A Friend… But Who?

A Friend… But Who?

Written By: Muhammad Ismail Budauni
Translated By: Saifullah Khalid

“What have you decided about the future?” Amir asked Hammad.

“There’s nothing to think. Completion of Engineering and then a good job and then marriage and… and… and…” Hammad said.

“OK, enough… enough”, Amir interrupted laughing at him.

“What you suggest should be there?” Hammad threw the ball in Amir’s court.

“A good job… a beautiful and great character, Richie rich, multiple factories owner wife…” Amir gazed into the skies.

“Hello! Back to the earth, man”, Hammad laughed aloud.

“What’s wrong in just thinking about good things? A man may at least think…” said Amir.

“What’s the point in wasting energy in day dreaming?” Hammad taunted.

Amir shrugged, “So which of these energies do we need to lit savers…!”

“Leave it! Tell me what have you thought?” Hammad seriously asked.

“Buddy! I really wish to get citizenship of any country abroad, especially Germany.” Amir disclosed.

“Why not…!” Hammad sarcastically commented, “You only ask to the German Chancellor and she will welcome you with open arms saying their country had been waiting for such a genius engineer for a long time without whom their country would have suffered a great deal and the people would lose hope…..” he finished in a joking tone.

“Dude…! You do a great deal of acting. You see, you have wasted a seat in the engineering. You had had better performed in a drama”, Amir faked his anger.

“But how will we get to Germany? How will they give us citizenship?” Hammad turned serious all of a sudden.

“I have an idea!” Amir thought.

“And what’s that?” Hammad asked.

“You must know Faisal. Don’t you?” Amir hoped.

“The one who was a classmate in Matriculation…?” Hammad guessed.

“No. The one who lived in Model Colony.” Amir corrected.

Hammad’s face fell down, “Oh! That one…”

“He’s in my contact these days.” Amir told.

“I told you to finish your friendship with him. You will regret one day.” Hammad got unhappy.

“You see, I have a rule. We only have to do with friends, not their religions”, Amir tried to justify.

“What a shame with your lame excuse…!” Hammad taunted.

“You see dude! Faisal has strong connections in Germany. His Qaadiyani community will support is. And you know that we can’t find an engineering job in this country more than fifty thousand a month. Faisal offered me even more but I’m afraid you cannot digest it”, Amir told.

Hammad became skeptic as his sixth sense told him something he knew inside, “And what’s that?”

“Actually…he was saying that…” Amir stammered.

“What? Say it clearly”, Hammad asked sharply.

“He offered that his community will help me settle in Germany by marrying a Qaadiyani girl there”, Amir told with hesitation.

“And you listened to his offer with peace?” Hammad got angry.

“Then what…? Would I kill him?” Amir protested.

“He was not thinking for your good. Actually, he was offering you for your worst.” Hammad counseled.

“What’s bad in that?” Amir asked.

“See here! I had my doubts. That was why I forbade you to keep him in friendship. A person who does not accept our Holy Prophet (ﷺ) the Last Messenger of Allah cannot be a Muslim. Having friendship with such a person might give you worldly benefits but you will make you eternal life the Hell.” Hammad instilled knowledge.

“How is that?” Amir asked.

“Haven’t you read the verse in the Holy Quran?” Hammad inquired.

“Which one…?” Amir queried.

“Let me recall. Yes! It is in the Sura Furqaan.
وَ یَوْمَ یَعَضُّ الظَّالِمُ عَلٰى یَدَیْهِ یَقُوْلُ یٰلَیْتَنِی اتَّخَذْتُ مَعَ الرَّسُوْلِ سَبِیْلًا(۲۷) یٰوَیْلَتٰى لَیْتَنِیْ لَمْ اَتَّخِذْ فُلَانًا خَلِیْلًا(۲۸)لَقَدْ اَضَلَّنِیْ عَنِ الذِّكْرِ بَعْدَ اِذْ جَآءَنِیْؕ-وَ كَانَ الشَّیْطٰنُ لِلْاِنْسَانِ خَذُوْلًا( فرقان۲۹)
‘And the day when the unjust will gnaw his hands, saying, Alas, if only I had chosen a way along with the (Noble) Messenger (of Allah)! Woe to me alas, if only I had not taken that one for a friend. He indeed led me astray from the advice that had come to me; and Satan deserts man, leaving him unaided.’” Hammad enlightened Amir.

