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Teachings of the Prophet (S.A.W.)

Visiting Persons and Choosing Friends

Hadrat Anas bin Malik (r.a.a.) relates that after the passing away of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.), Hadrat Abu Bakr (r.a.a.) said to Hadrat Umar (r.a.a.): 'Let us visit Hadrat Umm Aiman as the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) used to do.' Accordingly, when we came to her she started weeping. They asked her, 'What makes you weep. Do you not know that God has better recompense for the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) than what he had in this world?' She said: 'I know this well that what God has for the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) with Him is the best recompense. I do not weep for this. I shed tears because Revelation has now stopped.' This moved the two distinguished persons so much so that they too started weeping along with her.

Note: Hadrat Umm Aiman (r.a.a.) was a maid servant and foster mother of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.). Subsequently he had freed her and married her with Hadrat Zaid Bin Harisa (r.a.a). The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) used to respect her very much and frequently visited her, and would say that she was his mother.

Hadrat Abu Hurairah (r.a.a.) relates that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said: "If a person visits a sick person or a brother of his simply for the sake of The Almighty, a caller announces, 'May you be happy, may your going be blessed and may you be awarded a pleasant residence in Paradise!'"

Hadrat Abu Musa Ash'ari (r.a.a.) relates that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said: "The case of a good companion and that of a bad companion is like that of one who has musk (perfume) and of one who blows a furnace (or an iron smith). The owner of musk might give you some as a gift, or you might buy some from him, or at least you might smell its fragrance. As regards the other, he might set your clothes on fire, or at least you will breathe fumes from the furnace."

Hadrat Abu Hurairah (r.a.a.) relates that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said: "A man marries a woman for four reasons i.e. either for the sake of her wealth, her family chain, her charms, or her love of religion. Try to get one for the sake of her religiousness. May you be blessed."

Hadrat Abu Sa'id Khudri relates that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said: "Keep company with a believer only, and let your food be eaten only by the righteous." (Abu Daud and Tirmizi)

Hadrat Abu Hurairah (r.a.a.) relates that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said: "A person is likely to follow the faith of his friend, so look whom you be friend." (Abu Daud and Tirmizi)

Hadrat Anan Bin Malik (r.a.a.) relates that a villager asked the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.): "When will the Day of Judgment come?" He asked the questioner: "What preparations have you made for it?" The man said: "(Only) the love of The Almighty and His Messenger (s.a.w.)." The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said: "You will be with those you love." (Bukhari and Muslim)

Hazrat Abu Musa Ash'ari (r.a.a.) relates that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said: "A person will be considered to be with one whom he loves." (Bukhari and Muslim)

Hadrat lbn Mas'ud (r.a.a.) relates that a man came to the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) and said: "O Messenger of God! What would you say about a person who loves people but does not associate with them?" He said: "A person will be with those he loves." (Bukhari and Muslim)


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April 1991
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Teachings of the Prophet
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The Prophet Hud
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