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It was narrated from Salman bin ‘Amir رضى الله عنه that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
إِنَّ الصَّدَقَةَ عَلَى الْمِسْكِينِ صَدَقَةٌ وَعَلَى ذِي الرَّحِمِ اثْنَتَانِ صَدَقَةٌ وَصِلَةٌ
“Giving charity to a poor person is charity, and (giving) to a relative is two things, charity and upholding the ties of kinship.” [Sunan an-Nasa’i, 2582]
Maintain ties with kinfolks even if they sever ties with you; give them even if they deprive you, be gentle to them even if they are rude or aggressive towards you and be kind to them even if they harm you. If you do so, then you will continue to have the support of Allah so long as you remain as such.
Severing ties with kinfolks is one of the destructive major grave sins, and the person who commits such a sin, if he dies as such without repenting, is threatened with not entering paradise with those who enter it first:
Narrated from Jubair bin Mut’am رضى الله عنه that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
لَا يَدْخُلُ اَلْجَنَّةَ قَاطِعٌ
“The one who severs the ties of kinship will not enter Paradise.” [Al-Bukhaari, 5984 and Muslim, 2556)
The one who severs ties with kinfolks will have the gates of Paradise closed in front of him, his relatives will hate him, and people will talk ill about him saying: “Whoever is not good towards his own relatives will never be good towards other people”; what is left for the one who severs ties after this?
Feeding people is a quality of the pious, Allah Said:
وَيُطْعِمُونَ الطَّعَامَ عَلَىٰ حُبِّهِ مِسْكِينًا وَيَتِيمًا وَأَسِيرًا
“And they give food in spite of love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive.” [Surah Al Insan: 8]
إِنَّمَا نُطْعِمُكُمْ لِوَجْهِ اللَّهِ لَا نُرِيدُ مِنكُمْ جَزَاءً وَلَا شُكُورًا
“(Saying): “We feed you seeking Allah’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.” [Surah Al Insan: 9]
“Use kind words, spread the greeting of Salaam, and feed people.” (Ibn Hibbaan)
It would be amazing if the Muslims were to act upon every Sunnah he hears about in order to be upon the guidance of the honourable Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. This is how our great scholars and the Salaf (righteous predecessors) were.
Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal رحمه الله تعالى said:
ما كتبت حديثاً إلا وقد عملت به، حتى مرّ بي أن النبي صلّى الله عليه وسلّم احتجم وأعطى أبا طيبة ديناراً فأعطيت الحجام ديناراً حين احتجمت
“I never wrote down a hadeeth except that I acted upon it; such that when it reached me that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was cupped and gave Abu Tayyibah a dinar. So I gave the cupper a dinar when he cupped me.”
Imam Bukhari recorded in his saheeh under the chapter “Emulating the Actions of the Prophet صلّى الله عليه وسلّم upon the authority of Ibn Umar رضي الله عنه who said:
اتخذ النبي صلّى الله عليه وسلّم، خاتماً من ذهب، فاتخذ الناس خواتيم من ذهب , فقال النبي: إني اتخذت خاتماً من ذهب , فنبذه وقال: ” إني لن ألبسه أبداً “. فنبذ الناس خواتيمهم
“The Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وسلّم) wore a gold ring and then the people followed him (in this act) and wore gold rings too; (upon seeing this), the Prophet said: ‘I had this golden ring made for myself’. He then threw it away and said: ‘I shall never put it on (again).’ Thereupon the people also threw their rings away.”
وَاعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَلَا تُشْرِكُوا بِهِ شَيْئًا ۖ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا وَبِذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْيَتَامَىٰ وَالْمَسَاكِينِ وَالْجَارِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْجَارِ الْجُنُبِ وَالصَّاحِبِ بِالْجَنبِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ وَمَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ مَن كَانَ مُخْتَالًا فَخُورًا
“Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbour, the neighbour farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed, Allah does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful.” [Surah Nisa: 36]
One of the merits of Islam is that it enjoins maintaining ties with kinfolks even if they are disbelievers, and commands people to be just with all others, even if they are enemies, and to be kind to all creation even if they are animals; what a great religion this is!
If Allah makes you stand up you will never fall, and if he lets you fall and leaves you to yourself, you will always fall.
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