What's the Shia view on the companions? I've heard some harsh comments so I thought asking a Shia would be better
You have made important steps in asking and seeking to research by asking Shia’s themselves, rather than to believe a lot of the misconceptions spread around on the internet. I will try to answer your question, to the limit of my ability, and then refer you to further resources.
So the thing is, I personally feel it’s wrong to use one word for such a large, diverse group of people. The companions were not one homogenous group and so when referring to such a large body of people, one can not say ‘you disrespect the companions’. The Shia position on the companions of Prophet Muhammed (saw) is that based on pragmatism, evidence, and realism - rather an the idealistic perception that they were all generally good and righteous. We believe, as the Quran categorizes, the companions were of varying ranks, from those who absolutely strive to be like, to those who had deception in their hearts and harmed the Prophet (saw) and his Holy Progeny (as).
There were righteous companions like Ibn Abbas, Salman Farsi, Abu Dhar Ghafari, Ammar Ibn Yassir, Miqdad and similar ones. They followed the Prophet (saw) in their life and even after his demise.
The Quran groups the companions into catagories. So the Quran and hadith has outlined the path of the religion and the Prophet (saw) has ordered the Ummah to follow the Quran and the Ahlulbayt (as). This is the most authentic source for following the Holy Prophet (saw) and the religion.
Berlin based Egyptian graffiti artist Ammar Abu Bakr eulogizes Egyptian activist Shaima AlSabbagh who was shot and killed at the hands of Egyptian police during a peaceful protest against the current military rule in the country. The photograph below shows Shaima held by her husband seconds after being shot.
Salem Smeirat, a vegetable seller, and cigarettes on the Basta in the vegetable market center of Ramallah, works long hours to secure food for his family, but the simple Smeirat participated in dozens of festivals and events, and received warm applause by thousands of fans, and the reason his features, which are very much like the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat “Abu Ammar”. Smeirat not only looks like Abu Ammar in shape but imitate his voice and moves,
Setiap orang ada sisi gelapnya di masa lalu.
Dan seorang mukmin itu pasti mahukan yang lebih baik untuk setiap hari yang mendatang.
Ya. Karat jahiliyyah itu masih ada.
Dan terlalu sukar dikikis.
Kuat atau lemah iman menjadi penanda aras.
Sungguh, diri ini takut kerana setiap kali lemahnya iman, bermarajalelalah nafsu.
Benarlah kata Abu Ammar,
“Tarikan bagi seorang mukmin itu ada dua. Tarikan iman dan hawa nafsu.”
About a 150 heavily armed Israeli occupation forces raided town Beit Ommar today at dawn terrorized the citizens and arrested Omar Sadem Sulaibi (21 years), Mohamad Jamal Alqam (21 years), Ammar Mohamad Abu Maria (20 years), Mohamad Sa'id Sabarnah (22 years) and Hamza Wahid Abu Maria (25 years), 27 May 2014.