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‘Wilaayat’ Discussion on Wali’s (Saints)

Wilaayat is a special closeness which Almighty Allah has afforded to some of His beloved servants by His Grace and Mercy.

Law:  Wilaayat cannot be acquired by self-effort. It is bestowed by Almighty Allah. However, good deeds and virtuous behaviour is a means of allowing it to be bestowed. Some blessed personalities are blessed with this privilege in advance.

Law:  Wilaayat is not given to anyone without knowledge. This knowledge is either that which one has acquired or if Allah Wills, then knowledge is bestowed upon him before he receives the station of Wilaayat.

Law:  The greatest Awliyah from the beginning until the last day, are those in the Ummat of the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم . The greatest amongst them are the Four Khulafa in order of excellence. The first being Hazrat Abu Bakr, then Hazrat Umar, followed by Hazrat Uthman and Hazrat Ali رضي الله عنهم. Huzoor عليه السلام bestowed the splendours from the rays of Nabuwat to Hazrat Abu Bakr and Hazrat Umar and he made Hazrat Ali the station for distribution of the splendours of Wilaayat. It is for this reason that all the Awliyah Allah turn towards Hazrat Maula Ali . and they shall continue to acquire this blessing through him.

Law:  Tariqat is not conflicting to Shariat. In reality it is inseparable from the Shariat. Some so-called Sufis say that Shariat and Tariqat are two separate ways and distant from each other. This is absolutely incorrect. To regard oneself independent and free from the need to adhere to the Shariat on the basis of this baseless view, leads to infidelity and heresy.

Law: No Wali is exempt from any Religious Obligation, no matter how exalted in status he may be. There are some ignorant ones who say that Shariah is only the path in order to reach the objective and they have already reached their objective, so there is thus no need for the path anymore (Allah forbid). Sayyiduna Junaid-e-Baghdadi . has stated as follows concerning such ignorant ones:

‘They are true in what they say. They have definitely reached, but where? They have reached hell’

However, if they are those who are Majzoobs (one who is in a completely deep spiritual state, truly having no control over his senses), like the condition of someone who is in an unconscious state then the law of Shariah will be held back in their case. However it must be noted that if one is truly a Majzoob, he will not speak contrary to the Shariah.

Belief:  The Awliyah have been blessed with great power and authority from the Court of Allah. They are the true Representatives of the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم . They have been bestowed with knowledge of Ghaib (unseen) through the blessing of the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم . Most of them are aware of past and future happenings and are even aware of that which is inscribed on the ‘Lauh-e-Mahfooz’ ‘The Protected Tablet’. All this is bestowed upon them through the blessing of the Prophet عليه السلام . Without the blessing of the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم no non-Nabi can attain any knowledge of the unseen.

Belief: The Karaamaat (miracles) performed by the Awliyah Allah are Haq (True). One who opposes this is a misguided person.

Law: To have the ability to bring the dead back to life, to cure the leper, to cause the blind to see, to travel the entire earth from East to West in just one small step and all other like splendours are within

the power of the Awliyah Allah, except for that which is unique and not possible. For example, to bring forth a Surah equal to a Surah of the Qur’an, or to have the Divine Vision of Allah whilst on this earth, with the naked eye, or to converse directly with Allah. Anyone who claims these for himself or any other Wali is declared an unbeliever.

Law: It is permissible to seek their assistance in times of need. They assist those who sincerely seek their assistance by using any permissible manner of asking. As for accepting them as being independent in assisting with their own power (i.e. not through the will of Allah), then this is the deceit of the Wahabis (who accuse Muslims of this). The Wahabis confuse the unsuspecting Muslims on these issues. The Muslims never ever have such a belief. It is the habit and trait of the Wahabis to falsely exaggerate the practices of the true Muslims.

Law: Haaziri (Presenting oneself) at their Holy Mazaars (Holy Graves) is a great privilege and means of immense blessings for the Muslims.

Law: To call out to the Awliyah Allah from great distances and from close proximity has been the manner of the pious predecessors.

Law: The Awliyah Allah are always alive in their graves. Their knowledge, recognition and their power of vision and sight increases after passing into the next world.

Law: To make the Niyaz of the Awliyah Allah is permissible and is a type of Esaal-e-sawaab (conveying reward to the deceased). These sacred offerings are very different from the offerings made to kings etc. The Niyaz of Gyarwee Shareef is very beneficial and blessed.

Law: To commemorate the Urs of the Awliyah Allah by reciting the Holy Qur’an, Naats, Faateha and delivering talks etc. are all permissible. Actions contrary to the Shariah are definitely disallowed, so they are disallowed to a greater degree at a Mazaar Shareef.