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Hadith on Family: The excellence of kindness to family members even if they are idolaters

August 22, 2011

Asma bint Abi Bakr reported: My mother was an idolater and she came to me during the peace treaty with the Quraish. I asked the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, “O Messenger of Allah, my mother has come to me and she is hoping for kind treatment. Should I treat her well?” The Prophet said, “Yes, treat your mother well.”

In another narration, Asma said, “Allah the Exalted revealed the verse: Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you in religion.” (60:8)

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 2477, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1003

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authentic) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

عَنْ أَسْمَاءَ بِنْتِ أَبِي بَكْرٍ قَالَتْ قَدِمَتْ عَلَىَّ أُمِّي وَهِيَ مُشْرِكَةٌ فِي عَهْدِ قُرَيْشٍ إِذْ عَاهَدَهُمْ فَاسْتَفْتَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قَدِمَتْ عَلَىَّ أُمِّي وَهْىَ رَاغِبَةٌ أَفَأَصِلُ أُمِّي قَالَ نَعَمْ صِلِي أُمَّكِ ‏‏

وفي رواية قالت فَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى فِيهَا لَا يَنْهَاكُمْ اللَّهُ عَنْ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يُقَاتِلُوكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ

2477 صحيح البخاري كتاب الهبة وفضلها والتحريض عليها باب الهدية للمشركين

1003 صحيح مسلم كِتَاب الزَّكَاةِ باب فضل النفقة والصدقة على الأقربين والزوج والأولاد والوالدين ولو كانوا مشركين