Indeed, every human enters this world which resembles a hotel or inn as a traveller staying here for some time before passing on. After some time though, all of one’s traces are wiped away from this world until even his name is no longer remembered. But Allahﷻ excludes His beloved ones(awliya) from such a fate and their remembrance remains amongst people. The people of Allah(awliya) are believing scholars and those with deep inner knowledge and truthful ones who carry the responsibilities of the Ummah.
Almighty Allahﷻ says in the Holy Qur’an:
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ سَيَجْعَلُ لَهُمُ الرَّحْمَنُ وُدًّا
Surely, those who believed and did pious deeds, the Most Kind (Lord) will create love for them in the hearts (of the people).(Surah Maryam, 19 : 96)
So, Allahﷻ honours the servants whom He loves with the strange effect of love that is similar to a magnet – attracting towards it every heart that is lucky enough to have the treasures of this secret. The awliya(friends) of Allahﷻ don’t simply become part of the past to be thrown into the darkness of forgettenness and even their temporal bodies are not corroded by the earth. Their services to mankind and the traces of their deeds remain with people while they move on to the world of Barzakh.And they remain alive in hearts of people even after they pass away.
INCIDENT OF HADRAT ABDULLAH BIN MUBARAK(RA)
Additionally, the following incident is a strong evidence and example of the love Allahﷻ propagates among hearts towards his awliya:
It has been narrated that the Abbasid caliph Haroun Al-Rashid would from time to time stay in the city of Raqqa within his vast sprawling kingdom. Once, one of the great righteous awliya Abdullah ibn Mubarak(RA) arrived in Raqqa while the caliph was also there. When Abdullah bin Mubarak(RA) was close to entering the people celebrated and left to meet him en masse crowding around him in large numbers till the city was practically empty except for the Caliph, some of his men and his family. One of the caliph’s slave girls looked down from the castle and said,“What happened to the people?”
It was said to her,“A man from the scholars of Khorasan has arrived called Abdullah ibn Mubarak and the people have rushed forward to meet him.”
She replied,“This is the true kingdom, not the kingdom of Haroun Al-Rashid! Since, in the kingdom of Haroun Al-Rashid not even the workers gather for him if not forced by the guards to do so!”
In actuality, this is true kingdom as material kingdom shall pass away and finish without fail someday. As for the authority and kingdom of the heart, it continues even after death. Humanity feels a continuous need for those kings of the heart and seeks them out in every place to walk in their illuminated footsteps. There exists unusual feeling of attachment for these people of truth like Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani, Shaykh Bahauddin Naqshband, Maulana Rumi, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, Hazrat Mujaddid Alf Sani(RA) etc. even though centuries have passed since they left this mortal world.