Righteous Companions

Ahsan Hanif

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la la la de la Chateau La ilaha illallah wa la sharika Allah wa shadow under Mohammed Abu hora solo Salallahu salam o Baraka de vida early he was army he was seldom at the Sleeman kathira. About

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as humans were very logical beings. And we normally have a process when we do something. And so for example, if I was to ask if you want to buy a car, what are the logical steps that you would take in order to purchase a car? Now, maybe someone would say, for example, they look at the making the model, another person would say, we look at how cheap the insurances, another person would say that we would look at how economical It is, in terms of how much gas it takes. Now the person will say, well look at the price of the car. And so we're very logical, and we go through all of these steps. And once we've checked everything, then we make that purchase. Likewise, for example, if you want to

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go on holiday, how do you choose the destination? Do you just randomly like Close your eyes and just do that on a map and then go, No, everyone goes through a logical step. So think about the place the weather, the price, what what there is to do there where you don't just want to go to a place, and there's nothing to do. And so we go through all of these steps, and then we choose the holiday destination. And it's the same thing with many, many things. For example, if I was to ask you, when someone goes to choose a spouse, husband or wife, what are the steps that you take, and we have a whole checklist maybe like 100 points that we go through, before we make that decision. This is the

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way that we normally operate. However, when it comes to the issue of friendship, how we choose our friends,

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the people that we surround ourselves with these people who are some of the closest in our lives, and they have the most impact upon us. How do we choose our friends? Do we go through the same logical steps that we would for a spouse, for a husband or a wife? Or do most of us just have those friends that we grew up with? We happen to go to the same school, so they became our friends. Or maybe they work with us. So they're our friends. Or maybe they're our neighbors, they live close to us. So they've become our friends. So for the majority of us, when it comes to the issue of friendship, and companionship, it's normally organic, whatever comes across whatever comes along,

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they just happen to be gathered along and they happen to go along and they become our friends. We never think about friendship in the same logical way that we would about a car, or a holiday destination, or a spouse or a house or any of those other things. Why? Why don't we is this systemic way of choosing friends that we just have an organic method? Or should we actually think about the friends that we have

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a loss of Hannah with Allah in the Quran, he speaks about friendship, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the Sunnah also spoke about friendship. And friendship is one of those things that is stressed in Islam, because it is one of the highest forms of brotherhood. Now often as Muslims, we speak about brotherhood, brotherhood and how important it is in Islam. Friendship is one of the highest levels of that brotherhood. These are the closest brothers and sisters that you surround yourself with. These are the people that have the most impact upon your life, and you have the most impact upon them. And that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam described the

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friends as either a perfume seller or a blacksmith. A good friend is like a perfume seller. You go to the perfume shop, and he gives you some perfume, or he lets you try some on. Or at the very least, you'll have a pleasant frequence. That's the example of a good friend, meaning that they're constantly beneficial. You'll just sit in their presence, and you'll increase in Eman, you'll have some peace and some comfort and some serenity. Whereas other friends like the blacksmith, either will burn your clothes, or he'll blacken them, or at the very least, you'll have a foul odor. Something which doesn't smell very nice at all.

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And these are the examples that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam gave and that's why he said so love while he was still them. In another Hadith, Al Maru Allah Dini kalila, you are upon the religion of your closest friend, Fernando, I had to commend you, Holly, so that each of you look as to who he chooses as that closest friend. These are the people that will influence you in your lives. Normally when you're having a problem with your wife or your husband or your parents or someone in your family, who is your confidant, who is the person that you will go and express these worries to it

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It's often the case that we will go to our closest friends. These are the people that we will spend the most time with that again, even though they have such an impact in our lives, we don't think about the way we choose our friends. And that's why you have Unfortunately, many good people, because of the company that they're in. They go astray. They go into crime, they start stealing and drinking and taking drugs. And you'll often hear this way, as someone become a criminal. Often the parents will say it's not because of us, not because of the upbringing we gave them. It's because of the company they used to keep. And it's because we don't have a criteria for friendship. We don't

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know how to choose our friends. We don't know the importance of this concept of righteous companionship in Islam.

