Awliyaullah (Friends of Allah) are like the circumference of a circle. The circle is composed of points. On its circumference there are countless points. Yet the circle’s center consists of but a single point, and from that point each saint receives light and power.
The radii of the circle extend to every point on the circumference but the distance from the center to each point on the circumference is identical. Each point on the circumference is one saint, one here and another there.
Each wali takes from the center. All on the circumference are brothers and sisters―there is no difference between them. When they reach this level, each knows and recognizes the other. But outside this level, humans do not know each other. That is why 124,000 great Awliya’ullah know each other, for all of them swimming in the same orbit. That is the meaning of the verse from Allah’s Holy Words:
“Each one is swimming in his orbit.”
The illustrious Awliya’ullah swim in the orbit of the 124,000, taking from the Center of everything, God most High. If you hold the hand of any one of them it is as if you are holding the hand of all. When you reach one it is as if you have reached them all. At that time the light they all possess will be bestowed on you and illuminate your heart.
~ Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani