This phrase refers to the opposite of tawalli li awliyaa’ Allah. Those who sincerely believe in God must dissociate themselves from those people who obstruct truth and justice and prevent the light of God from reaching others. The Quran states,

“Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not drive you out of your homes. Verily, Allah loves those who deal with equity. It is regarding those who fought against you on account of religion and have driven you out of your homes and helped to drive you out that Allah forbids you to befriend them, and whoever will befriend them, then such are the wrongdoers.” (60:8-9)

Another passage of the Quran reads,

“O you who believe, take not for protectors and helpers those who take your religion as a mockery and fun from among those who received the scriptures before you, or from among the disbelievers, and fear Allah if you indeed are true believers.” (5:57)

A final quotation instructs the believers,

“Let not the believers take the disbelievers as supporters and helpers and friends instead of the believers. And whoever does that will never be helped by Allah in any way.” (3:28)

It is for the benefit of believers that God warns them about not associating themselves with unbelievers, tyrants, and enemies of God and mankind.

Discovering Islam by Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini

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