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Light in the Hadith

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
و الصلاة و السلام على أشرف المرسلين
و على اله و اصحابه أجمعين

Ibn Abbas (may Allah Be Pleased with him) reported that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ usually said this invocation while going to the mosque during the last third of the night: “O Allah, place light in my heart, and on my tongue light, and in my ears light and in my sight light, and above me light, and below me light, and to my right light, and to my left light, and before me light and behind me light. Place in my soul light. Magnify for me light, and amplify for me light. Make for me light, and make me light. O Allaah, grant me light, and place light in my nerves, and in my body light and in my blood light and in my hair light and in my skin light. O Allaah, make for me a light in my grave… and a light in my bones. Increase me in light, increase me in light, increase me in light.Grant me light upon light.”
[Sahih Bukhari]

Abi Said al Khudri (may Allah Be Pleased with him) reported that the Prophet ﷺ said: “Fear the perception (firassah) of the believer for he sees with the light of Allah the Almighty the Majestic.”
[Jami’ at Tirmidhi]

“Indeed Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, created His creation in darkness, then He cast His noor (light) upon them, so whoever is touched by that noor he is guided, and whoever it missed, he goes astray. It is for this reason that I say that the pens have dried with Allah’s knowledge.”
[Jami’ at Tirmidhi n°2642]

Abu Sa’eed reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ, said, “The hearts are four kinds: a polished heart as shiny as a radiant lamp, a sealed heart with a knot tied around it, a heart that is turned upside down, and a heart that is wrapped. As for the polished heart, it is the heart of the believer and its lamp is the light of faith. The sealed heart is the heart of the unbeliever. The heart that is turned upside down is the heart of a pure hypocrite, for he had knowledge but he denied it. As for the heart that is wrapped, it is the heart that contains both faith and hypocrisy. The parable of faith in this heart is the parable of the herb that is sustained by pure water, and the parable of the hypocrisy in it is the parable of an ulcer that thrives upon puss and blood; whichever of the two is greater will dominate.”
[Musnad Ahmad n°10745]

Ibn Mas’ud narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, explained the following words of Allah, the Exalted: “The hearts of those whom Allah wills to guide, He opens to Islam.” (Qur’an 6.125) This means, the Messenger explained, that, “When the light (of truth) enters the heart it expands and opens up.” The Companions asked: “Is there any evidence of this (in the life of a Muslim)?” He replied: “Being ever mindful of the eternal life of the Hereafter, and remaining at guard in this life of delusion, and preparing oneself for death before it comes.”
[reported by al-Hakim in his Mustadrak and Al-Bayhaqiy in al asma’ was sifat]

Anas said that, he accompanied the Prophet ﷺ, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, into the mosque where they saw a group of people with their hands raised, calling upon Allah. “Do you see in their hands what I see?” the Prophet asked. “What is in their hands?” Anas replied. “There is light in their hands,” replied the Prophet. “Ask Allah the Exalted to show it to me,” said Anas. At the Prophet’s request, Allah showed it to him.”
[Bukhari in Tarikh, Bayhaqi and Abu Nu’aym]

Two of the companions of the Prophet ﷺ departed from him on a dark night and were led by two lights like lamps (going in front of them from Allah as a miracle) lighting the way in front of them, and when they parted, each of them was accompanied by one of these lights till he reached their (respective) houses.
According to Anas it was Asid ibn Hadir et ‘Abad ibn Bishr
[Bukhari n°454]

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Among Allah’s servants are people who are neither Prophets nor martyrs, but whom the Prophets and martyrs will deem fortunate because of their high status with Allah.”
They asked: “O Messenger of Allah! Inform us of who they are.” He ﷺ said: “They are people who loved each other for the Light of Allah, without being related to one another or being tied to one another by lineage. Their faces are light and they will be upon chairs of light. They will feel no fear when the people will be feeling fear and they will feel no grief when the people will be grieving.” Then He ﷺ read the verse: “Behold, on the friends of Allah there shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.”
[An-Nasa’i in Al-Kubra , Abu Ya’la in his musnad , Ibn Hibban in his sahih]

“70,000 veils of Light and darkness separate Allâh (from his creation).Nobody reaches the reality of one of those veils without being annihilated Abu Ya’la dans son Musnad, at Tabarani dans al Kabir et Ibn Abi ‘Asim.”
[reported by Abu Ya’la in his musnad , At-Tabarni in Al-Kabir and Ibn Abi ‘Asim]

