Author: Saheeh International, Umm Muhammad
Publisher: Saheeh International (2005)
Pages: 122 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
Surah an-Nur was named for the divine light (nur) reflected in this revelation from Allah (S.W.T.) and for the enlightening instruction He granted believers in order to purify than from sin and to uplift and strengthen their societies. It was revealed in Madinah during the sixth year following the hijrah and contains sixty-four verses.
Among the principal goals of Islam is the establishment of a high moral standard to serve as a fortress, protecting not only individual Muslims, but the entire community. This surah treats what continues to be the most urgent social problem faced by mankind: the threat to the family and to family life upon which a healthy society is built.
As cultivators of each new generation, women, in particular, have been encouraged to study it with care. ‘Umar bin al-Khattab wrote to the people of Kufah, telling them, “Teach your women Surah an-Nur.” Within it are clear instructions regarding the social manners to which a believer must adhere in both his public and private life – those such as avoiding gossip and negative assumptions, taking permission before entering, limiting one’s gaze, dressing in the proper manner, etc., which in combination, insure security and protection of the Muslim home and general environment.
The surah mentions some of the penalties which Allah (S.W.T) in His mercy toward society as a whole, has ordered for certain individuals who constitute a threat to that society and to its well-being, in particular, fornicators and slanderers, thus emphasizing the gravity of such crimes. It then outlines the means of avoiding such sins altogether.