Weekly Reminder #14
All of us would love to have more wealth/provision and a long happy life, so Rasulullah (saw) told us in this hadith how to get both; keeping kinship ties. But what is keeping kinship ties, and how can we work on this good deed more in our daily lives.
Ad-Duha "Kinship Ties" Challenge
Kinship ties means trying to have a good relationship and avoiding neglect or separation with blood relatives starting with those closest to you (parents, siblings, and children) and moving on to those who are related more distantly (aunts, uncles, and cousins).
Allah does not want to make things difficult for us, and keeping kinship ties does not have to be a chore. Simple things like sending a text, e-mail, or short phone call to keep in touch can do the trick. If your relative is ill, sending flowers, bringing over a meal, or helping with chores for a day are great ways to keep kinship ties. If your relative is in need of money (especially if they don't ask directly for it) giving an unexpected monetary gift may fit the bill. Giving a ride here or there, babysitting, family reunions with your siblings and grandparents, family group chats with your kids, in short, anything that gets you in touch with and/or helps your close relatives with their needs counts as kinship ties. The options are literally endless, and you can choose whatever is most comfortable and works best for you, Insha-Allah. So go out there and make the world a better place one kinship tie at a time!
Please note: Keeping kinship ties is one of the most noble and rewardable good deeds a Muslim can do. However, if a relative is a danger to your physical, mental, or Islamic well-being (i.e., they are violent, abusive, aggressive, excessively sinful, etc., it is not incumbent on you to seek out that person's company or expose yourself/children/spouse to abuse or danger, and Allah knows best.