Why family is important for Islam?
Humans are social beings; they love to live with relatives and friends. It is very difficult to survive without relatives. Those who do not have a good relationship with relatives and family are the saddest people in the world. No matter how much people drown in abundance, if they don’t have relatives on their side, they always suffer from depression. Therefore, in the Holy Qur’an, Allah (SWT) placed special emphasis on the maintenance of the bond of family ties.
Allah says, “And those who join that which Allah has ordered to be joined and fear their Lord and are afraid of the evil of [their] account.” (Surat Ar-Ra’d [verse 21])
It has been said in the above verse that vigilant believers are very careful about the relationship and family.
Besides, they fear Allah SWT in all matters. This fear emanates from respect, wisdom, devotion, and love. For them, the satisfaction of Allah is the most important thing in every work. They fear the responsibility of the hereafter in all favorable and unfavorable circumstances. Fear of Allah SWT and fear of accountability in the Hereafter guide people on the path of faith and conscience.
In return, Allah, the Almighty, honors them in this world and the Hereafter and blesses them with living and necessities. Narrated Abu Huraira: “I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, whoever is pleased that he be granted more wealth and that his lease of life be prolonged, then he should keep good relations with his Kith and kin.” (Sahih Bukhari Hadith No. 5985)
The Prophet (SAW) declared to sever relations with those who do not inquire about their relatives, do not treat them well, and do not exercise their rights. Narrated `Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) “The Prophet said, the word ‘Ar-Rahm’ (womb) derives its name from ‘Ar- Rahman’ (i.e. Allah). So whosoever keeps good relations with it (womb i.e. Kith and kin), Allah will keep good relations with him, and whosoever will sever it (i.e. severs his bonds of Kith and kin) Allah too will sever His relations with him. “(Sahih Bukhari Hadith No. 5989)
‘A’isha reported Allah’s Messenger (SAW) as saying: “The tie of kinship is suspended to the Throne and says: He who unites me Allah would unite him and he who severed me Allah would sever him.” (Sahih Muslim 2555)
A study published in the Journal of Family Psychology found that those with strong family ties were relatively less susceptible to the disease. On the other hand, those who have a bad relationship with their families are becoming more and sicker.
We should improve family bonds; spend time with family members as they don’t fall into the virtual world at leisure; try to understand them; treat them well.
Breaking off kinship is one of the reasons for going to hell. In this context, the great Allah SWT said, “So would you perhaps, if you turned away, cause corruption on earth and sever your [ties of] relationship? Those [who do so] are the ones that Allah has cursed, so He deafened them and blinded their vision.” (Surat Muhammad [verse 22-23])