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And that's why Allah subhana wa, ala he speaks about in the Quran. And he says, I love you yo Ma, even bamboo homie, battle denardo wound up in that the closest of friends on your multi ama, the closest of friends, they will be enemies one to another, except for the people of piety. What Allah is telling us in this verse, is there every form of friendship, every form of companionship, all of it is insignificant in the sight of Allah except the friendship that is placed upon taqwa, a normal tiama. It is only those pious friends that will remain with you. Everyone else will become enemies. And we know this for a fact because even your own family members will become enemies to you on Yom

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Okayama that's why Allah subhanho wa Taala says, yo, my feeble remark Amina, he will only he will be more Sahaba t Rabbani. They call him a min hum Yama, even new Yogi honey. Yokoyama is the day that you will run away from your own brother, your own father, your own mother, your own wife, your own husband, your own son, your own daughter, each person will have their own issue, that they're preoccupied with a numeral piano. So if you run away from your own family members, your own spouse, your own children, and these are the people that are dealing with you, is there a single parent that wouldn't sacrifice their lives for their children? How many parents if they were in danger, and they

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had their child with them would put themselves in front of their child to safeguard them from that danger.

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But the danger of human cuyama is not like any other danger. On that day, we will place our children in front of us, that they may be sacrificed instead of us, that they may run some us from the punishment of Allah subhana wa Tada. That is that day, that no one will care for anyone else in realmuto, clean, except for the people of piety. Why because their connection, their friendship, their relationship was based upon the love of Allah. And because of that unique, holy, spiritual bond that they have, even on Yom Okayama he will remain firm. They will remain steadfast. It won't change this verse in the Quran, that the closest of friends, they will become enemies one to

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another, except for the Mujahideen. It was revealed concerning two men from Quraysh that lived at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. One was a man by the name of omiya and the other was a man by the name of Raka, two of the leaders of Polish nobleman from koresh, both of them non Muslims. And Romania was one of the senior leaders, one of the senior chiefs of the tribe of orange, and Akbar was his closest best friend. But Raka would like to go to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he wasn't a Muslim. He didn't accept Islam, but he would like to go and sit with him sallallahu alayhi wa sallam because he loved to hear the Quran. The Quran was eloquent and it was

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beautiful and it was poetic. So he loved to go just to listen to this poetry, how poetic and eloquent the Quran was. And so he would go and he would sit there. The other tribe that the people have arranged the chiefs of Quraysh, they would Siracusa a non Muslim, go and sit with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam at the same time, that they would want people from going and sitting with the prophets of Salaam, they would say to the general people don't go and sit with him. He's a magician. He's a poet. He's a sorcerer. He is crazy. And then one of the old leaders goes and he sits with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So they said to his best friend omiya, who was

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more of a Senior Chief, they said that your friend rapa has become bewitched. He's become crazy, because of how much he listens to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he can't restrain himself anymore. And so omiya he took this personally, that his closest friend is

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is being ridiculed by the other leaders of correction. So he went to rock bottom. And he said, I swear by Allah, that if you don't go to Mohammed and spit in his face, I will never speak to you again. I will never ever speak to you again.

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And so by now had a choice, he could listen to his closest friend, this person that is one of the dearest most beloved people to him on the face of the world. Or he could go and he could stay sitting with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but risk losing his closest friend. So what decision does he take? What choice does he make? The next time he sees the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he goes, and he spits in his face when he has to be law.

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Imagine spitting in the face of the greatest creation of Allah subhana wa Tada. This is what he did. Why not because he had any malice towards the professor sullom not because he disagreed or he disliked him because of his closest friend, and the threat that he made the influence that the friend had over him, and so he spat in his face. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said to him, he said, You and your friend omiya both of you will die as non Muslims. And both of them were killed in the Battle of brother, they died as non Muslims. And it is because of them, that Allah subhana wa Taala revealed verses in the Quran, Allah Hila Yama even better than I do in Alberta, in

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the closest of friends on Yeoman kiama will be enemies one to another, except for the mcjunkin in the dunya listen to his friend omiya, but on Yom Okayama they will come and they will argue with one another. They will debate with one another, each one more ransom the other. In this dunya he spat at the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam because of his friend, but on Yeoman qiyamah he will say Oh Allah, it is because of him that I did this, punish him even more. It's his fault. And the other will say, Oh Allah, I didn't force him. I didn't hold a gun to his head. I just simply told him, I simply gave him the choice and he chose and that's why a large digital says in another verse in the

