The holy Qur'an says, "Say, I do not ask you for a return excepting the love for the relatives." They say that once a group of people came to the Prophet (SAWS) saying, "O the Prophet of Allah, you came to us at the time when we had lost the way, Allah guided us through you. We were poor; Allah made us rich through you. Our wealth is at your disposal. Take from it whatever you like." It was on this occasion, that the above verse relating to the love for the relations was revealed. The Qur'anic expression, ‘the love for the relations' means ‘the love for Ali, Fatima, Hasan, Husain (sa) and their descendants.' (al-Khamsat ul-Athaar or Panjatan-e-Paak)

The opponents who do not approve of this explanation maintain that the above verse has been cancelled by another verse in the Qur'an which is as follows, "Say, whatever I ask you regarding my return, it is for you, I depend for my reward on none but Allah and He is a witness to everything." We refute this statement by saying that the second verse which has been quoted by the opponents and which according to them has a nullifying effect on the first one, has been either revealed before the first verse namely, "I ask you of no other return than the love of relations" or after this verse.

If it has been revealed before this verse it cannot cancel the verse that had been revealed after it. On the other hand if it is revealed after the verse pertaining to ‘the love for the relations', it makes the first verse all the more emphatic. For, the verse, "Say, whatever I ask you in the way of return, is meant for you," means that the love for the relations of the Prophet which he has asked for, does no good to him in the least. It does good to them and secures their salvation. This is corroborated by the saying of Imaam Ja'far us-Saadiq (as) which is as follows: "If a servant of Allah were to pray Him between the ‘rukn' and the ‘maqaam-e-Ibraaheem' in the Ka'bah until his physical body begins to dissolve, his devotion will not be recognized by Allah if he does not approach Him through us."

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