Koran


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 
all things.
	(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 
and evening...
	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 
at reckoning.
	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.