Choose Your Friends Carefully

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

[Choosing who] your friends [are] is a greater [issue] than choosing partners for your business, since a business partner might bring about harm to your wealth, [while] a friend–the harm he can cause is to your religion and character traits, [as] in the ḥadīth: “A person is on the religion of his closest friends, so let each of you take a look at whom he takes as his close friends.”¹

¹See Al-Albānī’s Al-Silsilah Al-Ṣaḥīḥah, no. 927, where there’s a slight change of wording (“man” instead of “person”). (Trans.)