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Quran in surah 10 for palm oil myagdi volume Allah de la tena Tamara Sunni sebelah yawei Lata Lita, Neelam phoolan and ha de la la casa volunteer on a victory bird a journey what kind of shape on in sunny Hola. On that day, when the oppressors when the disbelievers will chew on their own hands. Why will they chew on their own hands? Why does someone bite their nails out of remotes out of regret out of stress? They will chew on their own hands and they will say Well to me, if only I had taken the path of the messenger. If only I had listened to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam Yeah, way later, later Nila Mata hit Fulani phoolan. And Halima wrote to me, if only I hadn't taken so and

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so as my closest friend, why? Because he chose the path of his friend over the path of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And this is how,

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how much of an important concept friendship is in Islam. There are a lot of us verses concerning it in the Quran. Choose your friends wisely. The people that you have, as your closest companions, the people that you have, as the closest people in your life, pick them just as you would pick that car, or that house was a holiday destination or that spouse, go through a process don't just choose anyone that comes to you. This is what a lot is saying. And this is what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam also mentioned to us

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to have a righteous companion has many benefits in the dunya. When you have a righteous friend and what is a righteous friend, let us define what we mean by a righteous friend. A righteous friend is the one who when you come into contact with them, they increase you in Eman and they increase you in taqwa. And they remind you of Allah, and they bring you closer to Allah, and they conceal your secrets, and they help you and if you make a mistake, be forgiven, they pardon and they overlook. This is a righteous companion, not someone who necessarily just jokes around with you, or just chills out with you, or just makes you laugh all the time. But you only increase in heedlessness.

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Whenever you're with them, you never remember in law, if the time for prayer comes, they'll do everything not to pray. If it comes to going to a lecture and listening to the remembrance of Allah, they'll do everything they make any excuse to get out of it. A righteous companion is the one who brings you closer to Allah. Allah is just companion is the one who when you see them, you remember Allah as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said Hyderabad the law is the rule of law.

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The best of the seven have a lot of those who when you see them, you remember Allah. This is a righteous friend. This is a righteous companion. One will help you not only in the dunya, but he will help you in your app here as well.

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And so you have examples of righteous companions in the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. There is a famous story that when Amara de la one wanted to migrate, and he wanted to make a draw from Mecca to Medina, he chose two people to go with him, two of his friends that they would go and they would make his rock together. One of them was unable to go, because the orange captured him. And they wouldn't let him leave Makkah, but armor and another man by the name of a Yash. Both of them made his rock together. And both of them reached Medina. But behind them, King, two leaders of Polish two people from Quraysh, who were closely related to a Yash, close friends to our Yash.

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And they came and they reach them at Oba at the outskirts of Medina. And they came and Amara, the long run, and his friend, his Muslim friend ayyash, had just arrived in Medina. So these two friends of our Yash, who was the friend of armor, the two friends of a Yosh, they came, and they said, Our Yash, your mother in Mecca, has made an oath to Allah, that unless you come back to Makkah, she will never ever eat, nor will she ever comb her hair, nor will she ever seek shade from the sun. She will stay outside and she will starve to death, an oath that she made. And so our Yash he felt sorry for his mother. He had some affection for his mother. And so he wanted to go back. And I want to say to

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him, don't go back. These two men are tricking you, they just want you to go back so that they can capture you and make you turn away from Islam. Don't go back. So I just said she's my mother, how can I leave my mother like this. And so I'm gonna said leave her alone. When she could become so hungry, that she can no longer stand, she will eat. And when I have become full of lice, she will comb them. And when she stands in the sun, and she faints out of dehydration, exhaustion, they will take it inside. Don't worry about your mother. But I just said no, I have to go back. And so he left with his two friends. Remember the law when I look at the example of a good friend, I'm going to say

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to him, if you must go back, then take my horse, for my horse is the fastest horse in Mecca. And if you find that on the way, they're trying to capture you, they're trying to trick you, then you cannot run them with my horse. And so he agreed. So he went with his two friends. One of them was Abuja. And as they were traveling back to Makkah, Abuja had said to him, I'm an old man, and my horse is very weak. Why don't we swap horses? let an old man have a comfortable right? And so are Yosh. Is that okay? This is his friend. So he is for posters with Abuja. And once Abu Jamal had the hose of ammo, they both captured a Yash. And they tied him and they took him back to Mecca, where he

