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24 May 2019 CE | 20 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Warn Your Nearest Kin

Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that when Allah revealed the ayat, “Warn your nearest kinsmen,” Rasul Allah got up and said, “O people of Quraish! Buy (i.e. save) yourselves (from the Hellfire) as I cannot save you from Allah's Punishment; O Bani Abd Manaf! I cannot save you from Allah's Punishment, O Safiya, aunt of Allah's Apostle! I cannot save you from Allah's Punishment; O Fatima bint Muhammad! Ask me anything from my wealth, but I cannot save you from Allah's Punishment.” [Sahih Bukhari]

Our relatives are entitled to our good treatment in this world. But their greatest right on us is that we save them from the worst thing that could happen to them. Definitely, the worst thing that could happen to a person is that they burn for eternity. Therefore, of all people we should make special effort with our nearest relatives to save them from the Fire of Hell.

Though our relatives may object, it is because they are unaware of the danger of which they are being warned and from which they are being saved. A man who is being delivered from the danger of a fierce lion does not object to who saves him or how he saves him. But since Jahannum is hidden from our eyes for now, this service is generally not appreciated at this time.

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) told his relatives to “buy themselves”. This refers to the deal we made with Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) in which we sold our lives and wealth in exchange for Paradise. Thus, he/she who uses his/her life and wealth according to how the new owner (Allah) wishes for them to be used will have fulfilled their end of the bargain and can hope for deliverance from the Fire and entrance into Jannah.

“Behold, Allah has bought of the believers their lives and their possessions, promising them Paradise in return, [and so] they fight in Allah's cause, and slay, and are slain: a promise which in truth He has willed upon Himself in the Torah, and the Gospel, and the Qur'an. And who could be more faithful to his covenant than Allah? Rejoice, then, in the bargain which you have made with Him: for this, this is the triumph supreme!” [Quran 9:111]

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