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Ahlul Bayt(AS) – The Ark of Salvation

by Minhaj

The spirit of sacrifice for religion has been expressed repeatedly by the Family of the Prophet(ﷺ) throughout the life of our Ummah up to the present day; for their love of the Prophet(ﷺ) they bore unfathomable burdens by means of which the community was relieved, protected and preserved.

Honouring THE FAMILY of Prophet(ﷺ)  
Allah Most High has accorded great status to the family
of the Holy Prophet ( ﷺ). Allah Most High has ordered one and all to love the Prophet’s Family through the Holy Quran:  Say: I do not ask for any recompense for this (preaching the faith in Prophethood), but (seek) love for (my) kindred (and Allah’s nearness). ►{Surah Al-Shura (42:23)}
There is a Hadith in Jame’ Tirmidhi about loving Prophet(ﷺ )’s family: Translation:It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas (May Allah be well pleased with them), he says: The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Love Allah because He blessed you w
ith His bounties. For the love of Allah, love me and for my love, love my family.“►{Jame’ Tirmidhi, Hadith No. 3722}THE ARK OF SALVATION  According to Ibn Abbas(RA), “Allah’s Messengerﷺ said: ‘The likeness of the people of my household is the likeness of Noah’s ark. If someone sails upon it,he will be granted salvation, and if someone fails to board it, he will drown.’ – Reported by al-Tabarani, al-Bazzar and al-Hakim.

In one report: According to Abd Allah b. al- Zubayr(RA): “If someone sails upon it, he will be safe and sound, and if someone abandons it, he will drown.”[Set forth by •al -Tabarani in al-Mu’jam al-Kabir, 12/34 §2388, 2638,2636, & in al-Mujam al-Awsat, 4/10 §3478; 5/355 §5536; 6/85 §5870, & in al-Mujam al-Saghir, 1/240 §391; 2/84 §825. •al-Hakim in al-Mustadrak,3/163 §4720. •al- Bazzar in al-Musnad, 9/343 §3900]

The grace and benevolence of Allah Most High demand that we should love Him. To be able to love Allah Most High, we should love the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and to be able to love the Holy Prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), the Family of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) should be loved. It is as if the love of the Prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)’s Family is a step towards the love of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). If anybody desires proximity and closeness of Allah Most High and wants to enter His presence, the only way for this is to love the Prophet’s Family. This love will grant closeness to the Holy Prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and through the proximity of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), that person will attain proximity of Allah.

There is another Hadith in Sunan Ibn Majah and Jame Tirmidhi.
The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: By Him who holds my life in His hands, faith cannot even enter the heart of the person, who does not love you (The Prophet’s Family) for the sake of Allah Most High and their relationship with me.►{Jame’ Tirmidhi, 3691;Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith No. 137}

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