How did the families react to the believers in the Era of Bliss?

The Details of the Question

- What should we do when our families and the people around us react when we do something that Allah rendered fard?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

No request that is contrary to Allah’s command is fulfilled even if it is a request of one’s parents. Let us have a look at the verse regarding the issue:

"But if they strive to make thee join in worship with Me things of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not; yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration), and follow the way of those who turn to me (in love): in the end the return of you all is to Me, and I will tell you the truth (and meaning) of all that ye did." (Luqman, 31/15)

The following hadiths decree that obedience must be in compliance with the consent of Allah:

"If anyone ruling you orders you to disobey Allah, do not obey him regarding that issue." (Ibn Majah, Jihad, 40);

"There is no obedience related to an issue that includes disobedience to Allah. Obedience is in question only in halal things." (Bukhari, Ahkam, 4; Muslim, Imara, 39-40).

The Companions, especially the young ones, who believed in the religion of Islam were oppressed by their families. There are a lot of examples of it. Mus'ab b. Umayr was the son of a rich family belonging to Sons of Abduddar; who performed the duties of Sidanah and Hijabah (supervision of the Kaaba) in Makkah and who bore the standard of the tribe. After he believed in Allah and His Messenger, his family found out about it and tortured him by imprisoning him in order to make him give up his religion. Therefore, he took part in the group that migrated to Abyssinia.

When Sa'd b. Abi Waqqas became a Muslim, his mother decided not to eat, drink and speak until Sa'd gave up his religion. As a matter of fact, she acted like that for three days and fainted. Nothing changed in Sa’d’s belief despite what her mother did. On the contrary, she went to his mother and said,   

"Mum! Even if you have a thousand lives and lost them one by one, I would not give up my religion."

He told her that she was doing things in vain. When his mother saw his determination, she gave up her protest. (Hayatus-Sahaba, Y. Kandahlawi)

Many more Companions were tortured by their families and the people around them but they were not affected; they showed perseverance in their religion.

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