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Love of Ahl al-Bayt (as) in hadiths - Part 1

Adapted from: "The Uprising of Ashura and Responses to Doubts" by: "‘Ali Asghar Ridwani"

Crying and shedding tears has been mentioned in many hadiths recounted by the different sects of Islam. In the hadiths, just like in the Gracious Qur’an, love for the Ahl al-Bayt has been emphasized in a clear and explicit manner.

We shall now refer to some of the relevant traditions:
1. Obligation for loving the Ahl al-Bayt (as)

The Holy Prophet (S) said,

«ادّبوا أولادَکمْ علی ثلاثِ خصال: حبّ نبيّکمْ، وحبّ أهل بيتهِ، وقراءةِ القرآنِ.»

“Instruct and train your children to have three characteristics; love for your Prophet, love for the Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt and reciting the Holy Qur’an.”11

Amir al-Mu’minin, Imam ‘Ali (as), said,

«أحسنُ الحسنات حبُّنا، وأسوأُ السيئات بغضُنا.»

“The best of good works is loving us and the worst of bad works is hating us the Ahl al-Bayt.”12
2. Love of Allah’s Ahl al-Bayt and His Prophet (S) are one

Allah’s Prophet (S) has said,

«أحبّوا الله لما يغذوکم من نعمه، وأحبّوني لحبّ الله، وأحبّوا أهل بيتي لحبّي.»

“You should love Allah because he gives you sustenance from his bounties. You should love me because of your love for Allah, and you should love my Ahl al-Bayt because of your love for me.”13

Zayd ibn Arqam said, “I was in the presence of Allah’s Prophet when I saw Fatimah al-Zahra enter the Prophet’s house along with her two children al-Hasan and al-Husayn. ‘Ali came after them and entered the house as well. The Prophet looked at them and said,

«من أحبّ هؤلاءِ فقد أحبّني، ومن أبغضهم فقد أبغضني.»

‘The one who loves these people has loved me, and anyone who hates them has hated me’.”14

Imam al-Sadiq (as) said,

«من عرف حقّنا وأحبّنا فقد أحبّ الله تبارك وتعالى.»

“Anyone who recognizes our right, and loves us, has in reality loved Allah, the Blessed and Exalted.”15
3. Love of the Ahl al-Bayt (as) is a foundation of faith

The Prophet of Allah has said,

«أساسُ الإسلامِ حبّي وحبِّ أهلِ بيتي.»

“The basis and foundation of Islam is love for me and my Ahl al-Bayt.”16

He also said,

«لکلّ شيءٍ أساسٌ، وأساسُ الإسلامِ حبُّنا أهل البيت.»

“There is a base for everything, and the foundation of Islam is love of us, the Ahl al-Bayt.”17


11. Kanz al-‘Ummal, vol. 16, p. 456, hadith 45409; Fayd al-Qadir, vol. 1, p. 225, hadith 331.

12. Ghurar al-Hikam, vol. 1, p. 211, hadith 3363.

13. Al-Tirmidhi, Sunan, vol. 5, p. 664, hadith 3789; Al-Hakim al-Neyshaburi, Al-Mustadrak ‘ala al-Sahihayn, vol. 3, p. 150.

14. Imam al-Husayn (as) in the History of Damascus, vol. 91, p. 126.

15. Al-Kafi, vol. 8, p. 112, hadith 98.

16. Kanz al-‘Ummal, vol. 12, p. 105, hadith 34206; Al-Durr al-Manthur, vol. 6, p. 7.

17. Al-Muhasin, vol. 1, p. 247, hadith 461.


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