An Explanation of Allahs Beautiful Names and Attributes part 18

45) Al Qaahir
This Name of Allah appears in the Qu’ran once. Allah says:
And He is the subjugator over His servants, and He sends over you guardian-angels until, when death comes to one of you, Our messengers take him, and they do not fail [in their duties]. [al An’aam 6:61]
 
46) Al Qahhaar 
This Name of Allah appears in the Qur’an 6 times. It comes with Al Wahid. For example Allah says:
O [my] two companions of prison, are separate lords better or Allah , the One, the Prevailing? [Yusuf 12:39]
And Allah says:
 
It will be] on the Day the earth will be replaced by another earth, and the heavens [as well], and all creatures will come out before Allah, the One, the Prevailing. [Ibraheem 14: 48]
Linguistic meaning:
Comes from the word Qahara. Overcome and take from above. Qahhaar – to overcome and be victorious, all the time. It is the exaggerated form of Qaahir. He is the one who overcomes and is always victorious. Al Qahhaar; the one who will always be victorious. Not a single moment passes except that Allah is victorious. At every single moment, He is overcoming the kuffar, and is victorious in all situations.
 
Shar’ee meaning:
Ibn Katheer says: the One who is always victorious and will overcome, He is the One all necks surrender to, and all tyrants humble themselves and all faces direct to Him. He is the one who has overcome everything. He is the One to whom the entire creation is indebted to, the One to whom every single thing in the heavens and the earth lower themselves and humbles themselves to, due to His loftiness and magnificence, and His greatness and highness. In between His hands lies the true power to diminish, destroy and to grant victory and every single thing is under His power, His wisdom, His knowledge and ability.
Ibn al Qayyim says: the greatness of Allah is something every sultan and every leader is trapped under. Allah ‗azza wa jall demonstrates that every single creature submits to Allah willingly or unwillingly and that is by the power and force of Al Qahhaar; this supreme power rests with Him only.The skies, the earth, the angels, and all the creatures obey Him. Al Qahhaar left us the choice: either we come to Him willingly or He‘ll make us come to Him by compulsion.
Allah says:
 
Then He directed Himself to the heaven while it was smoke and said to it and to the earth, “Come [into being], willingly or by compulsion.” They said, “We have come willingly.”
[al Fussilat 41:11]
One of the greatest examples is that the whole creation is subdued by death. Allah azza wa jall describes to us an amazing scene:
Allah says:
The Day they come forth nothing concerning them will be concealed from Allah. To whom belongs [all] sovereignty this Day? To Allah, the One, the Prevailing. [al Ghaafir 40:16]
 
