THE TRUE FRIEND
THE TRUE FRIEND
Choose your Friends wisely
Allah ﷻ says in Surah Furqan
يَا وَيْلَتَى لَيْتَنِي لَمْ أَتَّخِذْ فُلَانًا خَلِيلًا
O, woe to me! I wish I had not taken that one for a friend!
This will be such a regret for some people on Qiyamah.
As Prophet ﷺ said “Man is upon the religion of his friend”
[Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2378]
And think of how true this is,
How many times have not prayed Salah because your friends distracted you?
How many times have you fallen into Haram because of their influence?
And then reflect,
How many times have your friends reminded you of Salah?
How many times has your friend saved you from Haraam and led you towards good deeds?
Which side outweighs the other on your scale?
Because they might be the funniest, best friends in the world, but if they don’t practice Islam, none of it will hold any weight on Qiyamah, unless by Allah’s mercy.
Even if they are good people, if they do not practice then it won’t be an excuse on Qiyamah.
As Allah ﷻ says in Surah Abasa
يَوْمَ يَفِرُّ الْمَرْءُ مِنْ أَخِيهِ▪️وأُمِّهِ وَأَبِيهِ ▪️وصَاحِبَتِهِ وَبَنِيهِ
On that day, man will flee from his brother, his mother, his father, his spouse and his children.
If you will flee from your own mother, what will you be like towards your friends who you obeyed instead of listening to your mother?
As Allah ﷻ clarifies in Surah Zukhruf
الْأَخِلَّاء يَوْمَئِذٍ بَعْضُهُمْ لِبَعْضٍ عَدُوٌّ إِلَّا الْمُتَّقِينَ
Friends on that day will be enemies to each other, except for the Righteous.
You will be an enemy to your friends! You will blame them for the deeds they led you to, and vice versa!
Except for whom?
They inclined each other towards good deeds, they reminded each other of Allah ﷻ and they loved each other for the sake of Allah ﷻ, and they will be in the shade of Allah ﷻ on Qiyamah. سبحان الله
And unlike the unrighteous and evil friends who will turn against him when they are thrown into hell alongside each other, the righteous will enter Jannah together and live in an eternity of bliss.
Ya Ibn Adam! Choose your friends wisely, and fear the day when you will be brought to account for your decisions.
May Allah ﷻ grant us righteous friends.