Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answer updated 10 months ago

as salam alaikum

In general, Islam encourages friendship with pious people and those who have a good religious influence on your personality and religiosity. So, to answer your question, you should first look at piety and religious/good influence of a certain person or group.

Islam also do not condone fornication, adultery or any intimate relation outside an Islamic-validated marriage. A Muslim is therefore called to preserve and support Islamic values before anything else.

With prayers for your success.