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It has been said that the prayer is light because the prayer is the means that enlighten the lights (Noor) of good deeds, and the delight of the heart, and uncovers realities due to the heart being concerned with the prayer, and turning to Allaah inwardly and outwardly. And it has been said that: Noor is the sign on the face of the one who prays, due to the effects of prostration.’ [‘Tayseer Rab al-Bariya fee Sharh al-Arba’een an-Nawawi’ p.341]
Shaykh Muhammed bin Salih al-Uthaymeen (d.1421 A.H.) said: ‘Regarding the saying of Messengerﷺ ‘and the prayer is light (Noor)’ i.e. that the obligatory and optional prayer is light, Noor in the heart, Noor on the face, Noor in the grave, Noor on the day of Hashr, because the hadeeth is absolute, and the one who experiences this will find that Noor.
If you prayed the prayer in reality, in that which you bring your heart to attention to, and your limbs to have Khushoo, you will feel that your heart has become enlightened and it has tasted delight, absolute delight, this is why the Prophet ﷺ placed in the prayer.’ [Ahmad] [Taken from ‘Sharh al-Arbaeen an-Nawawi’ – Shaykh Muhammad bin Salih al-Uthaymeen p.246 Hadeeth No.23]
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