The Quran tells us “Allah wants to remove all blight from you as you are the Prophet’s household and to keep you pure” (Ahzab: 33).
Shaykh Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi says that it is because the Prophet had realised the state of pure servanthood fully and completely and in all its aspects, that God in return granted to him and his family to be absolutely ‘purified’, conforming to what is prescribed in the verse above.
Everyone loves their children, wife, parents and relatives. This love of one’s family is a natural human instinct. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) too expressed a deep love for his beautiful family. All the collections of Hadith including the six authentic collections contain a chapter describing the virtues and the outstanding qualities of the members of the Prophet’s family (Manaqib). Sometimes he (peace be upon him) would describe their individual qualities, whilst on other occasions, he would stress the important role his family will play in preserving Islam.
Zaid ibn Arqam reports that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “I am leaving behind me two weighty things, first of them is the book of Allah, which is the guidance and the light … and secondly, my family and I remind you of Allah about my family” (Muslim).
Abu Zarr said I heard the Prophet (peace be upon him) say, “The example of my family amongst you is like the ark of Noah, whoever boarded it succeeded and whoever remained behind is ruined” (Ahmad).
Barra reported I saw the Prophet (peace be upon him) carrying Hassan on his shoulder and saying “O Allah, I love him, so love him too” (Bukhari). On another occasion, He (peace be upon him) also asked Allah to love those people who love members of his family.
Abu Hurarira says one day I went with the Prophet (peace be upon him) to Fathima’s house. He (peace be upon him) said: “where is the boy?” Meaning Hassan, a little later Hassan came out running and the Prophet (peace be upon him) hugged him and said, “O Allah, I love him, so love him and anyone who loves him, O Allah love him” (Agreed upon).
Abdullah ibn Umar reported the Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “Hassan and Hussain are the leaders of the young people of paradise” (Tirmizi).
The disciples are full of admiration for His (peace be upon him) love of the family. “Once someone asked the Prophet (peace be upon him), who do you love the most? He (peace be upon him) replied Hassan and Hussain. He would ask Fathima, bring my sons to me, he would kiss them and smell them” (Tirmizi).
Y’la ibn Murra reports that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Hussain is from me and I am from Hussain, whoever loves Hussain Allah loves him” (Tirmizi).
Once someone from Iraq asked Abdullah ibn Umar about a person in Ihram (doing Hajj or Umrah) killing a fly. He reported the people of Iraq are asking about killing a fly yet they have murdered the grandson of the Prophet (peace be upon him), the Prophet (peace be upon him) called them ‘my two roses in the world’ (Bukhari).
Anas reported that both Hassan and Hussain looked very similar to the Messenger (peace be upon him) (Bukhari).
Umm Salma was crying one day, she was asked why she was crying? She said “I saw a dream, the Messenger (peace be upon him) had dust on his head and beard, so I asked what is the matter? He replied I have just witnessed the martyrdom of Hussain” (Tirmizi).
In another hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) was carrying Hussain on his shoulder and someone remarked what a wonderful mount you are riding and the Messenger (peace be upon him) replied: “he is a wonderful rider” (Tirmizi).
Undoubtedly, the family of the Prophet (peace be upon him) enjoy a high status and level of respect from the Ahlus-Sunnah wa’l-Jama’ah, who honour the rights, which Allah has prescribed for the Ahlul-Bayt (the family of the Prophet).