Do I want barakah?


Sunday, 04 November 2007 16:34

Do I want barakah in my life and wealth? Yes indeed, I will love that. Do I want a double reward for the sadaqah (charity) that I give? A double reward? Most certainly. Do I want the support of Allah Ta’ala? I definitely need His support. Do I want high stages and lofty ranks on the Day of Judgment? Absolutely.

If indeed I want all the above, and much more, there is a simple way of achieving it — joining family ties. Such a simple prescription for such great rewards? Is this an exaggeration? No. This is definitely no exaggeration. It is the declaration of none other than Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).
Hazrath Anas (R.A.) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: Anyone who wishes to have his sustenance increased and his life prolonged should join ties of kinship (he should treat his relatives kindly and go out of his way to maintain good relations with them” (Sahih Bukhari). It is likewise reported by Hazrath Ali (R.A.) that the one who guarantees maintaining good family ties has been guaranteed four things by Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam): Long life, respect among relatives, increase in means of livelihood and entry into Jannah (Kanzul Ummaal). Every person is desirous of these aspects. The prescription is to give the guarantee required.

Similarly, the double virtue of giving sadaqa to a relative, receiving the support of Allah Ta’ala and attaining high stages on the Day of Judgment for maintaining family ties, have all been explained by our beloved Rasul (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Above all, joining family ties earns the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala and His beloved Rasul (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). When one joins family ties, one is fulfilling the command of Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Fulfilling their commands earns their pleasure. When the aayat “Hold on firmly to forgiveness, enjoin kindness and ignore (the excesses) of the ignorant (Sura Aa’raaf: 199)” was revealed, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) enquired from Hazrath Jibraeel (A.S.) as to what this aayat meant. Jibraeel (A.S.) replied that he would enquire from the “One that knows” (Allah Ta’ala). He thus went away and returned to inform Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) that Allah Ta’ala was commanding him (in this aayat) to forgive those who wrong him, to grant favours to those who deny him their favours and to strengthen ties of kinship with those who sever relationship with him” (Durre Manthoor). The command to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was in reality a command to US — the followers of Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam). We have been commanded to join family bonds — even with those who wish sever.

Hence it is reported in a Hadith that the one who will receive the great virtues and tremendous rewards of maintaining family ties is not the one who returns kindness with kindness. Hazrath Ibn Umar (R.A.) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “He who gives equal treatment (extends kindness to those who treat him kindly) is not one who is strengthening family ties (he is doing what any sane human must do).” In reality one who strengthens family ties (and receives the great rewards) is the one who joins ties of kinship with those who sever relations with him” (Sahih Bukhari).

How does one maintain family ties? Simply by treating one’s family and relatives in a manner that generates muhabbat (love and affection) and unity and refraining from anything that creates discord. Furthermore, should any family member not conduct himself in the above manner, one should overlook his excesses and still join ties with him.

Maintaining family ties is greatly emphasised in the Qur’an and Sunnah. It is also the prescription for all the things we want. Therefore let us follow the prescription and get what we want!