AWLIYÂ – أولياء
Exalted exceptional people who are the beloveds of Allah through achieving the highest ranks of ‘ibâdah, taqwâ, obedience, riyâzah and always working on following Janâb-i Haqq’s pleasure, approval and acceptance in place of the nafs’ desires. The plural of walî - ولي .
“Thus, mankind has gained the hundreds of thousands of prophets and millions of awliyâ and thousands of millions of asfiyâ who are like the suns, moons and stars of ‘âlam of mankind, through the sending of prophets and the mystery of man's accountability through the obligations placed on him by Allah, and through jihâd and striving with shaytans, in return mankind has lost the kâfirs and munâfiqs, who are from the species of harmful beasts which are numerous in regard to quantity and insignificant in regard to quality.” The Twelfth Letter-Your Second Question.
“Yes, look to the ma’nawî collective personality of that proof: the face of the earth is a mosque, Mecca a mihrab and Medina a minbar. Our Prophet ‘Alayhissalâtu Wassalâm, this clear proof, is the Imam of all ahl al-îmân, preacher to all mankind, the chief of all the prophets, sayyid of all the awliyâ, the leader of the dhâkirs of a circle for the dhikr comprising all the prophets and awliyâ. He is a luminous tree, all the prophets are the living roots of it and all the awliyâ are its fresh fruits that all the prophets relying on their miracles and all the awliyâ relying on their karâmât confirm and subscribe all claims of him. For he says and claimsلاَ اِلهَ اِلاَّ اللّٰهُ. All on left and right, that is those luminous dhâkirs lined up in the past and the future, repeat the same words and through their consensus in a ma’nawî manner declare: "صَدَقت وبالحق نطقت"1 Which wahm would dare to meddle in a claim that is corroborated by the countless signatures such as these?” The Nineteenth Word-1st Droplet
1 (You speak the truth and what you say is Haqq!)