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found that his mother had made no oath. She made no promise, and they kept him and they persecuted him until he apostate he left Islam. Why? Because he didn't listen to the righteous friend or model the loved one. Many years passed by and this was the state or Yosh was in Makkah as a non Muslim. And many years afterwards, Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed a verse in the Quran pully arriba de la Vina Rasul Allah and foresee him la Tanaka Rahmatullah in the La Jolla. Nova Jamia in the hula photo Rahim say to them, say to my slaves, those who have oppressed themselves, do not despair from the mercy of Allah. For Indeed Allah forgives all sins Indeed, Allah is Forgiving, Most Merciful.

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So Amara de la one who says, When I heard the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was cite this verse, the first person that came into my mind was a Yash. Imagine look at the value of a true righteous friend. This man is in Makkah hundreds of miles away from Burma. Not only that he's not even a Muslim anymore. Not only that priests been many years since the incident passed by it Even so, our motto, being a righteous companion, the first person he thinks of that has oppressed themselves is our Yash. So I'm one of the Allahu anhu says, I wrote the verse down, and I sent it to Mecca to a Yash. And our Yosh says, When I saw the verse of the Quran that he sent to me, I didn't

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know what it meant. So I made a lot that over law, allow me to understand what this is. And he said, The next morning, I understood that if I went back to

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Medina and I went back to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and I accepted Islam than Allah would forgive all of my sins. Allah would make except my Toba. He would forgive all of my sins. So he took his horse. And he went back to Medina. And he went to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he accepted Islam again. He became a Muslim after many years. So Panama, look at this beautiful example. One righteous friend is all you need, that one righteous companion, who looks after not only your worldly affairs, but he thinks about you as

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the one that encourages you to come to the machine to pray. The one that will encourage you in the month of Ramadan, to do more rabada to recite more on to make sure that you come and pray thoroughly every day, that one righteous friend, that will make sure that you learn about your religion. And when you're having a problem in your life or your Eman becomes weak. He reminds you of Allah encourages you, He gives you hope. This is the righteous friend. This is the righteous companion that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was referring to. And that's why you don't need to look any further than the example of Abu Bakr and Omar rhodiola and Houma. Look at that righteous

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companionship, that righteous friendship, that rivalry that they would have, and it wasn't over the dunya it wasn't jealousy or envy. What is that rivalry that they have? to please Allah subhanho wa Taala to compete with one another for the pleasure of Allah subhana wa Tada. This is the whole life of Abu Bakr and Omar. And when you look at the other companions, they surrounded themselves with righteous friends. And if they found that someone wasn't righteous or someone wasn't of that same caliber, they would just leave them alone. Those people are your acquaintances. Those people are people that you're nice to you civil to, but they're not the closest people in your life. When the

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Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam passed away, have to live in a bus or the Allahu anhu. I wanted to study Islam. And so he would go and he was young in age, he would go every day at the time of the horse. And he would stand outside or he would sit outside the doors of the companions, waiting for them to come out. So he could listen to them. So he could seek knowledge from them. And he would have a friend with him. And that friend would say to him, open a bus. Why do you go and busy yourself with this? We're still Abu Bakar is still alive and Amato and Horace Mann and Ali Muhammad and Zubair and Abu Zubaydah, and all of these Senior Companions, all of these great, illustrious

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companions that have been there since the beginning of Islam. No one needs to be in our bass of 1415 year old boy to go and learn about Islam. No one needs you. We have Abu Bakar and Mr. Rosman and Adi, all of these people, why do you busy yourself with this? So what did they been our best to? He ignored him. He left him and he went and he carried on doing what he was doing code and studying Islam code and learning. And it was only a few years later that or more of the last one, when he would gather the Senior Companions so that he could make sure are with them, so he could consult with them, he would ask even our best to come and sit alongside him. He been our best one of the

