Ar Rahim Blood Ties in Islam

Consanguinity: Relationship by descent from a common ancestor; kinship (distinguished from affinity).

At -Tirmidhi recorded - and graded Sahih from ` Abdur-Rahman bin ` Awf that he heard the Messenger of Allah say:

Allah the Exalted said, 'I Am Ar-Rahman. I created the Raham (womb, i.e. family relations) and derived a name for it from My Name. Hence, whoever keeps it, I will keep ties to him, and whoever severs it , I will sever ties with him. '

He then said, "This is a text that indicates the derivation. '' He then said, "The Arabs denied the name Ar-Rahman, because of their ignorance about Allah and His at tributes. ''

The literal meaning of the word rahim is "womb". It is derived from the root rahima, which means to have mercy on. Two of Allah's names - ArRahmaan and Ar-Raheem - are derived from the same root. Allah makes this connection explicitly in hadith qudsiwhen He mentions that the word rahim is derived from His name Ar-Rahman.

The word is used figuratively to refer to relatives. There are different opinions about the exact meaning of the word in this sense.

Some said it is those with whom marriage would never be possible assuming one male and one female. Under this definition, cousins are not

the "causes" or "links" in family ties. Girls were murdered for fear of them being captured by opposing tribes and being a source of shame. Wives were treated as goods and "inherited" by male relatives without having any say in the matter.while it is lawful too marry both a woman and her cousin. They said that this is why it is not allowed to marry both a woman and her aunt . Other said that the meaning is all those who ever inherit from this would cause discord between ar-rahim (family members) . It is obligatory to maintain connections with them with friendly relations.{O people! Beware of your Lord who created you from a single soul and created from it its mate and spread from those two many men and women and beware of Allah in whose name you ask one another and [beware of] the wombs. Inna Allaha kaana 'alaikum raqeeban.} An-Nisaa:1 Ties of blood were given importance in the jahiliya." Allah ties being careful of the rights of families and women directly to being careful of Allah Himself in the following famous verse which it was the Prophet's (sas) sunnah to read when performing a marriage: {Yaa auyyuhaa an-naasu ittaqoo rabbakum alladhiy khalaqakum min nafsin wahidatin wa khalaqa minhaa zaujahaa wa bath-tha minhumaa rijaalan katheeran wa nisaa'an wa ittaqoo Allaha alladhiy tasaa'aloona bihi wa alarhaama. but this didn't really include women .} . The specific includes financially supporting family members. justice. advice. Allah is ever watchful over you. fairness and fulfilling ones obligations to them in the obligatory and the commendable.included. The general one is the relations of Islam. Still others said that its definition includes all relatives whether they inherit or not. Verily. Women had no defined property . Al-Qurtubi said: "The family ties which must be maintained are general and specific. checking on their condition and overlooking their mistakes.

we see Muslims when they stray from their deen and become ignorant of its teachings.took everything even if the deceased left a wife and children. Otherwise.. Islam changed all this and while confirming the blood ties respected in the jahiliya. They would be left with nothing at all. too many questions and the wasting of wealth." Muslim & Bukhari When the Prophet (sas) ordered the Muslims to make hijrah (migration) to Al-Madinah. witholding and "Give me". The Prophet (sas) said:' "Inna Allaha harrama 'alaikum uqooqa al-ummahaati wa wa'da al-banaati wa man'an wa haati. burying your daughters. gravitating back to the same old jahiliya which came before Islam . prevented their murder and named family ties after them by using the word for "womb". the Muslims were released from any obligation to defend them.ask anyone from any Muslim country whose eyes are open and they can give you some.those most capable of fighting and defending the family .mistreating women as individuals and societies and systematically denying them their rights. The Muslims were ordered to defend them but only if they were being attacked strictly because of their Islam and NOT against any disbelievers with which the Muslims had a treaty. inheritance. etc. . the order was so serious that Allah cancelled family relations and inheritance between those Muslims who migrated and those who went renegade. Islam put much more focus on the women and gave them their rights of property." "Allah has forbidden you irritating your mothers. Wa kariha lakum qeela wa qaala wa kathrata as-su'aali wa idhaa'ata al-maali. Inheritance customs of the jahiliya dictated that the male relatives . Examples are many . As in all other issues.rights. And He hates for you "It was said" and "He said".

even though those who migrated were actually "of" the Muslims.} Ar-Ra'd:21 Every individual faces two choices: turn toward obedience of Allah and all of the good it brings in this live and in the hereafter or turn away from . Allah said: {Wa alladheena aamanoo min ba'du wa haajaroo wa jaahadoo ma'akum fa ulaa'ika minkum.}. you must come to their aid but not if it is against a people with whom you have a treaty.} An-Anfal:75. you have not relation to them whatsoever until they migrate. those are surely of you. So.As for those who believed but did not migrate.} .. It is one of the worst of the major sins.Allah said: {..even with those who did not obey the order for the migration. Wa Allahu bi kulli shai'in 'aleemun. And Allah sees all that you do. and the family ties of all Muslims were affirmed.{And those who connect that which Allah has ordered be connected and fear their Lord and fear a bad judgement.}{. Wa uloo al-arhaami ba'dhuhum awlaa bi ba'dhin fiy kitaabi Allahi. Wa Allahu bimaa ta'maloona baseerun.{And those who believed later and migrated and fought with you. family ties of all were re-affirmed . And if they seek your aid in the Din. And Allah knows everything...Wa alladheena aaamanoo wa lam yuhaajiroo maa lakum min walaayatihim min shai'in hattaa yuhaajiroo.Breaking of family ties which should be maintained has serious consequences in this life and in the hereafter. Allah said: Wa alladheena yasiloona maa amara Allahu bihi an yoosal wa yakhshauna rabbahum wa yakhaafoona soo'a al -hisaabi. Wa in istansarookum fiy ad-deen fa 'alaikum an-nasru illaa 'alaa qaumin bainakum wa bainahum meethaaqun. And the relations of blood are closest to each other in the book of Allah.} Al-Anfaal:72 This verse was later abrogated a few verses later in the same sura.

Allah describes those who were truthful with Him and turned to Him with obedience and it was good for them. In the next verse. They are the cause of corruption in the earth and the breaking of fami ly ties.} {Then couldn't it be that if you turn away that you would spread corruption in the land and destroy your family ties? These are the ones rejected by Allah and He makes them deaf and blinds their vision. Allah says: {Fa hal 'asaitum in tawallaitum an tufsidoo fiy al -ardhi wa tuqatti'oo arhaamakum. cannot hope for the mercy of Allah most high.obedience of Allah and all that it brings in terms of misery."Whoever would like for their provision to be increased. an oppressive and difficult life and Allah's wrath and punishment in the hereafter. He describes what happens to those who take the other choice. Theirs will be a sad situation in this life and in the hereafter."Al-Bukhari . They will meet Allahs' la'na (being put at a distance from the mercy of Allah) in the hereafter and will be made spiritually deaf and blind in this life .unable to hear or see that which would benefit them and correct their ways.} Muhammad:22-23 ." . let him maintain his family ties.A people who do not maintain their family ties or give the women in their society their rights and respect. The Prophet (sas) said: "Man ahabba an yubsata lahu fiy rizqihi wa an yunsa'a lahu fiy atharihi fal yasil rahimahu. and for their term to be extended. Ulaa'ika alladheena la'anahum Allahu ta asammahum wa a'maa absaarahum.