Al Waliy – The Nearest Friend

He who loves, helps, protects, safeguards, guides, blesses and rewards all His righteous servants and be- comes a friend of them.
“ALLAH IS THE PROTECTOR OF THOSE WHO
HAVE FAITH: from the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light. Of those who reject faith the
patrons are the Evil Ones: from light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be Compan- ions of the Fire, to dwell therein (forever).”
(2:257) The Holy Quran
From the root
w-l-y with
classical Arabic
connotations:
to be near, close,
nearby
to be a friend,
helper, supporter
to defend, guard
(lit. friendly
dealing)
to be in charge,
to turn one toward
something
to be the master,
owner, lord.
Allah is lover, protector and lord. He is lovingly supportive.
He is the protecting friend. He guards and rules all of creation.
He lovingly guides mankind to turn toward the path of righteousness.

Al Waliy is the friend and helper” Ghazali

Quran tells us: The Holy Quran (42:28)