The Nature of Awliyah


BismillahirRahmanir Rahim

(Hazret Abdul Kadir Geylani ks)

Support yourself by means of your earned income; do not use your
religion for that purpose. Earn your income, use it to meet your own
needs, and share some of it with others. The personal acquisitions of
ordinary believers are the shared dishes of the champions of truth.
Their businesses or professions yield prosperity only in relation to
the poor and the needy. They wish to transmit compassion to the
people, thereby seeking the goof pleasure of the Lord of Truth
(Almighty and Glorious is He) and His love for them.
They have heeded the words of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give
him peace):

Human beings are the dependents of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is
He), and the people dearest to Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) are
those among them who are most beneficial to His dependents.

In relation to ordinary people, the friends of Allah are deaf, dumb,
and blind. Since their hearts are near to the Lord of Truth (Almighty
and Glorious is He), they listen to no one but Him and they see no one
but Him. Nearness gives them refuge, reverence gives them cover, and
love gives them benefits in the presence of their Beloved. For they
are between the Majesty and the Beauty (of the Lord), inclining
neither to the right nor to the left. They have a “forwards” without a
“backwards”. They are waited upon by humankind, by jinn, by angels and
by all manner of creatures. They are served by wisdom and knowledge.
They are fed by gracious favor, and their thirst is quenched by
friendly kindness. Of the food of His gracious favor do they eat, and
of the juice of His friendly kindness they drink. They have better
things to do than listen to popular conversation, for they and
ordinary people are worlds apart [lit: they are in one valley, and
ordinary people are in another valley]. They order people to obey the
commandments and prohibitions of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He),
deputizing for the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). They
are in fact his heirs.

Their occupation is bringing people back to the door of the Lord of
Truth (Almighty and Glorious is He), proving His case against them.
They put things in their proper places, giving every one the favor he
deserves. They do not claim their rights, and they do not satisfy
their selfish desires and natural instincts. They love for the sake of
Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) and they hate for the sake of
Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He). They are wholly His; none other
than He had any share in them. When someone has achieved this
completely, Friendship is complete for him and he attains salvation
and success. He is loved by humankind, by the jinn and the angels, by
the earth and by heaven.

O hypocrite! O worshipper of creatures and secondary causes, forgetful
of the Lord of Truth (Almighty and Glorious is He)! You want all this
to drop into your hands, while you are in the state you are in! You
have no honor and no dignity. Submit, then repent, then learn and work
and be sincere, otherwise you will not be guided aright.

(Al-Fath ar-Rabbani: The Sublime Revelation, tr. M. Holland)