Severing the Ties of Kinship

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “No one who severs the ties of kinship will enter Paradise.”

[Sahih Muslim]

Commentary:

Upholding the ties of kinship is obligatory to the extent that one is able to do it, starting with the closest and then the next closest.

There is a great deal of goodness in it and it serves many interests. Severing the ties of kinship is a major sin, because Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Would you then, if you were given the authority, do mischief in the land, and sever your ties of kinship?

Such are they whom Allah has cursed, so that He has made them deaf and blinded their sight”

[Muhammad 47:22]

There are many ahadith on this topic (and we have discussed many of them previously). We have to uphold the ties of kinship to the extent that we are able to, by visiting our relatives when possible, or by writing or calling them.

It is also prescribed for you to uphold kinship ties financially too, if the relative is poor. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“So keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can” [al-Taghaabun 64:16]

“Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope” [al-Baqarah 2:286]

And the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When I command you to do something, do as much of it as you can.” [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]

May Allah help us all to do that which pleases Him.

And Allah knows best!

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