ahlul bayt

Narrated ‘Āishah (radīAllāhu 'anha): "The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, “The word 'Ar-Rahm’ (womb) derives its name from 'Ar-Rahmān’ (i.e. Allāh). So whosoever keeps good relations with it (womb i.e. Kith and kin), Allāh will keep good relations with him, and whosoever will sever it (i.e. severs his bonds of Kith and kin) Allāh too will sever His relations with him.”
—  [Sahīh al-Bukhārī Vol. 8, no. 18. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khān]
Narrated ‘Ā’ishah (Allāh be pleased with her): The Prophet (ﷺ) used to like sweet edible things and honey.
—  [Saheeh Bukhari Volume 7, No. 586. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan]
Narrated ‘Ā’ishah (Allāh be pleased with her): I used to perfume Allāh’s Apostle (ﷺ) with the best scent available till I saw the shine of the scent on his head and beard.
—  [Saheeh Bukhari Volume 7, No. 806. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan]
a question about Hussain (as)

one time, a muslim friend, who doesn’t identify as a lover of ahlul bayt (as) asked me during muharram “how do you love hussain so much, when you haven’t seen him, or met him, or know him in real life?”

the answer, which was long yet very simple, was this: the physical eye is topical and worldly. I’ve seen hussain with my heart, when I say the word “hussain” my heart breaks, when I say his name I see him in front of me. it doesn’t have to be the physical manifestation, but the ideology, the selflessness, the virtue, the truth, the justice, the tawheed and full submission to allah at all times. hussain embodies, he is the physical manifestation of all that is good and right and just. when I say “ya hussain” I’m calling on all of those things intertwined to create this human being who allah created to uphold and maintain “la illaha illa allah” alive and well, to maintain islam, to maintain the quran; god’s words.

so my friends, Hussain is everything which you view that is good and right and holy, he is the embodiment of them; so are the rest of ahlul bayt, yet hussain is the leading example, as the rest of ahlul bayt (as) have said, la yawm ka yawmuka ya abba abdillah, “there is no day like yours (ashura) oh abba abdillah (hussain).”

this is what it means when the famous saying is said, “the name of hussain strikes o fire in the heart of every mumin (believer).” when you have a sound heart, a feel for others, altruism and to do good and be just, then Hussain’s message is yours as well. embody it. this message is not limited to muharram, ashura or arbaeen. this is a philosophy, a way of life of all of ahlul bayt.

I see Hussain in my heart, I feel his presence, and that is how and why I love him so much. Hussain and his father, Ali, taught me how to love truly, unconditionally, selflessly. it is that love of self sacrifice for allah and complete submission that is the most important ultimately.

the message of ahlul bayt (as) in the end is love. simply, complete and unconditional love. 

labbayka ya hussain.

Narrated Alī bin Al-Husain (radhiAllāhu ‘anhu):

Safīya, the wife of the Prophet (ﷺ) told me that she went to Allāh’s Apostle (ﷺ) to visit him in the mosque while he was in I'tikāf in the last ten days of Ramadān. She had a talk with him for a while, then she got up in order to return home. The Prophet (ﷺ) accompanied her. When they reached the gate of the mosque, opposite the door of Um-Salama, two Ansārī men were passing by and they greeted Allāh’s Apostle (ﷺ). He told them: Do not run away! And said, “She is (my wife) Safīya bint Huyai.” Both of them said, “SubhanAllāh, (How dare we think of any evil) O Allāh’s Apostle!” And they felt it. The Prophet (ﷺ) said (to them), “Shaytān reaches everywhere in the human body as blood reaches in it, (everywhere in one’s body). I was afraid lest Shaytān might insert an evil thought in your minds.”

—  [Sahīh Bukhārī Vol. 3, Hadīth no. 251. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khān]
The Love Between 'Āisha (رضي الله عنه) and the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ)

‘Āisha (radiAllāhu anha) said:

“The Messenger of Allāh (sallAllāhu 'alayhi wa sallam) would give me the cup and drink from it whilst I was on my menses; then I would give it to him and he would search for the place where my lips made contact (with the cup) and he would put his lips on the same place (i.e. he would place his lips on the same place and drink the contents).” [1]

Al-Allāmah Abdul-Muhsin Al-Abbād (may Allāh preserve him) said:

“This shows the Prophet’s (sallAllāhu 'alayhi wa sallam) good companionship with his wives and kindness towards them.” [2]


1. Hadeeth authenticated by Imaam Albānee (rahimahullāh) in Sunan An-Nasā-ee. Number: 281

2. For further details, see Sharh Sunan An-Nasā’ee. Cassette 74

Do not feel that you have had enough of staying with him (a scholar) for a long time, for he is like a palm tree; you never know when something will fall from it on you.
—  ‘Ali Ibn Abee Taalib (رضي الله عنه) [Tadhkirat As-Saami, p.100]
When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) finished his prayer late in the night, he would see if I was awake and he would talk to me. If I was sleeping, he would awaken me, and pray two rak'ahs, then he would lie down as long as the mu'adhdhin came to him and call him for the dawn prayer. Then he would pray two rak'ahs lightly and come out for prayer.
—  A'ishah (رضي الله عنها) [Reference: Sunan Abu Dawud, Book of Voluntary Prayers, Hadeeth no. 1262. Reported from Salim Abu An Nadr, from Abu Salamah (رضي الله عنه)]