Assalaamu Alaykum wr wb,
I’m Aisha, the humble deficient, founder of this blog. In a nutshell, I’m an American revert to Islam and currently a 5th year Aalima student in a traditional dars e nizaami curriculum. Yes, I speak a good amount of funny and non grammatical Urdu and a little bit of strange Arabic from words I know from the Quran, because spoken Arabic is kind of a whole other language. Seriously. Whole.Other.Language.
My husband is from Pakistan, and we lived in Pakistan for a while before he did his residency and fellowship specializations in the U.S. We currently live in Jeddah with our five kiddos. My three oldest boys 12, 10, and 8 years old are doing their hifdh and trying to survive full time school at the same time. My two younger ones, 6 and 4 years old are doing their qaida and going to school. All I can say is that it’s a very busy household ma sha Allah.
The reason why I made this site was to try to share with my beautiful sisters out there, to help us all build a closer relationship with Allah swt, and in general help us all to live intentionally for our deen.
This ayah from Surah Ibrahim is one of my favorite ayaah because it reminds me every time why I came to Islam. So I named this website after Ilaa Noor from part of this surah as it’s a journey that we keep traveling and keep encouraging ourselves and others to keep traveling. May Allah swt help us all. aameen.
The inspiration behind Ilaa Noor is derived
from the Quran in Surah Ibrahim Surah 14:1 as follows:
الر ۚ كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ لِتُخْرِجَ النَّاسَ مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِمْ إِلَىٰ صِرَاطِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَمِيدِ
Alif, Lam, Ra. [This is] a Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that you might bring mankind out of darknesses into the light by permission of their Lord – to the path of the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy.
May Allah swt increase us in hidaya and help us make our way to Him with aafiah. aameen.
Quran: The Quran is the sacred book which was sent down from Allah swt to the Prophet (sallalalahu Alayhi Wassalam) through the angel Jibrael (Gabriel) alayhis-salam and written down in Arabic. There are 114 surahs of varying lengths and all surahs tough upon all aspects of human existence, including matters of doctrine, social organization, and legislation.
As stated in the verse above from Surah Ibrahim, Allah swt gave this Quran so that we could be taken out from all our darkenesses and ignorances and to take us into guidance and enlightenment. It is in our best interest to learn as much as we can from the Quran and inculcate these lessons into our lives so that this world and the Hereafter will be very beautiful. While we are in this world we want to learn what is pleasing to Allah swt and this is what the Quran shares with us – the way to make Allah swt pleased with us – and make us beloved to Him and take us to Him.