Benefits we can learn from these Names:
1. If a person wants to truly seek victory, then know that victory is with Allah so seek victory in the one who has described Himself as victorious. Allah specifies Oneness to His victory. We gain true tawakkul and trust in Allah as He is the One that helps His believers. The whole earth has surrendered to Allah. He is the One that ordains, decrees and does whatever He wants. To Him lies the keys to victory and the path to victory. “Indeed with hardship there is ease.” Ease from one who is Al Qaahir wal Qahhaar. Allah would not give His awliya defeat after defeat. Al Qahhaar will give victory; it‘s just a matter of when.
2. Fear Allah. Allah talks about destroying nations, punishing people and how there‘s no doubt of Yawmal Qiyamah then concludes by saying Al Qaahir, the One who subjugates, defeats, diminishes, destroys, perfect in all of these, what has He prepared for the ones who sin in this dunya? How great and mighty is the ‘azhaab of Allah. The Name strikes fear within us. He describes Himself as fawqa ibaadi.-above the entire creation – the One who is victorious is above the creation. Victory is not with us, true victory is in Jannah. And the true victory is seeing Allah.
3. Submit. Surrender. What does Islam mean? It means you submit and you surrender
to the Lord of the Worlds.
When his Lord said to him, Submit, he [Ibraheem] said, I have submitted [in Islam] to The Lord of the worlds. [al Baqarah 2:131]
Surrender your heart, your limbs, your actions, your speech, your senses, your talents, and your skills all to Him by using them to do good deeds. Don‘t submit to your own desires and whims; submit to Al Qahhaar willingly. Know that submission is not a sort of humiliation but rather an apprehension and a beautiful glorification.
4. Ponder how Al-Qahhaar expresses His will. The sea or the wind can be at times deadly and at other times beautiful and calm. Look at how Al Qahhaar commanded nature to change at His will: the fire that didn‘t burn Ibrahim alayhi sallam, the knife that didn‘t slaughter Ismaeel alayhi sallam, the whale that swallowed Yunus ‗alayhi sallam but didn‘t digest him. Teach your children the stories of the Qur‘an and ponder the effect of His will all around you, like gravity, water, and fire.
5. Be kind to the weak. Be compassionate and kind to the weak, especially to the orphans and the poor.
Then, as for the orphan, then do not opress (him), and as for the beggar, then do not scold (taqhar). [ad duha, 93:9-10] Imagine facing The Subduer, The Ever-Dominating, on the Day of Judgement, where people are either oppressors or oppressed. Who will be more fearful?
6. Be good to people at all times. Remember the overpowering attribute of Allah ‗azza wa jall and be motivated to treat people well. Umar ibn al-Khattaab radiyallahu anhu asked his son to put his face in the dust as he was dying so that Al Qahhaar would have mercy upon him. Umar Ibn al-Azeez ordered his servant to remind him of Al Qahhaar in case he saw him oppressing anyone. Remind yourself of Al Qahhaar to be good, just, and fair to others at all times.
7. Abandon your sins. The Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam said:
Two eyes will not be touched by Hellfire: An eye that cries from the fear of Allah, and an eye that spent the night in a guard post in the path of Allah (Jihad) [At-Tirmidhi]
Al Qahhaar compels your tongue at the time of your death and you might be unable to say la ilaaha illAllah because of your bad deeds. Have you noticed what a simple phrase la ilaaha illAllah is and that you can say it without even moving your lips? Still it is the will of Al Qahhaar that will enable you or not enable you to say it. So abandon your sins and remember the power of Al Qahhaar to subdue your limbs.
8. Ask Al Qahhaar. The Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam would say when he turned during sleep at night:
None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, The One, Al-Qahhaar. Lord of the heavens and the Earth and all between them, The Exalted in Might, The Of-Forgiving [Al-Bukari, Muslim] Revive this sunnah in your life. Al
 
Qaahir and other Names
· Allah Mentions Al Qaahir with Name Al Wahid. Reason being is that Allah is telling us that He is the only One that grants victory. There can only be one creator, one Ilah.
· Allah mentions Hakeem and Khabeer with the Name Qaahir. Hakeem means possessor of wisdom, Khabeer means specialist. The Benefit of mentioning these Names with Qaahir is as Ibn Qayyim says: Allah being Hakeem, He only does actions by wisdom. He placed wisdom in every single action and statement. And Him being Khabeer, He is aware of all the inner details. And Him being Qaahir, He will grant victory. He grants victory to hearts and souls as well as to lands.
Al Qaadir, Al Qadeer wal Muqtadir 
These Names are to do with the power of Allah in doing everything He wants to.
 
47) Al Qaadir 
 
This Name of Allah is mentioned in the Qur’an 12 times. For example Allah says:
Say; He is the (one) Able to send upon you affliction from above you or from beneath your feet or to confuse you [so you become] sects and make you taste the violence of one another.” Look how We diversify the signs that they might understand. [al An’aam 6:65]
Allah also says:
 
And indeed, We are able to show you what We have promised them. [al Muminoon 23:95]
48) Al Qadeer
This Name of Allah is mentioned in the Qu’ran 45 times. For example Allah says:
 
For each [religious following] is a direction toward which it faces. So race to [all that is] good. Wherever you may be, Allah will bring you forth [for judgement] all together. Indeed, Allah is over all things competent. [al Baqarah 2:148]
Allah also says:
 
If [instead] you show [some] good or conceal it or pardon an offence – indeed, Allah is ever Pardoning and Competent. [an Nisaa 4:149] Wherever you are, the decree of Allah will come to you. No one will be able to escape the decree of Allah. Al ‗Afuww is the One who erases sins and increases good deeds by changing ones sins into hasanat. Qadeer is the exaggerated form of Qaadir.
 
