*This is an open letter so all may benefit*
Dear beloved Sidi Zachary [and all of those who seek to benefit from the following],
Alhamdulillahi Rabbil ‘Alamin for the immense grace of our Lord upon us. We thank Allah, the exalted, for placing the light of faith within us, and allowing us all to see and act upon the light of Ihsan. We also thank Allah for His immense grace in allowing us to have a Shaykh who loves the Sunnah of our beloved Master Prophet Muhammad (‘alayhis salam). He has instructed us that the best of the adhkar are those reported in the Al-Adhkar of Imam An-Nawawi. Thus, here is the du’aa I was sharing with you in the car the other day. It is the du’aa that I told you has transformed much of my inner and outward sight. It is my favorite du’aa and I hope that it becomes one of your most beloved as well.
Some time ago I was going through the Adhkar of Imam An-Nawawi, reviewing some of the supplications and litanies reported from the Prophet Muhammad on certain occasions. I came across the following hadith:
This du’aa comes from a longer hadith of Ibn ‘Abbas (radiya Allah anhu) though summarized here by Imam An-Nawawi only to inform the aspirant of the du’aa of the Prophet Muhammad (saaws) when he went towards the masjid. He would say [transliteration and translation are mine obviously],
Allahumma Aja’l fī Qalbī Nūrā, wa fī lisānī nūrā, waj’al fī sam’ī nūrā, waj’al fī baṣrī nūrā, waj’al min khalfī nūrā, wa min Amāmī nūrā, waj’al min fawqī nūrā, wa min taḥtī nūrā, Allahumma ‘A’ṭīnī nūrā.
[ ’ = 'ayn ع whereas ‘ is Alif with a hamza أ]
“Oh Allah! Place (or make) within my heart radiant light, and upon my tongue radiant light, and within my hearing radiant light, and within my sight radiant light, and place radiant light behind me, and place in front of me radiant light, and place above me radiant light, and [place] below me radiant light! Oh Allah! Give me radiant light!” [Reported in Sahih Muslim]
What is meant by “Nur“, or radiant light in this du’aa? Well the actual meaning, according to the masters of the art/science of Tasawwuf generally state that the meaning of Nur is relative to its context. Imam Al-Haddad was asked a question regarding the multiple meanings of “Light” and he simply referred the questioner to Imam Al-Ghazzali’s “The Niche of Lights”. [See Imam Al-Haddad's "The Sublime Treasures; Answers to Sufi Questions" translated by Mostafa Al-Badawi and Published by Fons Vitae page 156.] and so we do so as well.
What there is certainty about is that “Nur” (light) is an attribute of Allah – The Light [An-Nur], as Allah says in the Qur’an:
“Allah is the Light (Nur) 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.” [24:35]
As stated before, from an anecdotal perspective, I found that this du’aa has illumined my life in ways I would have never imagined. It is for this reason, as well as the reason of sharing the blessed tradition of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (‘alayhis salam) that I share this du’aa with you. I ask The Light of the Heavens and the Earth to illumine your heart, mind, and limbs with this noble du’aa.