The Wali of Allah

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said that Allah the Almighty has said: “I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a wali (pious worshipper/devoted servant who is beloved to Allah) of mine And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me is what I have enjoined upon him; and My worshipper keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is (obligatory) till I love him, then I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hands with which he grips, and his legs with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My Protection (Refuge), I will Protect him, I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him.”

[Sahih Al-Bukhari]


The Importance of this Hadith lies in its describing how one can become one of Allah’s auliyaa (devoted servants and beloved). It describes the steps that need to be followed and also describes the magnificent results that accrue to one who follows those steps which are as follows:

  1. Allah’s saying: “I am his hearing with which he hears” i.e., he (the servant) does not listen to anything but that which Allah loves.
  2. Allah’s saying: “His seeing with which he sees” i.e., he does not see anything but that which Allah loves.
  3. Allah’s saying: “His hand with which he strikes” i.e., he does not do anything with his hand but that which Allah loves.
  4. Allah’s saying: “And his foot with which he walks” i.e., he does not go towards anything but that which Allah loves.
  5. Allah’s saying: “Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him” i.e., his du’aa’s (supplications) are heard and his requests are granted.
  6. Allah’s saying: “And were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it” i.e., he is protected by Allah from all things…

And Allah knows best!

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