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A Friend indeed- by Salma Shahnawaz (QI-2015)

Growing up in the Middle East, you can expect that not all your friends are Muslims. Thus from school days most interactions that I can remember are with those who weren’t Muslims. They were my companions, people I would laugh or cry with, people I shared memories with. These were the people I would call my best friends. They respected my religion; when we’d go out they’d let me take the time to pray, if I was doing my hijab in the class and a boy walked in, I’d have a wall of people covering me in an instant. They would ask me for explanations if they didn’t understand why I had to do something. As far as I was concerned, they were excellent friends!

Time went on, however, and I left school. We would still meet up but not as often, as everyone got busy and went on with their lives. I started going to Islamic classes and Alhamdulillah Allah guided me to the knowledge of Deen. One thing that I realized along the way, which is most beautifully portrayed in this Hadith:

“A man will follow the way of his close friends, so let one of you look to whom he takes as a close friend.” [Tirmidhi]

Over the years, as I was studying Quran and Islam, I developed a stronger bond with my practicing Muslim friends. That bond of Quran is what linked us all together which meant it was easy to talk to them and to share beautiful stories and experiences about what we had learnt. My practicing Muslim friends helped me in building my character and when I was struggling with Deen. They helped me in building my trust in Allah, strengthening my faith, and kept me going when I’d fall down. I felt a huge difference, a new transition when I surrounded myself with people of Eman and Taqwa. My new friends weren’t just my friends but they became my sisters; a sisterhood I know will last inshaAllah.

Simultaneously, I had less and less things to talk to my school friends about. We just didn’t have that much in common any more. My framework of thinking and perception had changed. I would feel awkward in certain conversations, either because I didn’t agree with them or it’d spark some controversy- especially with topics that I have no answers to. I found myself not telling them about the important things in my life, because I could imagine the confused expressions on their face when they couldn’t understand the situation.

I realized that surrounding yourself with a certain kind of people means that you eventually get used to doing things acceptable by that crowd. You learn to adopt and imitate their behavior, habits and attitude- be it consciously or unconsciously. And hence Islam gives huge emphasis on keeping good company for the growth of character in a person. When we see something better than us we want to achieve it and so is the case with mannerisms. What we choose as our circle of influence, is what we become eventually.

Most people would say,’ does that mean we don’t interact with the less fortunate lot?’ Absolutely not, if we alienate ourselves how will the message of Islam go on? I was influenced by my friends and became a better person; hence it is a duty for me to introduce my old friends to the pleasure of seeking the Love of Allah.

At the end it all comes to knowing how far to go and where to draw the line. For that there are 4 levels of interaction that we are obligatory to have with everyone, be it a Muslim or non-Muslim:

1) To be kind to every creation of Allah.

2) To interact with kindness whenever situation calls for it, i.e helping them out, maintaining a smile etc.

3) To be honest and just in business dealings and transactions.

4) Extend to them the message of Allah in the best possible manner.

By the Grace of Allah, I was brought into relationships which benefitted me immensely. I pray that the right sort of interaction will let my friends know what kind of religion Islam is, and how amazing it teaches us to be.

and keep Thy soul content with those who call on Lord morning and evening, seeking His Face; and let not Thine eyes pass them, seeking the pomp and glitter of This life; no obey any whose heart have Permitted to neglect the remembrance of us, one who follows His own whose case has gone beyond all bounds.” (Surah Kahf, verse 28)

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