The most common cause of sins amongst the youth is peer pressure. Almost every person divulges being introduced to sins through ‘friends’.

A friend is one who is concerned about his friend’s goodness, welfare and health. A friend wishes to see his friend progress in life, be happy, and enjoy respect and success in both worlds. A true and sincere friend is a helper, supporter and protector of one’s spiritual well-being. He encourages towards what is good and discourages that which is evil and destructive.

An enemy, on the other hand, desires the destruction of a person’s life, health, wealth and respect. So can the ‘friend’ who encourages you or offers you drugs or alcohol, or takes you to concerts, cinemas, rave clubs, gambling dens, prostitute quarters or introduces you to music, pornography, etc. be called a friend? Nay, he is your enemy!

Allah Ta‘ala mentions the reality and outcome of such ‘friendship’ in the Quraan Majeed: “Friends, on that day, will become enemies to one another, except the God-fearing.” (Zukhruf v67)

When pressured to engage in sins by ‘friends’, be firm on Deen and be courageous. Say: I do not want to displease my Kind and Loving Allah Ta‘ala. I do not want to walk the path to Jahannum. I do not want to invite the fire of Jahannum into my life.

(Adapted from “Seeking the Shade of the ‘Arsh” of Moulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah), pgs. 10 – 12)