Loving the Family of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam)

Ibn Umar (radi Allahu anhum) reported: Abu Bakr (radi Allahu anhu) said: “Show love to the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) by honouring the members of his family.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari]

Commentary:

In this Hadith, the love and respect for the members of the Prophet’s (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) family has been tied with the love and respect of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam).

In other words, a person who loves and respects the descendants of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) will be deemed to be a lover and admirer of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam).

On the contrary, one whose heart is devoid of the love of the descendants of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), will be considered devoid of the love and respect of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam).

But love and respect here does not mean that they are taken for sinless persons and their status is exaggerated beyond reason, as is the case with the Shiites. Their whole religious thinking is founded on the exaggeration of the qualities of the members of the family of the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and they have exhausted their imagination in proving them sinless.

While their love and respect lies in adopting the noble features of their character and cherishing their piety. Their love and respect does not lie in sentimental attachment with a particular family and exaggerating its praise beyond all limits.

And Allah Knows Best!

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