The superiority and excellence of the Prophet’s Family


Allah has commanded us to love the Family of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) through the Holy Quran:
Say: "No reward do I ask of you for this except the love of those near ofkin." Surah Shoora (42:23)

It is mentioned in the Hadith:
Translation: You teach 3 things to your children: Love of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), love of His family and the recitation of the Holy Quran. (Al Jame’ Ul Kabeer, Hadith No:924; Jame’ Ul Ahadeeth, Hadith No:961; Kanz Ul Ummal, Hadith No:45409; Al Fath Ul Kabeer, Vol. 1, Pg No. 59)

Allah Most High says:
And Allah only wishes to remove all abomination from you, ye Members of the Family, and to make you pure and spotless. Surah Ahzaab (33:33)

This verse of the Holy Quran establishes that the Prophet’s Family is protected from all kinds of defects, whether they are intellectual defects or defects of belief or any other kind of defect.

About the background of the revelation of this verse, Hadhrat Umme Salama (May Allah be well pleased with her) says:

Translation: This verse was revealed when the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) was present in my house. After this verse was revealed, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) summoned Hadhrat Fatima, Hadhrat Ali, Imam Hasan and Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with all of them). Then the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: This is my Family (Ahle Bait). Hadhrat Umme Salama (May Allah be well pleased with her) asked: O Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam): Am I not from the Ahle Bait? He (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Certainly, you are also from my Ahle Bait. (Zujajatul Masabeeh, Vol. 5, Pg No. 316)

Author : Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,
Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia.

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