THE PROTECTING FRIEND
THE HOLDER OF AUTHORITY
And you cannot frustrate the designs of ALLAH in the earth nor in the heaven; nor have you any friend or helper beside ALLAH (Al-Ankabut 29:22)
Allah is the protector of the believers. He is like a family head. Firm like a leader yet easy-going like a friend. We as believers must learn to steer our lives by His commands ensuring that we gain His pleasure. When we are conscious of our rights and obligations towards Him, then He comes close to us and becomes easy going with us. He showers us with His blessings and keeps us from harm’s way.
Messengers and Prophets are commanded to follow the code of conduct laid down by Him.
And thus have We sent it (the Qur'an) down to be a judgement of authority in Arabic. Were you (O Muhammad SAW) to follow their (vain) desires after the knowledge which has come to you, then you will not have any Wali (protector) or defender against ALLAH. (Al-Rad, 13.37)
To steer our lives by His commands we too must live by the Quran. The holy Quran is the fountainhead of all knowledge on Allah. The more we read it, the greater our understanding of our Master. When we increase in our insights we are gripped with awe and by fear of His absolute power.
And say: "All the praises and thanks be to ALLAH, Who has not begotten a son (nor an offspring), and Who has no partner in (His) Dominion, nor He is low to have a Wali (helper, protector or supporter). And magnify Him with all the magnificence, [Allahu-Akbar (Allah is the Most Great)]." (Al-Isra 17.111)
Guidance and protection to stay on the right path are closely linked. In our daily living we sin so carelessly and so often that we stray off the right path before we realize it. We must constantly appeal to Him to lead us to the right path. By seeking His forgiveness constantly and appealing for guidance we expose our humility to Him.
“……Such are among the Signs of Allah: He whom Allah, guides is rightly guided; but he whom Allah leaves to stray,- for him wilt thou find no protector to lead him to the Right Way.” (Al-Kahf 18.17)
Often when our lives are going smoothly we become lethargic towards our faith. Since we are cruising along smoothly all is well but often the test of Allah is how strenuously we seek His pleasure during easy times.
And we need Him most when we face opposition to our faith or to our Islamic values. In such times when we are confused we do not know friend from foe. We need reassurance and protection from known and unknown enemies. With our limited knowledge we are unable to judge but He who knows the seen and the unseen is in a better position to protect you from harm.
Allah knows best who your enemies are. Allah suffices as a Protector; Allah suffices as a Helper. (Surat an-Nisa’, 4:45)
Often in the Quran, names of Allah are clubbed together creating a more dynamic relationship that we can have with Him. Al-Wali often comes along with An-Nasir. It tells us that once He becomes our Wali, He will not only protect but also support us so that we may not fail our tests.
It is He Who sends down abundant rain, after they have lost all hope, and unfolds His mercy. He is the Protector, the Praiseworthy. (Surat Ash-Shura, 42:28)
Kafabillahi Waliya we kafabillahi nasira, He is the Only One we take as our friend and it is His help that we seek. This is a good dua to improve your relationship with parents. Make Allah the intermediary while dealing with anything. When you are interacting with your parent keep praying this in your mind. Slowly any bitterness in the relationship will inshallah vanish because now the relationship has been surrendered to Allah.
Kafabillahi Waliya, make Allah the Wali of your children. Surrender your children to Him and plead that He always does what is right for them. Especially in situations where we find ourselves constrained or helpless to do the right thing for our children we seek Allah’s authority over them.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
99 names of Allah: Al-Wali