Loving the Holy Prophet’s Family – An essential requirement of faith

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By virtue of their relationship with Him, Allah the Almighty has accorded great status to the family of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).Allah Most High has ordered one and all to love the Prophet’s Family through the Holy Quran:  Say: I do not ask for any recompense for this (preaching the faith in Prophethood), but (seek) love for (my) kindred (and Allah’s nearness). ►{Surah Al-Shura (42:23)}

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Loving the Holy Prophet’s Family – A demand of faith
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There is a Hadith in Jame’ Tirmidhi about loving Prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)’s family: Translation:It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas (May Allah be well pleased with them), he says: The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:“Love Allah because He blessed you with His bounties.For the love of Allah, love me and for my love, love my family.“►{Jame’ Tirmidhi, Hadith No. 3722}

 The grace and benevolence of Allah Most High demands that we should love Him. To be able to love Allah Most High, we should love the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and to be able to love the Holy Prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), the Family of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) should be loved. It is as if the love of the Prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)’s Family is a step towards the love of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). If anybody desires proximity and closeness of Allah Most High and wants to be enter His presence, the only way for this is to love the Prophet’s Family. This love will grant closeness to the Holy Prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and through the proximity of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), that person will attain proximity of Allah.

There is another Hadith in Sunan Ibn Majah and Jame Tirmidhi. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

 By Him who holds my life in His hands, faith cannot even enter the heart of the person, who does not love you (The Prophet’s Family) for the sake of Allah Most High and their relationship with me. ►{Jame’ Tirmidhi, 3691; Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith No. 137}

 Tabarāni narrates on the authority of Hadrat Ali, May Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:
‘Teach your children three qualities:

– Love of your Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam);
– Love of his family and
– The recitation of the Qur’an.

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The Holy Prophet’s Family – A means of safety for the mankind
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The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has declared His family as the Ark of Deliverance and safety, as mentioned in this Hadith:
Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas (May Allah be well pleased with them) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “My Family is the like the Ark of Nooh (May peace be upon him). The one who boards it is delivered and the one who stays back is destroyed.” ►{Mo’jam Kabeer Tabarani, Hadith No. 2572}

There is a Hadith in Sunan Dailami:: Ayaas bin Salama (May Allah be well pleased with him) narrates on the authority of his father who narrates that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Stars are the means of safety for the dwellers of the heavens and my family is the means of safety for my Ummah. ► (Mo’jam Kabeer Tabarani, Hadith No. 6137)

It has been reported on the authority of Hadhrat Jabir (May Allah be well pleased with him): I saw the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) on ‘Arafat. He (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) was on His she-camel, Qaswa and was giving a sermon. I heard Him saying: “O people,I leave with you two great bounties. As long as you hold on to them, you will never be misguided. They are:  the Book of Allah and  my family.” ► (Jame’ Tirmidhi, Hadith No. 3718)

(Based on the Quranic Encyclopedia by Shaykh ul Islam Dr. Tahir ul Qadri)

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