It is difficult to define a good friend

A good friend is sympathetic to you in every thing. He is interested in your welfare and happiness. He does his best to help you wherever he can. You don’t have to ask him for help. But if he does not know of your difficulties you feel no hitch in telling him. Friendship flourishes on mutual trust. When that is missing there is something wrong with friendship. A good friend is prepared to sacrifice his own interests for the sake of his friend. There are many historic examples of such friendships. Perhaps they are somewhat exaggerated. But they are based on truth. A selfish man can never be a good friend. In friendship as in love, you give. You don’t withhold. If you do so you are not a good friend.

There is a common notion that there are no quarrels among real friends. This is wrong. There are quarrels even among good friends. But these quarrels are not always the end of friendship. They should not be too frequent. Then it becomes a habit. Occasionally however, quarrels are inevitable even among the best of friends. A good friend’s attitude to these quarrels is generous. He does not lose his faith in his friend’s integrity.

Sometimes there are serious misunderstandings among best friends. A good friend does not nurse these misunderstandings. He tries to remove them through a frank discussion. Sometimes we realize that our friend is our foe. It gives us pain. But such mistakes are not natural. Our estimate of person’s sincerity and character may not be correct. In such cases it is best to part ways with grace.

It is not necessary that a good friend must be good to everybody. We have our likes and dislikes. With persons we like we behave in one way. With persons we dislike we behave differently. It is too much to expect of a friend to be friendly to all our other friends. In such cases it is best to put one’s friends in separate groups and avoid awkward situations. Happiness lies in getting together. A good friend is, in short a rare possession and one must thank to ALLAH if one gets a really good friend.

By Rehana khan(111/10)


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