The Fate Of Friendship In The Hereafter


Regarding the aayah “Friends on that Day will be foes to one another except Al-Muttaqoon.” [43:67], ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Two believing friends and two disbelieving friends. One of the believers died and was given glad tidings of Paradise, then he remembered his believing friend and said, ‘O Lord, my friend so-and so used to tell me to do good and forbid me from doing evil an told me to obey You and to obey Your Messenger, and he told me that I was going to meet You, so do not let him go astray after I am gone. Guide him as You guided me, and honour him as You honoured me.

When the friend dies, they will be brought together in Paradise, and it will be said to them, ‘Let each one of you praise the other.‘ So he will say, ‘O Allaah, he used to tell me to do good and forbid me from doing evil, and he told me to obey You and to obey Your Messenger, and he told me that I was going to meet You. What a good brother, friend and companion.

Then one of the two disbeliever died and was given the tidings of hell. He remembered his friend and said, ‘O Allaah, my friend so-and-so used to tell me to do evil and forbid me from doing good.He told me to disobey You and to disobey Your Messenger, and he told me that I would not meet You. O Allaah, send him astray as You sent me astray.

When the friend dies, they will be joined together in hell, and it will be said, ‘Let each of you praise the other.‘ So he will say, ‘O Allaah, he used to tell me to do evil and forbid me to do good. He told me to disobey You and to disobey Your Messenger, and he told me that I would no meet You. What a bad brother, friend and companion.’ ” [Az-Zuhd, Of Ibn Al-Mubaarak, #368]

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