KHILLAH – خلة
Derived from the root خليل khalîl. Khalîl is a friend whose love penetrates all parts of the heart. A sincere friendship and love which has no defect and interval. Since ‘Ibrâhîm ‘alayhissalâm prefered the friendship of Allah to seek help from His creatures, Allah gave him the title of Khalîl through the âyah وَاتَّخَذَ اللّٰهُ اِبْرٰه۪يمَ خَل۪يلاً 1 The way of ‘Ibrâhîm ‘alayhissalâm is named khalîliyyah and the outlook of this way is khillah which is pure love and friendship for the sake of Allah.
Essentially, the basis of our way is the brotherhood (ukhuwwah). It is not the means between a father and son or shaykh and follower (murid) but rather is the means of true brotherhood. Among us, there can only be the means of being Ustadh at the very most. Since our way is “khalîliyyah”, our outlook is “khillah”. As for the khillah, it necessitates being the closest friend, the most sacrificing fellow, the most appreciative companion and the most generous brother. The fundamental basis of this khillah is sincere ikhlas. One who shatters sincere ikhlas falls from the top of the extremely high tower of this khillah. There is the possibility of falling into a very deep pit. He cannot find anything to cling in between.
The Twenty-First Flash/Your 4th.Rule
1 (And Allah took ‘Ibrâhîm as His khalîl./4:125)