|On Confirmation of "Wilayat" - Sainthood
|Wilayat also means “love”
(mahabbat). Wali may be the form
fa`il (subject: who enacts according
to Divine Law) with the meaning of
maf`ul, (object: on whom the Divine
works) as God hath said, “And He
takes charge of (yatawalla) the
righteous” (Qur'an, 7:195). A wali is
strongly committed to fulfill the
obligations that he owes to Him. Thus
Wali in active meaning is “one who
desires” (murid), while in the passive
meaning it denotes “one who is the
object of God’s desire” (murad).
|Translated by Reynold
who believe” (Qur'an, 2:258) He hath also said,
“Verily, on the friends (awliya) of God no fear shall
come, and they shall not grieve” (Qur'an, 10:63).
Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) said, “Among the servants
of God there are some whom the prophets and
martyrs deem happy”. He has described them as
such, “Those who LOVE one another, through God’
s mercy, without wealth and without seeking
livelihood: their faces are luminous, as they sit on
throne of light; they are not afraid when men are
afraid, nor do they grieve when men grieve.”
|Who is "Wali" - a -Saint?
|A saint must keep the Divine Law (formalized in
religious doctrine) in order that God may keep him in
his spiritual state.
|It is also related in Kashaf-al-Mahjub: “whoever is
able, through knowledge given him by God, to
distinguish by the method of deduction what is true
from what is false, he too is a saint.” (p. 219)
|Saints the governors of the Universe?
concealed and do not know one another and are
not aware of the excellence of their state, but in all
circumstances are hidden from themselves and
from mankind. Traditions have come down to this
effect, and the sayings of the Saints proclaim the
truth thereof, and I myself – God be praised! –
have had an ocular experience of this matter. But
of those who have power to loose and to bind and
are the officers of Divine court there are three
hundred, called Akhyar, and forty, called Abdal,
and seven called Abrar, and four called Awtad, and
three called Nuqaba, and one called Qutb or
Ghawth. All these know one another and cannot
act save by mutual consent.
|Also see miracles and
superiority of saints....
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