Allah Is Your
Only True Friend
He’ll Never Let You Down
“Know you not that to Allah belongs the dominion
of the heavens and the earth? And besides Him
you have neither patron nor helper!”
“Who can be better in religion than one who
submits his whole self to Allah, does good, and
follows the way of Abraham the true in Faith?
For Allah did take Abraham for a friend.”
We all know the saying: ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed’. And it is true too. A friend is tested in hard times and only the true and sincere pass the test. Prophet Solomon said:
“Of a thousand whom you know, one be
your friend.” – Prophet Solomon.
Only people with similar qualities, similar character, similar belief and similar ethics become close and fast friends. Others are there just to pass time and take advantage whenever possible. You faith is something that binds you together more than anything else. Prophet Jesus calls it the ‘love of God’ which should be the foundation of friendship.
Love of God:
“Let your friend be such that, even as he wills to correct you, so he may receive correction; and even as he wills that you should leave all things for love of God, even so again it may content him that you forsake him for the service of God.”
“Therefore when you choose you one for friend (for truly he is supremely poor who has no friend at all), see that you consider first, not his fine lineage, not his fine family, not his fine house, not his fine clothing, not his fine person, nor yet his fine words, for you shall be easily deceived. But look how he fears God; how he despises earthly things; how he loves good works; and above all how he hates his own flesh, and so shall you easily find the true friend.” – Jesus Christ.
Those who believe in One God and walk on the path of righteousness, they are considered the friends of Allah. But those who don't believe in One God and are indulged in the evil, they are considered the friends of the Devil (Satan). They always go in the opposite directions and oppose each other. Allah says in the Quran:
“Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah,
and those who reject Faith fight in the cause of
Evil. So fight against the friends of Satan!
Feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.”
“Nay, Allah is your protector, and
He is the best of helpers.”
A friend is a rare commodity – a pearl. He is really hard to find but is easily lost. It is the question of trust. Once the trust between two people is gone, the friendship is gone too. Trust is actually the basis of every relationship. Prophet Jesus says that a real friend, as a matter of fact, is the ‘physician of soul’.
Physician of Soul:
“The friend is a singular thing that is not easily found, but is easily lost. For the friend will not suffer contradiction against him whom he supremely loves. Beware, be you cautious, and choose not for friend one who loves not him whom you love. Know you what friend means? Friend means nothing but physician of the soul.
And so, just as one rarely finds a good physician who knows the sicknesses and understands to apply the medicines thereto, so also are friends rare who know the faults and understand how to guide to good.” – Jesus Christ.
A true friend is your true advisor. He gives you the best advice, sincere opinion, honest observation and suggests effective solution to your problems. A true friend points out your faults and tries to fix them. His honest criticism means your welfare. But those, who are not sincere and honest, they are the acquaintances who are there just to have good time, temporarily enjoy your company and in times of need find excuses. They become your partners in crimes and evil. Prophet Jesus calls them the ‘slayers of soul’.
Slayers of Soul:
“But herein is an evil, that there are many who have friends that feign not to see the faults of their friends; others excuse them; others defend them under earthly pretext; and, what is worse, there are friends who invite and aid their friend to err, whose end shall be like to their villainy. Beware that you receive not such men for friends, for that in truth they are enemies and slayers of the soul.” – Jesus Christ.
As discussed earlier, your Faith is the strongest binding force in your relationship, whether this relationship is with Allah or with humans. In other words, a relationship between two believers would be a lot more stronger and lasting than a relationship between a believer and a non-believer. Why? Because your Belief sets the direction of the way! Here’s what Allah says:
“Let not the Believers take for friends or helpers
Unbelievers rather than Believers. If any do that,
in nothing will there be help from Allah, except by
way of precaution, that you may Guard yourselves
from them. But Allah cautions you (to remember)
Him, for the final goal is to Allah.”
The ignorant Mullah and less educated Muslim would misinterpret the above verse of the Quran and would promote racism, discrimination and sectarianism. Here’s what this really means:
You can have amicable relations with non-Muslims and non-believers; have business and trade relations with them; have pleasant and peaceful cultural harmony and co-existence with them; and can have even peace pacts or no-war agreements with them. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) did all that during his lifetime.
And here’s what you CANNOT do:
You cannot make non-believers guardians and protectors of believers’ life and property. As a believer, you cannot give a non-believer charge of your security or religious affairs. For example, you know pretty well what is happening in Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Libya and Sudan, Afghanistan, etc. Muslims invited or allowed American and European non-Muslims (through conspiracies or whatever) to take charge of their affairs. As a result, the countries are destroyed and millions of Muslims killed. The bloodshed does not stop.
“Follow (O men!) the revelation given unto you
from your Lord, and follow not, as friends or
protectors, other than Him. Little it is
you remember of admonition.”
“But Allah has full knowledge of your enemies.
Allah is enough for a protector, and
Allah is enough for a helper.”(al-Quran 4:45)
In the above quoted verses of the Quran, there's a clear warning for such arrangements. But puppet Muslim leaders of those countries disobeyed Allah and caused misery to Muslims.
Don’t get me wrong! You can still have friendly relations with them, both on personal and national levels. It is not prohibited. Only the extent and the area of it is limited. Islam promotes peace not war. Taking arms, in Islam, is allowed only in self-defense; to protect the lives and property of Muslims; and to stop Fitnah (evil, aggression) from spreading. People criticizing Islam deliberately ignore this part.
“Your (real) friends are (no less than) Allah,
His Messenger, and the (fellowship of) believers,
those who establish regular prayers and regular
charity, and they bow down humbly (in worship).”
In truth, if you are following the path of righteousness, you have very few friends. Most people cannot get along with you because at one point or another, their interests clash with yours and they part ways. Therefore, you have only God, His messengers and the true believers to depend on. If you make friends with your Creator, the Almighty, you will never regret because He never lets you down.
“Behold! Verily, on the friends of Allah
there is no fear, nor shall they grieve.”
“For them will be a home of peace in the presence
of their Lord: He will be their friend,
because they practiced (righteousness).”
As a bad and evil friend can push you towards the Hellfire, a good friend can help and assist you to avoid Hellfire. He can be an instrument for you to seek Paradise. In the words of Prophet Jesus, he could be your ‘key to Paradise’.
Key To Paradise:
“But love him as a gift that God has given you, for so shall God adorn (him) with greater favor. Truly I say to you, that he who has found a true friend has found one of the delights of paradise; no, such is the key of paradise.” – Jesus Christ.
(Jesus quotes: Courtesy Gospel of Barnabas)
"Not on earth nor in heaven will you be able
(fleeing) to frustrate (His Plan), nor have you,
besides Allah, any protector or helper.”