Failing to find righteous company
Fatwa No: 358633

  • Fatwa Date:11-9-2017 - Thul-Hijjah 20, 1438
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Question

Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu. What should I do if I am unable to find a righteous company? Either I find sinners, or I find innovators. Should I mix with these bad people to fill the gap, or should I keep by myself?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

There are good people everywhere on earth, praise be to Allah. Whoever sincerely seeks them will find them, so be keen on looking for them with perseverance and sincerity. Look for them in mosques, Thikr (remembrance of Allah) gatherings, and religious lessons, and keep company with those who are better than others, then those who are next in rank, and so on, for no one is perfect or free of flaws and shortcomings.

If you cannot find except those whose company harms you and who lure you to disobey Allah, then your only resort would be to keep to yourself and limit your interactions with people to the extent that meets your needs and interests, and nothing more.

Allah knows best.

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