Serving this deen clarifies the importance of passion and the light that is instilled inside of the heart of the believer. Understanding that this will we are gifted with must be used to do right and abstain from wrong allows us to continue to strive. This idea of striving and always aspiring to improve helps us realize what the mirror in front of us portrays. The amount of work and effort we put into obtaining this height of Imaan (Faith) that the believer should desire fuels this light inside of the believer’s heart. Which begs the question, what is this Nur (light) that envelops inside of the one who worships and believes in Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala?
During the time of the Prophet ﷺ the Companions radiAllahu anhum all carried this something special. This something special that caused them to do everything and to give everything in the way of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, always keeping in mind that death approaches everyone. Their feet were not engraved in this dunya (world) but perceived their lives as a conduit to the Akhira (afterlife). From spending a majority of their wealth in charity to spending their nights in prostration, the Companions radiAllahu anhum absorbed themselves in whatever they could in order to obtain the pleasure of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Their desires were not directed towards worldly concerns; rather, their hearts carried a raging fire that burned brightly with deen as its fuel.
Even amongst ourselves, we see this passion enlighten when our love for “it” grows. The more we come to love “it,” the more excited we are, and the more our hearts start to become empty without “it.” This “it” can vary from our major, a lover, or, to be direct, our deen, Many can say as a Muslim it’s what one is “supposed to do,” but what exactly causes so many to get up before sunrise to prostrate before their Lord? What exactly causes so many to work hard in perfecting their Tajweed, or memorizing the entire Qur’an or to pray five times a day? What causes so many to sacrifice their worldly desires in order to please their Lord?
This light is something that grows and develops from within and becomes embodied in our actions and thought processes. In order for this light to continue to glow, we need to feed this lantern with Sunnah, obedience, and allow new knowledge to become actual action. Many times, we may lose ourselves with our busy lives, but any worldly action can become an act of worship. The more conscious of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala we become and the more we try to implement what we learn, the more we will grow. We as human beings are never perfect, nor can we ever match the height of the Companions radiAllahu anhum. Nonetheless, that something special is still there. That something special inside of our hearts can still be lit, and it can still control our every being. As a reminder to myself foremost and to others, nurture this light, increase this love and passion, and gain that something special.
“Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within 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.” (Surah An-Nur, Verse 35)