Look to Whom You Befriend
Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullaah Baamusa (hafidhahullaah)
Bismillaah wa -Alhamdulillaah wa Salaatu wa Salaam ‘alaa Rasulillaah ‘amma ba’d
Muwahhideen Publications facilitated a LIVE tele-lecture with Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdullaah al-Baamusa(hafidhahullaah). The Shaykh is a prominent student of Shaykh Muqbil Ibn Hadee al-Waadi’ee (rahimahullaah) and runs Markaz Dar-ul-Hadeeth in Hobaish, Yemen.
This session was translated LIVE into English.
This monumental admonition by Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdullaah al-Baamusa (hafidhahullaah) was replete with abundant narrations of the Salaf regarding the issue of companionship and the effects of keeping the company of the pious as well as the harms of sitting with the transgressors.
The Noble Shaykh initiated this highly beneficial and heartfelt advice by saying that befriending the pious is from the signs of piety and is part of the religion of Islaam. It is also necessitated by the covenant that Allaah has taken upon the believers to be allies to one another; based on this we say that before it is an issue of methodology or behaviour and mannerisms, this topic is one that is related to ‘Aqeedah because it is related to al-Walaa’ wal-Baraa’ – where your allegiance lies and whom it is you take as an enemy.
The Shaykh then proceeded to mention the various ayaat and ahadeeth related to the issue of companionship.
He continued by stating, And remember my brother as you search for companions that Allaah (Jalla wa ‘Ala)has mentioned the conditions that must be found and met by those whom you take as companions in (the following ayah from) Soorah Al-Kahf.
“And keep yourself (O Muhammad sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) patiently with those who call on their Lord (i.e. your companions who remember their Lord with glorification, praising in prayers, etc., and other righteous deeds, etc.) morning and afternoon, seeking His Face, and let not your eyes overlook them, desiring the pomp and glitter of the life of the world; and obey not him whose heart We have made heedless of Our Remembrance, one who follows his own lusts and whose affair (deeds) has been lost.” [Soorah Al-Kahf :28]
The conditions are:
- He is seen worshipping Allaah in all different times of the day; always hastening to accumulate good deeds
- He is not seeking the dunya; the dunya is not his biggest concern.
- He should not be from the negligent – those who neglect abundantly remembering their Lord.
- He should not be from those who follow their desires.
- He should not be from those who have difficulty handling and controlling their affairs.
From the matters one must look into when choosing a companion:
- How does he behave when his desires are before him?
- How is he at the time of anger when something incenses him?
- How is he at the time when the thing he lusts for is in front of him?
The issue of choosing companionship can be of three types:
- The one who keeps the company of the transgressors.
- The who keeps the company of the pious as well as the transgressors.
- The one who keeps the company of the believers and the pious exclusively; and this is the one who will be saved by the permission of Allaah.
The harms of keeping the company of other than the pious:
- You may be affected with doubts regarding your sound creed.
- They will call and entice you to fall into the same types of sins and transgressions that they fall into.
- They will link you by common acquaintances to other people of evil.
In a time where finding pious companions is rare, everyone who seeks good companionship should listen to and adhere to the advice of Shaykh Muhammad (hafidhahullaah) as he beautifully explains exactly what we should look for in a companion and what we must steer clear of in order to avoid the transgressors.
We ask Allaah to grant us good campanions that encourage us upon goodness and prevent us from evil.
Wa Billaahi Tawfeeq
Wa SallAllaahu wa Sallaama wa Barak ‘alaa Nabiyanna Muhammad wa ‘alaa ‘Alyhi wa Sahbyhi wa Sallam
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