To meet people with a smile and a welcoming face is indeed from the characteristics of Prophethood, and [something which] is contrary to pride and arrogance, and [instead] a cause for friendship and love.
The pleasure which remains after death, and [that which] benefits in the Hereafter is the pleasure [attained] from knowledge of Allaah and actions for His Sake [alone].
From that which is strange in these times [of ours today], is that between you and another is a relationship, the sincerity of which is built upon fond memories – the size of mountains!
Abu ad-Dardaa had 360 companions [with each of whom he had established a very dear and close friendship] for the Sake of Allaah; and he would supplicate to Allaah for [each and every one of] them in his salaah.
When meeting [other] men, I have never seen a man smile as much as Ayyoob as-Sikhtiyaanee.
Whoever restricts ties of brotherhood to only those without [any] fault[s], will have few friends…
Whoever does not love knowledge, then there is no good in him; So there should not be any acquaintance between you and him, and nor any friendship.