The Noor of Muhammad S.A.W. – Letter by Wazir Dayers
At the end of the ālāp of the splendid naat “Ya Mustafa, Noor-ul-Huda, Sani Tera Koi Nahin”, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahib sings:
“Tere sadqe hui manzoor du‘a-e-Ādam
Roz-e-awwal hi tha Maujood Ujala Tera”
“For your sake [O Muhammad], Adam’s supplication was accepted
Your Light was present from the very first day”
This is another reference to the Light of Muhammad, about which I wrote earlier, in relation to “Ya Muhammad, Noor-e-Mujassam” by the Sabri Brothers:
“The Light in “Noor-e-Mujassam” is what the Sufis call “an-Nūr-ul-Muhammadī” (“the Muhammadan Light”). In Sufi mysticism, Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.S.) is perceived as the Embodiment of this Light (Nūr-e-Mujassam). This Light is Pre-Eternal Light (Nūr-e-Azal). It existed before creation and becomes fully manifest in the Spiritually Perfect Man (Insān-e-Kāmil), like the Prophet Muhammad, and Prophets and Saints like him, to whatever religion, era or culture they may belong. All Prophets and Saints are one; they all embody the same Light.
In traditional Islam, Hazrat Muhammad is considered higher than all other Prophets, but from a mystical point of view it is interpreted differently: all Prophets and Sages are one and each one of them represents all others. In verse 6-1106 of his Mathnawī, Hazrat Mawlana Rumi says:
“The name of Ahmad (i.e. Muhammad) is the name of all Prophets: when the hundred comes (is counted), ninety is with us as well.”
It also refers to Hazrat Ādam (A.S.) as the first Messenger of God. Hazrat Ādam’s prayer was fulfilled in Hazrat Muhammad – with Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) the “Circle of Prophethood” (Dā’irat-un-Nubūwa) ended.
I hope that this will contribute to a greater enjoyment of this na‘t, Dear Brother.