The effect of company

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تخم تاثیر صحبت را اثر

“The seed bears influence and one’s company carries effect.”

The first part of this proverb may be debatable, but the second portion which states that one’s company possesses an effect is such an established fact that we need not engage in a lengthy discourse on this matter. You have witnessed the children of many noble families falling into the snare of the Christians, as well as Muslims – even the children of saints, holy men and descendants of the Holy Prophet – dishonour the Noble Messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. I have seen the progeny of Syeds whose lineage cannot be doubted and who link their ancestry to Imam Hussain, may Allah be pleased with him, embracing Christianity and God-forbid, raising all sorts of allegations against the Founder of Islam, peace and blessings be upon him. If even in such circumstances, a Muslim does not possess honour and jealousy for their religion and their Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, then who could be more wicked?

If you do not safeguard your children from the company of the Christians, Aryas and others, or if you have no desire to protect them, then remember that you do not gravely wrong your own souls alone, rather you wrong your nation and Islam. This can only mean that you are not the least jealous for Islam and your hearts are devoid of respect for the Noble Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

(Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Malfuzat, Vol. 1, pp 69 – 70)

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