The Story of a Friend or Enemy - Inspirational and Motivational Story About Real Friend


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The Story of a Friend or Enemy - A Motivational and Inspirational Story

That day I was sitting with a friend having a nice late brunch. Needless to say, we were both extremely hungry.

As we sat waiting for our food, a sweet lady came into the Diner and walked passed our table. And holding her hand was a cute little girl whom both me and my friend could tell, had Down syndrome.

‘Poor thing… having to go thru life like that…. ‘ sighed my beloved friend sympathetically.

Her words made me think.

The question that kept bugging me was ‘Is the girl really ‘... a poor thing...’ ’?

Is she?

I can’t help but felt the contrary.

In fact, I think the little adorable girl was lucky and blessed!

Lucky and blessed?

Yes, I did say lucky and blessed.


Because, didn’t Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) once said:

“The pen is lifted from three (i.e., their deeds are not recorded): the sleeper until he awakes, the child until he grows up, and the insane until he regains his sanity or regains consciousness.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood (4399); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.)

And based on that,

Ibn Hazm (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “As for the insane who have no mental faculties until they die, as we have already mentioned, they are born as ‘haneefs’ (monotheists) and believers, and they do not change their faith, so they die as believers and so they will go to Paradise.” (al-Fasl 4/135).

SubhanAllah, the girl whom me and my friend thought as being ‘a poor thing’ is really the future inhabitants of Paradise.

Paradise, my friends, Paradise!

Paradise- the place that will exist for eternity, where we will get whatever that our hearts desire, the place where rivers are made of milk and honey, the place where we are always young and never get old, the place where we get to be with our loved ones forever, the place where we get angels as servants to serve us 24/7, the place where pearls, gold and silk are our daily adornment, the place where we get to sit and chit chatting with Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his friends; and most of all, the place where we get to see the face of our Creator, Allah the One and Only God.

Yes, that place my friends. That place. And that ‘poor thing’ has a guaranteed place there already!

Can you imagine?

And here I am, pitying this little ‘poor thing’, when the person who should be pitied is really, truly and honestly the one who is writing this story!



Because she was told by her beloved Prophet Muhammad that,

“The believer has four enemies: a believer who envies him (hasad), a hypocrite who hates him, a devil who leads him astray and a kaafir who fights him.” (It was narrated by al-Daylami in al-Firdaws, as stated by al-Manaawi in Fayd al-Qadeer, 5/292, no. 7352, from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah)

Oh no….

Yes, indeed. This hadeeth reminded me of what Sun-tzu once said,

‘Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.’


So, being a definite enemy to the devil, it is a no wonder why the devil seems to be always sitting right next to me!!


I knew I need a way to stop this evil creature from following me everywhere I go.

So I searched for ways that I can do to avoid the devil.

And alhamdulillah, I found this beautiful advice from our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when he said,

“When a man leaves his house and says, ‘Bismillaah, tawakkaltu ‘ala Allaah wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah (In the name of Allaah, I put my trust in Allaah, and there is no power and not strength except with Allaah), it is said: ‘You have been guided, taken care of and protected,’ and the devils turn away from him. And another devil says to him: ‘What you can do with a man who has been guided, taken care of and protected?’” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3423; Abu Dawood, 5095; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.)

Alhamdulillah, that is so simple to do. I am so excited! At the very least now, whenever I walked out of the house, no devil looking creature would be following me around, inshaAllah!

Shoo devil shoo! Stay away from me…

Let me share with you a poem written by Bro King, Slave of Allah in his Facebook Wall

A Friend or Enemy?

He wanted me to burn in hell,
He wanted me to be among those who fell,
He wished to lead me astray,
From my Lords mercy he tried to keep me away.
Was he my friend or enemy?

It was because of him I was deprived,
He had deceived so many,
He kept coming at me until I died,
I still didn’t realize amidst all the agony,
Was he my friend or enemy?

He whispered evil to me every day & every night,
He defeated me without me even putting up a fight,
I didn’t even try,
I thought I can just ignore him and let him pass by,
Was he my friend or enemy?

This is why I was drowned in sins,
All along he was sitting back and laughing at me,
Then death hit me, now I can see,
But it’s too late,
There’s no going back to change my fate.

His task had reached its end,
This was his plan all along,
He wasn’t my friend,
I understood it all wrong,
He was the Devil, my arch enemy!

JazakAllah khayran Bro King. You are absolutely right.

I know that I must consciously remember that there is always one creature lurking around awaiting every single second for opportunities and chances to lead me astray.

So, the question I must keep reminding myself is this- is this creature a friend or an enemy? A friend or enemy? A friend or enemy?

What about you, my friends? Do you think you want to join me asking the same question too so that we will all be safe from devilish evil whispers and path our way to His Paradise, joining the ‘poor thing’?

Think about it…

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najihah said…
Masha Allah..



Sis Zabrina said…

My pleasure sis. JazakAllah khayran for reading!

Hugs and Salaams
Sis Zabrina
JustAmUSLIM said…
Assalamualaikum sis tat poem friend or enemy was not written by King so pls don give credits to him for a poem written by someone else.
Sis Zabrina said…
Wa 'alaykum salam JustAmUSLIM,

JazakAllah lkahyran for the information. I shall make the amendments. Of course, the wrongly given credit was unintentional and done under good faith.

Sis Zabrina