Islam has emphasized that people go to visit each other. Ameerul Momineen Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) says:
لِقَاءُ الْإِخْوَانِ مَغْنَمٌ جَسِيْمٌ وَ إِنْ قَلُّوْا
“Meeting of brothers (with each other) is immensely beneficial, even if these (meetings) are few.”1
Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) ordered his companion Khaisamah to convey the following message to his Shias and friends:
“Tell them to acquire piety of Allah, convey to them that the rich should help the poor, the powerful should take care of the weak ones, the living ones should participate in the funeral of the dead ones and visit their houses, for surely the meeting of some of them with others enlivens our affairs, may Allah have mercy on the one who enlivens our affairs…”2
Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) says:
“Visit each other because your meeting each other will enliven your hearts and is a cause of the remembrance of our traditions. They are compassionate with one another through our traditions. If you act as per these (traditions), you will be guided and receive salvation but if you forsake them, then you will be deviated and destroyed. Then hold fast unto them, I shall be the guarantor for your salvation.”3
One of the grievances against the modern era is that people do not love each other like in the past. But what is its cure? If we look for the right remedy, then any disease can be cured. In the past and even today, wherever people go to meet each other in their houses, love, attachment and affection exists between them. If people do not meet and are not aware of each other, distances are bound to increase. When people frequent each other, incidents from the lives of the infallible Imams (a.s.) are also discussed among many other things and blessings descend due to them. As the distance between people increases, love between them decreases. When such things are discussed today, then one thing which is commonly expressed is that there is no time to meet each other. The truth is that if we wish to remove time then we surely can. Certainly, time is not an issue but laziness, lethargy and malice in the hearts.