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The General Pattern; of Islamic Thought in the Qur’an

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The Paradise of Walayah

Only that society can enjoy having ‘walayah’ in which the ‘wali’ is ascertained, the one who is the authority and the inspirer of all the liveliness and activities of life. And a person can enjoy having ‘walayah’ if he has a true understanding of the wali and if he is in a constant struggle to connect himself with him, who is the manifestation of God’s walayah. So far as the wali is God’s successor and the manifestation of the Divine authority and justice on the earth, he uses all the possibilities and talents, which are disposed in men’s nature for their evolution and exaltation and for their own benefits. Furthermore, he would not let any of these talents be used against humanity or be lost, for if it happened, it would be a great damage. He firmly fixes justice and security, in the community, which are necessary for man’s flourishing as are rich soil, water and good weather necessary for the growth of a plant. He will stop the appearance of cruelty in any form (polytheism, doing injustice to others or oneself). He leads all towards God’s servitude. He ripens man’s knowledge and vision and leads him to endeavor and initiation. His principal obligations are: keeping up prayer for God’s remembrance (salat), just distribution of wealth (zakat)”‘ , spreading of goodness (al-‘amr bil-ma’ruf). and abolishment of wickedness (al-nahy’an al-munkar)”. In short, he helps man to approach the ultimate aim of creation.

Thinking about the following verses will show us the vast horizons of walayah’s paradise, and will once more emphasize the fact that none of the religious commandments is as important as walayah.

“Cursed were the unbelievers of the Children of Israel by the tongue of David, and Jesus, Mary’s son; that, for their rebelling and their transgression. They forbade not one another any dishonor that they committed; surely evil were the things they did. Thou seest many of them making unbelievers their friends. Evil is that they have forwarded to their account, that God is angered against them, and in the chastisement they shall dwell forever. Yet had they believed in God and the Prophet and what has been sent down to him, they would not have taken them as friends; but many of them are of evil conduct. (5:78-81)

“0 believers, take not as your friends those of them, who were given the Scripture before you and the unbelievers-who take your religion for a jest and sport-and fear God, if you are believers-and when you call to prayer, they take it for a jest and sport; that is because they are people who have no understanding. Say: ‘People of the Scripture, do you blame us for any other cause than that we believe in God, and what has been sent down to us, and what was sent down before, and that most of you are evil-livers?’ Say: ‘Shall I tell you of a recompense with God, worse than that:’ Whomsoever God has cursed, and with whom He is wroth, and made some of them apes and swine, and worshippers of idols-they are worse situated, and have gone further astray from the right way.’ (5:57-60)

 

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