إيّاكَ ومُصاحَبَةَ أهلِ الفُسُوقِ، فإنّ الرَّاضيَ بِفِعْلِ قَوْم كالدَّاخِلِ مَعَهُمْ۔

Be careful not to associate with the sinners, for verily one who is pleased with the actions of a group is like one of them.



Be careful not to associate with the sinners, for verily one who 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 Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) serves as a profound reminder for all Muslims to be cautious of the company they keep. The Imam advises us to avoid associating with individuals who engage in sinful behavior, as being content with their actions is akin to being a part of their wrongdoing.

To fully comprehend the significance of this Hadith, let us delve into the meanings of some key words. The term (ahl al-fusuq) "أهلِ الفُسُوقِ" refers to those who persistently engage in sinful acts and deviate from the path of righteousness. These individuals are characterized by their disobedience to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) and their disregard for His commandments.

Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) warns us against forming close associations with such people. By doing so, we risk being influenced by their behavior and becoming complacent with their actions. The phrase (fa inna al-raadi bi-fi'li qawm)

فإنّ الرَّاضيَ بِفِعْلِ قَوْم

emphasizes the danger of being content with the deeds of a group. It implies that if we are pleased with their actions, we are essentially aligning ourselves with their sinful conduct.

To further emphasize the importance of choosing righteous companions, the Quran provides us with numerous verses. In Surah Al-An'am (6:68), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says,

And when you see those who engage in [offensive] discourse concerning Our verses, then turn away from them until they enter into another conversation.

This verse encourages us to distance ourselves from those who engage in offensive speech or actions, highlighting the need to avoid their company.

Similarly, in Surah Al-Kahf (18:28), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) warns,

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

This verse emphasizes the importance of surrounding ourselves with individuals who are devoted to the worship of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) and who strive to please Him.

Reflecting on the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ), we realize that our choice of companions has a profound impact on our spiritual well-being. Associating with those who engage in sinful behavior can lead us astray and weaken our resolve to adhere to the teachings of Islam. Conversely, surrounding ourselves with righteous individuals who are dedicated to pleasing Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) can strengthen our faith and inspire us to strive for righteousness.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) serves as a powerful reminder for Muslims to be mindful of the company they keep. We must be cautious not to associate with those who persistently engage in sinful behavior, as being content with their actions is akin to being complicit in their wrongdoing. By choosing righteous companions, we can safeguard our faith and strive towards attaining the pleasure of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ). May Allah guide us all to choose companions who inspire us to righteousness and protect us from the influence of those who deviate from His path.

. : . (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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