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Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated:
The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Man follows the religion of his friend; so each one should consider whom he makes his friend.
This wise commandment entails one of the most important bases on which the personal relationships and social connections are based. It is, as you can see, contains few words that are full of human meanings, which are understood and accepted by the sound mind. There is no doubt in their usefulness and effectiveness to form the virtuous manners.
This commandment will be helpful to the one who has a mind that consider the consequences, and a pure heart which sees with the light of Allah what the others do not see with their eyes.
The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: " Man follows the religion of his friend " means that he is influenced by his conditions, his words and his actions, to the extent that he would follow the way of his friend willingly or unwillingly. Perhaps he may turn to be a copy of his friend both in customs and transactions.
If one accompanied a man – who is lower than him in terms of knowledge and experience - for a long time then the higher one would have an impact on the lower one.
We can say: that the bad companion is often more influential than his good companion, because the devil is always with the bad companion, in addition to what he possesses of the bad traits.
The Hadith indicates that one will follow the ways, the doctrine and his behavior, etc… in addition to his other traits.
One shall have more than one close friend, whom he takes as brothers until they are as one man.