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “When Allah created Adam He wiped his back and every person that He created among his offspring until the Day of Resurrection fell out of his back. He placed a ray of light between the eyes of every person.”
[Jami’ at Tirmidhi n°3356]

‘Ikrimah narrated that ibn ‘Abbas said : “Muhammad saw his lord.” I said : “Did Allah not say : “No vision can grasp Him, but he grasps all vision.”” He said:”Woe unto you ! That is when He manifestes His Light. But Muhammad saw his Lord two times”
[Jami’ at Tirmidhi n°3590]

Abu dharr narrated : “I asked the Messenger of Allah ﷺ : Did you see thy Lord? He said: “He is a Light. How could I see Him?””
[sahih Muslim n°341]

Abu Moosa Al-Ash’ari said: “The Prophet ﷺ stood among us and told us five things. He said: “Verily, Allaah, the Exalted and Mighty, does not sleep and it does not befit Him to sleep. He lowers the scale and lifts it. The deeds of the night are taken up to Him before the deeds of the day, and the deeds of the day [are taken up to Him] before the deeds of the night. His veil is the light – in the narration of Abu Bakr (instead of the word” light”) it is fire. If he reveals it, the splendor of His Countenance would burn His creation as far as His sight reaches.”
[Sahih Muslim]

Abu Dharr Ghifari addressed the Holy Prophet, “O Apostle of God! Give me some advice.” The Holy Prophet ﷺ replied, “I exhort you to the fearing of the Lord, it is the essential.” Abu Dharr relates that he, then, said, “Give me some more advice.” The Prophet replied, “I exhort you to make Tilawat and Zikr, you will obtain light in the earth and the heavens. Abu Dharr (radiAllâhu ‘anhu) relates that he, further, said, “Give me some more advice.” The Prophet said, “Do not laugh much for it kills the heart and deprives the Light from it.”
[at Tabarani, Abu Nu’aym and al Bayhaqiy]

Abu darda narrated: “The Messenger of Allah ﷺ came out to us when we were speaking of poverty and how we feared it. He said: “Is it poverty that you fear? By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, (the delights and luxuries of) this world will come to you in plenty, and nothing will cause the heart of anyone of you to deviate except that. By Allah, I am leaving you upon the white path, the night and day of which are the same.” Abu Darda said: “He spoke the truth, by Allah. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ did indeed leave us upon the light path the days and nights of which were the same.””
[Sunan ibn Majah]

Abu Musa, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet ﷺ, peace be upon him, said: “The example of Muslims, Jews and Christians is like the example of a man who employed laborers to work for him from morning till night for specific wages. They worked till midday and then said: “We do not need your money which you have fixed for us and let whatever we have done be annulled.” The man said to them: “Do not quit the work, but complete the rest of it and take your full wages.” But they refused and went away. The man employed another batch after them and said to them: “Complete the rest of the day and yours will be the wages I had fixed for the first batch.” So, they worked till the time of `Asr Salah. Then they said: “Let what we have done be annulled and keep the wages you have promised us for yourself.” The man said to them: “Complete the rest of the work, as only a little of the day remains,” but they refused. Thereafter he employed another batch to work for the rest of the day and they worked for the rest of the day till the sunset, and they received the wages of the two former batches. So, that was the example of those people (Muslims) and the example of this light which they have accepted willingly”
[Sahih Bukhari]

Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ saying: “A group of my ummah seventy thousand strong will enter Paradise, with their faces shining like the moon.””
[Sahih Bukhari]

It is related that Jabir ibn `Abd Allah said to the Prophet ﷺ: “O Messenger of Allah, may my father and mother be sacrificed for you, tell me of the first thing Allah created before all things.” He said: “O Jabir, the first thing Allah created was the light of your Prophet from His light, and that light remained (lit. “turned”) in the midst of His Power for as long as He wished, and there was not, at that time, a Tablet or a Pen or a Paradise or a Fire or an angel or a heaven or an earth. And when Allah wished to create creation, he divided that Light into four parts and from the first made the Pen, from the second the Tablet, from the third the Throne, [and from the fourth everything else].”
[related by Imâm as-Souyoûtiy in al-Khasâ’is al-Kubrâ]

The Prophet said “My Companions are like stars. Whichever of them you use as a guide, you will be rightly guided.”
[al Ibana al-Kubrâ/Ibn Batta]

