مَنْ لَم يَصْحَبْكَ مُعيناً عَلى نَفْسِكَ فَصُحْبَتُهُ وَبالٌ عَليْكَ إنْ عَلِمتَ۔

One who does not assist you by [his] accompanying you, then his company is [actually] a burden on you, if [only] you knew.



One who does not assist you by [his] accompanying you, then his company 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 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 surrounding oneself with supportive and beneficial companions. Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ), known for his profound knowledge and wisdom, advises us that if someone does not assist us or contribute positively to our lives, then their company becomes a burden upon us. This Hadith urges us to carefully choose our companions and emphasizes the impact they can have on our well-being.

Let us delve deeper into the words of this Hadith to gain a better understanding. The word (sahbah) "صَحْبَةُ" refers to companionship or association. It implies being in the company of someone, sharing experiences, and having a close relationship. The word (mu'eenan) "مُعِينًا" means someone who assists or supports. It signifies a companion who provides aid, guidance, and encouragement.

Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) warns that if a person does not fulfill the role of a supportive companion, their company becomes a burden upon us. The word (baal) "بَالٌ" denotes a burden or a source of difficulty. It implies that the presence of such individuals can weigh us down, hinder our progress, and negatively impact our spiritual and worldly affairs.

To further understand the significance of this Hadith, let us turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) emphasizes the importance of choosing righteous companions in Surah Al-Kahf, verse 28:

And keep yourself patient [by being] with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life, and do not obey one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows his desire and whose affair is ever [in] neglect.

This verse highlights the significance of surrounding ourselves with individuals who are devoted to the worship of Allah and seek His pleasure. Such companions can provide us with spiritual strength, support, and guidance. They remind us of our purpose in life and help us stay on the right path.

Another verse that sheds light on the importance of choosing good companions is found in Surah Al-Furqan, verse 27:

And the Day the wrongdoer will bite on his hands [in regret] he will say, 'Oh, I wish I had taken with the Messenger a way.'

This verse portrays the regret of those who did not follow the guidance of the Prophet Muhammad () and did not choose to be in his company. It serves as a reminder that the company we keep can have a profound impact on our spiritual journey and ultimate salvation.

Reflecting on the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) and the Quranic verses, we realize the importance of surrounding ourselves with individuals who assist us in our pursuit of righteousness. These individuals should be supportive, knowledgeable, and committed to the path of Allah. Their company should uplift us, inspire us, and help us grow closer to our Creator.

Conversely, the Hadith warns us about the detrimental effects of companions who do not contribute positively to our lives. Their presence can distract us from our goals, lead us astray, and burden us with negativity. Therefore, it is crucial to evaluate the impact of our companions and make conscious choices about the company we keep.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) urges us to carefully select our companions and surround ourselves with individuals who support and assist us in our journey towards Allah. It reminds us of the profound influence that companions can have on our lives, both in this world and the hereafter. May Allah guide us to choose righteous companions and grant us the wisdom to recognize the true value of beneficial company.

. : . (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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