Hadith Qudsi about The Friends of Allah
The Friends of Allah
On the Authority of Abu Huraira (R.A.), Allah's Messenger (S.A.W.) said,
"Allah said, 'I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (Refuge), I will protect him; (i.e. give him My Refuge) and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him."
(Sahih Al-Bukhari: 6502)
This is a powerful and profound Hadith Qudsi in which Allah informs and invites us to be among His friends and allies.
There are some people among the believers who have been elevated to become the friends of Allah (أوليا الله). who is friend of Allah? a person who is outwardly and inwardly righteous, follows all commandments of Allah and follows Prophet’s Sunnahs. The Hadith educates us that Allah will love a person who performs the obligations (Fardh) and goes the extra mile by achieving the obligatory duties, avoid the prohibitions (Haraam) and also perform the Nafawil / Mustahibaat (extra prayer/ibadah, non-obligatory deeds).
The Hadith warns all those who show enmity/hatred/animosity towards the friends of Allah. According to this Hadith, Allah announces war on those who show enmity to His friends. People of Nuh (A.S.) were destroyed by water on Allah’s Command as Nuh (A.S.) is prophet and friend of Allah but his people did not listen to him and showed their hatred for Nuh (A.S.). There are many other stories in Quran which educate us that Allah has destroyed the people who have shown animosity towards Allah’s friends.