Are we BEFRIENDING the right people?

One of the greatest things that help Muslims to gain piety, righteousness and to remain upon the path of truth and guidance is keeping the company of good people and avoiding evil company. This is because man, by his nature, is influenced by his friends and companions and adopts their characteristics and mannerisms. Also, man’s character is known through his brothers and friends as pointed out by the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam when he said, “Man is on the religion of his friend, so let every one of you examine whom he befriends.” (Abu Daawood and others)



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2 Responses to Are we BEFRIENDING the right people?

  1. Rashid Nzambu says:


    Thank you Sister Ruqaya for posting this sermon that reminds us of keeping the right company. The inflence of friends on one’s life cannot be gainsaid.

    This is especially important to the youth who are in their formative years and therefore susceptible to peer pressure.

    I would just add that each of us should strive to live the Islamic life, enjoining the good and forbidding evil. we should seek to lead exemplery life so that those who befriend us will have the benefit of learning the right way to live.


  2. admin says:

    saddaqta akh,

    the best way to teach and potray the right thing is by practising it yourself and be the role model…. here are some advises on friends

    There are three types of ‘friends’…

    Those that are necessary like nourishment and you cannot live without them;
    Those that are like medicine and are beneficial, so you need them sometimes; and finally,
    Those that are like a sickness and you do not need them at all!

    Prophet Muhammad (saw) has said, “The believer is like a mirror to other believers (in truthfulness).” Like a mirror, your friend gives you an honest image. He forgives your mistakes, but does not hide or exaggerate your strengths and weaknesses.
    Once Prophet Muhammad (saw) was asked, “What person can be the best friend?” “He who helps you remember Allah (SWT), and reminds you when you forget Him,” the Prophet Muhammad (saw), counseled.

    Ali ibn Abi Talib (as) said: “A friend cannot be considered a friend unless he is tested on three occasions: in time of need, behind your back and after your death.”
    Indeed if we establish these as the standards of friendship, the believers shall soon find themselves enveloped with friends who will take them closer to Paradise and farther away from the fire of hell.

    Allah (SWT) says in the Noble Qur’an: O you who believe! Take care of your souls; he who errs cannot hurt you when you are on the right way; to Allah is your return, of all (of you), so He will inform you of what you did. (Surah Al-Maeda, 5:105)

    May Allah guide us to the best of friends in Islam.


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