Was The Prophet Mohammed Born Noor (light) From Allah

Some Sufi Ashari Maturidis believe that the first thing Allah created was the light of prophet Mohammed and so they believe the prophet was part noor (light) from Allah as well as part human.

They often narrated the following hadeeths to prove that the prophet was born noor (light) from Allah as well as being born human:

It was narrated from Khaalid ibn Ma’daan that the Companions of the Messenger of Allah said: “O Messenger of Allah, tell us about yourself.” He said, “I am the answer to the prayer of the father of Ibraaheem, and the glad tidings of ‘Eesa, and when my mother became pregnant with me, she saw something as if a light came out of her and illuminated the palaces of Busra in the land of Syria.”

Narrated by Ibn Ishaaq with his isnaad; Seerat Ibn Hishaam, 1/166. Narrated with a different isnaad by al-Tabari in his Tafseer, 1/566, and by al-Haakim in al-Mustadrak, 2/600. He said: its isnaad is saheeh although they (Bukhaari and Muslim) did not narrated, and al-Dhahabi agreed with him. See al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 1545

Al-Tabaraani narrated that the Prophet said, “My mother saw in a dream that there came from between her legs a lamp that illuminated the palaces of Syria.” Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 224.

Ahmad (16700) narrated from al-‘Irbaad ibn Saariyah that the Messenger of Allah said… and he mentioned the hadeeth according to which the mother of the Messenger of Allah saw, when she gave birth to him, a light which illuminated the palaces of Syria.

Al-Haythami said in Majma’ al-Zawaa’id: its isnaad is hasan.

From these hadeeth the Sufi Ashari Maturidis belief that the prophet was part noor (light) from Allah as well as part human is proven to be unfounded and false.

These hadeeth indicate a sign of the Prophet Mohammed’s prophet hood. The light that came out of his mum in a dream of his birth and the light which came out of his mum which illuminated the palaces of Syria when he was actually born is just one among the many signs that Allah has bestowed upon the prophet Mohammed to prove that the prophet Mohammed was a real messenger of Allah.

The reason why Allah chose light as a sign of the Prophet Mohammed’s prophet-hood was because the prophet Mohammed was the light of the message of Islam and the light of guidance too and upon Islam but not literally light.

The Standing Committee for Academic Research and the Issuing of Fatwas have stated, “The Prophet has noor (light) which is the light of the message and guidance from Allah, through which Allah guides whomsoever he will of his slaves. No doubt the light of the message and of guidance comes from Allah.” Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 1/310.

The above hadeeths in no way prove the prophet Mohammed was literally noor (light) as this would mean, these hadeeth would contradict another authentic hadeeth about the angels being made from light.

The Prophet said: “The angels were created from light, and Iblees was created from smokeless fire, and Adam was created from what has been described to you.” Narrated by Muslim, 2996.

Shaykh al-Albaani said (about the above hadeeth) “…This hadeeth clearly indicates that the angels are the only ones who are created from light, not Adam and his sons (all of  mankind, the prophet Mohammed aswell), so pay heed and do not be negligent.” Taken from al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (458)

Allah states that the prophet is man and not noor (light) and human, Allah said, “Say I (Mohammed) am a man like you – it has been revealed to me that your god is One God.” (Quran al-Khaf  18:110)

In Saheeh Bukhari it is reportedThe Prophet heard the voices of some people quarrelling near his gate, so he went to them and said, “I am only a human being…”

In Saheeh Muslim it is reported “The prophet Mohammed said “O people, I am a human being…”

Even the kuffaar in the time of the prophet Mohammed knew he was a human as they use to say about the Quran, “this (the Quran) is nothing but the word of (Mohammed) a human being” surah Al Mudassir:25

Qadi Iyad said, “We have mentioned before that prophet (Mohammed) and all the prophets and messengers are human being and that there body and apparent things are pure manly.” As shifa of Qadi Iyad Vol 2 Section 3, chapter 2

Shaykh Uthaymeen said, “With regard to Muhammad, like all other human beings, he was created from the water (semen) of his father, Abd-Allaah ibn Abd al-Muttalib. He is no different from other human beings in the manner in which he was created, as he said about himself, “…I am a human being like you and liable to forget like you… (Saheeh Bukhari).” He felt fear, got thirsty, felt cold, suffered from the heat, got sick and died.

Everything that humans go through as a part of human nature, he also went through, but he is distinguished by the fact that he received revelation and he was qualified to bear the Message, as Allah said, “Allah knows best with whom to place His Message” al-An’aam 6:124. Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Rasaa’il Fadeelat al-, vol. 1, p. 62-63

In conclusion the hadeeths about the light that came out of the prophets mum in a dream of his birth and the light which came out of his mum which illuminated the palaces of Syria when he was actually born in no way prove he was born noor. This understanding of the hadeeths would go against the Quran and Sunnah as these both state the prophet is a (hundred percent) human and not noor, also they indicate only the angels are made of light and no other creation.

Thus these hadeeths only prove that the prophet Mohammed was a true messenger of Allah and Allah bestowed these things on the prophet (when he was born) and his mum in her dream as a sign of the prophet Mohammed’s prophet hood.

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About Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie

I am a revert trying to spread the sunnah inshallah.
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