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youngest companions to sit alongside him in the time, in his time in the time of Oman, only a few short years after the death of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and after some other years after him, some years passed by, he became one of the greatest scholars of Islam, one of the most knowledgeable one of the most famous companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Why? Because he didn't bother with those companions, who had no aspirations to do want to reach for the stars didn't want to make an impact upon the communities didn't want to change anything. They were just happy with the status quo, happy for other people to do other things. This was the example of

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the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So we choose righteous companions. We look for those people who increase our Eman bring us closer to Allah with our taqwa, those people who remind us of Allah subhana wa Taala. So when we have these types of companions, we love them for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa Tada. And that's why I believe recent kolani radi Allahu Rahim Allah one of the famous scholars of the tervuren he said I went to Damascus. And I entered into the masjid of Damascus. And I found that there were many companions, many people surrounding a single individual, many, many people surrounding one man. So I went and I asked the people who is this man? And they

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told me that this is none other than what are the Mugello? The Allah one, the famous Companion of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So he said that I went home that day, and I came back the next day early in the morning, thinking that I will be the first person in the masjid so that when more hours

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comes in, I can go and speak to him. And so I entered into the masjid. And I found that while I was already there praying, he was already in the masjid praying. So he said, I waited for him to finish praying. And then I went up to him. And I said, Are you more of the Blue Devil? And he said, Yes. So I said to him, I want you to know that I swear by Allah, that I love you for the sake of Allah. I love you for the sake of Allah. So he said to me, Allah, do you take an oath by Allah, that you love me for the sake of Allah? And I said, Yes. And then a second time he asked me again, law, do you take an oath by Allah, that you love me for the sake of Allah? And I said, Yes. And the third time

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again, he asked, law, do you take an oath by Allah, that you love me for the sake of Allah? And I said, Yes. So he said, then have glad tidings. For I heard that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say that Allah azzawajal says in the Hadith, Allah bootsie, that those who love one another that Allah subhanaw taala, His love is obligatory and incumbent upon those who visit one another for the sake of Allah, and they love one another for the sake of Allah, and they sit with one another for the sake of Allah, and they strive for one another for the sake of Allah. Allah love his word. It is obligatory upon these people, they sit, the visit, they love, the strife, the struggle, they

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sacrifice for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is nothing different from what we do. How often do you go out with your friends? How often do you sit with them? How often do you go out for a meal? How often do you visit them? Press it for the sake of Allah? Do they love you for the sake of Allah and you love them for the sake of Allah? Do you meet only for the sake of Allah subhana wa tiarella because if you do, then Allah will love you. And one of the benefits of that love of Allah subhanho wa Taala is that on Yeoman, Yama, he will give you his shade from the seven who will have shade on Yom Okayama are those two people radula need to have Baffler they love one

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another for the sake of Allah each time, he would follow karate they meet and they depart upon that low. And that's why as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned that a man was once traveling from one land to another, only to visit his brother for the sake of Allah. And so a large zoologist sent an angel in the form of a man to this man. And he said to him, where are you going? And the man replied, I'm going to see one of my brothers for the sake of Allah. He said, Do you swear that you have no business? No, any relationship? No any blood ties with this man, you only visiting him for the sake of Allah? And the man said, Yes. So he gave him glad tidings that Allah

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loves him as well. So Pamela, look at this. When you love someone for the sake of Allah, you visit them, you meet them, you sit with them, only for the sake of Allah, not because they're going to give you money, not because they're going to marry you, their sister, not because you're a business partner, not because you want something from the dunya you only want a loss with one you only want or you only want a loss pleasure, then allow we love you In turn, and that's why one of the most beautiful Hadith inshallah will conclude with this, one of the most beautiful Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam concerning this issue is the hadith of Abu huraira rhodiola. One, that

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the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, that Allah subhana wa Taala has angels that scoured the earth, looking for the gatherings of knowledge. That's their job on the dunya, they only created to look for the gathering of knowledge. And as we know, a lot creates different angels for different purposes, some for the mountains, some for the stars, some for looking after the spirits, and so on and so forth. Each of the angels has a specific task, these angels have been created to look for the gatherings of knowledge. And so they come to the gatherings of knowledge. And when they find them, what they do is they surround that gathering of knowledge. The angels sit around the gathering of

