What Is the Ruling of the Prophetic Family Accepting Any Form of Charity?

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

Question: Assalamu Aleykum, What is the ruling of the Prophetic Family accepting zakat or any form of charity?

Answer: Wa Aleykum Selam,

The basis is that the Prophetic Household, which comprises of the progeny of Ali, Abbass, Jafar, Aqil, and Hatith bin Abdul Muttalib does not accept any forms of charity. This is because Allah, Most High has forbidden for them the filth of the people (i.e. the impure wealth) and gave them one-fifth of the war spoils instead. [al-Lubab fi Sharh al-Kitab]

Since there is no longer any war spoils for the Prophetic Household to get a share of, many scholars have given a legal ruling (fatwa) that it is permissible for those of the Prophetic Household to accept charity if there is a necessity.

Those Who Permitted The Accepting of Charity for the Prophetic Household

Abu Isma who narrates from Imam Abu Hanifah (may Allah have mercy of them) that in his time it is permissible to give (charity) to the Prophetic Household. This is because the alternative, which is war spoils, does not reach them due to the negligence of people in giving of the war spoils to those who deserve it. Thus if the alternative does not reach them, then the original should be given, once again. [Hashiyah Ibn Abidin]

Also, Abu Yusuf (may Allah have mercy on him) is narrated to have permitted the Prophetic Household to give and accept charity from one another. This is also a narrated opinion from Imam Abu Hanifah. [Hashiyah Ibn Abidin]

The Cautious Stance

With that being said, there is expansiveness in the matter. If one, however, wanted to take the cautious stance of either taking charity only from those of the Prophetic Household or not taking it at all, that is their right and their cautiousness is praiseworthy.

In such a case, one should respectfully ask whether the one giving the money, intends it as charity or as a gift. If done with kindness and wisdom most would not take offense.

May Allah bless you
Allah A’alam

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a graduate from Tarim; a student of Habib Umar and other luminaries; and authorized teachers of the Qur’an and the Islamic sciences.

The Noble Rank of Lady Fatima Zahra, by Shaykh Ahmed Abdo

Knowing who Lady Fatima Zahra is extremely important, because she ” …is most important to the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him” states Shaykh Ahmed Abdo.

The Messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him, had four daughters, and Fatima was his beloved.  She had a very loving and intimate relationship with her father and mother and loved to be in their company. Her upbringing  and character are mirrored in the lives of her noble parents. Their household was nurtured by love and support exemplified by the relationship between her mother, Lady Khadija the Great, and her father Muhammad, the final messenger of God.  This love manifests in nobility in this world and the Hereafter.

Do you know the  Lady Fatima Zahra?

The Queen of the Heavenly Abode
The Doorway to the Noble Lineage
The heart connected to the most noblest of hearts?
There are four women in the history of humanity that have reached the highest perfection and degree of completion; Lady Fatima is amongst the four mentioned, along with her noble mother Khadija.
Join Shaykh Ahmed Abdo in this two part  video on a profound journey of discovery; a journey of love and nobility.

Part  One: The Noble Household

Part Two:  A Blessed Lifetime

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Imam Al-Husayn: Light in the Prophetic Household by Shaykh Ahmed Saad Al-Azhari

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[Who are Ahlul Bayt?]
Yahya b. Mu‘adh Ar-Razi once visited Al-‘Alawi Al-‘Umari who asked him: What do you say about us Ahlul-Bayt[i]? He replied: What can I say about plants watered by the water of revelation, clay mixed with the water of Divine Message? Nothing will emanate from them except the musk of guidance and the amber of righteousness.[ii]
This is exactly what we expect when we read or write about any member of the blessed Ahlul-Bayt or the family of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). 
Even the term Ahlul-Bayt which literally means; ‘the household’ or ‘the family’ and can thus refer to any family; it has become uniquely referring to them when used in this absolute and general form indicating that they are ‘the family’ or ‘the household’. 

Just like their leader or father, the Best of Creation is the Prophet, they are the Family. 