“No, I haven’t read it. But when did this verse descend?” Amir inquired.

Hammad: “You must have listened the name of Uqba Bin Mu’eet.”

Amir: “Yes, he was among the famous infidels of Makkah.”

Hammad: “Yes, he was. And this verse descended about his incident.”

Amir: “But what was the incident?”

Hammad: “Uqba Bin Mu’eet used to arrange hospitable gatherings upon his return to Makkah from every journey. He used to invite all of the people of Makkah. He sometimes sat in the company of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) and liked his teachings.

One day when he returned, he invited everyone as usual. When he invited our Holy Prophet (ﷺ) to the gathering, our Holy Prophet (ﷺ) set a condition. The condition was to accept Islam and only then our Holy Prophet would accept his invitation. Uqba Bin Mu’eet recited the Kalimah and announced his Islam then and there.

There was a great enemy of Islam in Makkah at that time. His name was Ubaee Bin Khalaf. Uqba was his friend. When Ubaee Bn Khalaf heard about it, he asked Uqba Bin Mu’eet if he had accepted Islam.
Uqba Bin Mu’eet told him that he did not embrace Islam by heart but only for his own purpose.

After this, Ubaee Bin Khalaf told him that he would not forgive him unless he (Uqba) would commit this and that blasphemous acts in the Holy Presence of the Prophet (ﷺ). Uqba bin Mu’eet did everything to make his friend happy. Even at a time he spat on the Holy face of our dear Prophet. Allah threw this spit back on Uqba’s face in shape of a fireball which gave him a dark nasty mark on his face until his death.

The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) warned Uqba Bin Mu’eet, ”When you will meet me outside Makkah, I will behead you with sword.”

This fear made place in his heart. After a long time when the infidels were ready to move to fight the battle in Badr, Uqba refused to come along because he surely knew that the words of the Holy Prophet are concrete.

People among Kuffar convinced him that the power of Muslims would not be able to face them for more than an hour and half. And even anything happened; Uqba could run away as they had fast camels with them. Uqba got convinced.

The infidels got defeated worst. Uqba Bin Mu’eet ran away but could not find the way back to Makkah. He was arrested and the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) ordered Hazrat Ali (کرم اللہ وجہہ الکریم) to behead him.

When, on the day of the Judgment this man will rise in the Field of Hashr, his apprehensiveness will be according to this verse.

وَ یَوْمَ یَعَضُّ الظَّالِمُ عَلٰى یَدَیْهِ یَقُوْلُ یٰلَیْتَنِی اتَّخَذْتُ مَعَ الرَّسُوْلِ سَبِیْلًا(۲۷) یٰوَیْلَتٰى لَیْتَنِیْ لَمْ اَتَّخِذْ فُلَانًا خَلِیْلًا(۲۸)لَقَدْ اَضَلَّنِیْ عَنِ الذِّكْرِ بَعْدَ اِذْ جَآءَنِیْؕ-وَ كَانَ الشَّیْطٰنُ لِلْاِنْسَانِ خَذُوْلًا( فرقان۲۹)

‘And the day when the unjust will gnaw his hands, saying, Alas, if only I had chosen a way along with the (Noble) Messenger (of Allah)! Woe to me alas, if only I had not taken that one for a friend. He indeed led me astray from the advice that had come to me; and Satan deserts man, leaving him unaided.’

I advise you to give up your friendship with Faisal. The person who does not accept end of Prophet Hood on our Holy Prophet (ﷺ) is not worth friendship. He who has no connection to the Prophet, has to do nothing with us. “Hammad explained in detail.

Amir thankfully said, “I will cut every contact with Faisal now. May Allah bestow upon you His Blessings. I had become blind with greed. You have opened my eyes. May Allah accept my apology and forgive me.”

Dear children! Always make virtuous and pious people your friend who can take you along with the straight path. Keep distant with the people who might astray you towards the way of sins and infidelity.

The message of a Hadith is like’ “A man is on the religion of his friends.”
So, before you make a friend, beware! DO NOT make sinner, evildoer, misled and bad-faith people your friends.
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