All praise is to Allah. We seek His aid, ask Him for guidance, and ask His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil which is in ourselves, and the wicked of our actions. Whoever Allah guides none can send astray, and whoever Allah sends astray, none can guide. We testify that there is no deity except Allah, alone and with no partner. And, we testify that Muhammad is His slave and messenger. He sent him with the guidance and the way of truth so that He (i.e. Allah) might make it predominate over all other ways, and Allah is sufficient as a witness. He sent him preceding the Hour (qiyama), as a bringer of good tidings, a warner, and a caller to Allah by His permission, and as a beacon light. He (Allah) guided with it those who had been lost, and gave sight to those who had been blind, gave uprightness and order to those who had been following unbridled impulse, He opened unseeing eyes, deaf ears, and sealed hearts. With it, He established the criterion for distinguishing truth from falsehood, guidance from going astray, uprightness from following of whims, the believers from the disbelievers, the joyous people of paradise and the miserable people of the fire, and the allies of Allah from His enemies. Whoever the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) has attested to as being among the allies of Allah, are theawliyaa' (friends or allies) of the Merciful, and whoever the Prophet has described as being among the enemies of Allah, are indeed among the enemies of Allah, and are among theawliyaa' of theshaitaan (devil).
Allah has explained in His Book, and in the Sunnah of His Prophet that He hasawliyaa' among the people and thatshaitaan also has hisawliyaa', and He has differentiated between these two types ofawliyaa'. Allah said:
\u201cIndeed, there is no fear upon the awliyaa' of Allah, nor shall they grieve, those who believe and are ever pious in their actions. To them are glad tidings in this life and in the hereafter. There is no changing the words of Allah. That, then, is the great success.\u201d (Qur'an Yunus 10:62-64)
\u201cAllah is the protector (ally) of those who believe, He takes them out of the darknesses into the light. As for the disbelievers, their allies are thetaaghoot who take them out of the light and into the darknesses. Those are the people of the fire, and they will be in it forever.\u201d (Qur'an al-Baqarah 2:257)
\u201cO, you who believe, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are allies of each other. Whoever among you puts his allegiance with them, is certainly one of them. Allah does not guide a people who oppress. And so, you see those in whose heart is sickness rushing to (make alliances with) them, saying: "We fear being caught in some unfortunate turn of events". Perhaps Allah will bring victory, or something from Him, such that they come to regret that which they hid within themselves. And the believers (will) say: "Are these the ones who swore their strongest oaths that they were with you?" Their works have been invalidated, and they have ended up in complete loss. O, you who believe, whosoever among you turns back from his way (Islam) Allah will surely bring another people whom He loves and who love Him. (They will be) humble and merciful with the believers, strong and firm with the disbelievers; they fight in the path of Allah, and do not fear the blame of those who blame. This is the grace of Allah, and He gives it to whom He wishes, and Allah is encompassing, knowing of all things. Verily, your (true) ally is Allah, His Prophet, and those who believe; those who establish the prayer, pay thezakat, and bow in prayer. Whoever puts his allegiance with Allah, His Prophet, and those who believe, the party of Allah are surely the victorious ones.\u201d Qur'an 5:51-56)
His power is only over those who give their allegiance to him and who (succumb to his urgings and) associate (partners) with Allah.\u201d Qur'an 16:98- 100
\u201cThose who believe fight in the path of Allah, and those who disbelieve fight in the path oftaaghoot, so fight the allies ofshaitaan, verily, the plot of Shaitaan is weak (when confronted with true faith).\u201d Qur'an 4:76
\u201cAnd when we said to the angels: "Bow down to Adam," they bowed down all except for Iblis. He was one of thejinn, and he rebelled against the order of his Lord. And so, do you then take him and his descendants as allies instead of me, though they are your avowed enemies? What an evil substitute for the oppressors!\u201d Qur'an al-Kahf 18:50
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