Posted by: Dawud Israel | May 27, 2010

The Awliya: They Who Love Each Other for the Sake of Allah

Bismillah, alhamdulilah, wa salat wa salam ala Rasulullah

I heard a beautiful hadith tonight after Ishaa salah- that I am so grateful I had the opportunity of hearing. Alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah! I will paraphrase it below, with the reference so readers can look it up.

Nabi salallahu alayhi wasalam said to the Sahabas to listen carefully, “There will be men on Yawmul Qiyamah whose rank, even the Ambiya (Prophets) and Shuhada (martyrs) will not even have.” At this the Sahabas were quiet but a bedouin man, made an ishara with his hand and asked, “Ya Rasulullah, can you describe them to us so that we may know them?” At this Rasulullah (salallahu alayhi wasalam) got very happy and described them, “They are those Muslims who love each other for the sake of Allah, despite being from different cities, different tribes, different clans and different nations. And because of their love for one another, Allah will grant them pulpits of light, clothing of light and emanating light, and the Ambiya (Prophets) and Shuhada (martyrs) will envy them. They are the Awliya of Allah.” (Musnad of Imam Ahmad, Mustadrak of Hakim, Sahih)

This hadith shows the great rank of these ordinary Muslims and moreover shows the blessing of living in a multicultural context with many immigrants from many different backgrounds. It also shows the essential-ness of loving each other for the sake of Allah in Islam. This hadith has great resonance with many other hadith, because in this it includes: love of parents, love of family, love of scholars, the love the Ansar and the Muhajirun shared, love of Ahlul bayt, love of the Prophets, love of those who worship Allah and by extension the love of the worship of Allah past, present and future. It also resonates with the Hadith Qudsi that speak of visiting the sick Muslims, (‘Had you visited him, you would have found Me there’) and other hadith that speak of the love of the poor and down-trodden. And there is another hadith Shaykh Hamza Yusuf mentioned in a talk:

You will not enter Jannah until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another.

In fact, I can’t recall anything as beautiful as seeing Muslims express their love for one another for the sake of Allah. And it is this same mahaba towards the believers that will grant the righteous such a great and noble rank, inshallah. So let us work on this mahaba. đŸ™‚

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, ameen.


  1. *likes this*

  2. Is this hadith Sahih?

    I have to ask because although the sentiment is beautiful – to actually rank above the prophets and the shaheeds based on love for one another regardless of city, tribe, or clan seems a little off to me because it doesn’t account the unconditional love that the Prophets alayhisalaatu wassalaam for their nations regardless of the tribes and clans within them, and prioritized love for the fellow believer more than even family bonds.

    The Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wassalam is the best example of this, he loved sahabas that were bedouin, roman, persian, and from the ansar, and that kind of borderless unconditional love cannot be competed with – so wouldn’t his radiance emanate even more than the average Muslim who loves people for the sake of Allah?

    I’m sure you can take in other examples for other Prophet alayhisalaam.

  3. ***I’m sure you can take in other examples for other Prophets (plural)(may peace be upon them)

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