The Importance of Loving the Awliya
LOVE. A four letter word defined as an intense feeling of deep affection. It seems so simple yet we struggle to grasp it. As it slips off our tongues on numerous occasions, do we mean it when we say it? Being a part of this great Ummah, the Ummah of Rasulullah (ﷺ), have we looked at love in Islam, in loving the beloved Prophet (ﷺ), in loving the Ahl Al-Bayt , in loving the Awliya?
The Ahl Al Bayt is the beloved family of Rasulullah (ﷺ) which includes Rasulullah (ﷺ), Hadrat Ali, Bibi Fatimah Az-Zahra, Imam al-Hassan, and Imam al-Hussain. It is our obligation to love the family of Rasulullah (ﷺ) and respect them very dearly. We need to follow their teachings and live by their example. In today’s society we forget that we have a greater purpose: to love the ones that Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la) loves.
In addition, we need to love all the Awliya-a Karaam. They are the friends of Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la). They spent their lives in perfecting their love for Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la) and they eliminated their worldly desires to be in the light of Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la). And we are continuously reminded of this love, but unfortunately we look pass it.
Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la) revealed to Musa (Alayhis Salaam),
“What actions have you done for my pleasure?”
He said, “O Allah, I have prayed to you, kept fast, and paid charity.”
Allah said, “Prayer is a clear proof for you, fast is a shield for you, and charity is your shade. But what have you done for me?”
Hadrat Musa (Alayhis Salaam) then asked, “O Allah, show me as action which is only for
Allah said, “O Musa, have you loved someone for My sake, and hated anyone for My sake?”
(Ihya al-uloom id-deen, Vol II)
Although many of us haven’t seen the great Awliya, we love them because they love Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la) and Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la) loves them. So we need to love them for the sake of Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la ), and we shouldn’t follow those who don’t love them as they are the Enemies (’Adoo) of Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la ). And as we don’t follow them, we dislike them for the sake of Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la) as well.
There are many Awliya Allah that we should look to follow, and to learn from. They are renowned, scholarly and most of all they are loved by Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la). Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani is one of the Awliya Allah, in fact, the Sultan of the Awliya– the highest in piety and qurb (closeness) to Allah of them. Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani comes directly from the lineage of Rasulullah (ﷺ). He has many titles like ‘Ghaus e-Azam’ which means the Supreme Helper, ‘al-Hasani al-Husaini’ as he is descendent from both Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain, and ‘Sultan e-Awliya’ which means King of the Saints (Awliya). His stature is so high because he devoted his life to loving Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la). There are countless narrations of loving the Awliya and the importance to do so.
Hadrat Baba Farid Ganje Shakar (Rahmatullah ‘Alay) has narrated:
“A sinful young man died in Multan. Someone asked him in a dream as to what was his condition. He replied that Allah had pardoned him. He explained that one day, when Khawaja Baha-ul-Haq Zakarriya Multani (Rahmatullah ‘Alay) was walking, he had kissed his hand with utmost respect. Because of this respect, he had been pardoned.”
They say with love comes respect. This is clearly shown in the above narration. There are numerous Awliya in this world, and many who have yet to come and to leave a legacy to follow. We need to respect the Awliya and the lovers of Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la) as they are the ones that will help lead us to Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la).
Hadrat Abu Huraira (Radi Allahu ta’ala Anhu) reports the following Hadith-e-Qudsi:
The Most Beloved Prophet (ﷺ) has said that Allah said, “Whoever shows enmity to a friend of mine, I shall be at war with him.”
Being at war with Allah is something no one can even begin to imagine. No one could even think of doing such a thing. They would certainly fail! So we learn from our beloved Rasulullah (ﷺ) that it is important we love and respect the Awliya. Whoever disrespects them will receive judgment and punishment from the One who loves them– Allah.
Hadrat Umar (Radi Allahu ‘Anhu) said:
“I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying that there will be certain worshippers of Allah who will not be prophets, nor martyrs, but the prophets and martyrs will envy them on the Day of Judgment.”
The Companions then asked, “O Prophet of Allah, who are these people?”
When asked who they were, he replied, “They are people who love one another for the spirit of Allah 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.
The Prophet (ﷺ) read to them the verse:
“Beware, verily on the friends of Allah, there is no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (Surah Yunus, Verse 62)
So show your love! Your love for Islam, your love for the beloved Prophet (ﷺ), your love for the Ahl Al-Bayt , and your love for the Awliya. For this love is what will take you closer to Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la) and will save us in the times of need and that’s what makes it very important. By the mercy of Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la) we were given these Awliya as examples so we could learn from them and to live to be lovers of Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la) and to love what Allah (Subhana Wa Taa’la) loves.
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, Allah will say on the Day of Resurrection: Where are those who love each other for the sake of My glory? Today, I will shelter them in My shade; a Day when there is no shade but Mine.”
– Written by: Sr. Fatimah Hussain