Are elder family members allowed to emotionally abuse/bully younger ones with vile/hateful speech and insults?
Are victims of above required to tolerate it silently?
Under what circumstances may one sever ties with ones relations?
Abu Hurayrah may Allah be pleased with him, reported: “A man said to the Messenger of Allah (swt): `I have relatives with whom I try to keep good ties, but they sever relations with me; I treat them kindly but they treat me badly; I am gentle with them but they are harsh with me.’ He Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam replied:“If you are as you say, it is as if you are feeding them hot ashes, and you will have a supporter against them from Allah as long as you continue to do so.” [Muslim]
Dr. Senad Agic, Imam
SABAH – Chicago
9920 Grand Ave
Franklin Park, IL 60131