Allah rewards us for maintaining good relationships within our families
When we put in effort to uphold our family ties and maintain good relationships with our relatives, we should remind ourselves that this does not go unnoticed. Allah sees the good we do, even if we feel that our efforts are not acknowledge by others. We read in a hadith:
Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The bond of family is suspended from the Throne and it says: Whoever upholds me, Allah will uphold him. Whoever severs me, Allah will sever him.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)
Keeping good relationships with our family is something that creates an avenue for us to be granted Jannah. We may not realise how beneficial it is for us when we do small things, such as check up on our relatives by phoning them, or by visiting them when they are ill. We read in a hadith:
Abu Ayyub reported: A man came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “Tell me what I can do to enter Paradise and avoid Hellfire.” The Prophet said, “Worship Allah and do not associate anything with him, establish prayer, give in charity, and keep good relations with your family.” When the man turned away, the Prophet said, “If he adheres to what he has been commanded, then he will enter Paradise.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)
There may times where we feel that we are spending so much time with our family and relatives, doing things to help them, that we feel disheartened about not being able to help out in the local community as much as we would like to. In these situations, we should remind ourselves of the hadith:
Anas ibn Malik reported: “I have never seen anyone more merciful to his dependents than the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him.” (Sahih Muslim)
This shows us that in making sure we are looking after our family and relatives, we are following the way of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). None of our efforts will go to waste, as Allah is aware of our every deed.
Doing Ibadah which is voluntary may be something we try to do, and sometimes we can feel low about not being able to establish a regular routine due to family commitments. Whenever we feel like this, we should remember that doing our duty to our family is something highly regarded in Islam. We read in a hadith:
Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said to him, “I am told you fast and never break your fast and you never stop praying at night? Fast and break your fast, pray at night and sleep. Verily, your eyes have a right over you, your own self has a right over you, and your family has a right over you.” (Sahih Bukhari)
We learn from this hadith that we shouldn’t lose hope when we aren’t always able to practise voluntary Ibadah as much as we would want to.
May Allah reward us for our efforts to maintain good family relationships. Aameen.