Sunday, March 29, 2009

Choose your companions wisely

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “A man is upon the deen of his khaleel, so each one of you should look to see whom he takes as a khaleel.” (Abu Dawood 13/179, at-Tirmidhee 4/589; Ahmad 2/303; al-Haakim 4/171)

Ibn Abdul Barr said: “The meaning of this and Allah knows best is that a person accustoms himself to the actions he views from those he accompanies and the (meaning of ) deen is habitude. As such, he ordered one to only accompany the person who is seen to have (manners) that re graceful and beautiful, since goodness is mannerism.

‘Adee ibn Zayd said: About the person, do not question, but ask about his companion. Since every companion emulates the one he associates with.

Abee al-‘Itaahiyyah said: Who could (still) remain unknown to you if you were to look at his companion?

Aboo Sulayman al-Khattaabee said: “His saying, ‘A man is upon the deen of his khaleel means: do not take as an intimate companion anyone other than one whose deen and trustworthiness you are pleased with, because when you do take one as an intimate companion, he will lead you to his deen and way. Do not endanger your deen or take a risk with your soul by taking as an intimate companion one whose deen and way is not pleasing.”

Ibn Mas’ood said: “Assess the people by their intimates, for a person only befriends one whom appeals to him and whom he admires.”

Al-‘Amash related: “They (i.e., the Salaf) did not ask about a person after (having ascertained) three (things): whom he used to walk with, whom he used to enter with and whom his acquaintances were among the people.”

Sufyaan said: “There is nothing more influential upon the corruption or rectification of an individual than a companion.”

Qataadah said: Indeed, By Allaah, we have not witnessed a person accompany except one who is like him and of his own manner, so accompany the righteous from the slaves of Allah, you may then be with them or like them.”

Al-Fudayl said: “It is not for the believer to sit with anyone he desires…”

Taken from The Causes behind the Increase and Decreases in Eemaan by Abdur-Razzaaq al-Abaad

Article Sourced from West London Dawah


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