Let us quickly imbibe one or two lessons at what happened to Aisha (رضي الله عنها), the beloved wife of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.
She was the subject of a horrible rumor that attacked her very character and morals. But she was very sick for a whole month, and had no idea what was going on. That sickness was a protection for her. When she was better and finally made aware of the rumors, she was devastated. But that only lasted 3 days.
She was hoping the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم would receive a vision declaring her innocence, but something even more amazing happened. Verses of the Qur’an were revealed that;
“Those who calumniate chaste, unwary, innocent believing women stand cursed in the present life and the Hereafter, and there awaits them a grievous punishment”. Q24:23, so that there could be no ambiguity about her innocence.
In understanding this concept of wilaya, we need to go beyond the superficial. It is not just external protection that Allah سبحانه وتعالى gives; it is also the internal strength and tranquility that enables us to withstand the external hardships that is gifted to us.
There will always be external struggles in this world, especially when we are striving to do good. Allah says:
“With every hardship /difficulties there is ease”. Q94:5&6.
The life of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was not easy, nor was it for the companions رضي الله عنهما or those who strived and continue to strive for justice and goodness for His sake. But the awliya’ (the recipients of His special friendship and protection) are given a tranquility to continue, and the vision to see beyond the superficial nature of things.
So do not worry. Allah سبحانه وتعالى is your Protective Friend. He has your back. Strive for Him and be ambitious in your goals, and do not let fear prevent you from doing good. As the Qur’an tells us:
“Indeed, my protector (wali) is Allah, who has sent down the Book; and He is an ally to the righteous.” (Qur’an, 7:196).
Let us enhance our relationship with Allah سبحانه وتعالى and be the best servant to Him alone.
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