The Close Protecting Friend, the Ally, the Loving Guardian
He is the One Who lovingly guards and guides His creation. Al-Wali is the Lord and Protector of creation, showing the path to righteousness. He is the One Who protects, guards, and supports the believer in this world and the next.
Al-Wali is the close protecting ally of his friends in every situation, everywhere and at any time. He is not in need of friends; in fact, it is the greatest blessing for us to have Him as our protecting guide and close ally.
Al-Wali combines the near, loving, protective, and guarding attributes of the One, Who is also the Lord and Master of the universe! Al-Wali Himself says: “Or have they taken protectors [or allies] besides him? But Allah – He is the Protector…” (Ash-Shuraa 42:9)
During the Battle of Uhud, Abu Sufyan said: “We have (the idol) Al-Uzza, whereas you have no Uzza!” The Prophet (sa) said (to his companions): “Reply to him.” They said: “What may we say?” The Prophet (sa) said: “Say: Allah is our Helper and you have no helper.” (Bukhari)
Umar ibn al-Khattab (rtam) reported the Prophet (sa) as saying: “There are people from the servants of Allah (swt) who are neither prophets nor martyrs; the prophets and martyrs will envy them on the Day of Resurrection for their rank from Allah, the Most High.” They (the people) asked: “Tell us, Messenger of Allah (sa), who are they?” He replied: “They are people who love one another for the spirit of Allah (i.e., the Quran), without having any mutual kinship and giving property to one. I swear by Allah, their faces will glow and they will be (sitting) in (pulpits of) light. They will have no fear (on the Day), when the people will have fear, and they will not grieve when the people will grieve.” He then recited the following Quranic verse: “Unquestionably, [for] the allies of Allah there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve” (Yunus 10:62) (Abu Dawud)
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