لايَحُولُ الصَّديقُ الصَّدُوقُ عَنِ المَودَّةِ وإنْ جُفِىَ۔

The true friend will not turn away from his friendship even if he is treated harshly.



The true friend will not turn away from his friendship even if he 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. All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all worlds. Peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.

The provided Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) emphasizes the importance of true friendship and loyalty. Let us delve into the deeper meanings of the words used in this Hadith to gain a better understanding.

The word (sadiq) "صَدِيقُ" refers to a true friend, someone who is sincere, trustworthy, and loyal. This person is genuine in their friendship, always there to support and stand by you. The word (sadoq) "صَدُوقُ" means someone who is truthful and honest in their words and actions. They are reliable and can be trusted.

Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states that a true friend will not be deterred or discouraged from maintaining their friendship, even if they are treated harshly. This means that a genuine friend does not let the behavior or actions of the other person affect their loyalty and commitment to the friendship. They remain steadfast and continue to offer their support and love.

This profound teaching of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) finds its roots in the teachings of the Quran. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) repeatedly emphasizes the importance of maintaining strong bonds of friendship and brotherhood among Muslims. In Surah Al-Hujurat (49:10), Allah says,

The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy.

Furthermore, in Surah Al-Mumtahanah (60:8), Allah instructs the believers,

Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes - from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.

These verses highlight the importance of treating others with kindness, justice, and fairness, regardless of how they treat us. It is a reminder that true friendship transcends personal grievances and challenges. It is a reflection of the character of a believer, who strives to embody the qualities of mercy, forgiveness, and compassion.

Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) teachings urge us to reflect on our own behavior and attitudes towards our friends. Are we truly loyal and committed to our friendships, or do we let minor disagreements or misunderstandings weaken our bonds? Do we stand by our friends even in difficult times, or do we abandon them when they need us the most?

The consequences of embodying the teachings of this Hadith are profound. By remaining steadfast in our friendships, even in the face of adversity, we strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood within the Muslim community. We create an environment of trust, love, and support, where individuals feel safe and valued. This unity and solidarity are essential for the progress and prosperity of the Ummah.

Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) himself exemplified the qualities of a true friend. His unwavering loyalty and support for the Prophet Muhammad () throughout his life are well-known. Despite facing numerous challenges and hardships, Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) never wavered in his commitment to the Prophet and the cause of Islam. His knowledge, wisdom, and unwavering faith were the foundations of his friendship with the Prophet () and his subsequent leadership in the Muslim community.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) reminds us of the importance of true friendship and loyalty. It urges us to be sincere and trustworthy in our relationships, and to remain steadfast in our friendships, even in the face of challenges. By embodying these teachings, we contribute to the unity and strength of the Muslim community, and we strive to emulate the noble qualities of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ). May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the ability to be true friends and to uphold the values of friendship and brotherhood in our lives.

. : . (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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