Companionship & Faith
Humans by nature are social beings and require companionship. Being all alone with no friends and feeling like you have no sense of belonging in any circle of people, it’s something I’ve always feared. I try my utmost to avoid it, as it puts people in ruin, physically and mentally, for a prolonged period of time.
All my life I have been surrounded by negative influences, as I’m sure most of us have been or may currently be. Whether that is through social media or an immediate circle of friends, with the latter being the case for most people, this constant bombardment is always there until you figure a way out of it. You will begin to feel confined within it and this is mainly out of the fear of being isolated. Again, as humans we need companionship, even if it may not be the best kind. With it we feel strong and empowered and have a sense of belonging. We may be unaware of how much this is affecting us and our Islam.
Islam places a great emphasis on friends, and an even greater emphasis on righteous companionship. The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said: “The example of a good companion (who sits with you) in comparison with a bad one, is like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith’s bellows (or furnace); from the first you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell while the bellows would either burn your clothes or your house, or you get a bad nasty smell thereof.” [Bukhari & Muslim]
From this we can clearly see the influence of negative companionship and how it rubs off on people like the smell of a blacksmith, in comparison to the good companion who will leave you with the smell of musk. On top of this, we can also see how bad friendships can destroy somebody, this is highlighted when the burning of your clothes or your house is mentioned showing us how it affects the things close to us. Another hadith also solidifies this point when the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “A man follows the religion of his friend; so each one should consider whom he makes his friend.” Brothers and sisters – we have to be honest with ourselves and seriously take a closer look at the people around us and answer the following questions:
Are they bringing you closer to your Lord?
Are they bringing you closer to the Quran & Sunnah?
If this is not the case and they are pushing you away from Islam, then they should be left behind for the sake of Allah (ﷻ). As Muslims we seem to forget we will always have someone to turn to and rely on, regardless of if we are alone in our house or in a room full of people we don’t know. We have Allah (ﷻ), with whom we can share our fears, worries and hopes.
[Allah] said, “Fear not. Indeed, I am with you both; I hear and I see. [20:46]
During Isolation there is no better time to break away from these negative influences that are gripping our hearts and taking us away from Allah (ﷻ). Whenever you are alone, appreciate that Allah (ﷻ) has sent everyone away so that now it is only you and him. Islam is a vast pool of khair (good) that can be explored and along the way you will meet people who share the same pure desires as yourself insh’Allah. Be sure that when Allah (ﷻ) takes something away from you, he is making way for something far better.
We pray Allah (ﷻ) guides all of us towards aṣ-Ṣirāṭ al-mustaqīm (the straight path) and strengthens our hearts with imaan as well as granting us Jannah Al-Firdous.
Asim Hussain is a business student at university and a volunteer for MABY Birmingham.