Sheikh Zayd Ibn Muhammad al-Madkhalee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said,
‘One of the specific characteristics of the true student is the selection of righteous associates and successful companions. Certainly gaining these types as companions from among the people is part of being guided and blessed with Allaah’s favor, and interacting with them is a precious bounty.
Their striving to review and study matters in the different areas of knowledge has many significant benefits. From these benefits is learning excellent manners from each other, and the changing to a state of goodness the one who had become confused and mixed up, and through holding close to the company of such people you come to dominate and control the path of your seeking of knowledge.’
(From Relevant Responses to Guided Questions, pg. 225) 1
|From ’30 Days of Guidance: Learning Fundamental Principles of Islaam’|