Kuraib reported that Ibn `Abbas spent a night in the house of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and he said: “the Messenger of Allah ﷺ stood near the water-skin and poured water out of it and performed ablution in which he neither used excess of water nor too little of it, and the rest of the hadith is the same, and in this mention is also made (of the fact) that on that night the Messenger of Allah ﷺ made supplication before Allah in nineteen words. Kuraib reported: “I remember twelve words out of these, but have forgotten the rest. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Place light in my heart, light in my tongue, light in my hearing, light in my sight, light above me, light below me, light on my right, light on my left, light in front of me, light behind me, place light in my soul, and make light abundant for me.””
[Sahih Muslim]

Narrated Anas bin Malik: “Two of the companions of the Prophet ﷺ departed from him on a dark night and were led by two lights like lamps (going in front of them from Allah as a miracle) lighting the way in front of them, and when they parted, each of them was accompanied by one of these lights till he reached their (respective) houses.”
[Sahih Bukhari , Book 8, Hadith 454]

Narrated anas : “Two men left the Prophet ﷺ on a very dark night. Suddenly a light came in front of them, and when they separated, the light also separated along with them.”
[Sahih Bukhari, Book 8, Hadith 454]

Ibn `Abbas said: “I spent the night in the house of my mother’s sister, Maimuna, and observed how the Messenger of Allah ﷺ prayed (at night). He got up and relieved himself. He then washed his face and hands and then went to sleep. He again got up and went near the water-skin and loosened its straps and then poured some water in a bowl and inclined it with his hands (towards himself). He then performed a good ablution between the two extremes and then stood up to pray. I also came and stood by his left side. He took hold of me and made me stand on his right side. It was in thirteen rak’ahs that the (night) prayer of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ was completed. He then slept till he began to snore, and we knew that he had gone to sleep by his snoring. He then went out (for the dawn prayer), and said while praying or prostrating himself: “O Allah! place light in my heart, light in my hearing, light in my sight, light on my right, light on my left, light in front of me, light behind me, light above me, light below me, make light for me,” or he said: “Make me light.””
[Sahih muslim, book 6 Hadith 222]

Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin: “When Negus died, we were told that a light would be seen perpetually at his grave.”
[Sunan Abi Dawud hadith n° 2523]

Abdullah ibn`Abbas reported: “He spent (one night) in the house of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ. He (the Holy Prophet) got up, brushed his teeth and performed ablution and said: “In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of the night and the day, there are indeed signs for people of understanding”, to the end of the Surah. He then stood up and prayed two rak`ahs, standing, bowing and prostrating himself at length in them. Then he finished, went to sleep and snored. He did that three times, six rak`ahs altogether, each time cleaning his teeth, performing ablution, and reciting these verses. Then he observed three rak`ahs of Witr. The Mu’adhdhin then pronounced the Adhan and he went out for prayer and was saying: “O Allah! place light in my heart, light in my tongue, place light in my hearing, place light in my eyesight, place light behind me, and light in front of me, and place light above me, and light below me. O Allah! grant me light.””
[Sahih Muslim hadith n°763]

This hadith has been transmitted on the authority of Abu Hayyan but with this addition: “The Book of Allah contains right guidance, the light, and whoever adheres to it and holds it fast, he is upon right guidance and whosoever deviates from it goes astray.”
[Sahih Muslim, hadith n°2408]

‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Indeed Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, created His creation in darkness, then He cast His Light upon them, so whoever is touched by that light he is guided, and whoever is not, he goes astray. It is for this reason that I say that the pens have dried with Allah’s knowledge.”
[Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2642]

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It was narrated that Abu Musa said: “The Messenger of Allah said: “Allah does not sleep, and it is not befitting that He should sleep. He lowers the Scales and raises them. His Veil is Light, and if He were to remove it, the glory of his Face would burn everything of His creation, as far as His gaze reaches.” Then Abu ‘Ubaidah recited the verse: “Blessed is whosoever is in the fire, (i.e. the light of Allah) and whosoever is round about it! And Glorified is Allah, the Lord of all that exists.””
[Sunan Ibn Majah Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 196]

A’mash has narrated this hadith on the same authority and said: “The Messenger of Allah ﷺ was standing amongst us and he told us four things. He then narrated the hadith like the one reported by Abu Mua’wiya, but did not mention the words “His creation” and said: “His veil is the light.””
[Sahih Muslim 179 b] 

‘Ikrimah narrated that Ibn ‘Abbas said: “Muhammad saw his Lord.” I said: “Did Allah not say: “No vision can grasp Him, but He grasps all vision.” He said: “Woe unto you! That is when He manifests His Light. But Muhammad saw his Lord two times.”
[Jami`at-Tirmidhi, Hadith n°3590]

