As hmans we are very much moulded by the environment as we are by nature. You can’t really help the circumstances of your birth but you can do a lot to determine yhe life you want to live. Thus, having the right influences help to shape who you become.
The people around you which these days include your online network have much impact in our lives. We have moved on from only conversations we are participating in. Now with all the overwhelming numbers of platforms, pages and boards, we are absorbing information we don’t even ask for at breakneck speed.
It is important therefore to keep good company. It is joining the gatherings of the righteous this last remaining days of Ramadhan. It is continuing this practice everyday onwards. It is trying to avoid people who do not help you grow unless you are helping them. It is maintaining a limit though, and knowing when the association is of no benefit and must be given up.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) had excellent companions and their being together greatly contributed to the success of Islam in its early days.
“A person is on the way of life (deen) of his close friend, so let people look into whom they take as close friends.”
(Sunan Abu Dawud)
“The example of a righteous and evil companion is like one who carries perfume and another who is a blacksmith. As for the one who carries perfume, he will either give you some perfume, you might buy it, or [at least] you will find a pleasing scent with him. As for the blacksmith, either he (the blacksmith) will burn his clothes, or you will find a hideous odour coming from him.”