Lingustic meaning:
to have the power to accomplish, to be capable, decree, ordain, prevail.
 
Shar’ee meaning:
One with complete power, the One who decrees.
 
Al Qadeer and other Names
 
The Name Al Qadeer has been mentioned with Al Aleem and Al Afuw. Why afuwwan qadeera? Qadeer means ability and decree. Al Afuw is the One who erases sins and changes/increase the good deeds. The Du’a of gaining Allah’s afuw, is made on laylatul qadr. Reason behind coupling these Names is because when Allah erases a person’s sins, He has the ability to erase it completely, so the qadar of having committed the sin won’t even be shown on the person’s scroll on on yawmal qiyyamah, Allah has changed the past and future. So it is as if the slave hadn’t even committed that sin. And Allah will write them as hasanat. Therefore it had been decreed to erase the sins and increase the good deeds. So have Husn al dhann of Allah! He is Al Qadeer so He has the ability to completely efface your sins, so that it is as they were never committed. Al Ghafoor Al Raheem has been mentioned with Al Qadeer in Surah Mumtahinah and it has the same meaning as afuwan qadeer. Allah being Al Ghafoor is the One that conceals and covers a person’s sins and He has the qudra to do that.
49) Al Muqtadir
 
This Name of Allah is mentioned in the Qur’an 4 times. For example Allah says:
 
Or whether [or not] We show you that which We have promised them, indeed, We are Perfect in Ability. [az Zukhruf 43:42]
Allah also says:
 
They denied Our signs, all of them, so We seized them with a seizure of one Exalted in Might and Perfect in Ability. [al Qamar 54:42]
 
Linguistic meaning:
comes from root verb qadara, ability/power to do something, or to decree something.
 
Shar’ee meaning:
The One who has the power and the ability to do whatever He decides. His Power enforces all decrees and His decree prevails in every situation Linguistically Qadeer, Qaadir, and Muqtadir are all derived from the root qadara and all of them demonstrate that power is established as an Attribute of Allah and that He has absolute Power. He is the One who is capable of doing everything, who has perfect power over the creation, who measures everything with perfection, and who is the One who decrees all that was, is, and will ever be. His ability combined with His infinite Knowledge makes Him Al Qadeer and Al Aleem.
 
The Decree of Allah is split into 4
1. Knowledge (ilm) – Al Qaadir, before He commanded the pen to write.
2. Writing (kataba)
3. Will (masheea)
4. Creating (khalq) – Al Qadeer when He does/creates the action, although He is still Qadeer before this.
Al Muqtadir is the process of doing all 4 steps of Qadar – it is more general.
Allah does whatever He wants. He guides whoever He wants and allows kufr to whoever He wants. Surah Rahman is called the Surah of Qudra.
 
Everything upon the earth will perish, And there will remain the face of your Lord Owner of Majesty and Honour. [ar Rahman 55:26-27]
 
Benefits we can learn from these Names
1. When Allah created the creation, unlike the qudra of mankind, Allah created and there was no sign of drowsiness or deficiency. He created it in six days, because He is Hakeem, most wise and because He wants to. He has the power to do everything. We know that Allah is the Lord of Rahma and Mercy because He commanded the pen to write My mercy prevails over my wrath. Kataba ala rahma. He has chosen from His creation to give, and He withholds what He wants. Therefore a believer should never be jealous about what they have not been given, and if someone else has it. Withholding certain things is a sign that Allah can do whatever He wants. Just because we do not have a certain blessing and someone else does, then know that Allah has decreed for that to be the case with wisdom, a wisdom which only Allah knows about. And this has been decreed as such, so that we can get closer to Allah in a way that the other person may not be able to. The believer never envies His brother, because he knows whatever has been given to his brother, was given by Allah. Al Qadeer has carefully decreed His decree.
So know that everything is predestined . Remind yourself in good and bad times of the following powerful hadith and let it increase you in tawakkul (reliance) upon Al Qadeer at all times. The Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam said:
….Know that even if the Nation (or the whole community) were to gather together to benefit you with something, they would not benefit you with anything except that which Allah has already recorded for you, and that if they gather together to harm you with something, they would not be able to harm you with anything except that which Allah has already recorded against you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried. [At Tirmidhi] Cure your heart from rancour and envy by believing that all affairs are by the decree of Al Qadeer.
 
