I want you all to think about your closest friends and how you treat them.
Question: Would anyone like to share how they try to treat their closest friends?
That’s wonderful! You try to be thoughtful and considerate of their feelings. You bring snacks to share with them, you may buy or make them a gift.
Question: Now, I want you to close your eyes and think of the way you treat your family members. Is it the same?
Question: Why do you think that there is a difference between the way we treat our friends and the way we may treat our siblings or parents?
Yes, we do spend a lot of time together. We see each other when we’re cranky or frustrated. Sometimes we want our own space to think, or we don’t want someone interfering with our things. Those are all valid reasons. But, do you know that it is more beloved to Allah that you treat your family members better than you even treat your friends?
It’s true! In a hadith, Aisha reported: The Prophet Muhammad said:
عَنْ عَائِشَةَ قَالَتْ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ خَيْرُكُمْ خَيْرُكُمْ لِأَهْلِهِ وَأَنَا خَيْرُكُمْ لِأَهْلِي وَإِذَا مَاتَ صَاحِبُكُمْ فَدَعُوهُ
“The best of you are the best to their families, and I am the best to my family.”
Question: What are some ways we can be the best to our family members? I’m going to share with you a hadith that may help you get some ideas:
وعن أبى أمامه الباهلى رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: “أنا زعيم ببيت في ربض الجنة لمن ترك المراء، وإن كان محقاً، وببيت في وسط الجنة لمن ترك الكذب، وإن كان مازحاً، وببيت في أعلى الجنة لمن حسن خلقه” (حديث صحيح رواه أبو داود بإسناد صحيح).
“I guarantee a house in Jannah (Paradise) for one who gives up arguing, even if he is in the right; and I guarantee a house in the middle of Jannah for one who abandons lying even for the sake of fun; and I guarantee a house in the highest part of Jannah for one who has good manners.”
If we work on these three things: less arguing, no lying, and good manners, alongside all of your other suggestions, we will be rewarded with Jannah, inshaAllah!
Question: Do you think we can all work hard to be the best to our family members?
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