Surah XXIV Light
Allah is the Light of the Heavens and the earth. The
similitude of Their Light is as a niche wherein is a Lamp.
This Lamp is in a Crystal. The Crystal is, as it were, a
shining Star. (This Lamp is) kindled from a Blessed Tree, an
olive neither of the East nor of the West, whose Oil would
almost glow forth (of Themselves) though no fire touched Them:
Light upon Light. Allah guideth unto Their Light whom They
will. And Allah speaketh in allegories, for Allah is Knower of
(This Lamp is found) in houses which Allah hath
allowed to be exalted and that Their Name shall be
remembered therein. Therein do offer praise to Them at morn
As for those who disbelieve, their deeds are as a mirage
in a desert. The thirsty one supposeth it to be water but they
cometh unto it and findeth it naught, and findeth, in the place
thereof, Allah, Who payeth them their due; and Allah is swift
Or as darkness on a vast, abysmal sea. There covereth
them a wave, above which is a wave, above which is a cloud.
Layer upon layer of darkness. When they holdeth out their
hand they scarce can see it. And those for whom Allah hath
not appointed Light, for them there is no Light.