Keeping good company is a virtue and bad company is sin.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Keeping good company is a virtue and bad company is sin.
 
|Just Short admonisher|


One of the most important things we must do, which sadly many people neglect, is that we should avoid bad company.

People we should avoid taking as friends those who speak too freely,who miss Salah, who do not dress modestly, who backbite, slander etc.

The company of such people is poison; just even sitting and talking with them will lead one to commit sins. Just as a person who sits for a long time with a perfume seller begins to smell nice, and a person who sits by a gutter cleaner begins to smell awful, similarly a person who spends time in the company of the wicked eventually gets affected badly by them.

Rather, we should seek out pious friends who fear Allah and who have the qualities of humility, charity, compassion, modesty and knowledge. If we sit with them we will always benefit and they will be a means for us to get closer to Allah.

The Prophet (saws) said, 
“The case of the good companion and the bad companion is like that of the seller of musk and the blower of the bellows (iron-smith). As for the seller of musk, he will either give you some of the musk, or you will purchase some from him, or at least you will come away having experienced its good smell. Whereas the blower of the bellows will either burn your clothing, or at least you will come away having experienced its repugnant
smell.” 
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Allah the Exalted says in the Qur'an: 
"And (remember) the Day when the wrong-doer will bite his hands and say: Woe to me! Would that I had taken a path with the Messenger. Woe to me! If only I had not taken so- and-so as a friend! He has led me astray from this Reminder (the Qur'an) after it had come to me." 
[25:27-29].

Allah the Exalted also says in the Qur'an:
"Friends on that Day will be enemies one to another, except al-Muttaqoon (i.e. those who have Taqwah)."
[43:67]

From another perspective, a “believer is the mirror of his brother,” and if he sees any faults in the other believer, he draws his attention to it in an acceptable manner, helps him to give it up and to wipe away any evil that he
may have.

We ask Allah to make us of the righteous ones and give us companions who will take us away from His wrath and lead us to His pleasure and Paradise.
 
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