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Session Two: Wali vs Mawlaa

October 8, 2008

Bismillah walhamdulillah

During the second night of class with br Nouman, he shared with us a gem on the precision of the Qur’an.

Here it is:

Allah ta’ala says in suratul Baqarah ayah 257:

اللَّهُ وَلِيُّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يُخْرِجُهُمْ مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ

‘Allah is the Wali of those who believe, He brings take them from the darknesses into the light.’

وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَوْلِيَاؤُهُمُ الطَّاغُوتُ يُخْرِجُونَهُمْ مِنَ النُّورِ إِلَى الظُّلُمَاتِ

‘and those who disblieve their Awliyaa’ are taghoot, they bring them out of the light to darknesses.’

Wali is a special type of friend, who expresses the will to help to you and support you. A wali is a friend that you turn to for help, protection and support. The wali is the primary in the relationship, they are the dominant party. Take for example, if a father is the wali to his son, then the father is the primary in the relationship.

Allah ta’ala says in the beginning of the ayah that He is the Wali for the believers. Those who disbelieve have Taghoot (anything and everything that is worshipped besides Allah) as their Awliyaa (plural of wali).

There are two comparisons taking place in this verse: firstly, the believers and those who disbelieve, and secondly, Allah azza wa jal and taghoot. Looking at the verse again, we see that there is a different arrangement for each comparison: when Allah ta’ala says He is the Wali of the believers, He comes first. But for those who disbelieve, their wali is mentioned last.

Why is the arrangment different?

Allah ta’ala is being ‘compared’ to taghoot, yet: laysa kamithlihi shayy, there is NOTHING like Him, NOTHING can be compared to Him. These taghoot do not deserve to be mentioned in the same place as Allah azza wa jal was mentioned. They do not deserve to be mentioned in even the same sentence.

Allah ta’ala says in Surat Muhammad ayah 11,

ذَ‌ٰلِكَ بِأَنَّ اللَّهَ مَوْلَى الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَأَنَّ الْكَافِرِينَ لَا مَوْلَىٰ لَهُمْ

‘That is because certainly Allah is the Mawlaa of those who believe, and indeed the disbelievers have no Mawlaa.’

Mawlaa is more than a Wali; a Mawlaa is someone who can protect you and actually does so–they are protecting you, while a Wali is someone who is willing to protect you.

When it came to Wali, both the believers and disbelievers had one, but when it comes to Mawlaa–someone who CAN protect you–they have no Mawlaa.


Allahumma faqihnaa fid deen, O Allah grant us understanding of the deen, Ameen.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2008 4:45 am



    What a feeling to know that Allah(swt) is the Wali and Mawlaa of the believers.

    To know that in whatever situation a believer is in and wherever he may be, whether alone in the most darkest corner of the world or surrounded by numerous people in the most populous place in the world, the believer has a Wali – who is willing to protect, and the Wali is the Mawlaa who is the only one who can and does protect.

    Allahu Akbar!

    JazaakiAllah Khairan sister


  2. sisterindeen permalink
    November 3, 2008 7:11 pm

    SubhanAllah! Very profound, barak Allahu feeki for sharing!!

  3. November 4, 2008 10:58 am

    wa feeki barak Allah ukhtee 🙂

  4. November 9, 2008 4:32 pm

    alhamdullilah! you were right! i loved it 🙂

  5. June 26, 2009 6:04 am

    If someone doesn’t find this absolutely amazing, then nothing can suffice for them.

    This is absolutely absurdly amazing!


    -The Muslim Kid-

  6. February 20, 2013 2:36 pm

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  8. Mohammed Iqbal Essa permalink
    July 2, 2018 7:17 am


    Allah SWT requires from us unconditional and irrefutable faith in him through the proclamation of shadah. Once you accept this, then Allah SWT becomes your total Wa’lee and Maulaa, indisputable protector. As such, you then have nothing to fear because everything else then becomes insignificant and irrelevant.

    One should reflect and ask themselves the question, ‘Why does Allah SWT command us to recite Surah Al-Fatiha, in each and every rakat of our 5 times daily compulsory prayer? Without its recitation our Salah would be considered invalid.

    In this Surah (Ayat 6) Allah SWT instructs us, through its recitation, to Guide us to the straight path ie. ‘The path of those upon whom Allah SWT have bestowed his favours and in (Ayat 7) he instructs us to seek his protection from the path of those who have evoked Allah SWT’s anger or of those who are astray’.

    As such one needs to therefore understand that Allah SWT not only wishes to guide us but at the same time he wants to protect us also.

    May Allah SWT gives us the wisdom to understand.

    I offer my sincere salaams and duaas

    Your brother in Islam

    Iqbal Essa (UK)


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