All worship is to Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, the creator of all generations. The very Kind the very loving, inheritor of the Day of compensation. He blessed us with the privilege of being the Muslim Ummah of His Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ. He is the One who purified our hearts with the compassion and devotion for His Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ. He is the One who divined us with the very priceless fortune of (Faith). Countless tributes & showers of blessings for the Mercy for all Kinds, King of the Prophets, His Blessed Father and Mother, His complete Family, His children, His Sahaba’s and all the followers! عَلَيهِمُ الّرِضْوَان.
This shows that we should love & respect the family members of the holy Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ because it is compulsory (Fard) upon every Muslim and who fails to do so will cause questioning by Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. Ahle-Bait عَلَيهِمُ الّرِضْوَان is a phrase meaning members of the House, or family. In the Islamic history it indicates to the house of the holy Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ. It is narrated from Umm al-Momineen, Umm Salamah رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا that once the holy Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَwas in her house lying on a mattress, covered with a cloak from Khaibar when his beloved daughter Fatima Zahra رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَاentered with a dish called al-Khazira (a kind of food). The holy Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَasked her to call her husband, Hazrat Ali and her two sons. Bibi Fatima Zahra رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَاcalled them and as they all sat together to eat, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ blessed & revealed the upcoming verse of purity (Ayat Al-Tathir) to the holy Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ.”… Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ only wants to keep away the uncleanliness from you, people of the House! And to purify you with complete purity. “Holy Qur’an (33:33).
Upon this the holy Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ covered them all with his cloak and lifting his hands towards the sky said: “Almighty Allah! عَزَّوَجَلَّ This is my family-tree and the closest of my blood, keep away from them uncleanliness and keep them the purest as pure as it can be.” Mother of all the Muslim’s, Ummah Salma رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا states: the holy Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَrepeated these words thrice and when she covered her head with the cloak and asked the holy Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ “am I also with you” he replied twice and said: “You are (indeed) among the virtuous.”
This shows the clear message of the holy Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ from the above paragraph that the holy Prophet‘s صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَdaily routine of stopping by at his daughter’s house and address her house-members as Ahle-Bait عَلَيهِمُ الّرِضْوَان was not un- reasoned. In fact he was describing the meaning of the term Ahle Bait عَلَيهِمُ الّرِضْوَان and virtually explaining to the Muslims the Quranic verses of purity (Ayat Al-Tathir) and the specific personalities meant by it. To be more accurate, he was creating the awareness of the Muslim civilization towards the importance of his Ahle Bait عَلَيهِمُ الّرِضْوَان and their domination after him so that the Muslims may love, obey and follow them.
Just as the Holy Qur’an is authentic from the beginning to the end without the shade of untruthfulness in it and it is an obligatory service of every Muslim to obey the commands of the holy Quran. The Ahle Bait عَلَيهِمُ الّرِضْوَان are un-doubtfully true and honest guides just as the holy Quran whose orders must be followed by all Muslims. So there can be no getaway in accepting their direction and following their teachings and faith. The Muslims are obligated by the Hadith of the holy Prophetصَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ to follow them.
Imam Al-Shaafie states that, “Ahle Bait! عَلَيهِمُ الّرِضْوَان Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has made it incumbent in the Holy Qur’an to shower our love on you. It is a matter of gratification for you that without supplicating blessing on you, prayer (Salah) is not viable.” He re-states, “After observing closely that the people have elected various ways which have escorted them to the deep Oceans of diversions and ignorance. I have, in the name of Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ initiated the ship which may escort me to freedom. The Ahle Bait عَلَيهِمُ الّرِضْوَان are that very ship, we have been ordered to hold fast the rope of Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and that rope is the love of Ahle Bait” عَلَيهِمُ الّرِضْوَان.
Conclusion: The holy Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَand his Ahle Bait عَلَيهِمُ الّرِضْوَان sacrificed all the earthly pleasures and even their existence in order to deliver the rightful religion of Islam to us. In return of their sacrifices, we are ordered by Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ to simply love them. The point is that through their love, we follow their footsteps. We follow the rightful teachings of Islam educated by them, so that we live a good and appropriate life in this world and obtain the pleasure of Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ in the life here and after.