Mon, 15th Jul, 2024 / 9 Muharram 1446
الإثنين ١٥ , يوليو , ٢٠٢٤ / 9 ٱلْمُحَرَّم 1446
Mon, 15th Jul, 2024 /
9 Muharram, 1446
الإثنين ١٥ , يوليو , ٢٠٢٤ / 9 ٱلْمُحَرَّم , 1446

All Praise is due to Allah and may Allah increase the honour and raise the rank of our Master Muhammad sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, the most humble, merciful, just, lenient, handsome, caring, and honourable creations of Allah, the one who was sent as a mercy to all of mankind and jinn, the one who has been given the honour of the major intercession (ash-Shafa^atul-kubra) on the Day of Judgment, the one from whose hands the righteous Muslims from this nation will drink before entering Paradise and thirst will never come to them ever again, and the one who will be the first to enter Paradise on the Day of Judgment. May Allah raise his rank, and his kind relatives and companions and protect his nation from that which he feared for them. Thereafter;

Surah al-Qalam, Ayah 4 best elucidates the manners of the Prophet:

 {وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلى خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ}

 This ayah means: “Indeed you have great manners.

 Imam Muslim narrated in his Sahih from the route of ^A’ishah that when asked about the Prophet’s manners, she said:

 {كان خلقه القرءان}

 It means: “His manners were all those qualities which the Qur’an urged one to practice.

On another occasion when ^A’ishah may Allah raise her rank was asked about the Prophet’s manners, she said: “He was moderate but not sinful, he never used to spend his time during the day in the market places with the purpose of collecting money. He never mistreated those who mistreated him; but rather, he used to pardon and forgive.”

Al-Bukhariyy (in his Sahih) and others narrated from the route of ^Abdullah Ibn az-Zubayr that he explained Ayah 199 of Surah al-‘A^raf:

 {خُذِ الْعَفْوَ}  by saying: “Allah ordered His Prophet to overlook and forgive the shortcomings of others.”

 Al-Bukhariyy and Muslim (in their Sahihs), al-Bayhaqiyy (in Ad-Dala’il), and others narrated from the route of ^A’ishah that she said, “Whenever the Prophet is given the choice between two matters, he would choose the easier one as long as it does not involve a sin. However, if it is sinful, he would be the farthest amongst people from it. The Prophet never avenged for his own sake. He would avenge only when the religious boundaries are crossed.” Al-Qattan added, “He would avenge only for the sake of Allah.”

 Abu Dawud at-Tayalisiyy (in his Musnad) and al-Bayhaqiyy (in his Dala’il) narrated from the route of ^A’ishah that when once she was asked about the manners of the Prophet, she replied, “He was neither abhorrent nor outrageous and he did not hawk in the marketplace. He did not reciprocate an ill-doing with an ill-doing; rather, he would forgive and overlook.

 Dear brothers, amongst the traits of the Prophet is that he used to maintain a good relationship with his kin. Severing the relationship with one’s kin without a valid reason is a major sin.

 Ayahs 22-23 of Surat Muhammad dispraise those who blaspheme and sever the ties with their kin.

The Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said:

{لاَ يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ قَاطِعٌ}

 This means: “The one who severs the ties with his kin will not be amongst the first batch to enter Paradise. Rather, this person will enter it after being tortured in Hellfire (i.e., if one dies as a Muslim).” (Narrated by al-Bukhariyy.)

One’s kin includes the aunts, uncles, their children and the like.

Once a companion asked the Prophet by saying: “What is the way of saving oneself in the Hereafter?” The Prophet replied: “You keep the ties with the one who severed it with you, you give to the one who deprived you, and you forgive the one who wronged you.” (Related by at-Tirmidhiyy.)

 These three traits were among the traits and manners of the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, one of which is maintaining the ties with the kin who severed the ties with you. This means that one must observe the rights of his kin by keeping the ties with them, and that it is not permissible for him to treat his kin in a way where he would feel cut off and deserted, even if the latter himself does not observe the right of keeping the ties with his kin.

One must not say so-and-so of my relatives does not visit me, so I will not visit him. It is prohibited for him to treat the one who severed ties with him likewise; rather it is an obligation on him to keep the ties with his kin, even with the one who severed the ties with him.

In another Hadith narrated by Muslim, the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam explicitly states that one must keep the ties with the one who severed the ties with one as he must do with the one who did not.

This is amongst the good manners that our glorious Religion has strongly urged one to practice.

In the end we sincerely ask Allah to guide us to implementing the praised manners that Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him taught us and to grant us humbleness, sincerity, and devotion to the religion. Amin.

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