خَيْرُ مَنْ صَحِبْتَهُ مَنْ لايُحوِجُكَ إلى حاكِم بَينَكَ وبيْنَهُ۔

The best person you can accompany is the one who does not compel you to seek adjudication between yourself and him.



The best person you can accompany is the one who does not compel you to...

— 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. All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.

The provided Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) highlights the importance of choosing companions wisely. Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) advises us to seek the company of individuals who do not force us to resort to a judge or arbitrator to resolve our disputes. This Hadith emphasizes the significance of maintaining peaceful and harmonious relationships with others, where conflicts can be resolved amicably without the need for external intervention.

To understand the depth and wisdom behind this Hadith, let us delve into the meanings of some key words. The word (sahibtahu) "صَحِبْتَهُ" refers to the act of accompanying or being in the company of someone. It implies a close association and interaction with an individual. (man la yuhwijuka) "مَنْ لايُحوِجُكَ" translates to

the one who does not compel you


the one who does not make you need.

This phrase indicates that the ideal companion is someone who does not force or pressure you into seeking the intervention of a judge or arbitrator to settle disputes.

To further elucidate the significance of this Hadith, let us turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says in Surah Al-Hujurat (49:9):

And if two factions among the believers should fight, then make settlement between the two. But if one of them oppresses the other, then fight against the one that oppresses until it returns to the ordinance of Allah. And if it returns, then make settlement between them in justice and act justly. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.

This verse emphasizes the importance of resolving conflicts within the Muslim community and promoting justice. It encourages believers to reconcile their differences and settle disputes in a fair and just manner. The Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) aligns with this Quranic principle by highlighting the value of companions who prioritize peaceful resolution and avoid unnecessary escalation of conflicts.

Another Quranic verse that supports the essence of this Hadith is found in Surah Al-Anfal (8:1):

They ask you, [O Muhammad], about the bounties [of war]. Say, 'The [decision concerning] bounties is for Allah and the Messenger.' So fear Allah and amend that which is between you and obey Allah and His Messenger, if you should be believers.

This verse reminds us that the ultimate authority in resolving disputes lies with Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) and His Messenger (). It encourages believers to fear Allah, mend their relationships, and obey the commands of Allah and His Messenger (). The Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) echoes this sentiment by emphasizing the importance of companions who do not push us to seek external judgment but rather encourage us to resolve conflicts in a manner that aligns with the teachings of Islam.

Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) profound advice in this Hadith serves as a reminder for Muslims to choose their companions wisely. It encourages us to surround ourselves with individuals who prioritize peace, justice, and the teachings of Islam. By doing so, we can foster an environment of harmony and unity within our communities, where conflicts are resolved through dialogue, understanding, and adherence to the principles of justice.

This Hadith also highlights the wisdom and knowledge of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ). His deep understanding of human nature and interpersonal dynamics enables him to provide invaluable guidance on maintaining healthy relationships. As Muslims, we should strive to emulate the qualities of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) and seek companions who embody the teachings of Islam, promoting peace, justice, and unity among believers.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) urges us to choose companions who do not force us to seek external judgment in resolving disputes. It emphasizes the importance of peaceful resolution and the avoidance of unnecessary conflicts. By following this advice, we can cultivate an environment of harmony and unity within our communities, upholding the principles of justice and adhering to the teachings of Islam. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) guide us in choosing righteous companions and grant us the wisdom to resolve conflicts in a manner that pleases Him.

. : . (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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