I had taken the stance that it is better to be wrong than to join the fray of public vilification of the differing opinions. However, the ideas of this book, promoted by ostensible Muslims, are a nefarious assault upon the beliefs of the unwary. Indeed this book negates our basic beliefs in Allāh, the Qurān and Rasūlullāh صلى الله عليه و سلم . I am forced to write against it, without the courtesies of Islāmic dialogue. The simple reason is that should I acknowledge deviant Jewish belief as valid Aqīdah, I have negated my own Imān.
I read a book review of, Zuhur: Book of Enlightenment in the September 2013 edition of Islam Today, a publication from Durban, South Africa. I wrote to the editor, and not receiving a response, telephoned the contact person at the end of the review, “Saleha.” Her response and defence of deviant belief was utterly shocking. Before continuing, I reproduce the review:
Introducing the Book the ‘Zuhur’ into the Ummah is not by choice or chance but by the decree of Allah, Rabb of the Arshal Azeem. Far be it by our demands that this Book of Allah be brought down & downsized to be studied by Islam but, for the fact that it holds vital as well as crucial information for the correction of the inner states of the Ummah, as well as for them to collect the Light of the ‘Taurah’ that Allah (swt) mentions in the Glorious Quran.Allah also states in the Quran that wherever The Taurah descends, it descends within the Sakinah in a treasure box called 'The Ark of the Covenant' wherein lies the relics of many prophets including the sword & khirqa of the Holy Prophet (saw). And wherever it descends it brings success & victory to those people & prosperity to all in that community. The Taurah, being a Book of Allah is written by the same Pen as was written the Holy Quran. As Muslims our support of the little knowledge of the Taurah (only its secrets) reaching the Ummah is crucial. Firstly, because it arrives as a gift from Allah (swt); secondly, because it is a Book of the Prophet who is Kaleemullah; and thirdly, because it is here only to deliver the gifts it bears for the Ummah’s hard work through tough times. Finally, we should note that now we are slowly starting to awaken to the confirmation that this is Qiyamah. All the signs of the final days are here. All the sins of the people of all the prophets are prevalent on our doorsteps - therefore in Islam.Help, correction of the state of the mind & gifts are needed to console the grieving hearts of the true believers of the journey towards Allah. The ‘Zuhur’ provides all this & much more. Furthermore a word of advice for the readers who will be lucky to get a copy of this limited edition: Don’t be disheartened or disillusioned by the initial difficulty in understanding the first quarter of the Book. It took us a long time & a lot of patience to get this far with the knowledge within the Quran and still many read it without knowing its secrets.But Allah (swt) in His infinite Wisdom is sending down the gifts within the Power of the 'Sakinah' to all who has asked for victory of the Ummah. In this Divine Feminine Nature of Allah comes the gift of translation of Divine scripture knowledge, if in'sha'allah you persevere with patience. The Taurah states that we are here to reach an advanced thinking Level so that we 'reach' the Thinking level of the Creator to 'understand' Him, His workings amongst His people and follow in His vision for us. It further states that even if you just read cover to cover, as we do the Quran, then the Gift of the Light of the Taurah will descend unto us to help us achieve the required levels of thinking & seeing things through the eyes of Allah. The workload in the Ummah is much throughout the World. Help Supreme is needed & only Allah the Creator - Owner & Knower of all minds - and everything seen & unseen can help us achieve this on a large plain. We are working against forces unseen. Help is needed in this matter in each 'mind'. Those who support the works of Allah support His Cause & it is for them that the Supreme Achievement is a gift. May Allah (swt) guide us into making the right choice regarding His Prophet Musa (a.s) & his Book the Taurah. May we as the Ummah place trust in Him that He will bring us nothing but the truth in all matters. 'The Zuhur' - helping us help the Ummah to Rise to a level of Super Power once again. Allahu Akbar wa lillahil hamd!
Cover – Masonry, distortion of the Quran and nudity
Where to start with this morass of disbelief? Honestly! The book’s cover would be logical I suppose. It depicts a naked man climbing steps in malevolent black and purple background. It is captioned, “FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO MASTER THEIR DEGREES.” I would hope that this symbology and terminology of the Freemasons, would be enough to alert Muslims to the nefarious aim of this book.
The cover also “quotes” what is supposedly the 23rd ayah of as-Sajadah as, “We did indeed aforetime give the Book to Moses: be then not in doubt of its reaching you.”
