Mufti Menk provides inspirational advice for Muslims around the UK about friendships

Mufti Menk provides advice on the company you keep

Sometimes, we are in need to cut ties with some other people for our own good. Some of them are not essential for our growth. But however you function the key is to ensure you are working to improve yourself and the company around you.

Friends are allowed to make mistakes, they can’t always be angels. But then she flaked on you again last week. She lied to you last month. And the fact is she’s just plain disappointed you so many times recently that you’ve lost count.

If you’re starting to feel like your “bestie” is no longer the best thing for you, chances are you’re in a toxic friendship.

These kind of friendships have a tendency to sneak up on people because the signs are often subtle. But generally, a toxic friendship “emotionally harms you, rather than helping you. So as Mufti Menk suggests, be wary of the people around you.

Most will assume this advice only applies in certain scenarios or is a reference to ‘bad people’ with ‘bad intentions’, but this could also be with those who you consider to be your friends.

Now we’re not suggesting you abandon those who are in need of your support, but you can’t always help everyone, but you can always pray for them, surely, it is the most powerful weapon we as Muslims have in our arsenal.

But as Mufti Menk suggests in his tweet, it is important to ensure the people who are around you are worth the effort and vet them carefully.

Finally, if you think this is becoming an emotional drag, you can always reach out to various charitable organisations and even seek professional support, you dont have to do it on your won and in the ways of learned, you could always start with a prayer.


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