All praise is due to Allah, and may exaltation and safety be granted to Muhammad, his family, his companions, and those who aid them. To proceed:
The issue of companionship and affiliation is an important topic; thus, I would like to share some Islamic texts with my noble brothers and sisters about it. I ask Allah to place sincerity and benefit in this effort.
Allah, the Most High, says (i.e. its meaning):
And it has already come down to you in the Book [i.e., the Qur’aan] that when you hear the verses of Allah [recited], they are denied [by them] and ridiculed (1); so do not sit with them until they enter into another conversation. Indeed, you would then be like them. Indeed, Allah will gather the hypocrites and disbelievers in Hell all together. [Soorah an-Nisaa (4): 140]
Imaam as-S’adee [d. 1376 AH], may Allah have vast mercy on him, said:
The statement of Allah the Most High: ‘Indeed, you would then be like them’ means: If you sit with them while they are mocking and ridiculing, you would then be like them.
This is because you were pleased with their disbelief and ridicule, and the one who is pleased with disobedience is like the doer of it.
In summary, whoever attends a gathering in which Allah is being disobeyed, it is obligatory upon him to censure them if he has the ability, or he must stand up and leave if he doesn’t have the ability to rebuke them. (2)
To be continued, if Allah wills…
(1) Imaam as-S’adee says: “This includes the different groups of the people of innovation. This is because their usage of the verses of Allah to prove their falsehood entail ridicule of the verses of Allah…” See footnote #2.
(2) ‘Abdur-Rahmaan as-S’adee, Tayseer al-Kareem ar-Rahmaan, 1/372