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Surah al-Kahf (The Cave)

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    Surah al-Kahf (The Cave)

    Chapter 18: Verse 28

    "And keep yourself content with those who call on their Lord morning and evening, seeking His Countenance, and let not your eyes pass beyond them to those who seek the pomp and glitter of this life; nor obey any whose heart we have permitted to neglect Our Remembrance, who follows his own desires, and whose affair has been lost."


    Need To Have Good Company

    For various moral, psychological, and social reasons, people need good company and close friendship. We often come into contact with people and find that we like their personality enough to want to make friends with them. Everyone has their own likes and dislikes in a friend and their own preferences.

    However, the type of friends you have often indicate the type of person you are. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) once advised, "A person molds his way of life (his deen) according to his friends. So you should be careful about who you make your friend!" [Ahmad]

    The Prophet pointed to the value of good company when he said that it is better to be alone than in the company of the wicked, i.e. those who take you away from the real purpose of life as Muslim, and it is better to be in the company of the good than to be alone.

    The True Friendship

    Good company can be a great source of help and support to leading a righteous life, as principled and morally conscious individuals, while bad company can lead to crime, immorality, irresponsible behavior, and sin.

    This is exactly the implication of above quoted verse, where Allah is reminding us to be with those 'who remember God morning and evening, seeking His Countenance (pleasure)', and let us not admire someone because of their social status, sinful lifestyle, wealth, their 'coolness', or 'their fashionable clothes', etc. Nor obey those whose heart Allah has permitted to neglect His remembrance.

    Prophet's Advice: 'He Who Helps You Remember'

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) has given similar advice in choosing companions and forming friendships. He was asked, "What person can be the best friend?" "He who helps you remember God, and he who reminds you when you forget Him," he replied. Then the Prophet was asked, "And which friend is the worst?" "He who does not help you when you remember God and does not remind you of God when you forget," he replied. The Prophet was further asked, "Who is the best among people?" He replied, "He who when you look at him, you remember God" (because of his noble character, devotion to God, and concern for others).

    These are the principles that should guide our friendships. Is this the criteria we use in our friendships today? Indeed, there is no blessing greater than a friend who helps us succeed in this life and reminds us about the real purpose in this life, only if we realized before it's too late! It can be very difficult to live up to these principles when we have people of the same age urging us on to be "part of the posse", and to be involved in forbidden, illegal, immoral, or Haram fun for "the pomp and glitter of this life".

    Difference Between 'Friendship' & 'Acquaintance'

    It should be pointed out that there is difference between a "friend" (someone with whom you can share your values, secrets, and trust), and "acquaintence" (someone to whom you should be nice and caring, but don't neccesarily share your values and principles with). Therefore, such Quranic verses should not be used to urge people to isolate themselves from society and hate the people around them who do not necessarily share the same beliefs and values they do.

    In fact, we know from the life of the Prophet Muhammad (sall Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam) that this was never the case. The authentic biographies of the Prophet are replete with incidences and sayings encouraging Muslims to be kind, generous, and loving towards their neighbors and acquaintances, regardless of their ethnic, religious, or social background. Very often non-Muslim bedouins, neighbors, or travellers would benefit from the generosity and extraordinary concern of the Prophet towards them.

    [compiled from "Islam: The Natural Way" by Abdul Wahid Hamid (MELS, London, 1989) and
    "What Islam is All About" by Yahya Emerick (International Books & Tapes Supply, New York, 1997)]


    "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"

    "...Indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the worlds" (6:162)

    Luv this surah.
    Its full of wisdom about time, useless arguments/vain talk, business etc etc.
    but ur post is abt the particular verse,
    jazakallah for posting.

    All is the Beloved and the lover is a veil
    The Beloved is alive and the lover is dead (RUMI)