In The Name of Allah The Most Beneficent The Most Merciful
Sahykh Sadooq (r.a.) has through his chains of narrators, narrated that Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) said: Amirul Momineen Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) said that the Almighty Allah created Prophet’s Noor (light) 424000 years before the creation of the heavens, the earth, Arsh (Throne), Kursi, Lauh, Qalam, Paradise, Hell and all prophets. Then from the same Noor He created 12 veils, that is, the veil of Power (Qudrat), the veil of Greatness (Azmat), the veil of Grace (Minnat), the veil of Mercy (Rahmat), the veil of Bliss (Saadat), the veil of Wonder (Karamat), the veil of Status (Manzilat), the veil of Guidance (Hidayat), the veil of Prophethood (Nubuwwat), the veil of Loftiness (Rafat), the veil of Awe (Haibat), and veil of Intercession (Shafat). He kept this holy light in the veils of Might for twelve thousand years. It was reciting, “Glory to the Lord, the Almighty Allah,” therein.
Then He kept it in the veil of Power for 11000 years
during which it was reciting “Glory to be to the One Who knows the mysteries.” He kept it in the Hijab of Minnat for 10000 years during which it used to recite, “Glory to be to the One Who is permanent and not transient.”
Then He kept it in the veil of Rahmat for 9000 years and it continued to recite, “Glory to be to the High and Exalted,” and placed it in the veil of Saadat for 8000 years when it used to recite, “Glory to be to the One Who is eternal and not temporary. Then He placed it in the veil of Karamat for 7000 years when it recited, “Glory to be to the One Who is self sufficient and not needy.” Then He kept in the veil of Manzilat for 6000 years when it continued to recite “Glory be to the one who is knowing and great.” Then He kept it in the veil of Hidayat for 5000 thousand years during the course of which it used to recite “Glory be to the owner of the Great Throne (Arsh).” Then He kept it in the veil of Nubuwwat for a period of 4000 thousand years when it recited the glory of the Lord in the words “Glory be to the Lord of Might from what they attribute Him with.” Then He kept it in the veil of Rafat for 3000 years when it praised Him in the words “Glory be to the owner of the Kingdom and Celestial world.” Then He kept it in the Hijab of Haibat for 2000 thousand years when it said: “Glory be to Allah and praise be to Him.” Then He kept it in the Hijab of Intercession for a 1000 years when it recited: Glory be to Allah the Great and praise be to him. Then He inscribed the name of the Holy Prophet on Lauhe Mahfuz (Protected Tablet) and it continued to shine there for 4000 years. Then Prophet’s name was displayed on the Arsh and written on the feet of the Arsh where it continued to dazzle for 7000 years.
In this way that Noor continued to revolve with might, loftiness and greatness until the Almighty Allah put it in the loins of Adam (a.s.). Then it continued to be transferred until it reached the loins of Nuh and thereafter till Allah placed it in the loin of Abdullah bin Abdul Muttalib and decorated it with six wonders: He gave it the shirt of His pleasure, beautified it with the chador of awe, put the crown of guidance on its head, thus making it scale the height and clothed it in attire of dignity, tied the belt of love, gave it shoes of fear and hope and provided it with the staff of status.
Then sent a revelation to it: O Muhammad, go to the people and proclaim:
“There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah (S) and ask them to believe in this proclamation.”
Ref: Hayat al-Quloob