The Lessons Of Calling Upon Allah by His Name

Al Waliyy, Al Mawlaa (الولي, المولى):The Protector, The Patron. These two Noble Names are mentioned in many verses in the Qur’an

Az-Zajjaj said: “Al-Waliyy is derived from Muwalaat (allegiance). The Waliyy is the Supporter, Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says in Surat al-Baqarah (2:257): “Allah is the Waliyy of those who believe. He brings them out of darkness into light.”He (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) is their Ally Who takes charge of supporting and guiding them as guardian does with his child (or son). On the Day of Judgement, He (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) will be the One Who gives them the reward and recompense them.” [Tafseer al-Asmaa]

Al-Haleemi said: “Al-Waliyy is al-Waali i.e the Master, the Lord, the Ruler. It means: He Who is the Owner of disposing the affairs. Therefore, the sponsor of the orphan is called Waliyy of the Orphan, and the Ameer (the ruler) is called Waali.” [al-Minhaj]

Al-Khattabi said: “Al-Mawlaa is the Supporter and Helper, similar to an-Naseer as Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says in Surat al-Hajj (22:78):

وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِاللَّهِ هُوَ مَوْلَاكُمْ فَنِعْمَ الْمَوْلَى وَنِعْمَ النَّصِيرُ

“And hold fast to Allah [i.e. have confidence in Allaah and depend upon Him in all your affairs]. He is your Mawlaa (Patron and Lord) What an excellent Mawlaa and what an excellent Helper.”[Sha’n ad–Du’aa]

Al-Haleemi said in its meaning: “He Who is hoped for granting victory and help, because He is the Owner, and there is no resort for the Slave except to his Owner (Master).” [Al-Kitab al-Asnaa]

All praise is due to Allah, we ask Him to bless the Prophet Sallah Llah Alei Wasalam and the companions and let's die in the path of Qur'an and Sunnah.


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