2. Be content. Follow the pious predecessors by striving to be content with the decree of Al Qadeer. This means that you realise that everything that happens to you is pre-destined but also that you try to not feel any bitterness when you are tested. Rida (contentment) is the praiseworthy station of not only recognising, but also being pleased with the decree of Allah. Don‘t ever let your love for Al Qadeer decrease when something doesn‘t go your way.
Contentment is the greatest door that one enters to Allah, It is the source of tranquillity for the worshipper and paradise on earth. Whoever does not enter it will not enter the Paradise in the Hereafter [Ibn Taymiyyah]
3. Pray istakhaarah. Whenever you have a decision to make, no matter how big or small, consult Al Qadeer and ask Him to choose what is best for you and your deen, in this life and in the Hereafter, by praying the sunnah istakhaarah prayer.
4. Say alhamdulillah. It‘s easy to say alhamduilliah when good happens to you, but we should also praise Al Qadeer when we go through hardship. Next time you are tested, say alhamdulillah from your heart and mean it, and inspire others to do so. Alhamdulillah alaa kulli haal – all praise belongs to Allah in any case or siltation, no matter what He decrees.
 
5. Express your need to Al Qadeer. By nature we love those who are competent. For example, when you are weak you desire the protection of someone who is strong. Know that Al Qadeer can make everything happen by His Power, so ask Him. Seek refuge in Him for protection, ask Him to cure your heart, and know that there is no limit to His power. Only Al Qadeer is able and fully capable to give you a way out of every difficulty. The Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam said: If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not. [Abu Dawud]. So increase your istighfaar (seeking forgiveness) by saying astaghfirullah.
6. Never think you can depend on your own powers. Your tawfeeq (ability) is from Al-Muqtadir only, your success is not because of yourself but because He enabled you to accomplish matters. When you show your need for Him, Al-Muqtadir will support you but when you think you can depend on your own power for even the blink of an eye, He will abandon you.
And let not those who disbelieve think that they can escape. (the punishment). Indeed they will not cause failure to Allah. [al Anfaal 8:59] We often take this ayah as not for us as we are not disbelievers, but how often do we fall into the trap of thinking that our children are good, because we raised them well‘ or ‗I have this job, because I am clever.‘ Always humble yourself by thinking: all I have is from Allah Al-Muqtadir.
7. Practise your belief. It is easy to say, Allah is capable to do all things, but do you really live by this?
And when the two companies saw one another The companions of Musa said: Indeed We are to be overtaken! [Musa] said: No! Indeed with me is My Lord; He will guide me. [ash Shu’araa 26:61-62]
Musa alayhi salaam was alone facing many enemies, but his belief in the determining power of Al-Muqtadir was unshakable, let this be your example when you feel overpowered or hopeless and tell yourself: Allah is really able to do all things and He will guide me through this.
8. Be grateful for the hidden blessings. Al-Muqtadir forces each and everything in this world to happen according to His infinite wisdom. There is a reason behind everything and only as a believer can you benefit from each situation in your life, good or bad.
Do you not see that Allah has made subject to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth and amply bestowed upon you His favors, [both] apparent and unapparent? But of the people is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge or guidance or an enlightening Book [from Him]. [Luqman 31:20]
Thank Al-Muqtadir each day for His hidden blessings.
50) Al Hafidh 51) Al Hafeedh
The Name Al Hafeedh has been mentioned in the Qur’an 3 times. Allah says:
Indeed we have send down the Qur’an and we will be its guardian. [al Hijr 15:9]
Allah also says:
 
But if they turn away, [say], “I have already conveyed that with which I was sent to you. My Lord will give succession to a people other than you, and you will not harm Him at all. And you will not harm Him at all. Indeed my Lord is, over all things, Guardian. [Hud 11:57]
And Allah says:
 
And he [Iblees] had over them no authority except [if it was decreed] that We might make evident who believes in the Hereafter from who is thereof in doubt. And your Lord, over all things, is Guardian. [Saba 34:21]
 
