In daily life, conflicts and other frictions are unavoidable. But any religion and belief always encourage people to maintain the kinship and good relationship. In particular, what are the importance of kinship in Islam?
Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him),
“The person who perfectly maintains the ties of kinship is not the one who does it because he gets recompensed by his relatives (for being kind and good to them), but the one who truly maintains the bonds of kinship is the one who persists in doing so even though the latter has severed the ties of kinship with him.“ (Bukhari)
Here are some importance of kinship in Islam to motivate you in keeping a good relationship with others.
1. Following the Teaching of Quran
Islam teaches us about living in peace and maintain kinship through Quran and hadith. Thus, we should follow the teaching of Quran. See also Importance of Tongue in Islam
“… and fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship)…” (4:1)
2. Proof As a True Believer
Maintaining the kinship is a proof that you are a true believer. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
“Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day let him maintain the bonds of kinship.” (Bukhari)
3. To Seek for Happiness
Happiness can be found when we are in a good terms with others. See also Rights of Relatives in Islam
“And those who break the covenant of Allah, after its ratification, and sever 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.” (13:25)
4. Avoiding Satan’s Whisper
Satan has his own mission to lure human being into the wrong way. Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings upon him) said:
“Iblis places his throne upon water; he then sends detachments (for creating dissension); the nearer to him in rank are those who are most notorious in creating dissension. One of them comes and says: “I did so and so.” And he says: “You have done nothing.” Then one amongst them comes and says: “I did not spare so and so until I sowed the seed of discord between a husband and a wife.” Then Satan goes near him and says: “You have done well.” He then embraces him.” (Muslim)
5. Entering the Paradise Together
Paradise made for those who maintain the kinship with others. See also How to Keep Family Ties in Islam
Jubair bin Mut’am (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
“The one who severs the ties of kinship will not enter Paradise.” (Agreed upon)
6. Pursuing Allah’s Rewards
There are deeds that rewards are bigger than Salat and Sadaqah.
Abu Darda’ narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Shall I not inform you of something more excellent in degree than fasting, prayer and almsgiving (sadaqah)? The people replied: Yes, Prophet of Allah! He said: It is putting things right between people, spoiling them is the shaver (destructive).” (Abu Dawood)
7. To Have a Longer Life
Having a good relationship with others extend the age and improving the health. See also How to Treat a Family in Islam
As reported by Anas, the Prophet (peace be upon him) as saying:
“Anyone who is pleased that his sustenance is expanded and his age extended should do kindness to his near relatives.” (Abu Dawood)
8. To Maintain a Good Relationship with Allah
Those who able to keep a good relationship with others will be able to establish a good relationship with Allah.
‘Aisha (RA) reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The bond of relationship is suspending from the Throne, and says: ‘He who keeps good relations with me, Allah will keep connection with him, but whosoever severs relations with me, Allah will sever connection with him.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
9. To Earn Double Rewards
Earn the double rewards for the deeds you do by maintaining the kinship. This is also the importance of kinship in Islam. See also Rights of Mother in Islam
As narrated from Salman bin ‘Amir that the Prophet said: “Giving charity to a poor person is charity, and (giving) to a relative is two things, charity and upholding the ties of kinship.” (Nasa’i)
10. Avoiding Major Sins
Severing the kinship is one of the major sins someone could committed.
As narrated from Abu Bakrah, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There is no sin more deserving that Allah hasten the punishment in this world, in addition to what is stored up for him in the Hereafter – than injustice and severing the ties of kinship.” (Ibn Majah)
11. Keeping the Peace in Life
While he lived, the Prophet (peace be upon him) was someone who loves peace and avoid any conflict or war. See also Importance of Obeying Parents in Islam
“No blame will there be upon you today. Allah will forgive you; and He is the most merciful of the merciful.” (12:92)
12. Having Allah to Support You
Nothing is better in the world than having Allah SWT by your side.
Abu Huraira reported that a person said to the Prophet, “I have relatives with whom I try to have close relationship, but they sever (this relation). I treat them well, but they treat me ill. I am sweet to them but they are harsh towards me.” Upon this he (the Holy Prophet) said: “If it is so as you say, then you in fact throw hot ashes (upon their faces) and there would always remain with you on behalf of Allah (an Angel to support you) who would keep you dominant over them so long as you adhere to this (path of righteousness).” (Muslim)
Those are all the importance of kinship in Islam. As everyone dreaming of having a good and peaceful life, let’s all take part in creating peace in the world.