Download PDF: [S] The Imaan of a Wali of Allah
In the treatise “Ar Rouadul Faa’iq” it is recorded that Hadrat Sayyiduna Habeeb Najjaar Radi Allahu ‘Anhu was a person who was extremely pious and among the eminent Awliya of his time. He used to spend his days fasting and the entire night in Ibadah. If there was any food presented during Iftaar, he used to donate this to others and spend the entire night in Ibadah.
In the morning, in utmost humility, Hadrat Sayyiduna Habeeb Najjaar Radi Allahu ‘Anhu used to say, “O Allah azza wajal! I am sinking in the ocean of forgetfulness and walking on the path of sin and transgression. I am dragging along the shawl of disgrace and I am lost in the jungle of bad habits and evil deeds. O Allah azza wajal! This sinful, disgraceful and sick slave has presented himself in Your Divine Court and seeking Your Divine Help and Assistance. There is only destruction for me if You do not help me and I will continue to regret if You do not pardon me.”
It is said that when Hadrat Sayyiduna Habeeb Najjaar Radi Allahu ‘Anhu passed away, he was reading the 24th verse of Surah Yaseen which is: “Undoubtedly then I am in a clear error.”
Hadrat Sadrul Afaadil Mohammed Na’eemudeen Muradabadi Radi Allahu ‘Anhu explains in the “Khazaai’inul Irfaan” that, “When Habeeb Najjaar was giving good advice to his people, they started to attack him. They also threw stones at him until blood began to drip from his legs. This continued until he passed away. His Mazaar Shareef is in Turkey.”
It is said that when the Angels approached and started to question about him about his Imaan, he read the next verse of Surah Yaseen, which is:
“Undoubtedly I believed in your Lord, so listen to me. It was said to him, enter the Garden. He said, ‘would that my people knew.’ As my Lord has forgiven me and has made me of
the honoured ones.”
Hadrat Sadrul Afaadil Radi Allahu ‘Anhu explains in the same treatise that, “When he entered Jannah and saw the bounties inside, this great Saint wanted in some way to inform his people that Allah had pardoned His Habeeb so that his nation could follow the right path of the Prophets. However, when the Habeeb was killed, the Divine Punishment of Allah azza wajal came swiftly to these people. Hadrat Jibraeel Ameen appeared and through the sound of his voice, all of them were destroyed.”
Such is the greatness of these Awliya that while people sleep, they are seeking the Divine Blessings of Allah azza wajal and carry on their shoulders this great responsibility. These are those blessed people who would enter Jannah and would be able to see the Divine Vision. In respect of such people, Allah azza wajal declares in Surah Yunus (10), verse 62:
اَلَاۤ اِنَّ اَوْلِیَآءَ اللہِ لَاخَوْفٌ عَلَیۡہِمْ وَلَا ہُمْ یَحْزَنُوۡنَ ﴿ۚۖ۶۲﴾
“Listen carefully! No doubt, there is no fear nor any grief upon the friends of Allah.”
Who is a Wali?
Hadrat Sadrul Afaadil Radi Allahu ‘Anhu explains under this verse that, “The word ‘Wali’ is extracted from ‘Wilaa’ which signifies ‘closeness’ and ‘help’. A Wali is that person who achieves the closeness of Allah azza wajal by fulfilling the Faraa’id and busies himself in the Dhikr of Allah azza wajal and his heart in overwhelmed with the Ma’rifah of the Divine Wonder. When he sees, he sees testimony of Divine Power, when he hears, he hears the Divine verses, when he speaks, he utters the Divine praise, when he moves, he moves to fulfil a Divine Command. When he makes an effort, this effort is to achieve Divine closeness. He does not tire of the Dhikr of Allah azza wajal and his heart sees no one but the Divine Manifestation. This is the quality of a Wali or Saint. When a person reaches this state, Allah azza wajal becomes his Helper, his Friend, his Guide and his Guidance.
“The Mutakallimeen explain that a Wali is that person who is fully aware of the correct beliefs and possesses testimony in this regard and performs pious deeds and acts as per the requirement of Shari’ah. Some of the Awliya have explained that, ‘The meaning of Wilaayat is closeness to Allah azza wajal and to always remember Allah azza wajal. When a person reaches this state, he fears nothing and does not become sad at the loss of anything.’”
Hadrat Sayyiduna ibn Abbas Radi Allahu ‘Anhums has stated that, “A Wali is that person who when one sees, he remembers Allah azza wajal.”
This is also mentioned in the report of Imam Tabari. Ibn Zaid has mentioned that the definition of a Saint is that person in whom one would find the quality of “those who believe and have become pious.” In other words, they are a combination of Imaan and piety.
Some ‘Ulama have stated that, “A wali is that person who only loves for the sake of Allah azza wajal.” This is mentioned in many Ahadith.
Some eminent scholars have explained that, “A Wali is that person who, reproaching themselves, seek the nearness of Allah azza wajal and they are supported by the miracles which Allah azza wajal bestows upon them. Or that person for whom Allah azza wajal is sufficient and they have dedicated their lives to obeying Allah azza wajal and serving people with mercy.”
Although these may seem many different definitions and explanations, yet there is no difference in any of them. When a person gains the nearness of Allah azza wajal all of these characteristics are created in him. The different stages of Wilaayah and degrees thereto, has each got its own uniqueness and special quality.