It was narrated that Jabor bin ‘Abdullah said: “The Messenger of Allah said: “While the people of Paradise are enjoying their blessings, a light will shine upon them, and they will raise their heads, and they will see their Lord looking upon them from above. He will say: “Peace be upon you, O people of Paradise.” This is what Allah says in the Verse: “Salam (peace be upon you) – a Word from the Lord (Allah), The Most Merciful.” He will look at them, and they will look at Him, and they will not pay any attention to the delights (of Paradise) so long as they look at Him, until He will screen Himself from them. But His light and blessing will remain with them in their bodies.””
[Sunan ibn Majah, Book 1, Hadith 189]

Yahya related to me from Malik that he heard that Luqman al-Hakim made his will and counselled his son, saying, “My son! Sit with the learned men and keep close to them. Allah gives life to the hearts with the light of wisdom as Allah gives life to the dead earth with the abundant rain of the sky.”
[Al Muwatta Imam Malik, Book 59, Hadith 1859]

Anas narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “While I was traveling through Paradise, a river appeared before me whose banks had tents of pearl. I said to the angel: “What is this?” He said: “This is Al-Kauthar, which Allah has granted you.” He said: “Then he put his hand in the clay, and removed musk from it, then I was raised up to Sidrat Al-Muntaha so I saw a magnificent light at it.”
[Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Book 47, Hadith 3685]

Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “Al-Wudu is half of faith, and All praise is due to Allah (Al-Ḥamdulillāh) fills the Scale, and Glory is to Allah and all praise is to Allah (Subḥān Allāh wal-Ḥamdulillāh) fill” – or – “fills what is between the heavens and the earth, and Salat is light and charity is an evidence, and patience is an illumination, and the Quran is a proof for you or against you. And all people shall come to the morning selling their souls, either setting it free or destroying it.”
[Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3517]

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The first group to enter Paradise will enter with (faces) like the moon in the night when it is full. Then those who follow them will be shining with a light brighter than the brightest star in the sky. They will not urinate or defecate, or blow their noses or spit. Their combs will be of gold, their sweat will be musk, their braziers (receptacle for holding live coals for burning incense) will be pearls and their wives will be houris. Their form will be that of a single man, the form of their father Adam, sixty forearm’s length tall.”
[Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol. 5, Book 37, Hadith 4333]

Narrated Ibn `Abbas: “Whenever the Prophet ﷺ offered his Tahajjud prayer, he would say, “O Allah, our Lord! All the praises are for You; You are the Keeper (Establisher or the One Who looks after) of the Heavens and the Earth. All the Praises are for You; You are the Light of the Heavens and the Earth and whatever is therein. You are the Truth, and Your saying is the Truth, and Your promise is the Truth, and the meeting with You is the Truth, and Paradise is the Truth, and the (Hell) Fire is the Truth. O Allah! I surrender myself to You, and believe in You, and I put my trust in You (solely depend upon). And to You I complain of my opponents and with Your Evidence I argue. So please forgive the sins which I have done in the past or I will do in the future, and also those (sins) which I did in secret or in public, and that which You know better than I. None has the right to be worshipped but You.””
[Sahih al-Bukhari 7442]

It was narrated that Ibn Abbas said: “When Jibril was with the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, he heard a sound from above like a door opening. Jibril, peace be upon him, looked up toward the sky and said: “This is a gate in Heaven that has been opened, but it was never opened before.” He said: “An Angel came down from it and came to the Prophet ﷺ and said: “Receive the glad tidings of two lights that have been given to you and were never given to any prophet before you: The Opening of the Book (Al-Fatihah) and the last verses of Surat Al-Baqarah. You will never recite a single letter of them but you will be granted it.””
[Sunan an-Nasa’i 912]

‘Abdullah ibn Dinar reported that Ibn ‘Umar passed by a bedouin during a journey. The bedouin’s father had been a friend of ‘Umar’s. The bedouin said, “Am I not the son of so-and-so?” He said, “Yes, indeed.” Ibn ‘Umar ordered that he be given a donkey which was following him. He also took off his turban and gave it to him, One of the men with him said, “Wouldn’t two dirhams be enough for him?” He replied, “The Prophet ﷺ, said, “Maintain what your father loved. Do not cut it off so that Allah puts out your light.”
[Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 40]

