Maintaining the ties of kinship is actually much harder to do when someone in your family is not treating you fairly.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: A man said to Messenger of Allah (PBUH): “I have relatives with whom I try to keep the ties of relationship but they sever relations with me; and whom I treat kindly but they treat me badly, I am gentle with them but they are rough to me.” He (PBUH) replied, “If you are as you say, it is as if you are feeding them hot ashes, and you will be with a supporter against them from Allah as long as you continue to do so”. [Muslim].
First, if someone in your family is misbehaving, it’s not an excuse for you to reciprocate the same. And no matter what, you should not sever the ties of kinship as this is a big sin. Second, the one who treats his relatives well no matter what, is blessed by Allah Who will send from heaven helpers to support him. Lastly, denying kindness to your relatives is as bad as the eating of hot ashes.
In another hadith, Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “He who desires ample provisions and his life be prolonged, should maintain good ties with his blood relations”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
This hadith is proof that if you want to increase your sustenance and longevity, you should maintain the ties of kinship. So if you are struggling financially or your health is not good, it’s worth asking yourself if you are maintaining your ties with your family.
May Allah SWT make us all from amongst those who love our families for His sake, regardless of the situation or circumstances ameen.
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