Constancy in Solitude

Today is the final post in the series related to constancy in 8 things.

Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم said in a hadeeth ,”Solitude is better than bad company but good company is better than solitude.” [Bayhaqi – Shu’ab al Imaan]

In this day and age especially, we should endeavour to stay away from bad company and remain in an environment of piety, purity and the remembrance of Allah سبحانه وتعالى as much as possible. However, a person who mixes with people and tolerates their inconvenience, abuse and misbehaviour is far better than he who does not associate with people and does not tolerate their misbehaviour. This is not contrary to the desirability of solitude however, because even though he may be with people physically, he will still be in a state of seclusion since his heart will be in the remembrance of Allah سبحانه وتعالى. As a result even if they misbehave towards him, he will tolerate it because his heart will be with Allah سبحانه وتعالى.

[This short excerpt is based on a brothers’ majlis (gathering for spiritual training) held by Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq on 5th April 2000 and 8th April 2000].

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