Narrated Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “When Allah created Adam He wiped his back and every person that He created among his offspring until the Day of Resurrection fell out of his back. He placed a ray of light between the eyes of every person. Then He showed them to Adam and he said: ‘O Lord! Who are these people?’ He said: “These are your offspring.” He saw one of them whose ray between his eyes amazed him, so he said: “O Lord! Who is this?” He said: “This is a man from the latter nations of your offspring called Dawud.” He said: “Lord! How long did You make his lifespan?” He said: “Sixty years.” He said: “O Lord! Add forty years from my life to his.” So at the end of Adam’s life, the Angel of death of came to him, and he said: “Do I not have forty years remaining?” He said: “Did you not give them to your son Dawud?”” He said: “Adam denied, so his offspring denied, and Adam forgot and his offspring forgot, and Adam sinned, so his offspring sinned.”
[Jami’ at-Tirmidhi Book 47, Hadith 3356]

It is related that Jābir ibn ‘Abd Allāh (radiAllahu ‘anhu) said to the Prophet ﷺ: “O Messenger of Allāh, may my father and mother be sacrificed for you, tell me of the first thing Allah created before all things.” He said: “O Jābir, the first thing Allāh created was the light of your Prophet from His light, and that light remained in the midst of His Power for as long as He wished, and there was not, at that time, a Tablet or a Pen or a Paradise or a Fire or an angel or a heaven or an earth. And when Allāh wished to create creation, he divided that Light into four parts and from the first made the Pen, from the second the Tablet, from the third the Throne, then He divided the fourth into four parts [and from them created everything else.”
[Diyārbakrī in Tārīkh al-khāmis]

Abu Ishaq reported: A man asked Al-Bara, “Was the face of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, like a sword?” Al-Bara said, “No, it was like the moon.”
[Sunan At-Tirmidhi , hadith n° 3636]

Hasan bin Ali (radiAllahu ‘anhu) reported: “I inquired from my maternal uncle (sayyiditina Fatimah – radiAllahu ‘anha – step brother) Hind bin Abi Haalah (radiAllahu ‘anha) about the noble features of the Rasulullah ﷺ. He had often described the noble features of Rasulullah ﷺ in detail. I felt that I should hear from him personally, some of the noble features of Raulullah ﷺ, so that I could make his description a proof and testimony for myself and also memorize them, and, if possible, try to emulate and adopt them.
[The age of Sayyidna Hasan (radiAllahu ‘anhu) at the time of Rasulullah’s ﷺ death was seven years. In view of his age he did not have the opportunity to realize fully the features of Rasulullah ﷺ].
The uncle described the noble features by saying: “He had great qualities and attributes in him, others also held him in high esteem. His mubarak face shone like the full moon. He was slightly taller than a man of middle height, but shorter than a tall person. His mubarak head was moderately large. His mubarak hair was slightly twisted. If his hair became parted naturally in the middle he left it so, otherwise he did not habitually make an effort to part his hair in the middle.”
[Shumail Tarmizi, Vol 1, no 7]

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Ka’b: “I heard Ka’b bin Malik talking after his failure to join (the Ghazwa of) Tabuk. He said: “When I greeted Allah’s Apostle whose face was glittering with happiness, for whenever Allah’s Apostle was happy, his face used to glitter, as if it was a piece of the moon, and we used to recognize it (i.e. his happiness) from his face.””
Bukhari, vol 2, n°810]

Aisha (radiAllahu ‘anha ) narrates: “The Holy Prophet’s ﷺ face was the most beautiful among all men and His Complexion was the most luminous.” Abdullah bin Umar (radiaAllahu ‘anhu) says: “I have never seen anybody stronger and braver; more generous and more benevolent, more pure and more radiant than the Holy Prophet ﷺ.”
[Sunan Darmi , Vol. 1]

Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiAllahu ‘anhu) says, “The Holy Prophet ﷺ had no shadow. His radiance would eclipse even the bright sun. In front of a lighted lamp, His radiance would be more powerful.”

Imam Ibn al-Jawzi narrates a Hadith from Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiAllahu ‘anhu) who said: “The Messenger of Allah ﷺ had no shadow, not while standing in the sun, but the brilliance of his light (nur) surpassed the rays of the sun; nor while sitting before a burning light, but his luminous light excelled the luster of the light.”
[Kitab al-Wafa by Ibn al-Jawzi]

Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu ‘anhu) says: “I have never seen anybody as beautiful as the Holy Prophet ﷺ. It is as if the sun draws its light from His face and moves.”
[Jami` at-Tirmidhi, vol. 2]

Anas bin Malik (radiAllahu ‘anhu) said: “When the Holy Prophet ﷺ entered Medina, every grain of sand in Medina started shining.”
[Jami` at-Tirmidhi, vol. 2]

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