Your Flesh and Blood - Introduction
Verily, all praise is for Allaah. We praise Him, we seek His assistance, and we ask for His forgiveness. And we seek refuge in Allaah from the evils of our souls and the evils of our actions. Whosoever Allaah guides, there is no one that can lead him astray and whosoever is led astray, there is no one that can guide him. I bear witness that there is no deity that has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, alone and with no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger.
"O you who believe, fear Allaah as He ought to be feared and do not die except while you are Muslims." [Surah Aali 'Imraan: 102]
"O mankind, fear your Lord who created you from a single person (Aadam), and from him, He created his wife, and thereafter spread out from them many men and women. Fear Allaah through whom you demand your mutual rights and (do not cut off the relations of) the wombs. Surely, Allaah is ever an All-Watcher over you." [Surah An-Nisaa: 1]
"O you who believe, fear Allaah and be truthful and precise in your speech. He will rectify your deeds for you and forgive you of your sins. And whosoever obeys Allaah and His Messenger has indeed achieved a great success." [Surah Al-Ahzaab: 70-71]
As for what follows then indeed the most truthful of speech is the Book of Allaah, and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad. The worst of all matters are those that are newly invented, for indeed, every newly invented matter is an innovation, and every innovation is a misguidance and every misguidance is in the Hellfire.
To proceed: This is a lecture entitled "Your Flesh and Blood" which I am giving in order to clarify what has been reported in the pure Legislation concerning caring for and raising children as well as the rights they possess, which must be observed. I would like to extend my thanks to the noble brothers who deserve credit for their hard work in putting together and organizing this lecture. So may Allaah reward them with goodness.
I have based this talk around the following components, which are:
1. Children are a gift from Allaah and they are the adornment of the worldly life.
2. The prophets and virtuous people would ask Allaah to grant them righteous offspring.
3. Why are we talking about our flesh and blood?
4. When are we required to fulfill the rights of our flesh and blood?
5. How do we fulfill the rights of our flesh and blood?
6. The conclusion.
I ask Allaah to accept this deed of mine sincerely for His sake and to make us and you fro among those who guide others and are themselves guided. May Allaah send His praises and peace upon Muhammad, his family, and all of his Companions.
What follows is an explanation of these components: