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PEARLS OF THE FAITH: 93. AL-NOOR, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Of earth and heaven god is the light
Last Line: Our darkling pathway to the tomb.


An-Noor! "The Light" that lightens all who live!
By this great name to Allah glory give.

Of earth and heaven God is the Light,
As when a lamp upon a hight
Is set within a niche, and gleams
From forth the glittering glass, and seems
A star,—wide fall the rays of it:—
So shines His glory, and 'tis lit
With holy oil was never pressed
From olive tree in east or west.
It burneth without touch of flame,
A light beyond all light: the same
Guideth the feet of men, and still
He leadeth by it whom He will.

Light of the world! An-Noor! illume
Our darkling pathway to the tomb.





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