Family is an important thing in Islamic tradition. In this article, we will be looking at the best example of a family in Islam, belonging to the Prophet (pbuh).
The Majestic Quran tells us “Allah wants to remove all blemish from you, as you are the Prophet’s household, and to purify you” (Ahzab: 33).
Shaykh Muhyiuddin Ibn Arabi said that because the Prophet (pbuh) had realised the state of pure servanthood fully, Allah in return granted him and his family to be absolutely ‘purified’, conforming to what is prescribed in the verse above.
Everyone loves their children, spouse, parents and relatives. This love for one’s family is a natural human instinct. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) also expressed a deep love for his beautiful family. All the collections of Hadith, including the six authentic collections, contain a chapter describing the virtues and outstanding qualities of the Prophet’s family (Manaqib). Sometimes he (pbuh) would describe their individual qualities, whilst on other occasions, he would stress the importance his family would play in preserving Islam.
Below are a few ahadith about how the Prophet expressed his love for his family:
Undoubtedly, the family of the Prophet (peace be upon him) enjoy a high status and level of respect from the Ahlus-Sunnah wa’l-Jama’ah, who honour the rights, which Allah has prescribed for the Ahlul-Bayt (the family of the Prophet).
There can be no problems to the degree that one loves the family of the Messenger of Allah, however, problems can arise in one’s belief concerning them. We believe that there is no deity except Allah and that our master Muhammad (pbuh) is the Messenger of Allah and that the Prophets are infallible. Other than the Prophets & families of the Messenger, the companions are not infallible; rather they are protected by Allah.
As long as your belief is sound concerning these issues then you should love the family of the Prophet with all your heart. The more that you love the family of the Messenger, the more you advance in ranks amongst the righteous. This is because the love of the Messenger (pbuh) is a sign of the love one has for Allah.