Tafseer Surat al-Nur: The Parable of Allah's light in the Quran

An Explanation of Allah's light mentioned in the 35th verse of Surah an-Nur, the 24th Surah of the Quran.

A Short Excerpt from The Class

Allah Is Apparent in and of Himself


The 35th verse of Surat al-Nur is renowned for its beauty and evocative imagery, perhaps more than any other verse. In this Ramadan Majlis* event recorded live in Houston TX, Joe Bradford explains these verses, the metaphors and symbols found therein, and how they should illuminate the everyday life of the believer.


Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.
The example of His light is like a niche with in which is a lamp,
The lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star,
Lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree,
Neither of the east nor of the west,
Whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire.
Light upon light.
Allah guides to His light whom He wills.
And Allah presents examples for the people,
and Allah is Knowing of all things.

— Surat al-Nur, Verse 35

This video course includes the following:

  • The Parable of God's Light - Selections from Surat al-Nur (part 1)
  • The Parable of God's Light - Selections from Surat al-Nur (part 2)


* The Majlis Series is quarterly Houston event showcasing a specific topic relative to Islamic thought, delivered by Joe Bradford and hosted at the private residence of Houston community members. It is an opportunity to learn, ask questions, and fellowship with each other.


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Joe Bradford
Joe Bradford

Joe Bradford is an American scholar of Islam. He holds a Master of Islamic Law from the University of Medina and studied for 20+ years traditionally in the Muslim world.


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