Friendship and companionship are important in Islam. A good friend is one who accepts your shortcomings, but at the same time guides and supports you. A good friend is one who accommodates your faults but corrects them where possible. A good friend is one who will love and forgive you for the sake of Allah.
A true friend loves their friends for the sake of Allah. He desires for them what he desires for himself. A believer is tolerant of his Friend’s mistakes or shortcomings and is forgiving. There is no anger, envy, hatred or malice between friends. Friends whose friendship is for the sake of Allah are kind, loyal and generous to one another and they pray for each other.
Friendship or companionship is something that is chosen from one’s surroundings – their own neighborhood and school from the beginning. Some early peers remain friends for the rest of our life. Others join over years; some are replaced and others are retained, depending on one’s sociability and real life situation, work and proximity to one and other.
Everyone needs friends and good companions, we should choose our friends carefully for if they do not make you they will break you.
A Muslim should be a good friend of others in humanity and with the nature. However, we should choose close friends on the basis of their personal integrity, trustworthiness, and other good human traits.
We should keep away from making those our close friends who are not well mannered and who do not give attention to what pleases or displeases Allah. A close friend will always behave like a mirror who gives a honest undistorted image of a friend. They forgive mistakes, but do not hide or exaggerate strengths and weaknesses.
Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, “The believer is like a mirror to other believers (in truthfulness).” Once the Prophet Muhammad (saw) was asked, “What person can be the best friend?” The Prophet (saw) replied, “He who helps you remember Allah (SWT), and reminds you when you forget Him.” He was further asked, “Who is the best among people?” He replied, “He who, when you look at him, you remember Allah (SWT)”. Such a friend reflects qualities of love, mercy, honesty, patience, optimism, professionalism, and the entire lifestyle taught by Islam.
Characteristics good friends have towards each other
# They leave each other’s company with a higher
level of faith (in Allah).
# They always meet each other or start talk with the Islamic greeting ‘Assalamu Alaykum’ with reciprocal response.
# They exchange useful and mature ideas and thoughts.
# They do not reveal each other’s mistakes or bad habits, but do this with politeness and humility.
# The do not waste each other’s time in vain talk or useless activities.
# They never encourage each other to do wrong and invite to a place or gathering of sin.
# They stand firm on each other’s side when needed – ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed.’