The ayah is actually
وَلَقَدْ آتَيْنَا مُوسَى الْكِتَابَ فَلَا تَكُنْ فِي مِرْيَةٍ مِنْ لِقَائِهِ
Indeed We gave Mūsā the Book, so do not be in doubt about his liqā’ [meeting].
Which meeting? Ibn Kathīr explains it as Muḥammad صلى الله عليه و سلم meeting Mūsā عليه السلام during the Isrā’ or Mūsā عليه السلام meeting Allāh, such as described in Sūrah Ṭāhā. “Saleha” made much about knowledge and correct translations, but why does “Nur Muhammadiya” not recognise the masculine form of “ه” which applies to Mūsā عليه السلام? It is grammatically incorrect to apply لِقَائِهِ to the Taurah “Its reaching” since the word Taurah is consistently treated in the feminine case. Furthermore, where did “Nur Muhammadiya” concoct the word “you” from in their translation?
Bearing in mind the Mason’s love of the word “illumination,” the name, “Nur” (light) in the context of Masonic imagery unsettled me. “Saleha” affirmed that it is in fact a penname for several individuals.
One also asks what kind of Muslims depict a naked man on the same page as a Qurānic āyah, even when the āyah is so distorted?
In order to give an Islāmic taste, Nur Muhammadiya uses the Arabic equivalent of Zuhūr in place of the Jewish Aramaic Zohar. The rest of the title is exactly the same of the translation for sale on Amazon, Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment. What is the Zohar? The Zohar is the culmination of the Rabbinical distortion of the teachings of Mūsā عليه السلام .
ألم تر إلى الذين أوتوا نصيبا من الكتاب يشترون الضلالة ويريدون أن تضلوا السبيل
Do you not see those whom have been given a portion of the Book? They purchase misguidance and desire that you be misguided from the path. [an-Nisā: 44]
من الذين هادوا يحرفون الكلم عن مواضعه
Amongst the Jews are those who distort the word from its place…. [an-Nisā: 46]
The Rabbis first concocted the Shirk of the “Oral Law,” an excuse to give them powers to legislate contrary to Allāh. This was consolidated into the Talmud and the Zohar. Today we are presented with the Zuhur by those who seek to misguide us. We may refer to the Jewish website www.chabad.org:
“Included in the Oral tradition is the Kabbalah, the very same tradition programmed into Adam, received by Abraham and now incorporated into the Torah body. In fact, Moses received four levels of interpretation on every aspect of the Torah….This means that the written text is actually layered with explanation. Moses transmitted this received tradition to Joshua, who in turn passed it on to the Elders and Prophets throughout the generations. There was always an inner circle that possessed knowledge of the mystical tradition…..Although the Talmud focuses primarily on the body of the law, there is also much record of the mystical tradition. The Talmud relates that Rabbi Chaninah and Rabbi Hoshia would learn Sefer Yetzirah every Friday before Shabbat, and using methods described in this early Kabbalistic work, would create for themselves a calf which they would then eat on Shabbat.Despite the greatness of these writings, the most famous of all Kabbalistic texts composed in that era is the Zohar.”
Here we have the basis on which the Rabbis distorted Allāh’s Words. When they wished to concoct a law, and were challenged as to its basis in the Tawrāh, all they had to do was to claim that it was in the nebulous “Oral Law.” The above quotation also hints at the kernel of inner circles, secret societies, elite, secret knowledge, limited edition and similar concepts so beloved unto Masonry. On the other hand, Rasūlullāh صلى الله عليه و سلم described Islām’s knowledge as beneficial rain, in contradistinction to the selective secrets of the Jews, Masons and Nur Muhammadiya.
The same Jewish website then explains the compilation of the Zohar:
“It was in the Tannaic period that the Zohar, the most famous text of Kabbalah, was committed to writing by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (also known as the Rashbi). Rashbi lived in tumultuous times when the Roman government was executing all the great Torah teachers…It is sufficient to understand the arrogance of the Rabbis by knowing that the above term Ruach Hakodesh, is Hebrew for Rūh ul-Quds.
Rashbi himself had to flee Roman persecution…. During this time, he received Divine Inspiration (Ruach Hakodesh) and merited the revelation of Elijah the Prophet and composed the sacred Zohar.”