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Advantages of Suhbut-e-Salaheen
In Surah-e-Fatiha, Allah سبحا ن ؤ تعا لئ says,
Here we request Allah سبحا ن ؤ تعا لئ to guide us towards the right path, the path of those who are bestowed with bounty, not of those who invited your anger and who are not on the right path. The people who are rewarded include Prophets, siddiquen, martyred, and the pious. Hazrat Muhammad صلئ الله عليه وآ له وسلمwas the last prophet and no other prophet is to follow him but other 3 categories will remain present until the qayamat (day of Judgement). Allah سبحا ن ؤ تعا لئ also says that join the company of siddiquen. This means that siddiquen will remain present until qayamat and also martyred and the pious ones will remain present. It is utmost difficult for a person to differentiate between the people on the right path and those who are distracted from the Quran majid, unless pious ones are there to guide him/her. Therefore, suhbut of the pious ones becomes very important to enable one to tell the right from wrong and also doing good deeds becomes easier with the suhbut of the pious people. There is a hadith that every child is born on nature but parents either make him Jew or Christian, therefore it is utmost important to preferentially choose the suhbut of the pious ones over the sinisters. A famous saying of Moulana Roomi in this regard is that one moment company of the pious ones is better than hundred years of pure worship. Therefore, efforts in the way of finding true God-fearing people in today’s day and age is well worth the effort. Suhbut of the pious ones is like sitting in a room filled with aroma, if nothing happens, the effects of aroma will be left on that person and the suhbut of the sinister is like a company of steel worker, if nothing happens, the effects of smoke will at least make that person uncomfortable. Therefore, everyone is advised to remain watchful of their company. Moulana Roomi said that suhbut (company) of a pious one can make you pious but suhbut of a sinister will in turn make you sinister. There is a popular folklore about the effects of the company of the pious ones. Someone touches some soil in a specific place and get amazed by the odor of that soil and misconceives it for emerald and makes a remark about its good smell. The poor soil says that it is just the ordinary soil but due to having enjoyed the company of a rose for a long period of time, its smell is fragranced.