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Does surah Maidah 5.15 prove the prophet Mohammed is noor (light)

Does surah Maidah 5.15 prove the prophet Mohammed is noor (light)

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Tafsir of Surah Maidah 5.15
Tafsir of Surah Maidah 5.15

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Published by: Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie on Mar 15, 2011
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TAKEN FROM AHLU SUNNAH WALJAMAAH.COMDOES SURAHMAIDAH 5:15 PROVETHE PROPHETMOHAMMED ISNOOR (LIGHT)BY ABDUL KAREEMIBN OZZIE
 
Sufi Ashari Maturidis say Allah refers to the prophet Mohammed as alight (noor) that has come with the Quran in surah Maidah 5:15. Allah said
, “O people of the book! Indeed Our Messenger hascome to you making clear to you most of what you hid of the Book and forgiving much; Indeed, there has come toyou a light and a clear Book from God” (Maidah 5:15)
The Sufi Ashari Maturidis have misunderstood what is meant by the words ‘there has come to you a light’. These words refer to theprophet Mohammed but they do not mean he is literal a light from Allah and a human together.These words refer to the prophet being the light of the message as he brought with him the message of Islam which by the will of Allah he brought the Arabs (the world and the jinn) out the darkness of kufr(disbelieve) and into the light of Islam. Through his efforts to spreadIslam Allah guided and is still guiding whom he willed/wills fromamong mankind and jinn. Also these words refer to the prophet as being the light of theguidance and not only the light of the message, because he was sent by Allah as light of guidance to guide to mankind and the jinn to thestraight path through following his Sunnah. But the prophet also brought with him a book (the Quran) which contained the message of  Allah (Islam) in it. This book contained in it the light of guidance forthose who followed him as the Quran is Allahs speech for mankindand jinn to read, reflect, live by, explain, memorise and spread to allof mankind and the jinn.So the prophet is referred to as the light of guidance as he was the one who the Quran was revealed to, he explained it, taught how to recite itand how to read it properly, he showed us how to respect it, told usthe reward for following it and the punishment for completely rejecting it or when a person neglects the commands in it by sinningor by falling short in fulfilling the obligations Allah has demanded in
 
the Quran, but most importantly of all the prophet showed mankindand the jinn how to implement the Quran in a persons daily life.It is important to remember that light of the message and the light of guidance are from Allah only.The following verse after the one above explains and proves that when Allah referred to the prophet as a light, he (Allah) only meantthat he is the light of guidance and the message. In the next verse
 Allah says, “Allah guides all those who seek his pleasure toways of peace and he brings them out of darkness (of kufr)by his permission unto light (believing in and livingaccording to the Quran) and guides them to a straight  path (following the prophet).” Surah Maidah 5:16.
Ibn Jareer Tabaree
in his tafsir of surah Maiadah 5:15 he said,“That is, 'light' refers to ‘Muhammad’ because people are guided by him as they would be with light, this is according to
Qatadah
(taabiee) and
 Al-Zajjaj
selected it. And it is also said that it means'the Quran' as that makes clear truth from falsehood – according to Abi Ali Al-Jaba'ee but the first opinion is preferred.
Imam al-Qurtubi
in hs tafsir of the same verse said, “That is (thelight referred to in the verse is) 'a radiance'. It is said to be 'Islam' andit is (also) said to be 'Mohammad' according to al-Zajjaaj.” He alsosaid “He (Prophet Mohammed) brings them (mankind and jinn) outof the darkness’s of kufr and ignorance to the noor (light) of Islamand guidance".
Ibn Jawzi
commented on Allahs saying (there has come to you alight from Allah), Qatadah said ‘The meaning of Nur is: The ProphetMohammad and others say it is Islam (and third saying is it refers to)Kitab al mubeen that is the Quran.’”

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