FROM THE EXAMPLARY MANNERS OF THE FRIENDS OF ALLAH (Awliya Allah)

Friends

Those who are the friends of Allah are not forgotten after their
mortal bodies have left this world, rather they continue to live in
the hearts of their loved ones and continue to guide them. Allah
loves them and He has bestowed their love only upon those who are
privileged. This is expressed in the Qur’ān as follows:

“On those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, will
(Allah) Most Gracious bestow love.” (19:96)

The spiritual appeal and affection of the friends of Allah is the
secret behind their spiritual sultanate. Their exceptional qualities
are also among the reasons of their esteemed state. The friends of
Allah, who are completely lost in the love for the Messenger of Allah
(fana fi al-Rasul)ﷺ do not speak out of their own selfish desires. They are like the reed flute that has emptied its inner self from everything that keeps it away from Allah. All their talk and actions are actually reflections from the traditions and sayings of the prophets. Their hearts are like clear mirrors upon which the divine light of Allah and the truth are reflected. This reality is expressed in the following saying of the Prophetﷺ:

“…And the most beloved things with which My slave comes
nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps
on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (Refuge), I will protect him; (i.e. give him My Refuge) and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him.” (Bukhari, Kitab al-Riqaq, 38).

 

One of the most important services that we can do for the sake
of Islam is to try to understand and live Islam as the Companions of the Prophet r and the friends of Allah did, and apply it to our lives in every way possible, by integrating faith, worship, behavior, and moral perfection. Thus, we should be able to display the perfect state of Islamic identity and a believer’s heart. Of course, in order to display such an Islamic identity and level of heart, we first need to know the characteristics, features, beauties, and doctrines of Islam.

(Excerpt  FROM THE EXAMPLARY MANNERS OF THE FRIENDS OF ALLAH: By Osman Nûri Topbaş)

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