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‘Abdullah’s ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) advice regarding company

Question

What is the translation of the below?

لا تعترض فيما لا يعنيك، واعتزل عدوك، واحذر خليلك إلا الأمين، ولا أمين إلا من خشي الله، ولا تصحب فاجرا كي تتعلم من فجوره، ولا تفش إليه سرك، واستشر في أمرك الذين يخشون الله عز وجل

 

Answer

This has been recorded as the advice of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma). Some versions suggest that this was the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Refer: Muwatta Imam Muhammad, Hadith: 922, Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 35617 and Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 8995)

 

Translation

Do not interfere/become occupied with things that do not concern you, remain away from your enemy. Beware of your friends, except for the trustworthy one, and only those who fear Allah can be trustworthy. Do not associate a sinner lest you learn his evil ways and do not disclose your secrets to him. Consult and make mashwarah with those who Fear Allah ‘Azza wa Jalla

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar