﴿قُلْ اِنَّـمَٓا اَنَا بَشَرٌ مِثْلُكُمْ يُوحٰٓى اِلَيَّ اَنَّـمَٓا اِلٰهُكُمْ اِلٰهٌ وَاحِدٌ﴾
وَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ﷺ حِينَ احْتَقَرَ صَاحِبُهُ زَاهِرٌ نَفْسَهُ «لٰكِنْ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ أَنْتَ غَال»
Dearest believers!
Allah (SWT) states to the Blessed Messenger (Peace and Blessings be upon him) to “Say, “I am only a man like you, to whom has been revealed that your god is one God. So whoever would hope for the meeting with his Lord – let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of his Lord anyone” and in this way emphasises that our Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon him) was also a human. During the lifetime of our Messenger, he was also somebody who would smile, laugh and even tell jokes to his companions. The character he had before being charged with the duty of messengership was the same as his character after becoming the messenger. He remained a warm and close friend to his companions throughout his life and would always consult with them on the matters around them. He was a friend who would cover the faults of his close companions, behave gently with them and always use kind and encouraging words. Allah (SWT) states in the Holy Qur’an, “There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful.”
Honourable Muslims!
Enes (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates an incident regarding an individual named Zahir which demonstrates the friendship of the Prophet (SAW). Even though Zahir was an unattractive person, the Prophet would also compliment him and treat him well. One time when the Prophet (SAW) saw Zahir at the market he snuck up behind him and gave him a hug. Startled by this, Zahir exclaimed, “Who is that? Let me go?” Upon turning around and realising it was actually the Prophet (SAW) who was hugging him, Zahir grabbed the Prophet and hugged him even tighter.
Dearest believers!
Straight after this incident, the Prophet (SAW) asked all those around him, “Who would like to buy this slave?” Upon hearing this, Zahir, believing his own value to be very low stated that nobody would want to buy me. The Prophet (SAW) did not agree and said to Zahir, “No, oh Zahir. You are very valuable in the sight of Allah”.
Respected believers!
As you can see, the Prophet (SAW) was very kind and loyal to this man from the desert who saw himself of very little value. When speaking with his loved ones, he would be generous yet balanced with his words. He would visit him, approach him and ensure he would be happy with his presence. The Prophet (SAW) was not neglectful of his warm manners and would think of people in regards to their value in the sight of Allah.
Honourable congregation!
Who we take as our friends is very important. The actions and behaviour we exhibit with our friends is also just as important. Unfortunately these days, our communication with our friends is limited to a virtual world through artificial messages. It is for this reason that we are unable to reflect good manners, a cheerful face and kind words in our relations. Thus we must take the example of our beloved Prophet (SAW) and how he maintained his relationships with his friends and companions.
May Allah make us loyal and sincere friends. May Allah also grant us loyal and sincere friends and companions. Amin!

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