Enormities: Severing Ties Of Kinship

This is another article in the chapter Enormities from the classical manual on Sharia called Reliance of the Traveller. The articles are posted one by one in the order they are given in the book.

p43.0 SEVERING TIES OF KINSHIP
(A: The opposite, maintaining the bonds of kinship (silat al-rahim), means politeness, kind treatment, and concern for all one’s relatives, even if distantly related, corrupt, non-Muslim, or unappreciative.)
p43.1 Allah Most High says:
“If you turn back, would you then cause corruption in the land, severing your family ties?
Those are the ones whom Allah has cursed and deafened, and blinded their sight” (Koran 47:22-23).
p43.2 The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
(1) “He who severs his family ties will not enter paradise.”
(2) “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him maintain the bonds of kinship.”

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