Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh)
Most of the love and friendship expressed these days is nothing but politics and diplomacy, cheating, deception and hypocrisy. Befriend a person for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala and for the sake of Deen. This is true friendship.
A true friend is one who takes no offence when a weakness of his is pointed out. And he too, does not hesitate to point out the friend’s weakness and assist him in rectifying it.
Allah Ta’ala mentions the relationship amongst the Believers as:
“The believers, men and women, are Auliya (helpers/ friends/ supporters/ protectors) of one another, they enjoin (on the people) Al-Ma’ruf (that which Islam orders one to do), and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (that which Islam has forbidden)…”
[Surah Taubah 9: 71]
This friendship, which is not for material benefit, will not only last until death, but will continue into Jannah (Paradise).