''A part of my soul has been torn away.'' When a friend is held that close to the heart, then that is a companion. Till Akhirah and Jannah.
— Afiq Hakimi (@afiqhakimibh) April 14, 2013
To many of my own year's batch, our foundation studies have ended. It's now or never. Where will we end up?
Like so many, our end was a tearful occasion, the happiness of ending one part of our lives eclipsed by separation, not knowing when else will we end up together.
Volume by volumes of memories were created, good or bad. It'll be something to be remembered by.
All of these is because of the friendships we fostered, the bond that we smelted, stronger than steel yet as colourful as a rainbow.
That said friendship isn't something simple. It's one of the very purpose of creation.
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ مِنْ ذَكَرٍ وَأُنْثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ
O mankind! we have created You from a male and a female, and made You into nations and tribes, that You may know one another. Verily, the Most honourable of You with Allâh is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa [i.e. one of the Muttaqûn Verily, Allâh is All-Knowing, All-Aware
"People who love each other for Allah, those who visit each other for Allah, those who spend for each other in the path of Allah, those who keep in touch with each other for Allah, they are who are deserving of my love (Allah)."
Allah has put the status of friendship so highly to the point it can be called a garden of ajr. We're actually having fun when all the while Allah is showering His love and mercy upon us. Isn't that awesome?
Allah has just one prerequisite to that easy ajr. Love for Him.
When we feel longing to those we call our friends, our companions, partners in battle. Is it because we feel satisfaction? We feel closer to Allah? We long to do what Allah loves together, in congregation, united and set to achieve one goal. Then well done. You have found the friend that will bring ourselves to Jannah.
What we feel as the end is only when we make is as the end. When we cherish the memories, keep in contact, trade stories then the end is only in the end in perspective of time, but it was never the end in a true and complete sense. They're still in our hearts. So don't despair. Allah will never let His Servants down. Pray to Him that the friendship we hold dearly is held strong against the winds of time. The best of du'a is the Rabitah du'a:
"Fairwell is all I can say, a prayer is that all I can give. But know that, if I was a given a chance, I would never let time pass to end this very moment when you my friend, my companion, my comrade in the mission for Allah and His Jannah, was all that I long for. "