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Allah is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth | Shaykh Sālih bin Fawzān Al-Fawzān

Allah is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth

Q: Is it correct to explain the statement of Allah the Exalted:

‘Allah is the light of the Heavens and the earth,’ [Surat an-Nur, Ayah 35]

 with the meaning that Allah is the illumination of the heavens and earth?

A: Yes, and the light is of two types: Light from the Attributes of Allah (عز وجل) which is a non created quality from His distinct traits, and created light such as light of the sun, moon, stars, and electric light. All of these are created by Allah, and He has illuminated the heavens and the earth with these creations.

However, the light from Allah’s attributes, as in His statement (تعالى):

“And the earth will shine with the light….” [Surah Zumar, Ayah 69]

When the Horn is blown and mankind is gathered, then Allah will arrive to render judgment between His servants, illuminating the earth by His light (سبحانه وتعالى).


Translation: Abu Mohamed Abdul Kareem ibn Hagedorn

Revision: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri

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    Abdul Hadi Evangelista


    It’s good to note that even electric light is from Allah the Mighty and Majestic.


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