“Just as when somebody shuts the doors of his house he is deprived of the light as well as of the life-giving air, or if he takes poison, his life comes to an end, when a man cuts himself off from God and commits sin, he is covered by a darkness and thus gets himself involved in the punishment. Gunah (sin) was really Junah which means to get away from the pivotal point (the centre).
“When a man gets away from God and does not stand in front of the light of God, the light which comes from God and descends on the hearts of the people, he gets himself engrossed in darkness which ultimately becomes a chastisement for him. Whatever the type of evasion, same is the type of the punishment.
“But if the man wants to come back to the same Central point and takes himself to the place where the light is, he will find the lost light. It is just as we can get the light in the room when we open its windows.
“In the spiritual realm as well, it is coming back to the light that can provide real comfort and guards against the painful experience of drifting away from the Centre. This is what is called Tauba (repentance) and this very darkness that is produced in this process is called the darkness of the Hell. Coming back to the original centre gives the comfort which is interpreted to mean paradise.”
(The Promised Messiah, Malfoozat Vol. III, p.26)
Courtesy MKA-Nigeria (Tarbiyya Team)