Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2005)
34 Certainly We have sent down to you manifest signs
and a description of those who passed before you,
and an advice for the Godwary.
35 Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.
The parable of His Light is a niche wherein is a lamp
— the lamp is in a glass,
the glass as it were a glittering star —
lit from a blessed olive tree,
neither eastern nor western,
whose oil almost lights up,
though fire should not touch it.
Light upon light.
Allah guides to His Light whomever He wishes.
Allah draws parables for mankind,
and Allah has knowledge of all things.
36 In houses Allah has allowed to be raised
and wherein His Name is celebrated,
He is glorified therein, morning and evening,
37 by men
whom neither trading nor bargaining distracts
from the remembrance of Allah,
and the maintenance of prayer
and the giving of zakāt.
They are fearful of a day
wherein the heart and the sight will be transformed,
38 so that Allah may reward them
by the best of what they have done,
and enhance them out of His grace,