it. Example, you know that really nice and happy feeling when you have done this almost perfect salah with awesome khushoo? Then, there is this sort of unexplainable comfort that you feel in your heart? Yes, that can also be described as this noor. You will feel it if you have it, but would you know how to acquire it? We'll discuss that in detail later;

This light will enlighten the hearts of the righteous people. The comfort that you feel in your heart after knowing Allah SWT is an example of this type of noor too. And how will we know if our heart is filled with this noor or light of Allah? Well see here's the thing if our hearts are really filled with the light of Allah, then our manners will be refined and we will be reformed as individuals in a manner that is pleasing to Allah SWT meaning I would not go around doing things in my house that troubles my neighbor :P As a consequence of this light in our hearts, even our limbs will be guarded in such a fashion that we would only do those actions would be pleasing to Allah. The following are some other types of Noor that fall under this category.

- Noor Mohabbat Illah (Light of Love of Allah)
: If our hearts are filled with the love of Allah SWT then our hearts are also filled with His Noor. Allah SWT says in the Quran in Surah Maidah, Verse 15 ''....Indeed, there has come to you from Allah a light (Prophet Muhammad ) and a plain Book (this Qur'an).''

Now, it doesn't mean that there would be a light when we open the Quran. But, the content of the Quran which is the word of Allah is so powerful that when we sit down with it and ponder upon its verses and study them we would realize that this sheer love for Allah SWT captivates our hearts and our hearts are filled by His Noor.

- Hidayah or Guidance : Guidance is also a type of noor, which frees a person's heart from the shackles of ignorance. Most of us these days live under the presumption the Ignorance is a Bliss. Well, at least I did. But, for those of you who still think that way, Take my word seriously Ignorance is not bliss in the matters of the religion and faith. There are also some people who simply do not want to know about a commandment and I used to be one of them too, Because the way we people think is that ''As long as I don't know about it, I won't be held responsible for it'' which is why when somebody used to remind me about any religious affair that I may have forgotten about or a commandment that I am not aware of, I would simply ask them to shut up to an extent that if they don't shut up I would put fingers in my ears to stop listening them. oooo yeah, I had some characteristics of the Quraish ;) (before they accepted Islam ofcourse).

Why am i writing my experiences to you and telling them here on my blog? Because experience is not always a good teacher, it is a painful one. And I would never want Anyone to do the mistakes I've done when I chose to live in Ignorance. My last advice, Read more about Islam anything that creates a genuine confusion in you, seek out for answers from the learned people, remind yourself by reading the word of Allah in a language that you can understand, listen to lectures, if you are the visual type then watch them. But do NOT, do NOT, think that being a born muslim by default gives you all the knowledge you require, and do not ever ever make the mistake of thinking that Ignorance is Bliss. I know I elaborated more than required here, so i'll stop :D

- Al Islam An Noor (The light of Islam) : Being a muslim and having Islam as our religion is a noor in and itself. our proof?

Allah says in the Quran in Surah Zumar, Verse 22 ''Is he whose breast Allah has opened to Islam, so that he is in light from His Lord (as he who is non-Muslim)? So, woe to those whose hearts are hardened against remembrance of Allah! They are in plain error''

But, here is another thing some people who are born as muslims, they think that they are destined for heaven anyway since they are born muslims and they live under the illusion that it is actually the people who revert to islam who need to do some hard work to get there. This type of mentality is that of the Jews, who think they are the special people. Of course, Alhamdulillah having Islam in our life is also a type of Noor but we must not forget what is Good Islam? It is living our lives as per the Quran and the Sunnah. So we need to renew our Islam on regular basis and stop thinking that as long as we are muslims we are good to go. It is true that muslims even those who are bad would enter heaven, but that is only after they spend their time in hell for the bad things they have done. And if we think, 'Oh thats okay, I think I can manage that' then know that the fire in hell will be 70 times hotter than the fire we have here. Sorry, for the stern warning but we know we all can use some of these for our benefit once in a while :)

Inshallah in the next post, we will study about the Parable of Allah SWT's Noor in detail and we will also study about the different kinds of hearts. Plus, *BONUS BONUS!* :P We Will also study about the ways to obtain the Noor of Allah SWT :D

Till then, this me wishing you a happy weekend?! :)

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