Download PDF: [S] The Perception of the Awliya

Hadrat Sayyiduna Aanis bin Malik – may Allah be pleased with him – mentions that once, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – was asked, “O Prophet of Allah, who are the Awliya on whom there is no fear or sadness?”

 

He replied, “The Friends of Allah Almighty are those people who look at the inner world while people look at the exterior or outer appearance of the world. When people look at what will come to them quickly, these are those people who look at what will come later. They refrain from all of those things which they know will soon end and they refrain from all of those things which they know that very soon they leave these things behind. If there is any obstacle in the world which comes in front of them, they stay away from that object. If there is anything which can place them in deceit, they refrain from that. In their eyes, the world has become old and they do not wish to make it new again. In their eyes, this world has become barren and they do not wish to inhabit it again. In their hearts, this world has died and they do not wish to re-liven it again. From the very beginning, this world has no meaning to the. They make this world a springboard for the Hereafter and through this world, they purchase those things which will remain forever. In their eyes, the world who love this world have died. Those things which the people of the world have hope in, they do not consider these things as means of hope and safety. Those things which create fear in the hearts of people or those things which people fear, they do not fear these things.” (Al Futuhaat Al Makkiyah)

 

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