A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytani ‘r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem.
Allahumma salli `alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin wa `alaa aali Sayyidina Muhammadin kamaa sallayta `ala Sayyidina Ibraheema wa `ala aali Sayyidina Ibraheema innaka hameedun majeed. Allahumma baarik `ala Sayyidina Muhammadin wa `ala aali Sayyidina Muhammadin kamaa barakta `ala Sayyidina Ibraheema wa `ala aali Sayyidina Ibraheema innaka hameedun majeed.
When we recite salawaat, we are asking Allah (swt) Himself to pray on Prophet Muhammad (s), saying, Allahumma salli `alaa Muhammad, “O our Lord, You send the praises, the prayers and the blessings on Muhammad (s), because only You know his Reality!” We are his nation, alhamdulillah, Allah (swt) granted us to among the followers of the Best and First of Creation (s).
The Prophet (s) is the imam of all the prophets, whom he led in prayer in Jerusalem, where all the prophets (peace be upon all of them) accepted him as the leader in prayer. We love all of them, we believe in all of them, and we are not Muslims if we say, “We don’t believe in this one or that one.” We love all the prophets, peace be upon them, but Allah (swt) made designations when He created; He made each one a different person, a different being. And the prophets, peace be upon them, were designed, created, designated to go to certain nations at certain times. All of them delivered the Message, and none of them deviated from the True Message, which is to worship the Lord of Heavens. There is nothing else they called people to: worship your Creator, worship the One that made you.
How to worship? They showed their nations how to worship. So alhamdulillah, we are the followers of the Seal of Prophets, the Last of the Messengers (s), who showed us how to worship Allah (swt). Why do we have to worship our God in this world? Allah (swt) says, "I took you out from your mother’s womb knowing nothing.”
وَاللّهُ أَخْرَجَكُم مِّن بُطُونِ أُمَّهَاتِكُمْ لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ شَيْئًا
And Allah has extracted you from the wombs of your mothers not knowing a thing. (Surat an-Nahl, 16:78)
We don’t know anything, so Allah (swt) sent the messengers to teach people how to know their Lord. Sayyidina Muhammad (s) says in his hadith that when the Sahaabi Jaabir (r) asked him, “Yaa Rasoolullah! Who did Allah (swt) create first?” the Prophet (s) said, “Allah (swt) first created the Noor, the Light of your Prophet, O Jaabir, my Companion!”
رواه عبد الرزاق بسنده عن جابر بن عبد الله بلفظ قال قلت: يا رسول الله، بأبي أنت وأمي، أخبرني عن أول شيء خلقه الله قبل الأشياء. قال: يا جابر، إن الله تعالى خلق قبل الأشياء نور نبيك من نوره،...
When Jaabir (r) asked, “Let my father and mother be sacrificed for you, O Prophet of Allah! What is the first thing that Allah (swt) created?” the Prophet (s) said, “The first thing that Allah (swt) created is the Light of your Prophet from His Light, O Jaabir.” (Musannaf `Abdu ’r-Razzaq)
There was nothing yet, only a light. What is that light? The Prophet (s) said, “I was a light,” and we want to know what that light is. Allah (swt) said:
اللَّهُ نُورُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ مَثَلُ نُورِهِ كَمِشْكَاةٍ فِيهَا مِصْبَاحٌ الْمِصْبَاحُ فِي زُجَاجَةٍ الزُّجَاجَةُ كَأَنَّهَا كَوْكَبٌ دُرِّيٌّ يُوقَدُ مِن شَجَرَةٍ مُّبَارَكَةٍ زَيْتُونِةٍ لَّا شَرْقِيَّةٍ وَلَا غَرْبِيَّةٍ يَكَادُ زَيْتُهَا يُضِيءُ وَلَوْ لَمْ تَمْسَسْهُ نَارٌ نُّورٌ عَلَى نُورٍ يَهْدِي اللَّهُ لِنُورِهِ مَن يَشَاء وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الْأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ وَاللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ
Allah is the Light of the Heavens and Earth. The parable of His Light is as if there were a niche and within it a lamp: the lamp is in a glass, the glass like a Brilliant Star lit from a blessed tree, an olive tree that is neither of the East nor of the West, the oil of which is so bright that it would certainly give light of itself. Light upon Light! Allah guides whom He will to His Light: Allah sets forth Parables for men: and Allah knows all things. (Surat an-Noor, 24:35)
I seek refuge in Allah in saying something that is not correct, a`oodhu billah, and I seek refuge in Allah from my evil ego to add any the explanation that is not correct. A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytani ‘r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem, Allaahu nooru 's-samaawaati wa 'l-ard, “Allah is the Noor, the Light of Heavens and Earth.” Mathala noorihi, the description of His Light is an outer cover. Allah (swt) is giving a description of His Light and outer cover, a case that encloses something inside, a lamp that gives light and al-misbaahu fee zujaajatin, “the light is in a glass.” So you have the light covered by the glass, covered by an encasement, mishkaat, and az-zujaaja, glass; the lamp is in a glass. Let’s start with the outside: the glass in the middle is like a brilliant star that is fueled by a holy tree, the olive tree, and the oil is always glowing, even if no fire touches it.
Now look at the description of Allah’s Beloved, Prophet Muhammad (s). Ibn `Abbas, Ibn Katheer, Ka`ab al-Ahbar, all these famous scholars and Companions said the noor that Allah (swt) is describing is Prophet Muhammad (s): Allaahu nooru 's-samaawaati wa 'l-ard, “Allah (swt) is the Light of Heavens and Earth.” What does that mean? Let’s say it is around 11 o'clock at night and we turn the lights off. You don’t see anything, but you are present, you are here--you can eat, drink, speak, you can talk--but you can’t see yourself. That means you are not seeing your reality, the lights are off. When Allah (swt) sends from His Light, which is Prophet Muhammad (s), he turns the light on for us. What happens when the lights are on? we see ourselves, so we know our Reality when the light is on.
Allah, God, the Lord of Heavens, is the Light of Heavens and Earth. He created us from mud, clay, dirt, whatever you want to call it, but it’s earth, so we have a physical component to our being. We can touch, hit, bump; we have physicality.
Now Allah (swt) created spiritual heavens inside of us. [end of video]
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