Severing the ties of kinship is among the sins of the
body, and it is a major sin. This is done by breaking the hearts of the
relatives by refusing to be good-hearted financially if they need
money, or by leaving out visiting them without an excuse. If one usually
helps one’s relatives, then one lost the money, or one found a more
urgent need for it, then one would not be sinful for not offering it to
Fahal ^asaytum in tawallaytum an tufsidu fil-ardi wa tuqatti^u arhamakum. Ula’ika-lladhina la^anahumu-llahu fa’asammahum wa a^ma absarahum.
Allah dispraises those who blaspheme and cut off the ties of kinship.. saying,
"Such are the men whom Allah has cursed
for He has made them deaf and blinded their sight."
(Noble Qur'an Surah Muhammad Ayahs 22-23)
The Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said:
لاَ يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ قَاطِعٌ
La yadkhulul-Jannata qati^.
This means: “The one who severs the ties with the
relatives will not be among the first to enter Paradise. Rather, this
person will enter it after being tortured in Hellfire (i.e., if one dies
as a Muslim).” (Narrated by al-Bukhariyy.)
Maintaining the ties of kinship:
Kinship includes the relatives: aunts, uncles, and their children.
A Companion asked the Prophet sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam:
This hadith explicitly states
that there is merit in maintaining a tie with the one who severed ties
with you and the one who did not, rather than maintaining it only with
the one who did not sever the tie with you.
This is among the good
manners that the Religion has strongly urged us to practice.
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