“The (Only) Originator [Fatir] of the heavens and the earth! You are my Wali in this world and in the Hereafter…” [Yusuf 12:101]
We normally think the word ‘creator’ precedes everything when it comes to creation, but the word [Fatir] comes in even before creation starts – it’s when the plans are still in the works. When Yusuf a.s. made this du’a, he recognizes that Allah s.w.t. does not only create everything in divine wisdom, but even the PLANNING before the creation is also in His divine wisdom. Yusuf a.s. acknowledges his trust in Allah in this du’a, that throughout this entire roller-coaster time he was enduring, he knows that Allah KNOWS what He’s doing. Then he a.s. said:
“You are my Wali (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian, God) in this life and the next.”
Everyone and everything, at one point in his life, was taken away. It is as though he a.s. is saying: my beloved father and family were taken away from me, I was sold as a slave, and I was thrown into the prison for a crime I did not commit – literally everything was taken away from me – but You, ya Rabb, You were always there.
Look at the life of Rasulallah s.a.w. He s.a.w. was born when his father was already gone. Then his mother died when he was 6, his grandfather died when he was 8, his uncle who took care of him died as well. And then his wife, Khadijah r.a., who was the last person he had at that point of time died 3 days after that.
Everyone was taken away from him s.a.w.
So that he s.a.w. could be dependent physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually only on Allah s.w.t. alone.
If our hearts are tied to anyone else, we will be broken. Everyone will eventually be taken away one day. This is the reality. Putting our total dependence on anything other than Allah s.w.t. is like hanging from a twig. And twigs are never meant to carry us. So do not let your definition of success, failure or self worth be anything other than your position with Allah. If you do this, you will become unbreakable. Because the Originator of the heavens and the earth, in whom we place our trust and reliance, is unbreakable.