Friendship in Islam is not just a casual relationship but a sacred bond that influences one’s character, faith and moral standing
Friendship is a universal human experience, transcending cultural, religious, and geographical boundaries. In Islam, friendship holds a special significance, as it is not only viewed as a source of joy and companionship but also as a means of spiritual growth and moral support. This article explores the concept of friendship in Islam, its virtues, and the guidelines that guide Muslim friendships.
The Quranic Perspective
Friendship in Islam is rooted in the teachings of the Quran, the holy book of Islam. The Quran emphasizes the importance of companionship and the impact of friends on one’s character and behaviour. One of the key Quranic verses on friendship is found in Surah Al-Kahf (18:28), which states, “And keep yourself patient [by being] with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance.”
Virtues of Friendship in Islam
1. Support and Companionship: The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is reported to have said, “A man follows the religion of his friend; so each one should consider whom he makes his friend” (Abu Dawood). This highlights the significant influence friends can have on one’s faith and character.
2. Moral Upliftment: Good friends in Islam are those who encourage each other to do good deeds, provide moral support, and discourage sinful behaviour. The Quran mentions the importance of advising one another towards righteousness (Quran 103:3).
3. Emotional and Spiritual Support: True friends in Islam are expected to be there for one another in times of need, offering emotional and spiritual support. The Prophet Muhammad said, “A believer is a mirror to his brother” (Tirmidhi). This means that friends reflect and help correct each other’s flaws.
Guidelines for Muslim Friendships
1. Choosing Good Companions: Muslims are encouraged to choose their friends wisely, favouring those who share their faith and values. The Quran advises believers to keep company with those who remember and worship God (Quran 58:22).
2. Maintaining Trust: Trustworthiness is a fundamental quality in friendship. The Prophet Muhammad emphasized the importance of trustworthiness, stating, “There is no faith for one who cannot be trusted, and there is no religion for one who cannot be trusted.” (Ibn Majah).
3. Avoiding Harmful Associations: Islam advises against befriending those who lead others astray or engage in sinful behaviour. The Quran cautions against following the footsteps of Satan (Quran 24:21).
4. Forgiveness and Tolerance: Islam promotes forgiveness and tolerance in friendships. Differences and conflicts are expected, but resolving them with patience and forgiveness is encouraged.
Friendship in Islam is not just a casual relationship but a sacred bond that influences one’s character, faith and moral standing. The Quran and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad emphasize the significance of choosing good companions, offering support, and encouraging one another toward righteousness. In essence, friendship in Islam is a means of not only finding joy and companionship in this world but also striving for spiritual growth and moral excellence. At last, I pray to my Almighty Lord to protect all my friends from evil eyes.
The writer is an administrator of Darsgah Taleemul Quran (DTQ) Rohama and can be reached at [email protected]