Ahlul-Bayt have always been the guides of this community since the demise of the Prophet (peace be upon him); they are the rope to salvation and the ship that delivers the ummah to safety. 
Jabir b. ‘Abdillah narrated, 

“I saw the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) at the back of his camel Al-Qaswa’ on the day of ‘Arafah in his Hajj and heard him saying: ‘O People! I will leave after me things which if you attach yourself with, you will never go astray; the Book of Allah and my close family who are my household.”[iii]

Imam ‘Abdullah b. ‘Alawi Al-Haddad describes Ahlul-Bayt in his famous diwan[iv] as:

[They are] a ship to salvation when,
You are fearful of the floods of evil
So, gain safety by taking it and do not stay behind
And seek the help of God in all affairs

[Virtues of Imam Al-Husayn]
One of the blessed pillars of the household is one of the two grandsons of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him); that is Imam Al-Husayn son of ‘Ali b. Abi Talib and As-Sayyidah Fatima daughter of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him). 
Imam Al-Husayn was born in Sha‘ba in the fourth year after the Hijrah and on his seventh day, the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) gave an amount of silver equal to the weight of his hair as a charity and asked to see him saying: Show me my son. 
It was the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) who gave him his name and it seems that because of this he was very similar to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in his features. He was of great nobility, immense devotion and worship and remarkable character.
Imam Al-Husayn witnessed in his lifetime his grandfather spreading his light on mankind and guiding them to Allah, standing up for truth and helping the oppressed. He also witnessed his father’s bravery and nobility. It was his father who slept in the bed of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) on the night of Hijrah and stood up to fight ‘Amr b. Wudd the icon of bravery and the exemplary knight of Arabs at that time. 
He also saw his mother, the mistress of all women of mankind Fatimah Az-Zahra (peace be upon her)[v] standing beside her husband and serving her family in absolute humbleness while she was the daughter of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him). This filled the heart of Imam Al-Husayn with all these noble qualities of bravery, standing up for justice and against oppression and oppressors.
When the days of trouble came later on in his life, Imam Al-Husayn had to bury his father who was assassinated by one of the kharijites and later on had to bury his older brother Imam Al-Hasan who was poisoned by the enemies of Ahlul-Bayt; by people whose main focus was power and, in their march towards it, they did not care even about the family of their Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). 
Imam Al-Hasan was poisoned although he gave up the position of caliphate in order to reunite the ummah that was scattered by political differences. He gave up the position he deserved for a better position that is to protect the ummah and unite the hearts of Muslims; this sense of sacrifice was but a way of following the example of his grandfather and his father.
However, things got worse when Yazid b. Mu‘awiyyah became the caliph and evil shone on the whole ummah. Imam Al-Husayn who was trying to avoid all the troubles received messages from the people of Kuffa city giving him their pledge of allegiance and asking him to travel to them to become the caliph.  Sending his cousin Muslim b. ‘Aqil b. Abi Talib to them, Imam Al-Husayn wanted to make sure that their invitation is genuine and their messages are true. 
Muslim b. ‘Aqil who left to Kuffa was betrayed by its people and left along with thirty people only who even diminished to no one to be arrested by the newly appointed governor of Kuffa ‘Ubaydillah b. Ziyad. After being promised that he will not be killed and realising that the promise is fake, Muslim cried and said: By Allah, I am not crying for myself; rather, crying for my family who are coming to join me; crying for the family of Al-Hasan and Al-Husayn.[vi]
While Muslim b. ‘Aqil was killed in Kuffa, Imam Al-Hussayn, who received another group of invitations and assurance to come to Kuffa, was on his way with just above eighty individuals. Upon his arrival to the land of Iraq and meeting some army leaders sent to him by Ibn Ziyad, Imam Al-Husayn offered them three options; either to allow him to go to Yazid and speak to him face to face or to let him go back to where he came from or to let him move to the borders and spend the rest of his life guarding the Muslim lands. ‘Ubaydullah b. Ziyad refused the three offers and insisted on fighting him.
[The passing of Imam Al Husayn]
The tragic killing of Imam Al-Husayn (peace be upon him) shows not only the ugly face of his murders, the plots prepared for the family of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) but also unveils the bravery of the men and the women of Ahlul-Bayt. On the verge of the death which was even seen in a dream by ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas who saw the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) carrying a bottle full of blood and saying: I am picking up the blood of Al-Husayn, the Imam (peace be upon him) said:

O life! What an unpleasant friend!
How often at day beginning and at its end,
Many friends and noble men are killed,
And you never accept a substitute for them,
Yet, all affairs belong to the Mighty One.
And every human has to tread this path one day

