Shaykh Osman Nuri Topbas on the 5 Types of Darkness & Illumination

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Osman Nuri Topbas wrote, in his “Islam, Spirit & Form”, on the hadits from Jami’ at-Tirmidzi, “The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said, ‘There is a curtain between Allah and every creature.  However, there is no curtain for the words, ‘There is no deity, but Allah’ and the blessing offered by a father for his son.’

It is said, there are five types of darkness and five types of illumination in return: Love for this world is a darkness, and piety is the light for it; sin is a darkness, and repentance is the light for it; the grave is a darkness, and pronouncing ‘There is no deity, but Allah’ frequently is the light for it; the afterlife is a darkness, and pious deeds are the light for it; and the bridge to Paradise is a darkness, and an absolute faith is the light for it.  One who manages to get hold of these lights achieves eternal happiness.”


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