The Use Of Light In Islam And The Light Of Islam

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Mohamad Hassan Abou Daya In Light of Islam Light is often taken as a divine essence in several religions. This holds true in Islam through its vast traditions regarding light. Shiites, Sunnis and Sufis use light to describe people, support theological claims or emphasize the importance of some events. This paper will target studying the use of light in Islam using the Quran, traditions and journals. The Quran has a good share of the use of light to describe a set of items. There is a general trend about light (nur in particular) that is the object which has light is a mere reflection. Such is the case of the moon which reflects the light of the sun which is radiant (diya’). The Quran is clear in its statement regarding this issue: “See you not how God has created the seven heavens one above the other, and how He has made the moon a light (nuran) therein and made the sun a lamp?”(Quran 71:15-16). Light is considered to be Islam itself: “They [the disbelievers] want to extinguish God’s light with their mouths, but God refuses but to perfect His Light, though the disbelievers be averse”( Quran 9:32). Light is also considered to be the Laws established in the Gospels and Torah: “Verily We did send down the Torah, therein was guidance and light (nurun) by which the Prophets judged” (Quran 5:44) and “And in their footsteps, We sent Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the Torah that had come before him, and We gave them the Gospels in which was guidance and light (nurun)” (Quran

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