مَنْ كانَتْ صُحْبَتُهُ في اللّهِ كانَتْ صُحْبَتُهُ كَريمَةً ومَوَدَّتُهُ مُسْتَقيمَةً۔

One whose companionship is for the sake of Allah, his companionship is honourable and his friendship is upright.



One whose companionship is for the sake of Allah, his companionship is...

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: The Brother, The Friend, The Associate And The Companion)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure and noble Ahl al-Bayt, and his righteous companions.

The provided Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) emphasizes the importance of having companionship and friendship that is solely for the sake of Allah. Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states,

One whose companionship is for the sake of Allah, his companionship is honourable and his friendship is upright.

Let us delve into the deeper meaning of this amazing Hadith of examining the key words and their implications. The word (suhbatuhu) "صُحْبَتُهُ" refers to companionship, while (karimatan) "كَريمَةً" means honorable, and (mustaqimatan) "مُسْتَقيمَةً" signifies upright or straight.

The concept of companionship for the sake of Allah is rooted in the Quranic teachings. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) encourages Muslims to seek companions who will bring them closer to Him and help them in their journey towards righteousness. Allah says in Surah Al-Kahf (18:28),

And keep yourself patient [by being] with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance.

Similarly, in Surah Al-Asr (103:3), Allah emphasizes the importance of righteous companionship by stating,

And enjoin upon one another truth and enjoin upon one another patience.

Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) highlights the significance of this type of companionship by stating that it is honorable and upright. When our companionship is solely for the sake of Allah, it becomes a source of honor and dignity. Such companionship is characterized by sincerity, selflessness, and a shared commitment to pleasing Allah.

An honorable companionship is one that encourages and supports individuals in their pursuit of goodness. It is a relationship that inspires and uplifts, reminding Muslims of their responsibilities towards Allah and their fellow human beings. This type of companionship helps individuals grow spiritually, intellectually, and morally.

Furthermore, Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) describes this companionship as upright or straight. An upright friendship is one that guides individuals towards the straight path, helping them avoid deviation and sin. It is a relationship that promotes righteousness, justice, and moral integrity.

When we surround ourselves with companions who are devoted to Allah, we are more likely to be influenced positively and motivated to strive for excellence. This companionship acts as a safeguard against negative influences and temptations, enabling us to remain steadfast on the path of righteousness.

The consequences of seeking companionship for the sake of Allah are profound. It leads to a life of purpose, fulfillment, and spiritual growth. Muslims who prioritize this type of companionship experience a deep sense of peace, contentment, and inner tranquility. They find solace in the company of those who remind them of Allah and inspire them to be better individuals.

On the other hand, neglecting the importance of companionship for the sake of Allah can have detrimental effects on our spiritual well-being. Surrounding ourselves with individuals who do not prioritize their relationship with Allah may lead us astray and hinder our progress towards righteousness.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) reminds us of the significance of seeking companionship and friendship solely for the sake of Allah. It encourages us to surround ourselves with individuals who will uplift and inspire us in our journey towards righteousness. By prioritizing this type of companionship, we can attain honor, righteousness, and a deep connection with Allah. May Allah guide us to choose our companions wisely and bless us with companionship that is honorable and upright.

. : . (Readers are advised to verify the sources mentioned above, and to independently research for an accurate understanding of Hadith. Remember, personal research and seeking guidance from scholars are essential in gaining a better insight. Please, do contact us if you find any wrong citations or explanations.)

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