Peace, one and all…
‘Friends, how many of us have them? Friends, ones we can depend on…’
Thus begins one of my favourite ’80s rap tunes, ‘Friends’ by Whodini. Relationships are the essence of life, and so friendship, in all its forms, is integral to life itself. Moreover, since God is al-Wali (the Protecting Friend), friendship stretches beyond the purely human realm, moving onwards into the fullness of the Divine.
What does it mean to have a friend? What is friendship? How should we choose our friends? How do we maintain and strengthen our friendships? What do our friendships say about us?
Given the importance of relationships, such questions strike right to the heart of what it means to be human. The older I get, the more significant my friendships become – to the point that I feel that my own personal salvation will depend upon being able to show friendship to everyone I meet.
And my last prayer is praise of God, the Sustainer and Friend of All Being.