Khalil (The Greatest Friend), But Islamic Brootherhood is Far Better

The qualities of our companions are what help us to shape a beneficial path ahead or if we do not choose those we call friend carefully we may find ourselves traveling a disastrous road with the only end being off a cliff. Show choose wisely those who encourage ad enjoin good and forbid evil.

Chapter 5: The saying of the Prophet (saws) “If! were to take a KhaliI…”

Narrated Ayyub ; The Prophet (saws), said, “If I were to take a Khalil, I would have taken him (i.e., Abu Bakr (raa)) as a Khalil (intimate friend), but the Islamic brotherhood is better.”

The Translation of the Meanings of Sahih Al-Bukhari by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin KhanHadith 3657, Volume 5, Book 62 The Virtues and the Merits of the Companions of the Prophet

Abu Bakr As Sadiqq, The Intimate Friend of The Prophet

Companions come and go, but to find some one truly worthy of granting the title “friend” is a rare thing indeed. We can spend our entire life and not have even one lasting relationship let alone someone we would call a dear and intimate friend. So when the Prophet (saws) expresses and considers one to be such a person, a khalil, then they must truly be a person of unique character.

Chapter 5: The saying of the Prophet (saws) “If! were to take a Khalil…”

AbU Sa’id said that Ibn ‘Abbas (raa) narrated, the Prophet (saws) said, “If I were to take a Khalil, I would have taken Abu Bakr (raa), but he is my brother and my companion (in Islam).”

The Translation of the Meanings of Sahih Al-Bukhari by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin KhanHadith 3656, Volume 5, Book 62 The Virtues and the Merits of the Companions of the Prophet