Seventeen men of the family of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) were killed with Al-Husayn (peace be upon him) amongst whom was his first son ‘Ali. His sister Sayyida Zaynab (peace be upon her) stood up in absolute bravery against Yazid after the death of her brother Imam Al-Husayn and protected her other nephew ‘Ali known as Zayn Al-‘Abidin (peace be upon him).
After all these many years which witnessed even many more killings of members of Ahlul-Bayt like Mowlay Idris the founder of Fez and Muḥammad b. ‘Abdillah known as An-Nafs Az-Zakiyyah[vii], Ahlul-Bayt continued to guide the ummah and lead it back to its Lord.
They continued the path of knowledge and righteousness bearing in mind that it is their responsibility to look after people whether they are in the position of physical and political leadership or not; spiritual leadership is greater than anything else.
The ummah continues to learn and benefit from Ahlul-Bayt who were described by their grandfather (peace and blessings be upon him) as the companions of the Qur’an; they are inseparable from the book of guidance and truth because they are the bearers of guidance and truth.
May Allah bless the soul of Imam Al-Husayn and allow us to benefit from his example.

[i] Prophet’s Family
[ii] Al-Itḥāf bi Ḥubbil Ashrāf by Shaykhul-Islam ‘Abdullah Ash-Shabrawi (1091 – 1175 AH)
[iii] At-Tirmidhi; Chapter on the Merits of Ahlul-Bayt
[iv] Collection of poems
[v] Imam Al-Bukhari always mentions the statement ‘peace be upon him/her’ next to the names of Imam ‘Ali, Sayyidah Fatimah, Imam Al-Ḥasan and Imam Al-Ḥusayn
[vi] Maqātil Aṭ-Ṭalibiyyīn by Abil-Faraj Al-Aṣfahāni
[vii] Literally means ‘the pure soul’
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The Rights of the Companions and the Family of The Prophet – Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

The Rights of the Companions and the Family of The Prophet – Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

Link to Video here: The Rights of the Sahaba and Ahlul Bayt – Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah
Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah outlines for us the importance of loving the Sahabah and the family of the Prophet ﷺ‎
The Prophet ﷺ‎ loved all of his companions and taught all of his companions, he developed them to perfection, and told us many things about them “They are like the stars, which ever one you follow, you will be guided.”
The position of the scholars is to hold the sanctity of the companions before your eyes at all times, either say nothing about the fitna that happened or present it in a way that is acceptable (in relation to what happened with Ali and Uthman رضي الله عنه)

The tests they went through are extremely important and they were the greatest tests of all. 
The companions were amazing people and it is important to love all the companions and have good opinions of them. In reality everything that happened in the days of the companions and the successors of the companions there is infinite wisdom in it.
The political divisions that takes place, justified their position on the basis of sound evidence. The division that took place inoculated theUmmah so that our divisions would never lead to theological and legal positions.Be with incredible Shaykh’s, one of the things a Shaykh can do is bring people together – even without a Shaykh we would still like each other and we wouldn’t fight, but a Shaykh will make you love each other.

This is what the Prophet ﷺ‎ did, brought everyone together – Arabs were tribal and in clans. When your grandfather dies, families start to fall apart – when a big person in the family passes, ever things changes
You find Sahabahs that have been wielded together in a way that is miraculous, and then the Prophet ﷺ‎ passes and they are on their own, but they have been given everything they need to swim, and they do it.
Imam Zaid briefly speaks about our state and refers the verse in the Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 134:

Allah repeats the verse twice in the Quran “This is the community that passed away, they will have what they earned and you will have what you earned and you will not be asked concerning what they were doing”
Take care of your own business, the Sahabahs took care of their  business and thats why we have islam and you won’t be asked on the on Yawn’al Qiyamah about what they were doing, so don’t waste your time speculating on the basis of fantasy and whim with no firm knowledge.
May Allah give us Respect, may Allah make us lovers and not haters, fill your heart with the love of the Sahabah.

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Love for the Beloved Prophet Muhammad, by Imam Abdullah Al-Haddad


Love for the Beloved Prophet Muhammad — “And know that the loftiest of exemplars, the most noble and the greatest and the most binding to all Muslims is the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and grant him peace: verily he is by unanimous agreement the Greatest Exemplar.

And the obligation due to him is the greatest after that of Allah; and the adab with him the most emphasised of the adab and obediences. For whosoever loves him and immensely esteems him, he has indeed loved Allah and whosoever obeys him has indeed obeyed Allah.

