It is obligatory for Muslims to follow the Ahl al-Bayt.

It is obligatory for people to follow and respect the Ahl al-Bayt.  Allah the Almighty says in verse 23 of Surah Shura of the Holy Qur'an:



Ash-Shura 42:23

ذَٰلِكَ ٱلَّذِى يُبَشِّرُ ٱللَّهُ عِبَادَهُ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِۗ قُل لَّآ أَسْـَٔلُكُمْ عَلَيْهِ أَجْرًا إِلَّا ٱلْمَوَدَّةَ فِى ٱلْقُرْبَىٰۗ وَمَن يَقْتَرِفْ حَسَنَةً نَّزِدْ لَهُۥ فِيهَا حُسْنًاۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ غَفُورٌ شَكُورٌ

English - Sahih International

It is that of which Allah gives good tidings to His servants who believe and do righteous deeds. Say, [O Muhammad], "I do not ask you for it [i.e., this message] any payment [but] only good will through [i.e., due to] kinship." And whoever commits a good deed – We will increase for him good therein. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Appreciative.


From the above verse we understand that it is obligatory to follow Ahl al-Bayt.  Why not? This is the instruction of the Holy Qur'an.


Narrated by Abu Saeed,"


The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Beware!  My Ahl al-Bayt is my refuge, where I return.  And the guardians of my privacy are the Ansar.  So forgive them their wrongs and accept their courtesy.

(Jame 'at-Tirmidhi, Hadith No. 3904).


As evidenced by the said hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the Ahl al-Bayt said to respect and follow.


There are some more hadiths of Ahl as-Sunnah al-Jamaat.


Narrated 'Umar bin Abi Salamah, the Pet of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him):


He said: This verse was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in the house of Umm Salamah (ra): “O family of the Prophet!  Allah wants to remove the impurity from you and to purify you completely ”(Surat al-Ahzab 33).  At that time the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) called Fatimah, Hasan and Husain (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and wrapped them in a sheet.  Ali (AS) was behind him.  He also covered him with a sheet, then said: “O Allah!  These are my Ahl al-Bayt.  So remove the impurity from them and purify them well. "At that time Umm Salamah (R) said," O Messenger of Allah! Am I one of them? "


 (Tirmidhi Hadith No. 3772).


The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “The enemies of the Ahl al-Bayt will accompany the Jews on the Day of Resurrection.”


We see by reviewing the above verses and hadiths of the Qur'an.  It is obligatory for us to follow the Ahl al-Bayt.  The Ahl al-Bayt (as) have the highest respect after the Prophet (peace be upon him).

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