Duty to Family and Kin

1. Narrated Abu Mas’ud Al-Ansari: The Prophet (saws) said, “When a Muslim spends something on his family intending to receive Allah’s reward, it is regarded as Sadaqa for him.” – Bukhari

2. Narrated Sa’d: The Prophet (saws) visited me at Makkah while I was ill. I said (to him), “I have property; May I bequeath all my property in Allah’s Cause?” He said, “No.” I said, “Half of it?” He said, “No.” I said, “One third of it?” He said, “One-third (is alright), yet it is still too much, for you’d better leave your inheritors wealthy than leave them poor, begging of others. Whatever you spend will be considered a Sadaqa for you, even the mouthful of food you put in the mouth of your wife. Anyhow Allah may let you recover, so that some people may benefit by you and others be harmed by you.” – Bukhari

3. Narrated al-Aswad b. Yazid: I asked ‘Aisha: “What did the Prophet (saws) use to do at home?” She said, “He used to work for his family, and when he heard the Adhan (call for the prayer), he would go out.” – Bukhari

4. Abdullah b. ‘Anir reported that a person came to Allah’s Apostle (saws) and sought permission (to participate) in Jihad, whereupon he (the Prophet) said: “Are your parents living?” He said: “Yes.” Thereupon, he (the Prophet) said: “You should put in your best efforts (in their) service.” – Bukhari 

5. Yazid b. Abu Habib reported that Na’im, the freed slave of Umm Salama, reported to him that ‘Abdullah b. ‘Amr b. ‘As said: “There came to Allah’s Apostle (saws), a person and said: ‘I owe allegiance to you for migration and Jihad seeking reward only from Allah. He (the Prophet) said: ‘Is one from amongst your parents living?’ He said: ‘Yes, of course, both are living.’ He further asked: ‘Do you want to seek reward from Allah?’ He said: ‘Yes.’ Thereupon, Allah’s Messenger (saws) said: ‘Go back to your parents and accord them benevolent treatment.’” – Bukhari 

6. Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Apostle (saws) as saying: ‘Let him be humbled into dust! Let him be humbled into dust!’ It was said: ‘Allah’s Messenger, who is he?’ He said: ‘He who sees either of his parents during their old age or he sees both of them, but he does not enter Paradise.’ – Muslim 

7.  ‘A’isha reported Allah’s Messenger (saws) 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.’” – Muslim 

8. Ibn Dinar reported that a desert Arab met Abdullah b. ‘Umar on the way to Makkah. ‘Abdullah greeted him and mounted him upon the donkey on which he had been riding and gave him the turban that he had on his head. Ibn Dinar (further) reported: “We said to him (‘Abdullah b. ‘Umar): ‘May Allah do good to you! These are desert Arabs and they are satisfied even with meagre (things).’ Thereupon Abdullah said: ‘His father was loved dearly by ‘Umar b. Khattib, and I heard Allah’s Messenger (saws) as saying: ‘The finest act of goodness on the part of a son is to treat kindly the loved ones of his father.’” – Muslim

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