Al-Wali – The Protecting Friend

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Human-beings yearn to be loved and be cared for. Friendship to some might be a materialistic aspect, revolving around short term goals and benefits. Love might be an act of caressing or a hug, but when you contemplate the Name “Al Wali”- The Protecting Friend, real love and true friendship has a totally exclusive picture.

I picture a bond of friendship where relationship exists in this world and the next. The idea of being friends forever is chained to the beautiful bond that Allah (swt) shares with His loyal servants whereas the friendships of the Dunya for the sake of pleasure and worldly gains are limited to sorrows, disappointments, heartbreaks, anxiety and depression. Man still wants to try and test a human being but doesn’t extend his hand for an eternal bond with Allah (swt).

Indeed it is the deepest suffering of the mortal where he is racing and chasing Dunya and hitting a series of heartbreaks while failing to recognize the loving support of an immortal friendship. This is the sole secret towards a wonderful life where you make Allah (swt) your Wali- the first part of your day, the first priority to every decision and the first place in the heart.

How often we give our heart to those who care the least and how often the one who cares the most never gets our heart. In times of difficulty He encapsulates us in His mercy and against the enemy He guards us.

“Allah is the Wali (Protector or Guardian) of those who believe. He brings them from darkness into light. But as for those who disbelieve, their Auliya (Supporters and Helpers) are Taghut [false deities and false leaders], they bring them out from light into darkness. Those are the dwellers of the fire, and they will abide therein forever.” (Al Baqarah 2:257)

We can never avoid heartbreak, but by transforming our expectation, our response, and our focus, we can avoid much devastation. Putting our entire trust, reliance and hope in another “Person” is unrealistic and plain foolish. We have to remember that human beings are fallible and therefore our ultimate trust reliance and hope should only be put in Allah (swt) because indeed, “Allah is sufficient as a helper” (An-Nisa 4:45)

You don’t need technology, you don’t need to complain there’s no one to share with, and you don’t need to keep an eye on the time to call out to your friend. You just need to make a connection of a device – “Heart” that is detached from its charger- “Allah”.

May Allah (swt) make us such, that even if we’re alone amidst billions, we have with us a greater power, Al Wali. No darkness can reign the heart if the power of Allah (swt) illuminates the soul.