is co-operative and supportive behavior between two or more people. In
this sense, Friendship means a relationship which involves mutual
knowledge, esteem, and affection and respect along with a degree of
rendering service to friends in times of need. Friends will welcome each
other's company and exhibit loyalty towards each other. They will
exchange advices and share hardships.
Arabs take friendship very seriously. The Arab concept of friendship is
one of duration and intensity. Before an Arab enters into a friendship,
he must find out all about a person to see how much influence one has
and if the person might embarrass him.
in the Middle East is much more demanding. A true friend is someone you
feel free to impose on at anytime, knowing that he will do his very
best to help you, even if it means a personal sacrifice. On first
meeting, Arabs like to smile and chat, personal questions, interest in
them and in their thoughts and lives, and indicate full willingness to
meet again and continue the friendship.
a friendship is formed, Arabs use all his influence to do things for
his friend. Any Westerner who would like the benefits of a "real” Arab
friend needs to realize the friendship has more intensity and involves a
system of balancing favors against obligations. In general, it can be
said that the maintenance of friendships takes priorities over most
other needs of life.
Friendship in Islam
Muhammad (PBUH) said, "A true believer is a mirror to his brother. He
prevents him from any harm." That means Friends wish well for their
friends, and feel a strong grief when they see them in any kind of
suffering. They work hard by all means to restore the rights of their
friends, and give them all the help they need. They keep the secrets of
their friends. This kind of friendship is the basic necessity of social
approves associating with individuals who have violated moral and
social laws for the purpose of helping them through beneficial guidance.
Friends sympathies with their friends and they comfort each other.
Friends exert each other toward piety and righteous deeds. Prophet
Muhammad (PBUH) said, "Fear Allah and help each other for the sake of
Allah. Have mercy upon each other. Visit each other and remember our
matter and keep it alive."
Friendship in Bible
"And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you"
Arabian Proverbs about Friends and Friendship
A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's
heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will
take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of
kindness blow the rest away."
"A friend is known when needed"
By Nouran Radwan
Source : http://www.factofarabs.net/ERA.aspx?Id=345&TID=7