The Friends of Allah (Awliyyah)

The Friends of Allah (Awliyyah)


The devotion of the Awliya Allah

The friends of Allah have been described in detail in the Holy Qur’an. The quality of their Taqwa (reverence) and Iman (faith), their actions, their worship, their character, their steadfastness, and the position that they are held in by Allah, can be understood from the descriptions found in the Holy Qur’an. Awliya Allah have been given various titles in the Holy Qur’an. Each title reflects a certain quality, which makes the wali beloved in the sight of Allah. As their qualities are so numerous and each one describes the manner in which they love Allah, likewise, Allah has conferred many titles upon them.

Allah has referred to Awliya Allah as being:

Al-Muttaqoon (The God-conscious)

Al- Muslimoon (Those who submit to Allah)

Al -Mu’minoon (The believers)

Al- Muhsinoon (Doers of Good)

Al-Sadiqoon (The truthful)

‘Ibaad ur Rahman (The special servants of the Most Merciful)

Al-Salihoon (The pious)

Al-Saabiroon (The patient ones)

Al-Qanitoon (The obedient)

Al-Zaakiroon (Those who remember Allah)

Al Khaashi’oon (The humble ones before Allah)

Al-Mutasaddiqoon (The charitable ones)

Al Mustagfiroon (The ones seeking forgiveness)

Al-Taaiboon (The repentant)

Al ‘Abidoon (The devout), etc.

Although this may be applied to believers in general, the distinctive quality of the Awliya Allah is their steadfastness and the level of application of the above attributes in their personalities. We can understand this further by the descriptions given by Allah of their level of devotion in the Holy Qur’an:

Men, whom neither trade nor sale diverts from the remembrance of Allah or from performing Salaah or from giving the Zakaat. They fear a day when hearts and eyes will be overturned (from the horror of the torment of the day of Resurrection). That Allah may reward them according to the best of their deeds, and even more for them out of His grace. And Allah provides without measure to whom He wills. (24: 37-38)

The believers, are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a tremor in their hearts and when His verses are recited unto them, they increase their faith; and put their trust in their Lord. Who establish As-Salaat and spend out of that We have provided them. It is they who are the believers in truth. For them are grades of dignity with their Lord, and forgiveness and a generous provision. (8:2-4)