Friendship in Islam Quiz: 15 Questions to Help You Build Rewarding Relationships
Have you ever read about the story of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) when he was escaping from Makkah with his friend, Abu Bakr (RA)?
Abu Bakr (RA) was in the cave with his friend – Rasulullah (SAW) and felt afraid, and mentioned it to him (SAW).
How did the prophet (SAW) react to this?
He comforted his friend saying, ”Do not fear, certainly Allah is with us”. This gave his friend inner calm and relief and strengthened the bond between them.
Friendship in Islam is a blessed bond ~ it can either make you or break you.
Today, technology has made our world smaller and hyper connected. Yet, building genuine and rewarding friendships now requires greater effort.
No doubt, we are social beings and thrive on relationships of different kinds. It is important to remember that the right friendship can lead you to paradise while the wrong one can ruin your life in both worlds.
”Close friends, that Day, will be enemies to each other, except for the righteous.” (Az-Zukhruf 43: 67)
Its time to check your friendships whether online or offline.
And decide for yourself if they are worth your time and effort. And more importantly, will they be worth it on the day of resurrection? And not a source of great regret and pain?
Below is a simple Friendship in Islam quiz.
Simply answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to review your friendship status. Is it a rewarding, long lasting type bound for beyond this temporal life?
1. Does your friendship impact on you positively?
2. Do you look forward to spending time together?
3. Are you pleased with your friend’s religion?
4. Do you exchange gifts?
5. Do you encourage and compete with each other in doing good deeds?
6. Do you visit each other or call to find out how s/he is doing?
7. Do you protect his/ her honour when you are not together?
8. Do you feel good being in your friend’s company?
9. Are you genuinely concerned for your friend’s hereafter?
10. Is your character improving from the time you spend together?
11. Will you be pleased to call him/her your friend on the day of resurrection?
12. Do you love your friend for the sake of Allah (SWT)?
13. Each time you meet, do you gain something beneficial from each other such as sincere advice?
14. Do you make du’a for your friend [for success in both worlds] and encourage him/her to do the same?
15. Do you make an effort to plan some halaal fun together e.g., over the weekends, holidays or eid celebrations?
If you’ve answered all or mostly ‘yes’, you are on the right path towards building a long lasting true friendship in Islam.
If otherwise, there’s no better time than now to start working on your friendships.
Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, ”The example of a good companion (who sits with you) in comparison with a bad one, is like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith’s bellows (or furnace); from the first you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell while the bellows would either burn your clothes or your house, or you get a bad nasty smell thereof.” (Bukhari)
Now think, who do you call your friend?
And what type of friend are you?
Is your relationship based on true friendship in Islam? And are you content with things as they are?
Or is it time to review your friendship status and make changes? Please share below…