I came to revisit the topic of ‘waliul Allah’, translated to a close friend or ally of Allah, and thought it would be nice to have company… Welcome.
Allah tells us about his close friends or allies in verses 62-63 of surah Yunus:
Indeed, the allies of Allah there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. Those who believed and were conscious of Allah
Usually, the discussion quickly moves on to who isn’t a wali. It begins with explaining that ‘saint’ isn’t a suitable translation of ‘wali’ because it carries connotations inappropriate to the Islamic context. These include holiness, guarantee of heaven for the wali and their performance of miracles. The discussion rightly continues on to warn against those who “perform miracles” to take advantage of others who are spiritually, mentally and/or emotionally vulnerable.
How about considering this topic of walihood from a different angle? Grasp the matter from a different side and check how it feels.
Firstly, it sounds to me that these verses make the becoming of a close friend or ally of Allah straightforward; believe and be conscious of Allah and you are there!
Hmm… so I don’t need to be born into a certain family, tribe or class? (which, by the way, are things beyond my control)
I don’t need the ability to perform what others would consider miracles or extraordinary acts?
I’ll leave you to ponder on that.
Secondly, though it’s a straightforward concept, the challenge is in the implementation.
I hear a voice saying, “But the verse is talking about ‘those who believed’. My belief is not there yet”.
Where is ‘there’? If the aim is vague then how would we ever know we’ve arrived?
Or, “I am not conscious of Allah all the time. I forget, I get tempted etc etc”
While verses in the Quran convey the immense rewards of those who believed:
And give good tidings to those who believed and do righteous deeds that they will have gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow. Whenever they are provided with a provision of fruit therefrom, they will say, “This is what we were provided with before.” And it is given to them in likeness. And they will have therein purified spouses, and they will abide therein eternally.
And the rewards of those who are conscious of Allah:
The example of Paradise, which the righteous have been promised, is [that] beneath it rivers flow. Its fruit is lasting, and its shade. That is the consequence for the righteous, and the consequence for the disbelievers is the Fire.
But… those who believed have also been enjoined to good actions:
O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah , witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness
Were given formulae for attaining consciousness of Allah, an example:
O mankind, worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you may attain consciousness
The Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) gave us numerous ways of perfecting our belief:
“None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”
(Related in Bukhari & Muslim)
And advised us on maintaining consciousness of Allah
“Be conscious of Allah wherever you may be, and follow up a bad deed with a good deed which will wipe it out, and behave well towards the people”
(Related by Tirmithi)
This is an invitation to go on this challenging journey as friends of Allah.
It will have its ups and downs. Make sure that you have packed your essentials: a sincere heart seeking Allah and consistent action in line with the teachings of his Prophet peace be upon him.
Remember to take me with you and include me in your duas.