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Family Day-9th April

Jumuah Topic: Family Ties-Living as a Family

Islam has placed great emphasis on maintaining family ties in keeping with its principle of avoiding fights and disputes.

Allah Ta’ala gives a clear instruction in the Quraan for upholding ties of kinship:
“Have taqwa of Allah in whose name you make demands on one another and also in respect of your families.” (Suratun Nisaa: 1)

There are many virtues for maintaining ties of kinship. Some are listed below:

It is a sign of Imaan

• Hazrat Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reported that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ‘Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should honour his guest. Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should maintain his ties of kinship. Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should speak well or remain silent.’ (Bukhari & Muslim)
It is a means of increasing sustenance

• Hazrat Anas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reported that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ‘Anyone who desires the expansion of his provision and to have life prolonged, should maintain ties of kinship.’ (Bukhari & Muslim)
Allah joins with a person who joins ties

• ‘Hazrat A’isha (Radhiyallahu Anha) said: Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ‘Kinship is suspended from the Arsh (Throne) and says, ‘Allah will connect (in mercy) with all who maintain my ties. Allah will sever his connection with all who sever them.’ (Bukhari & Muslim)

A means of creating love

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ‘Learn your lineage so that you may maintain family ties. By doing so your family love will increase, your wealth will expand and your lifespan will be blessed.’  (Tirmizi)
It is a means of entry into Jannah

• Hazrat Abdullah bin Salaam (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reported, ‘When Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) came to Madinah Munawwarah and I presented myself before him. I looked at his blessed face and I realized that this is not the face of a liar. The very first words from him which fell into my ears: “O People! Make a practice of greeting each other with Salaam, feed people (for the pleasure of Allah), join ties of kinship and perform Salaah at night when people are asleep (Tahajjud) you will enter Jannah with peace.’
The harms of not joining ties of kinship

“Is it not likely that, if you did turn away, you would cause corruption in the earth and sever your ties of kinship? Such are the people Allah has cursed making them deaf and blinding their eyes.”(Surah Muhammad:22-23)
A person who cuts off ties will not enter Jannah

• Hazrat Jubayr ibn Mut‘im (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reported that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ‘Someone who severs (ties of kinship) will not enter Jannah.’ (Bukhari & Muslim)
Punishment in this world

Hazrat Abu Bakrah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reported that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ‘There is no sin where the perpetrator is more deserving that Allah hastens the punishment in this world to go with whatever punishment Allah has reserved for him in the Akhirah than rebelling and cutting off ties of kinship (Tirmizi)

Allah’s mercy does not descend on a nation in which there is a person who cuts off ties of kinship

Hazrat Abdullah bin Abi Awfa (Raadhiyallahu Anhu) reported that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ‘Allah’s mercy does not descend on a nation in which there is a person who cuts off ties of kinship.’ (Mishkaat)

How to maintain ties of kinship

• ‘Hazrat Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reported: Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'A person who maintains ties of kinship is not someone who only does so with those who maintain ties with him. A person who maintains ties of kinship is someone who restores them when they have been cut off.’ (Bukhari)
The meaning of this Hadith is that maintaining ties of kinship with those relatives who treat you well is not maintaining ties of kinship in the true sense of the word. Rather maintaining ties of kinship in its true form is to treat those relatives kindly who cut off ties

• Hazrat ‘Abdullah ibn Mas‘ud (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reported that a man said, ‘Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, I have some relatives with whom I maintain relations but they cut me off. I am good to them and they are bad to me. I am forbearing to them and they are impatient towards me.’ He said, ‘If you are as you have said, then it is as if you are giving them hot embers to drink. You will continue to have a helper from Allah against them as long as you remain doing that.’ (Muslim)

Hazrat Umm Kulthoom (Radhiyallahu Anha) reported that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ‘The best Sadaqah is that which is given to those relatives who cut off ties.’

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