How Can I Overcome Loneliness and Make Friends?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

Question: How can I overcome loneliness? Does Islam allow us to make friends and spend time with them? Is there any supplication to get new friends?

Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray this finds you well. May Allah lift your loneliness and grant you the gift of good companions.


Good friends are an important part of being a balanced Muslim. Please refer to What Are the Qualities of a Friend? by Ustadh Tabraze Azam to help you better understand friendship in Islam. Please also read Bringing Barakah Into Your Wealth and Life by Ustadh Abdullah Anik Misra.


Please perform the Prayer of Need in the last third of the night, and ask Allah to cure your loneliness, send you good friends, and whatever else you wish. In addition to prayer and dua, please also take proactive steps in seeking out good company. Is there a community service program you can participate in? Is there a local circle of knowledge you can attend?One can often find good people at good places.

Please refer to the following links:

Dealing With Depression Caused by Unemployment and Loneliness
What Are Some Prophetic Supplications That Can Help Me Deal With Trials in My Life?


Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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