Fatwa: # 15039
Category: Beliefs
Country: South Africa
Date: 10th April 2007

Title

Is this Aqeeda correct that Prophet s.a.w was made of noor or from Noor of Allah?

Question

Is this Aqeeda correct that Prophet s.a.w was made of noor or from Noor of Allah?

Answer

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh

It is important to know what is meant by noor.  The meaning of noor is light.  Allah Ta’ala in the Qur’an has mentioned the moon as being noor.

 

هو الذى جعل الشمس ضياء والقمرنورا

Allah is the being who created the sun bright and the moon noor.

 

Noor is a light on its own and also gives light to others.  The meaning that will be taken for noor will be that which is apparent and makes apparent.  For this same reason the Prophets are called noor.  They are guided and they are the medium for others to get guidance.  In the dua اللهم اجعلنى نورا the same is meant.  The names Noorudeen, Noorulislam, Noorullah are kept with the same purpose.  Noor comes in the Qur’an for guidance just as Dhulmat (darkness) comes for going astray.  Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’an:

 

اومن كان ميتا فاحييناه وجعلنا له نورا يمشى به فى الناس كمن مثله فى الظلمات ليس بخارج منها

He who is dead, then We granted him life and gave him a light by which he may walk among people better than someone like him who is a multitude of darkness from which he will not come out?(Al-Anaam-122)

 

For something to be noor does not mean that it cannot be human also.  If this was the case then it would not be correct for a human to make this dua اللهم اجعلنى نورا, because it would mean, O Allah take me out of the fold of humanity.

 

Rasullah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) was human as well as noor.  Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’an:

قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَا بَشَرٌ مِثْلُكُمْ

Say (O Muhammad) I’m verily a human like yourselves. (Al-Kahf-110)

 

Allah Ta’ala say in the Qur’an:

قَدْ جَاءَكُمْ مِنَ اللَّهِ نُورٌ وَكِتَابٌ مُبِينٌ

Verily came to you from Allah noor and the clear book. (Al-Maidah-15)

 

Many Mufassireen (Commentators of the Qur’an) have stated that by noor here is meant Rasullah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam).  The prophet was noor.  He was guidance for the whole of mankind.  Therefore, he was both noor and human.

 

To say that Rasullah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) is made of noor or made from the noor of Allah and is not human is incorrect.  Him being human is proven from the ayat of Qur’an.

 

Fatawa Mahmoodia (1:102) Maktaba Mahmoodia

Ahsan Al-Fatawa (1:56) H.M. Saeed Company

And Allah knows best

Wassalam

Ml. Ehzaz Ajmeri,
Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa

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