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Hadith: Severity of Tyranny and Severing Family Ties

📖Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2511
Abu Bakrah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) said: “There is no sin more worthy of Allah hastening the punishment upon its practitioner in the world – along with what is in store for him in the Hereafter – than tyranny and severing the ties of kinship.” (Sahih)

  • This hadith highlights the severity of two major sins in Islam – tyranny and severing the ties of kinship. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is stating that there is no sin that Allah is more likely to hasten the punishment for in this life and the Hereafter than these two. “Tyranny” here refers to any unjust use of power or authority over others, whether in personal or public life. This includes oppression, abuse of authority, and exploitation of the weak. “Severing the ties of kinship” refers to breaking off relationships with family members or treating them badly. The hadith emphasizes the importance of maintaining family ties and treating one’s relatives with kindness and respect, even in difficult circumstances. The Prophet is warning his followers about the severity of these sins and urging them to avoid them at all costs. The hadith teaches that these sins not only harm the individuals who commit them but also have negative consequences for society as a whole.