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knowledge and they surrounded, as no one wants a ring has been made. They've surrounded that gathering of knowledge, another group of angels will come and they will sit on top of the first angels, and they will make a second ring, and a third ring and a fourth ring until all between the heavens and the earth is full of angels. Everything between the heavens and the earth surrounding that gathering of knowledge will be full of angels, and they will stay there until those people stay there remembering Allah. And then finally, when those people leave, those angels will descend to the heavens to Allah subhana wa Taala. And then a large village asks those angels and he is most known

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in supine or Darla, he knows. But he asks, Where did you come from? And so they say those angels in reply that we came from

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From a group of sevens, who are remembering you over law, and they will ask you something, and they will seeking refuge in You. And so Allah subhanaw taala asks those angels, what were they asking for? What was the reason for the gathering? Why did they gather together? And the angels reply over law? They were asking for Jenna.

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And Allah subhanaw taala says, He asks those angels. Mahalo jannetty have they seen my agenda?

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And those angels reply No, I will not. They've never seen gender. They've never seen gender. And so Allah subhanho wa Taala says, cave one Oh, jannetty What if they had seen my agenda? How much more would they want Jenna? How much more would they ask? How much more would they gather and unite? How much more would they worship Allah had this engine?

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And then Allah subhana wa Taala asks, what do they seek refuge from these people that have gathered? And the angels repayable law, they seek refuge from the fire of hell, from your punishment. And Allah subhanaw taala says, well, only have they seen my fire? And the angels reply, no. And then a law says capable over onetti What if they had seen my fire? How much more would they seek refuge? How much more terrified and scared? Would they be of my punishment? Had they seen the terrorist of the fire? And then Allah subhana wa tada asks, and he says, what do they ask for? What do they What do they seek? And the angels reply over law, they seek your forgiveness. They want you forgiveness.

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That's all they want. And so our last panel, Tyler says to the angels, bear witness, that I have forgiven them all, and I have given them my agenda. And I have given them refuge from my fire. Allah subhanho wa Taala, answers all of the drives, he gives them everything that they seek, may Allah subhanaw taala make us from amongst them. And once Allah subhana wa Taala says this, that they have forgiveness, and gender and refuge from the fire, the angel cell will law amongst a group of people there was an individual who didn't come out with the intention of sitting with them. But he just happened to pass by. And so he sat in the company, perhaps he was someone who just walked by. And he

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saw a group of Muslims sitting down, so he sat down. Or perhaps you had a friend who said, Why don't you just come with me? Or perhaps he was walking on the street and someone just grabbed him? And they made him sit down. What about this personal love, didn't have the intention to seek knowledge didn't come out to come close to you. He just came and he saw the Muslims gathered. So he just sat down in the company. And so last panel, Darla says, Even that person will have forgiveness, and gender and refuge from the fire. For indeed, these are a group of people, that anyone who sits with them will not be bereft of their benefits. They won't be taken out from the receive just because of

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the company that that person is in

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the house of handler beautiful. Righteous companionship is the person who just tells you just to come for a few short minutes to listen to a reminder. And so you come not because you wanted to. But maybe because they coerced you, they forced you they twisted your arm. And so you come but because of the benefit of that gathering, and the companionship that you're around the people that you're surrounded by, you get all of the benefits, the love of Allah, his forgiveness, His mercy, Jenna refuge from the fire, despite having a righteous companion. These are the benefits of righteous companionship. So my dear brothers and sisters, what we need to do is we need to have a process by

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the way, we choose our closest friends. And that doesn't mean that we can't have other friends or acquaintances, people that we know and that we visit, but the people that we surround ourselves with the people that are closest to us, the people that have the most influence upon us, and we have the most influence upon them. They should be people that our friendship is based upon taqwa. They should be the people that increases in our Eman that brings us closer to Allah that reminds us of Allah. And when we sin and we make the mistake, not only do they conceal our sins and mistakes, but they tell us to go and make Toba. They tell us to go back to Allah, they guide us to the straight path.

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This is what we need to do. And once we have this, not only we will see a positive benefit in our lives, but we will see the impact that we have upon them. They have upon us, not only us, but our families and our community, as philosophy panel Tyler, that he blesses us with righteous companions, that it gives us the ability to choose good friends, that he makes them a good influence upon us and us upon them and ask Allah subhana wa Taala that He grants us His forgiveness, his gender, and that he saves us from his fire document available for the last bit of Mohammed

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