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Qur’anic Verses about the Importance of Kinship

And give the relative his right, and [also] the poor and the traveler, and do not spend wastefully. [17:26]

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Those who join that which Allah has commanded to be joined (i.e. they are good to their relatives and do not sever the bond of kinship), fear their Lord, and dread the terrible reckoning (i.e. abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which Allah has forbidden and perform all kinds of good deeds which Allah has ordained). [13:21]

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O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife [Hawwa (Eve)], and from them both He created many men and women and fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever an All-Watcher over you. [4:1]

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Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed, Allah does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful. [4:36]

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Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded. [16:90]

 

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Maintaining ties of Kinship

Abu Ayyub al-Ansari told that a bedouin came to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, while he was travelling. He asked:

“Tell me what will bring me near to the Garden and keep me far from the Fire.”

He replied:

Worship Allah and do not associate anything with Him, perform the prayer, pay zakat, and maintain ties of kinship.

[Adab al-Mufrad, Bukhari, Hadith 49]

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Abdu’r-Rahman ibn ‘Awf heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say:

“Allah, the Almighty and Exalted, said:

I am the Merciful (ar-Rahman). I have created ties of kinship and derives a name for it from My Name. If anyone maintains ties of kinship, I maintain connection with him, and I shall cut off anyone who cuts them off.‘”

[Adab al-Mufrad, Bukhari, Hadith 53]

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Abu Hurayra heard that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say;

Anyone who wants to have his provision expanded and his term of life lengthened should maintain ties of kinship.

[Adab al-Mufrad, Bukhari, Hadith 57]

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It is reported that al-Miqdam ibn Ma’dikarib heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say:

Allah enjoins you to be dutiful to your mothers. Then He enjoins you to be dutiful to your mothers. Then He enjoins you to be dutiful to your fathers. Then He enjoins you to be dutiful to your next closest relative and then to your next closest relative.

[Adab al-Mufrad, Bukhari, Hadith 60]