Humans have always been social creatures and in need of friends and companions. Much of our lives is spent in interaction with others. Befriending righteous and virtuous people is an essential means for staying on the Straight Path. Strong individuals, on the other hand, are the core of a strong community, something… that we should always strive for.
Friends who remain true and trustful under all circumstances are very few, and their friendship is like a mirror to you. We must be fair to our friends, and must want for them that which we want for ourselves. Friends wish well for their friends, and feel a strong grief when they see them in any kind of distress or suffering. They work hard by all means, by their wealth and their hands to restore the rights of their friends, and give them all the help they need. They keep the secrets of their friends. This kind of friendship is the basic necessity of social life.
Our beloved Prophet (s.a.w) encouraged us to select a good friend, and described him/her as an owner of musk in the Hadith : “The similitude of a good companion is like an owner of musk; if you don’t get anything, you will get the smell of it. The similitude of a bad companion is like the blacksmith’s bellows; if you are not affected by its black dirt, you will be touched by its smoke.”
Sealing a friendship for Allah’s sake will result in one’s receiving protection of Allah (s.w.t.). And as Ibn Abbas said:
“No one may taste true faith except by this (i.e. building relationships for Allah’s sake), even if his prayers and fasts are many. People have come to build their relationship around the concerns of the world, but it will not benefit them in any way.”
A scholar has said:
“To seal a friendship for Allah’s sake indicates the obligation of establishing relationships of love and trust for His sake; this is a friendship for the sake of Allah. It also indicates that simple affection is not enough here; indeed what is meant is a love based upon alliance. This entails assistance, honour, and respect. It means being with those whom you love both in word and deed.” Loyalty for the sake of Allah really means to love Allah and to come to the assistance of His Deen; to love those who are obedient to Him and to come to their help.
True friendship does not need elaborate gifts or specific events in order to be valuable or valued,and unfortunatily this is what people take friendship as. Therefore it is seemingly does not considered as true frienship. The friendship that we are encouraged to have in Islam.
May Allah grant you all a friend who is truly the help to lead us to Allah’s paradise, Aameen ya Rabbul Aalameen!