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The one who is truly a good companion is…

...the one who assists his Muslim brother as much as he is able

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Sheikh Zayd Ibn Muhammad al-Madkhalee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said,

‘The one who is truly a good companion is the one who assists his Muslim brother as much as he is able, even if only with a beneficial word or statement of good, as well as helping him by offering him advice about himself, and if his brother forgets a matter he reminds him. This is how he establishes the rights of true companionship, especially in relation to the matters connected to Islaam, he certainly reminds and advises his brother, and advises him with what is good for him.
All of these matters are part of fulfilling what is required from Muslim brotherhood and companionship. As for the one when you forget to do something, he doesn’t remind you, and when you require his help he does not help you, then this one has not fulfilled the rights of companionship. He stands as someone who doesn’t fully understand the extent of good companionship and everything relating to fulfilling it for one’s companion.’

(From his commentary of al-Adab al-Mufrad, vol. 1 pg. 166) 1 

  From ’30 Days of Guidance: Learning Fundamental Principles of Islaam’  

Footnotes

  1.  Translated by Abu Sukhailah Khalil Ibn-Abelahyi 

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