Radiant Light completes her five-part series on Friendship, derived from the wisdom of Imam Ghazzali rahmatullahi’alayh and his book, “The Beginning of Guidance”.
Men Are Of Three Categories:
One is like food from which no one can be independent.
Another is like medicine which is needed sometimes but not always.
A third man is like a disease which is never needed but with which man is sometimes afflicted.
This man is he in whom there is neither sociability nor benefit.
Kind treatment of him is necessary so as to escape from him. In seeing him, there is great benefit, provided you are helped by Allah (SWT) to obtain it.
The benefit is that you perceive some of his wickedness and bad deeds and so you avoid them.
Fortunate is he, who is admonished by others; A believer in Allah (SWT) (al-mumin) is like a mirror of another believer.
Radf expands on the topic of friendship with some wisdom from Shaikh Faraz Rabbani.
Proper companionship with one’s friends is through:
 Remaining constantly cheerful
 Doing the good
 Spreading mention of their virtues