The Holy Book of Islam
Though not all Nur Ashki Jerrahi sufis are formally Muslim, the tree of our order is watered from these roots and our order is composed of those striving to align themselves with Divine Unity, which is the broad definition of a Muslim.
Tafsir is the process of drawing forth insights from the Qur'an, a book of 'sacred shorthand' whose multiple meanings address countless levels of understanding and experience. The following tafsir is a mediation by Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi (Lex Hixon) on the Verse of Light, the Qur'anic passage from which our center's name is taken.
Light Upon Light
Calling Itself Allah, the Supreme Source is the One Light illuminating every heavenly and earthly realm. My beloved Muhammad, please transmit this profound meditation. The Light of Allah is the window that opens beyond all creation. On the sill of this shining window rests the precious lamp of the human soul, whose flame is pure and steady, protected by the transparent crystal of the heart that glistens delicately like a star, with the soul's light. This lamp, ignited by Divine Love alone, burns aromatic oil from the Tree of Life, that transcendent Tree found nowhere on earth, neither in the East nor in the West. This fragrant oil of wisdom radiates illumination spontaneously, not needing to be touched by any earthly fire. Thus the light of the soul and the Source of Light behind it blend, merge and reappear in the mystery of eternal companionship, as the Light of Allah within the Light of Allah.
Speaking thus to humanity through the most subtle figurative language, the Source of Wisdom guides to enlightenment whomever It wills, for Allah is the One encompassing Awareness.
mediation on Holy Qur'an 24:35