Two friends were travelling together. When a bear suddenly met them on their path, one of them climbed up quickly into a tree and concealed himself in the branches. The other, seeing that he must be attacked, fell flat on the ground. When the bear came up and felt him with his snout and smelt him all over, he held his breath and feigned the appearance of death as much as he could. The bear soon left him as it will not touch a dead body.
When the bear was quite gone, the other friend descended from the tree, and jokingly inquired of his friend what was the bear had whispered in his ear.
"He gave me this advice," his companion replied.
"Never travel with a friend who deserts you at the approach of danger."
A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey, they had an argument and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, he wrote in the sand :
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.
They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone :
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.
The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him,
"After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?"
The other friend replied,
"When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away.
But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it."
LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND AND TO CARVE YOUR BENEFITS IN STONE.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.
The one who is always there to console you when you want to talk about a problem, the one who sticks by
you through thick and thin, the one whom you can count on to be there for you - this is the person who
leaves no doubts in your mind that he or she is your "best friend".
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) stated, "The believer is like a mirror to other believers (in truthfulness)."
Like a mirror, your friend gives you an honest image. He forgives your mistakes, but does not hide or
exaggerate your strengths and weaknesses.