Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate
May His blessings and peace be on His Beloved Prophet, the best of creation, and his family, companions, and followers
Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
You should try to keep his company and help him resolve the ‘problems’ he had that led to this unfortunate decision. Usually, people leave religion because of having a spiritual vacuum.
One way to fill this meaningfully is to find an effective way to have him spend time around people of faith and piety, but in ‘non-threatening’ modes of interaction.
Once it becomes apparent that there is no hope of him changing, then you cannot keep his company, though there may be wisdom in maintaining a distant relationship—in the hope of him seeking the truth some time in the future.
And Allah alone gives success.
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