Linguistic meaning :
memorised accurately, to guard, to protect,
 
Shar’ee meaning:
Hafidh – memorised, impossible for Him to ever forget and make error in memorisation. Al Hafeedh is the Ultimate preserver, Guardian and Protector of the whole creation.
Al Hafeedh protects and guards at all cost, not letting anyone damage, hurt or upset in anyway. Allah has also guarded and protected the Qur’an.He has preserved the true tafsir, and all the qira’aat and ahruf (different ways of reciting the Qur’an). Allah preserved and protected and saved everything by the writing of lawhal mahfoodh and by writing of the angels on our shoulders, and the earth also is a witness to what happens on it.
Allah azza wajall negated forgetfulness for Himself; He will protect and guard knowledge and never forget it. Musa ‗alayhi sallam testified to this fact, saying:
[Musa] Said, The knowledge thereof is with my Lord, in a Record. My Lord neither errs nor forgets. [Taha 20:52]
We should know that haafidh is made of three aspects; first knowledge (ilm), then preservation (hifdh) and then recompense (hisaab). For example, removing a small piece of dirt from the floor so it wouldn‘t make someone slip – even though no one saw it, you need to be sure that Allah knows about it, then you should be sure He will preserve it (hifdh) and finally you should be certain that Al-Hafeedh will recompense you for it. This goes for anything anyone does for Allah‘s Sake. Therefore there‘s a relation between the beautiful Names Al-‗Aleem (the All-Knowing), Al-Hafeedh (The All-Preserving) and Ash-Shakoor (The Appreciative). Allah grants hifdh/protection to the creation in 2 ways 1) General protection to all the creation, kuffar or muslims, e.g. preventing the sky falling upon them or preventing the sun from burning them etc. He has given the whole of the creation ability to sense evil as the whole creation is created upon fitrah – until it is completely corrupted. Every person has an opportunity for hidayah. 2) Specific protection for His awliya – for those whom He loves, and takes as friends – He becomes their Wali and Mawla. If Allah can protect something so spectacular like the Qur’an, so accurately and precisely so much so that in all these years not a single dot has been changed from the Qu’ran, then imagine how He can protect His slaves.
Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will protect you.
 
Abu al-Abbas Abdullah bin Abbas, radiyallahu anhuma, reported: One day I was behind the Prophet, sallallahu ‗alayhi wasallam, and he said to me: “O young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice] : Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will protect you (in other translations it says ―Safeguard Allah ad He will safeguard you‖) Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you. If you (have need to) ask, ask of Allah; and if you seek help, seek help from Allah. Know that even if the Nation (or the whole community) were to gather together to benefit you with something, they would not benefit you with anything except that which Allah has already recorded for you, and that if they gather together to harm you with something, they would not be able to harm you with anything except that which Allah has already recorded against you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.” [Al-Tirmidhi relates this and says: It is a good, genuine Hadith ibn Rajab al Hanbali wrote a treatise explaining this hadith entitiled ―Legacy of the Prophet.] In a version other than that of al-Tirmidhi it reads: “..Be mindful of Allah, you will find Him before you. Get to know Allah in prosperity and He will know you in adversity. Know that what has passed you by was not going to befall you; and that what has befallen you was not going to pass you by. And know that victory comes with patience, relief with affliction, and ease with hardship.”
―Be mindful of Allah, and He will protect you This phrase, Be mindful of Allah, means to be mindful of His set limits and legislation by complying with His commands and abstaining from His prohibitions. Be mindful of Allah concerning your religion, family, wealth, and yourself since Allah will recompense the good doers in accordance to their perfection in worship. We learn from this that whoever is not mindful of Allah, then he does not deserve Allah – The Mighty, The Majestic – protecting him, and within this is an encouragement of being mindful of the set limits of Allah, The Mighty, The Majestic.
Benefits we can learn from these Names
1. Fear Al-Hafeedh. Depending on whether your deed was good or bad al-Hafeedh will reward you or punish you, so this Name gives you both hope (rajaa) and fear (al-khawf or khashiyah).Know that Allah is our supervisor, someone looking over us all our life. One who doesn’t forget anything, protects and preserves everything. When the believer knows Allah is always looking over us, it grants the fruit of tawakkul and the fruit of khawf in the heart. Allah has this knowledge preserved whereas maybe we forgot or saw it as insignificant.
2. Be motivated by Al-Hafeedh. Al-Hafeedh is heedful of everything you do by His knowledge, He orders His angels to record everything you do. Even the smallest deeds, like coming to an Islamic lecture, sitting nicely, and making notes— Al-Hafeedh will preserve and appreciate it. When you know this you will really be a slave of Allah ‗azza wa jall and not of people.
3. Remember people. One of the sifaat ul mu‘mineen – Attributes of the believers— is being mindful and attentive to others. The best example of this quality of remembering is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, who never forgot Khadeejah radiyallaahu ‗anha even years after her death. He would frequently remember her and talk about her.
4. Memorise the Quran. Work hard to be of those who preserve His Book, the Quran, by memorising it. When memorizing His Book call upon Al-Hafeedh and ask Him to preserve and keep it in your mind.
 
