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.