How to recognise a Wali ( Friend Of Allah)
The method of recongnizing a Wali and a non Wali is to first rectify ones heart and mind and join his company.Thereafter,if you find that his company generates in your heart the thought and love of Allah Ta’Ala,then he is a Wali.On the contrary,if the heart indulges in wordly thoughts,then certainly he is not a Wali.
It is said:The heart is the mirror of another heart.
That is,whatever will be in his heart will reflect on your heart.So any non-virtuous image or thought will reflect and testify to his.It is recorded in ‘Ain al-Ma’ani that Awliya-Allah are that group whose company generates the remembrance of Allah Ta’Ala.
Imam Nawawi Radi Allahu anhu, and also Ibn Maja Radi Allahu anhu report that when Sayyadina Rasoolallah Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam was asked about the characteristics of the Awliya, he declared, “Allah is remembered when they are seen.”
One day,I asked my esteemed Murshid al-Kamil,Sayyid Ale’Rasul Ahmadi Radi Allahu anhu :”How can one estabblish whether a person is a Wali?”He replied:”When a servant discards his qualities and existence and becomes lost in the Majestic Qualities and Divine Being of Almighty Allah,then for him only the Sublime Lord and His attributive Status exists.Everything esle in the universe,including himself,becomes non-existent.His love and attraction for the Sublime Lord reaches such a state that he breaks links with the entire Universe.When this happens,then one becomes a Wali of Allah Ta’Ala.If you find these qualities in a person,then regard him as a Wali,otherwise not”.
It is forbidden to accept a non-Wali(fake) as a Wali and reject a genuine Wali as not being a Wali.Such descisions are disresoectful and dangerous.To mock or disregard a Propher of Allah Almighty is certainly Kufr and rejecting a Wali makes one a Fasiq.But it is very difficult for the rejecter to safely die with Iman.There are numerous proof of this in the past and present times.
By Qutb al-Irshad Siraj al-Awliya Sayyid Abdul-Husain Ahmad al-Nuri al-Husaini al-Qadiri Barkati Merah’rawi Radi Allahu anhu.
It is of the utmost importance to be able to recognise a Kamil Wali.
When you come to know of a Kamil wali go and visit him with eagerness. Keep your intentions free from prejudice and do not go to scrutinise, to debate or endeavour to test him in any way.
Visit him with sincerity and sit respectfully when you arrive at his residence. Observe his character, manners and qualities from a religious viewpoint.
A genuine Kamil Wali should possess virtues such as those listed in the ?Genuine? column below and none of those, which are listed in the Impostor column.
|Firm in performing their regular five times Salaat on time in congregation||Some offer their Salaat from time to time. Most do not pray at all.|
|Wear white, green or black turbans on top of their topi.||Remain bareheaded most of the time. Occasionally wear a topi.|
|Wear only white sunnat Islamic dress||Wear silk, gold & fashionable clothes|
|Polite and courteous||Rude and selfish|
|Always speak the truth & often stay silent||Tell lies and talk excessively|
|Humble & disciplined||Arrogant & insolent|
|Patient & generous||Intolerant & miserly|
|Fear Allah||Fear Creation|
|Preserve and uphold all shariat laws||Violate and defy the laws of shariat|
|Observe complete purdah from women & young girls||Sit happily amongst women & young girls without purdah|
|Never ask for money for their own needs||Demand money from their mureeds|
|Possess full knowledge of Islam||Possess little or no knowledge of Islam|
|Concentrate their efforts on bringing the creation back to Allah||Concentrate their efforts on collecting the material wealth of this world|
|Offer Supplication & taweez free of charge||Demand money for making dua or taweez|
The main experience felt in the presence of a Wali is that upon seeing him you remember Allah. Whilst sat in his presence, your heart gains peace & tranquillity and you begin to love Allah and his rasool Muhammad (Swallallahu-alayhi-wasalam) and forget the worries of this world.