5. Strive for the special protection of Al-Hafeedh. Abu Tayyib At-Tabaree, an early scholar, was about hundred years old and he was physically strong like the young man. Once after an exhausting journey, Abu Tayyib At-Tabaree jumped off the boat on the land. People were amazed. He said: When I was a young man, I preserved these bodily limbs from the disobedience of Allah and Allah preserved them for me in my old age. [Ibn Rajab] To receive the special protection of Al-Hafeedh in your religion and your worldly affairs, the Prophet said: Guard Allah (His commands) and He will guard and protect you. [Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi]
6. Be thankful to Al-Hafeedh. Al-Hafeedh preserves your body in an amazing way; only imagine if your blood would freely flow into your brain. Be thankful to Al-Hafeedh for the way He preserves you and protects you in ways you don‘t even realise. Look around you and be amazed by the way Al-Hafeedh is able to preserve even the biggest creations. It is He Who preserved the sky from falling on us. Allah is Al-Hafeedh and He guides humans for a means to even preserve food, health, and wealth.
7. Repent to Al-Hafeedh. This Name should shake you even more than the Name Al-‗Aleem, because Al-Hafeedh not only implies that He knows everything, He even remembers the smallest things. You need the forgiveness of Al-Hafeedh, so another important impact of this Name is that it will make you not delay but hasten to repent.
52) Al Waliy
This Name of Allah has been mentioned in the Qur’an 15 times. For example Allah says:
 
Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darknesses into the light. And those who disbelieve – their allies are Taghut. They take them out of the light into darknesses. Those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein. [al Baqarah 2:257]
Allah also says:
 
Indeed, the most worthy of Abraham among the people are those who followed him [in submission to Allah ] and this prophet, and those who believe [in his message]. And Allah is the ally of the believers. [ale Imran 3:68]
And Allah also says:
 
Or have they taken protectors [or allies] besides him? But Allah – He is the Protector, and He gives life to the dead, and He is over all things competent. [ash Shuraa 42:9]
Linguistic meaning: 
Linguistically waliy (plural awliya) comes from the root word of wilaya, which is the opposite of enmity (adawaa). To be a friend and supporter. To defend and guard in a loving way, to turn towards something. To be master and lord of.
 
Shar’ee meaning: 
He is the One who lovingly guards and guides His creation. Al-Waliy is the lord and protector of creation, showing the path to righteousness. He is the One who protects, guards, and supports the believer in this world and the next.
Al-Waliy combines the near, loving, protective, and guarding Attributes of the One who is also the lord and master of the universe.
Al-Waliy has awliyaa among the people and Shaytan also has his allies. Allah says regarding His awliyaa:
 
