A Tremendous Light

January 25, 2019 Comments Off on A Tremendous Light

Within (the commentary of Qadi Iyad’s book Kitab al-Shifa) – Sharh al-Shifa, commenting upon the Prophet’s title “as a Lamp spreading Light” (Quran, 33:46), Mulla Ali al-Qari, Allah have mercy upon him, said,

“(Sayyiduna) Muhammad, Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him, is a tremendous light and the source of all lights, he is also a book that gathers up and makes clear all the secrets. He is called the Sirajan Muniran which means a luminous sun, because of His saying: “He has placed therein a great lamp and a moon giving light.” (Quran, 25:61)

There is in this Verse an indication that the sun is the highest of the material lights and that other lights are outpourings from it: similarly the Prophet is the highest of the spiritual lights and other lights are derived from him by virtue of his mediating connection and pivotal rank in the overall sphere of creation. This is also inferred from the tradition of Jabir, Allah be pleased with him: “The first thing Allah created is my light.””

(Mulla Ali al-Qari ~ Al-Mawlid al-Rawi fi al-Mawlid al-Nabawi (p. 40), – Sharh al-Shifa 1:505)

(Edited by Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad al-Alawi al-Maliki, Rahmatullahi Alayhi – As related in the Encyclopedia of Islamic Doctrine by Shaykh Hisham Kabbani)

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