Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
In a hadith in Bukahri and Muslim, there are 7 types of people who will be under the shade of Allah swt on the Day of Judgement. One of those types of people will be “two persons who love each other who meet and depart from each other for the sake of Allah.”
Looking at the life of the Prophet (saw) we can see how he was able to draw strength and support by Allah swt placing the right people in his life at the right time, the Sahabah and the Tabi’een, may Allah swt reunite us with them all in jannatul firdous, Ameen.
So are you ready to reach for jannah with your friends?
Friends that pray together, stay together. It’s as simple as that. Life is hectic, but knowing you have people around you that will remind you to pray is one of the delights of having good company.
If your friends don’t pray regularly, be that gentle reminder that will bring them closer to Allah swt and inshaAllah on the Day where there will be no shade other than the shade of Allah swt you’ll meet each other.
Whether you’re exchanging books, hadith or Quran on whatsapp, there are plenty of ways that you and your friends can learn together. If there’s a course or particular subject you’re all interested in, make an effort to go to these events together.
There is a lenghty hadith in Bukhari and Muslim about angels that go on the road to seek out those who remember Allah swt. Their wings surround them and reach up to the lowest sky subhanAllah, and when they return to Allah swt and tell Him what they’ve seen Allah swt pardons those who were in the gathering – even the one who passes by and decides to sit with them.
There are plenty of course providers out there and they may even give you a discount for booking together inshaAllah. So share the khayr and learn together!
One thing that really brought me closer to my friends was volunteering. Alhamdulillah, Allah swt put me in the right place at the right time and allowed me to volunteer for an organisation for over 3 years with some beautiful sisters. Through this process we not only learnt about Islam, we gained good deeds together inshaAllah by helping other learn too.
If there are no organisations that you fancy getting stuck in with, create your own! There are plenty of areas within all communities that could do with a helping hand. You don’t need to just target Muslims, it could be the elderly, the disabled, children, singe mums, the homeless, the list goes on and on.
SUPPORT EACH OTHER
“Verily, the believers are like a structure, each one strengthening the other,” and the Prophet clasped his fingers together – Bukhari & Muslim
Whether you’ve just come to the religion or you’ve just started practicing, you should be open to receiving support from your friends and support them when they need you most. I’ve seen a lot of people move away from Islam because they didn’t receive any support and it breaks my heart subhanAllah. Keep in regular contact with each other whether it’s by phone, text, whatsapp, by any means necessary. A simple “Salaam sis/ bro, how are you?” could be just what they need to hear.
MAKE DUA FOR EACH OTHER
The supplication of a Muslim for his brother in his absence will certainly be answered. Everytime he makes a supplication for good for his brother, the angel appointed for this particular task says: `Ameen! May it be for you, too’ – Muslim
What a beautiful hadith subhanAllah. Can you imagine meeting your friend in jannah and them saying thank you for making dua for them? Often, we are too scared to ask for the help of others even though they can see us struggling. If this is the case with your friend make dua for them and the angels will make the same dua for you.
STEER EACH OTHER AWAY FROM HARM
A good friend and a bad friend are like a perfume-seller and a blacksmith: The perfume-seller might give you some perfume as a gift, or you might buy some from him, or at least you might smell its fragrance. As for the blacksmith, he might singe your clothes, and at the very least you will breathe in the fumes of the furnace – Bukahir & Muslim
Don’t be the soot that clings to their clothes and dirties them, be like the perfume that leaves it’s sweet fragrance all day long.
Steering your fellow believer from harm is one of the most beneficial things you can do. However, the way that you do this is crucial. Don’t be a public judge but be a private consultor. There’s nothing I hate more than people trying to ‘shame’ others out of their sin, it doesn’t work and only makes the situation worse.
Prepare for jannah and take your loved ones with you by using these 6 simple tips and comment below if you have anymore.