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20 November 2017 CE | 01 Rabbi al-Awwal 1439 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Name, Father's Name, Family


The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When a man establishes ties of friendship and fraternity with another person he should ascertain from him his name, father’s name, and particulars about his family, as this strengthens the roots of mutual friendship.” [Tirmidhi]

This hadith informs us that we should inquire from our friends their basic personal information. To ask their name, their father’s name, how many children they have, how old they are, what their names are, etc., is not nosiness but a requirement of friendship. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) told us to strengthen our friendships by showing concern about the person’s whole family while respecting their privacy.

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