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Is the Light of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) from Allaahs Light?
Question:

Was the light of Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) from the Light of Allaah, or from some other light?
Answer:

The light of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) is the light of the Message and the Guidance by which Allaah guides whom He wills from among His creatures. Without doubt, the light of the Message and the light of guidance are from Allaah. Allaah, the Most High says: It is not given to any human being that Allaah should speak to him unless (it be) by Inspiration or from behind a veil or (that) He sends a Messenger to reveal what He wills by His Leave. Verily, He is Most High, Most Wise. And thus We have sent to you, (O Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam)) Ruhan (an Inspiration and a Mercy) of Our Command. You knew not what is the Book, nor what is faith, but We have made it (this Quran) a light therewith We guide whomsoever of Our worshippers We will. And verily, you (O Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam)) are indeed guiding (mankind) to the Straight Path (i.e. Allaahs religion of Islamic Monotheism). The path of Allaah, to Whom belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. Verily, all matters at the end go to Allaah (for decision). [1] But this light is not a part of the Seal of the Awliya, as some of the pantheists claim, for he was flesh, blood and bone... etc He was created from a father and a mother and he had no creation prior to his birth. As for the narrations which claim Allaah created the light of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) or that Allaah filled His Hand with Light from His Face and that this handful (of Light) was Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam), or that he looked at it and then it became drops of Light, each of which them became the Prophets, or that He created all of creation from his light (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam), this and all such narrations cannot be authentically attributed to the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam). Refer to page 366 and after of the eighteenth volume of the book Majmu Al-Fatawa by Ibn Taymiyah. And may peace and blessings be upon our Master, Muhammad and upon his family and Companions.

[1] Ash-Shura 42:51-53

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 1 Page 286
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