Says Allah, the Exalted: ‘Say, if ye do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. For Allah is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful’ (âl-‘Imran: 31).

And says the Exalted: ‘He who obeys the Apostle, obeys Allah’ (an-Nisaa: 80).

And says the Exalted: ‘So take what the Apostle assigns to you, and deny yourselves that which he withholds from you. And fear Allah; for Allah is strict in punishment’ (al-Hashr: 7).

And says the Exalted: ‘Then let those beware who withstand the Apostle’s order, lest some trial befall them, or a grievous Penalty be inflicted on them’ (an-Nur: 63).

And says the Exalted: ‘Verily, those who plight their fealty to thee do no less than plight their fealty to Allah: the Hand of Allah is over their hands: then anyone who violates his oath, does so to the harm of his own soul, and any one who fulfils what he has covenanted with Allah, Allah will soon grant him a great reward’ (al-Fat’h: 10).

And says the Exalted: ‘So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him and follow the light which is sent down with him – it is they who will prosper’ (al-A’araf: 157).

And says the Exalted: ‘O who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor speak aloud to him in talk, as ye may speak aloud to one another, lest your deeds become vain and ye perceive not. Those who lower their voice in the presence of Allah’s Apostle – their hearts has Allah tested for piety: for them is Forgiveness and a great reward’ (al-Hujurat: 2-3).

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘One of you does not believe until I become dearer to him than the soul that lies between the two sides’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘One of you does not believe until his desire follows what I have come with’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace of Allah: ‘Were Musa and Isa alive, they cannot but follow me’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘Whosoever obeys me, has indeed obeyed Allah and whosoever disobeys me has indeed disobeyed Allah’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘All of you will enter paradise except those who refuse’. And they said: ‘And who refuses?’ And said he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘Whoever obeys me enters Paradise, and whosoever disobeys me has indeed refused’. And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘Who annoys me, annoys Allah and whosoever annoys Allah, He puts him into Hell’.

And what goes to perfect love to him and high esteem and beneficient adab towards him, blessings and peace be upon him, is love for the people of his house and his companions, esteem for them and respect.

Says Allah, the Exalted: ‘Say (O Prophet): no reward do I ask of you except the love of those near of kin’ (ash-Shura: 23).

And says the Exalted: ‘The vanguard (of Islam), the first of those who foresook (their home) and of those who gave them aid, and (also) who followed them in (all) good deeds – well-pleased is Allah with them, as they are with Him’ (at-Tawbah: 100).

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace of Allah: ‘Love Allah for such of His bounties as He nourishes you with, and love me because you love Allah and love the people of my House because you love me’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace to ‘Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him: ‘Iman does not enter the heart of one until they love you for the sake of Allah and for your nearness to me’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace, to Fatima and ‘Ali and al-Hassan and al-Husayn, may Allah be pleased with them: ‘I am at war with those you are at war with and at peace with those you are at peace with’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace, in the hadith of Zayd bin Arqam, may Allah be pleased with them: ‘And my issues are the people of my house. I remind you, in the Name of Allah, about people of my house’.

And says Abubakr, may Allah be pleased with him: ‘Have a conscientious regard to Muhammad in the people of his house’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘Uphold me in my companions; do not take them as targets after me; whosoever loves them loves them because of my love; and whosoever is disaffected against them is disaffected against them because of disaffection against me; and whosoever molests them has indeed molested me; and whosoever molests me has indeed invoked the wrath of Allah and whoever invokes the wrath of Allah risks penalty from Him’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘Do not abuse my companions. Verily, in the Name of Him in Whose Hands my soul is: were one of you to spend the like of the mountain of Uhud in gold he would not attain the rank of one of them, not even half of it’.

Let a Muslim, who is solicitous about his religion therefore, beware of hating a member of the house of the Apostle, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, or one of his companions because that harms his religion and his Hereafter. And because of it, he gets counted among those who offend His Prophet and annoy him, Allah bless him and grant him peace. Let him love them and praise them on account of good (in them) in the same manner as Allah has praised them as well as His Apostle.”

Extracted from Ad-da ‘wa-tut-taammah of Imam ‘Abdallah Ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad (ra). Translated by Shaykh Mohamed Mlamali Adam.