The greatest force that makes one to sin or good deeds; shedding all the energy for improvement of others or throw him to the hell – are based on two things;
1) Environment and 2) Friendship
These two alone judges a person’s life. Therefore one should be very careful in choosing a right environment and friendship
Majority of people don’t like to remain alone. Under a friend’s company, it’s such an easy thing to recollect old memories and spend good times. It’s quite difficult to find saddened face if there are group of friends.
For happier moments, spending time with a friend is an important tool
When grief / sorrows shared with a friend, heart lightens and all the difficulties eases away. This is similar to lightning resistant which bear the thunder lightning and saves the building
Those who’re surrounded by friends, perform their tasks easily & comfortably.
Similar to these numerous benefits, Islam also encourages making friendship with others. But draws a straight line for how a friend to be like.
عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو قَالَ
قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ خَيْرُ الْأَصْحَابِ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ خَيْرُهُمْ لِصَاحِبِهِ وَخَيْرُ الْجِيرَانِ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ خَيْرُهُمْ لِجَارِهِ
The companion who is the best to Allah (SWT) is the one who is best to his companion – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
Good friendship will take closer to our creator, so should be very careful while selecting friends and see if he possesses good qualities.
Another criteria is to see whether if he adjusts with our character and behaviour
قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : " الأرواح جنود مجندة فما تعارف منها ائتلف وما تناكر منها اختلف "
“Souls are like conscripted soldiers, those whom they recognize, they get along with, and those whom they do not recognize, they will not get along with” - Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
Common saying about friendship, “A friend in need is a friend indeed” – means false friends will flake and true friends will reveal themselves as such in times of adversity.
Bad companionship will destroy our happiness in this world and in hereafter, whereas good friendship will lead us to success in both the worlds.
“Close friends, on that day (hereafter), will be enemies to each other, except for the righteous” (Quran 43:67)
Arabic Translation Centre (ATC)