Nur Muhammad

March 20, 2018 | Leave a Comment

 

Professor Asani, in Infidel of Love, describes the deep love that Muslims have for Prophet Muhammad and how he is a model for the ideal in Muslim. Then, in class, we discussed the concept and centrality of Nur Muhammad meaning. Light of Muhammad. His light is primordial and comes from the following Quran verse 24:35

“God is the Light of the heavens and the earth; the likeness of His Light is as a niche wherein is a lamp – the lamp in a glass, the glass as if it were a glittering star –kindled from a Blessed Tree, an olive tree that is neither of the East nor of the West, whose oil well-nigh would shine even if no fire touched it; Light upon Light; God guides to His Light whom He wills. And God strikes similitudes for man, and God has knowledge of everything.”

The lamp and likeness of God’s light is often interpreted to be the Prophet. Muhammad pbuh is beloved and praised by Muslims all over the world. He is the ideal example of how to live one’s life. People follow the sunnah or way of the Prophet. He is so loved that he is at times an intercessor, and poetry is written in praise of him. I have written one such an example invoking the idea of Nur Muhammad.

I open the poem with the refrain of al-Busiri’s famous Burda “O God send your prayers and blessings always and forever upon the one whom you loved, the best of all creatures.” It is a prayer for the Prophet and a reminder of the awesome power he held in turning disbelievers to his side, even one of the most famous poets of that time. al-Busiri wrote sme of the hanging poems that were put on the Ka’aba, which is now a sacred building in Mecca. On the Kaaba now hangs black cloth with gold writing, which I have emulated with this text and background. It also fits well with the theme of Nur Muhammad. The Prophet is a guiding light against the darkness of the dunya.


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