Friends are inseparable parts in our life. In the Qur’an there is a mention of friends along with those and distant relatives. They have the following rights:
- It is necessary to make a close of the beliefs, deeds, behavior and dealings, conduct and character of those with whom one intends to make friends. If they are found right minded and righteous, they may befriended, otherwise avoided. Great emphasis has been laid on shunning bad society. If one come across a person of like habits, belief and character, there is no objection to befriending him, as it is recognized universally that a friend is the greatest source of comfort and solace.
2. Never hesitate in sacrificing for him even your life and wealth.
3. If something unpleasant comes from him connive at it. If some quarrel occurs by change settle it at once instead of prolonging it, because even temporary differences among friends have some pleasant aspects.
4. Do not be neglectful in wishing your friends well or in giving them good advice. Give ear to his advice with sincerity and accept it if it is practicable and valid in the Shari’ah.
(main source: Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi: Muslim Way of Life)