Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari
Question: One of my really close friend spends a lot of time with an non-Muslim girl who is not a good company at all. I try to convince her to stop spending time with her but when I am not around she spends time with her and gets influenced by her. Could you please advice me on how I can keep my friend away from that girl’s company and me being her best friend, is it my duty to let her know and keep her away for the other girl?
Answer: Dear Sister,
Thank you for your question.
While it is certainly true that one’s religion is as good as their companion, you cannot force your friend to either socialize with or avoid any particular person. As her friend, you can give her good advice and try to create positive interactions, but you must also respect her right to choose her company.
Over time, you may find your definition of “best friend” will change.
Keep your friend in your prayers and ask Allah to keep her in good company.