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He, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, was good to his relatives

Auther : Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid
Under category : How He treated them?
307 2023/03/13 2024/06/15
Article translated to : العربية

There are many examples of his good treatment of his relatives. He,sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, was concerned about their affairs, and if one of them was unmarried he would strive to get them married.

For example, in the narration of ‘Abd Al-Muttalib ibn Rabee'ah ibn Al-Haarith he narrated:

"Rabee'ah ibn Al-Haarith, the cousin of the Prophet of Allah,sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, and Al-'Abbaas ibn 'Abd Al-Muttalib met and said: ‘How about we send these two (meaning ‘Abd Al-Muttalib ibn Rabee'ah and Fadhl ibn 'Abbaas) to the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, so that they may speak to him and place them in charge of the Zakaah (obligatory alms), so they will give what the people give, and receive (in return as fees from Zakaah) what the people receive.’ So while they were speaking, 'Ali ibn Abu Taalib came to them, so they mentioned this to him, and he said: ‘Do not send them, for the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, will not do that.’ Rabee'ah said to him, ‘You only say this out of jealousy of us, and you have married the daughter of the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, and we did not become jealous of you.

'Ali said: ‘Then send them.’ So they sent them, and 'Ali took off his coat and lay on it, saying: ‘I am the father of Al-Hasan, the leader, and by Allah I will not move from this place until your two sons come back to you with (a negative) answer from the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam.’ Abd Al-Muttalib said: ‘So when the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, finished praying the Thuhr prayer (noon) we hurried to his home to wait for him, and he, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, took us by our ears and said: "Tell me what is in your hearts." That day he was at the home of Zaynab bint Jahsh, so we entered his home with him. Each one of us wanted the other to speak, until one of us said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, you are the most righteous of people, and the best at maintaining the ties of kinship. We have reached the age of marriage so we came to ask that we be placed in charge of the charity, so that we may give to you what the people give, and receive what the people receive.’

The Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, stayed silent for a long time when we said that, and we wanted to speak, but Zaynab motioned behind her curtain for us to stay silent. The Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, then said: "Zakaah is not
suitable for the family of Muhammad, it is only the waste of the people, and it is not permissible for Muhammad nor for the family of Muhammad. Call for me Mahyamah ibn Jaz’, and Nawfal ibn Al-Haarith ibn ‘Abd Al-Muttalib.” Mahyamah was a man from the tribe of Asad that the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, placed in charge of dividing the one fifth of the war booty.

When they came to him, the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, told Mahyamah: “Marry your daughter to this young man” referring to Fadhl ibn ‘Abbaas, so he married him to her. Then the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said to Nawfal: “Marry your daughter to this young man” meaning me (‘Abd Al-Muttalib ibn Rabee’ah), so he married her to me.

He, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, then said: “Give the brides such and such amount from the one fifth of the war spoils as their dowry.”” An-Nawawi (a scholar) said: “The meaning of this could be referring to the portion of the one fifth of the spoils of war which goes towards the relatives of the Prophet of Allah, since they were considered as such. Or he could be referring to the portion of it that goes to him, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.”



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