Light upon Light ~ Surah 24 Nur Ayah 35

Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah doth know all things.    

~ Yusuf Ali

Dear friend, your heart is a polished mirror. You must
wipe it clean of the veil of dust which has gathered upon it,
because it is destined to reflect the light of divine secrets.
When the light from Allâh (Who) is the light of the heavens
and the earth begins to shine upon the regions of your
heart, the lamp of the heart will be lit. The lamp of the
heart is in a glass, the glass as it were a brightly shining
star…. Then within that heart, the lightning-shaft of divine
revelations strikes. This lightning-shaft will emanate from
the thunderclouds of meaning (heavenly Archetypes)
neither of the East nor of the West, lit from a blessed olive
tree. It will throw light upon the tree of discovery (or
revelation), so pure, so transparent that it sheds light though
fire does not touch it. Then the lamp of wisdom is lit by
itself. How can it remain unlit when the light of Allâh’s
secrets shine over it?

It is not the stars that guide us but the divine light….
If only the lamp of divine secrets be kindled in your inner
self the rest will come, either all at once or little by little….
The dark skies of unconsciousness will be lit by the divine presence and the peace and beauty of the full moon, which
will rise from the horizon shedding light upon light, ever
rising in the sky, passing through its appointed stages …
until it shines in glory in the center of the sky, dispersing
the darkness of heedlessness…. Your night of unconsciousness
will then see the brightness of the day…. Then you
will see from the horizon of Divine Reason the sun of inner
knowledge rising. It is your private sun, for you are the
one whom Allâh guides.… Finally, the knot will be untied
… and the veils will lift and the shells will shatter, revealing
the fine beneath the coarse; the truth will uncover her face.
All this will begin when the mirror of your heart is
cleansed. The light of Divine secrets will fall upon it if
you are willing and ask for Him, from Him, with Him.

~ Hazrat Abdul Qadir al Gilani r.a

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