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The Importance of Good Family Ties in Islam

Prophet Muhammed (ﷺ) explains the significance of household ties in Islam: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him maintain the bonds of kinship” (Bukhari). Another hadith explains the severity of breaking the household ties: “Allah’s mercy will not descend on people among whom there is one who severs ties of kinship.” (Baihaqi, Shuab Al-Iman)

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Maintaining the bonds of kinship certainly enjoys extraordinary significance in Islam. Conversely, breaking the ties could be very excessive on the listing of enormities. At two locations in the Qur’an, Allah has cursed the one severing household ties: “And those who break the covenant of Allah, after its ratification, and split that which Allah has commanded to be joined (i.e, they sever the bond of kinship and are not good to their relatives) and work mischief in the land, on them is the curse, and for them is the unhappy home (i.e, Hell)” (Quran 13:25. See additionally Quran 47:22-23).

A cursed particular person is one who’s disadvantaged of the mercy of Allah. It is a sign of this deprivation that this sin is punished in this world in addition to in the Hereafter. “There is no sin more deserving of having punishment meted out by Allah to its perpetrator in advance in this world along with what He stores up for him in the next world than oppression and severing ties of family.” (Tirmidhi).

Another hadith highlights the excessive stakes concerned right here in a compelling approach: “’Rahim’ (family ties) is a word derived from one of the names of Allah ‘Ar-Rahman’ (The Compassionate One) And Allah says: ‘I shall keep connection with him who maintains you and break connection with him who severs you.’” (Bukhari)

Maintaining the bonds of kinship has been outlined as politeness, sort therapy, and concern for all one’s kin even when distantly associated, corrupt, non-believer, or unappreciative. While almost each faith has emphasised good household relations, Islam has taken it to unprecedented heights. It is an obligation to be discharged with out an eye fixed for reciprocity. A Muslim is required to be sort even to his non-Muslim kin. Similarly, he’s required to be sort to even these kin who’re harsh to him.

The most telling instance in this regard is that of Abu Bakr (r). Among the many individuals who benefited from his generosity was a relative Mistah (r). The latter sadly grew to become concerned in the scandal about Aisha (r) (spouse of Prophet & daughter of Abu Bakr), which was began by the chief of the hypocrites… Feeling damage and betrayed, Abu Bakr vowed by no means to assist Mistah once more. Yet the Qur’an requested him to neglect and forgive and proceed serving to his relative, which he did. Is there one other society that may even come near this commonplace in sustaining household ties?

Islam got here to set all {our relationships} proper. This contains our relationships with Almighty Creator Allah in addition to with different human beings. Family ties are crucial elements of the latter.

Today, sadly, these teachings can principally be discovered in Muslim societies in their violation. The greatest we do right this moment is reciprocate; extra generally we backbite, cheat, and damage our kin and proceed the spiral of damage and humiliation as they reply. And we simply abandon these of our kin who’re economically unlucky.

There are three causes for this unhappy state of affairs. First is the widespread ignorance about Islamic teachings in this regard. Second is the rampant materialism. While materialism hurts all points of our life, it’s particularly damaging to household ties for they require sacrifice of time, cash and private consolation. The third purpose has to do with latest historical past. It is a “gift” of the transformation of Muslim societies beneath colonialism, western tradition, tv channels, and social media.

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Originally posted on March 22, 2022 @ 12:37 am

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