As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 8


Meaning of the verse, 'Allah is the Nur (light) of the heavens and the earth

Meaning of the verse, 'Allah is the Nur (light) of the heavens and the earth’

Question: What is the explanation of the Saying of Allah, 'Allah is the Nur (light) of the heavens and the earth' [Soorah an-Nur (24): 35]?

Answer by Shaikh Abdul Aziz ibn Baz (rahimahullah), 'The meaning of the verse according to the scholars is that Allah has lit them (i.e., the heavens and the earths). So all the light, which is in the heavens and the earths and on the Day of Judgment is from the Light of Allah.
Light is of two kinds;

(a) The created light, which is found in the world and the Hereafter and in Paradise and between people like the light of the sun, moon and stars. Likewise, the light from electricity and fire. All these are created and they are a creation of Allah.

(b) The second light is the uncreated one and is an Attribute of Allah. And Allah is far Exalted and Praised with all His Attributes and He is the Creator unlike His creation. So, the Light of His Face and His Self are both uncreated, rather they are one of His Lofty Attributes. This is the Magnificent Nur (light) with which He has described Himself (in the verse) and it is not created. It is an Attribute of Allah like His Hearing, Sight, Hand and other Lofty Attributes…' [Majmoo Fatawa wa-Maqalat Mutanawwi'a (part 6) Arabic text obtained from,]

Translated by Shawana A. Aziz

Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter -


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