A Friend Weeping for his Friend--Real Friendship in Islam

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
"For various moral, psychological and social reasons, people need good company and close friendship. The type of friends you have, often indicate the type of person you are. 'Show me your friends and I will tell you what you are,' says the well-known proverb. The noble Prophet (pbuh) pointed to the value of good company when he said that it is better to be alone than in the company of the wicked, and it is better to be in the company of the good than to be alone. Good company can be a great source of help and support in leading a virtuous life, while bad company can lead to sin and ruin.... The Prophet (pbuh) was asked: "What is the person that can be the best friend?" "He who helps you when you remember God, and he who reminds you when you forget Him," the Prophet (pbuh) replied. Then he (pbuh) was asked, "And which friend is the worst?" "He who does not help you when you remember God and does not remind you of God when you forget," he replied. Then he was again asked, "Who is the best among people?" He replied, "He who when you look at him, you remember God."

.....When Zaid ibn Harithah (R), the servant of Muhammad (pbuh), was killed at the battle of Mu'tah, the Prophet (pbuh) said: "Zayd strove in the path of God sincerely as he should. Today he has met his Lord, and he is serene." Thereafter, Zayd's daughter found the Prophet (pbuh) weeping over the dead body of her father and said: "What do I see?" The noble Prophet (peace be upon him), with tears in his eyes, said: "A friend weeping for his friend."
Through such actions and sentiments, the Prophet (pbuh) showed his gentleness and true human friendship and brotherhood. "

(Taken from "ISLAM- The Natural Way", pages 95-97, by Abdul Wahid Hamid)
"Good deeds are not equal to the evil ones. Repel other's evil deeds with your good deeds. You will see that he with whom you had enmity, will become your close friend.
But none will attain this quality except those who patiently endure and none will attain this quality except those who are truly fortunate."

Chapter: 41, Verses 34-35, Al-Quran
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Nuriddeen bint Yusuf on April 4, 2011 at 8:42 AM said...

Masha Allah, this hadith really struck me, so beautiful. Peace and blessing to Muhammad!


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