Hazrat Ali Quotes about Friendship – Hazrat Ali (R.A) once said, “A brother is like gold and a friend is like diamond.” On being asked why he compared a brother to gold and a friend to diamond when a brother is one’s blood and closer by relation than a friend. He replied, “If gold cracks, you can melt it and make it just like it was before. If a diamond cracks, it can never be like it was before.”
This is what Hazrat Ali (R.A) thought about a friend. To him, a friend was far more precious than a brother because your blood, the brother, would always find a reason to forgive his blood, whereas, a friend may not trust you again if you hurt him. Therefore, he advised his fellow companions and the Muslim ummah to be good to their friends.
Friendship – The Strongest of all Bonds
Islam teaches us to be kind to our fellow human beings. When you hurt a friend, you hurt the faith, you infuriate ALLAH S.W.T. This is why the Holy Prophet S.A.W.W put a lot of emphasis on fulfilling the rights of fellow human beings. Being an ardent follower of the Prophet (S.A.W.W), Hazrat Ali (R.A) also puts a lot of stress on the importance of a friend. He said,
Friendship transfers a stranger in to a relative.
This shows the bond of friendship is stronger than blood. To him, a relative wasn’t the one related to you by blood, but also the one who shares a strong bound with you.
How brilliantly he explains the relation between two friends in this beautiful quote,
Two true friends are a single soul in different bodies.
Saying this, he told us that the relation between two friends is of spiritual nature. If one gets hurt, the other naturally feels his pain. Likewise, if one’s happy, the other shares in his happiness. Such is the bond of friendship.
Who is a wealthy man?
Hazrat Ali (R.A) always made sure that his friends had everything they needed and they were content. To him, his biggest wealth was his friends and companions.
The poor is one who does not have any friend.
He knew that lost riches and treasures can be found again, but if you lose a friend once, you would never get him back again. A person who has all the wealth in the world with no true friend is a poor man.
On Choosing Friends
Hazrat Ali (R.A), on multiple occasions, warned the Muslim ummah against the wrong kind of friend.
Be friends with the righteous and avoid the evil doers, stay away from the hypocrites and do not accompany the treacherous.
Being Muslims, it is extremely vital that we find a friend who is honorable and virtuous. Hazrat Ali (R.A) knew that a man is known by the company he keeps. Thus, he advised us to avoid the company of hypocrites and evil doers, for their company would become your identity.
At one place, he said,
Keep away from friendship of a liar. Surely he will show you as near what is far from you and will show as far what is near you.
To sum it up, Hazrat Ali (R.A) was someone who valued his friends. He didn’t just encouraged us on making friends, he counselled us on making the right friends.