Indeed there is no fear upon the awliyaa of Allah, nor shall they grieve; those who believe and used to fear Allah much. For them are glad tidings in this life and the Hereafter. [Yunus 10:62]
The allies of Allah azza wa jall will have no fear nor sadness in this world or the next. And Al-Waliy will bring light into their lives. And the allies of Allah will have victory: Allah says in a hadith Qudsi: Whoever takes a Wali of Mine as an enemy, I will wage war on him . [Al-Bukhari] Al-Waliy also mentions the allies of Shaytan and the consequences of their deeds:
Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darknesses into the light. And those who disbelieve – their allies are Taghut. They take them out of the light into darknesses. Those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein. [al Baqarah 2:257]
Allah is Al Waliy – Allah is the friend, the helper, the one who is close to the believers. Allah wants to be a waliy, He is asking you to be your friend, asking you to be His Habib, to take you out of darkness into light. Allah is the helper of the saliheen and is extremely close to them, in friendship, aid, and everything they want. Allah also grants miracles to His awliya as seen for example in the story of Uwais al Qarni – his du’as were never rejected. And also with Abu Alaa Al Hadrami who had the miracle of walking on water. Abu Muslim Al kawlani was given the miracle of not being burned when thrown into fire. All of them were men of the Ummah of Rasoolullah sallalahu alayhi wassalam. There was also the following miracle with Umar ibn al Khattab. Naafi‘ said that Umar sent out a military detachment and he appointed a man called Saariyah in charge of them. Whilst ‗Umar was delivering the khutbah one Friday, he said, O Saariyah, the mountain! O Saariyah, the mountain! And they found out that Saariyah had moved towards the mountain at that moment on the Friday even though there was the distance of a month‘s journey between them.[Narrated by Ahmad classed as saheeh by al-Albaani]
No doubt! Verily, the Awliyaa‘ of Allaah, no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve. Allah is closest to His pious and righteous slaves.
 
Benefits we can learn from this Name
1. Strive to be Allah‘s wali. Al-Waliy says in a hadith qudsi:
Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him.” [Al-Bukhari].
Don‘t think only scholars can be awliyaa; know that you too can be a wali of Allah azza wa jall! How? By focusing on your obligatory acts of worship first, e.g. give priority to your prayer, like studying ways of how to concentrate better, pray on time, etc. Then complement them by doing as many voluntary deeds as you can, studying the sunnah so you can apply the daily ways of the prophet salallahu ‗alayhi wa sallam to your life. The result is, Al-Waliy will love you, and when He loves you He will guide you in using your limbs righteously. He will grant your wishes and protect you. If Allah takes someone as a friend, then no one else is needed. The entire world and everything it contains becomes nothing. Hearts will have some kind of peace and tranquillity, contentment. Feeling content worshipping Lord who is al Haqq. Eemaan is higher and the heart is cleaner and will have more tranquillity. So do any good deed with the intention of becoming a wali of Allah, no matter how small it is.
2. Strive for taqwa. If you want to be a wali of Allah, build a relationship with the Qur’an and ask Al-Waliy to give you understanding of its ayaat so you will be inspired to live by them Al-Waliy describes the risk of turning away from the Qur’an:
And whoever is blinded from the reminder of the Most Merciful, we appoint for him a devil, and he is to him a companion. [az Zukhruf 43:36] Another great motivator to increase your taqwa is daily remembering and visualising Paradise. Study the Names and Attributes of Allah azza wa jall to increase your fear and love for Him and pray to be included as one of His awliyaa.
3. Be a righteous friend. Be a loving friend to others, protecting their rights. The prophet salallahu ‗alayhi wa sallam said:
Allah will aid a servant (of His) so long as the servant aids his brother. [Muslim] Take any responsibility you have seriously in representing someone or supporting someone with their affairs.
4. Trust that Allah is the best ally. Remind yourself that Al-Waliy is the best ally to turn to at all times and put your trust in Him.
When two parties from among you were about to lose courage, but Allah was their Waliy. And upon Allah the believers should rely [ale Imran 3:122].
Take comfort in the fact that He knows your enemies and He is your best Helper:
Allah is most Knowing of your enemies, and Allah is Sufficient as a Waliy; and Allah is sufficient as a Helper [an Nisaa 4:45]
5. Ask Al-Waliy. You will always be in need of the support and protection of Al-Waliy so ask Him to protect and assist you in this life, at the time of death, in the grave, and on the Day of Reckoning.
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I'm a physiotherapist and hijama therapist and happily married Alhamdulillah. This blog is me writing what I learn at my classes and what goes on in my head, my way of taking some time out and reflecting and sharing my thoughts on what I see in society.

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