We seek refuge in Allah’s light from the darkness of the world. We seek the light of Allah through His guidance as taught by the Quran which is a manifestation of light. We love and follow the Prophet Muhammad (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasalam). We strive to be present in our worship. We try to be kind to Allah’s creatures – not only other humans, but the animals and plants as well, as we were placed in stewardship over them. We struggle daily against our own negative impulses, and we try to make the world a better place.
Spirituality has a significant role in man’s life without which life will become monotonous and unsatisfying. Everyone seeks spirituality in his life, even though he may not be aware of this fact. A question rises at this point as to what can be achieved through spirituality.
The Quran being the word of the Creator of the universe is of great help in understanding the answer to this question. It can be understood from the Quran that the whole point in spirituality and piety is the purification of one’s heart and mind from all deficiencies and impurities. The Quran, however, uses a special terminology about spirituality. There are verses in the Quran where Allah talks about moving from darkness towards light. This movement from darkness towards light, indeed, is the same reality as the purification of the soul.
Once in the dark state, one is surrounded with impurities. The more he moves towards the light, the more pure he becomes. Before discussing the concept of light, it is appropriate to have a reflection on these verses of the Quran. In the famous verse of sura al- Baqarah known as Ayat al-Kursi, Allaah revealed that He is the Master of the faithful (Quran 2:257)
Allah is the guardian of everyone. However, since the believers accept Allah’s guardianship and submit themselves and their affairs to Him, Allah provides them with His special guidance and support. Those who do not believe in Allah or do not believe in Him whole-heartedly do not really see themselves in need of Allah’s support. Korah is a good example of such people. The Quran says about him:
We had given him so many treasures that their keys indeed proved heavy for a band of stalwarts. (Quran, 28: 76)
According to the Quran, people used to tell him,
By the means of what Allah has given you, seek the abode of the Hereafter (Quran, 28: 77)
But his reply was:
“I have indeed been given [all] this because of the knowledge that I have.” (Quran, 28: 77)
It was for this that Allah punished him and made him a lesson for others. The attitude of people like Korah and even many of the believers towards Allah is that they think they can do fine without Him and can manage on their own. Sometimes they even think that they know how to handle their affairs better than Allah. This is why they do not listen to Him. These are the people that adopt satanic powers as their guardians. In other words, although Allah is the guardian of everyone, only the believers who submit themselves to Allah benefit from His guardianship.