Salawat with Allah’s Beautiful Names: Ya Nur (the Light)

Every morning the Messenger of Allah ﷺ would ask his Lord to place light in his heart and in all his affairs. In this prayer, Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) teaches us to seek that same light from Allah through the means and light of His Beloved ﷺ.

This prayer is taken from Sayyidi Habib Umar’s collection of prayers using Allah’s beautiful names in which he calls upon Allah by His beautiful names and then asks Him to bestow prayers upon His Beloved by those names. Finally, he asks Allah for a portion of those attributes which belong to Allah and which He has bestowed upon His Messenger ﷺ.

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا نورُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ نُورِكَ الأَزْهَرِ السَّارِي و مَدَدِكَ الأَكْبَرِ الجَارِي و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و اجْعَلْ به في قَلْبي نُوراً ، و في قَبْري نوراً، و في سَمْعِي نوراً، و في بَصَري نوراً، وفي شَعْرِي نوراً ، و في بَشَرِي نوراً، وفي لَحْمي نوراً ، و في دَمِي نوراً، و في عِظَامِي نوراً، و في عَصَبي نوراً، ومن بينَ يدَيَّ نوراً، و مِن خَلْفِي نوراً، و عن يَمِيني نوراً، و عن شِمالي نوراً، و من فَوْقِي نوراً، و من تَحْتي نوراً، اللَّهُمَّ زِدْنِي نوراً، وأَعْطِني نوراً، واجْعَلْني بِهِ نوراً، ونَوِّرْ بِهِ جَمِيعَ أَحْوَالي و شُؤْوني في الدَّارَيْنِ تَنْوِيراً

O Allah, O Light, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the Prophet, Your brilliant light which spreads and Your greatest assistance which flows (throughout creation) and upon his Family and Companions. By him place light in my heart, light in my grave, light in my hearing, light in my vision, light in my hair, light in my skin, light in my flesh, light in my blood, light in my bones, light in my nerves, light in front of me, light behind me, light on my right, light on my left, light above me and light below me. O Allah, increase me in light, give me light and by him make me light and completely illuminate all of my states and affairs in both abodes.