The Sunnah Of Leaving The Family To Benefit Deen.

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Bismihi Ta`ala

قال حدثنا مالك
أتينا إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ونحن شببة متقاربون فأقمنا عنده عشرين يوما وليلة وكان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم رحيما رفيقا فلما ظن أنا قد اشتهينا أهلنا أو قد اشتقنا سألنا عمن تركنا بعدنا فأخبرناه قال ارجعوا إلى أهليكم فأقيموا فيهم وعلموهم ومروهم وذكر أشياء أحفظها أو لا أحفظها وصلوا كما رأيتموني أصلي فإذا حضرت الصلاة فليؤذن لكم أحدكم وليؤمكم أكبركم
بخاري

*Reported in Bukhari:*
*‘’We came by the beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam (in Madinah) as youths of about same age. We stayed by the prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam for 20 days, including nights. And Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam was someone who is compassionate and sympathetic. So when he found that we were missing our family or feeling home sick, then he would call us and ask us about whom we left at home. We informed him about our family. Then he would tell us: ‘’Return to your family and stay by them. And then teach them and prescribe them(the Islamic injunctions). And he continued councelling us such that some I recall and some of it I forgot. And (he continued..) do read salaah as you saw me reading. And when time of salaah comes, anyone of you give azaan and then make the eldest amongst you lead you people in salaah.’’*

*The beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam was compassionate, caring and heartfelt. Although it is recommended to complete 40 days during an errand in the path of Allah(see below A1), but beginners are tolerated less than that. Over here these young sahabahs were returned after 20 days. And after returning home, the first prescription was not to impose Islam upon the family. But rather to first act with softness and kindness to the family. After winning their hearts, then start teaching them the deen of Allah. After that start ordering and prescribing them the Islamic injunctions. Because men will be questioned on the guardianship of their subordinates.*
*These sunnahs can be practiced by a jamaat saathi returning from the path of Allah.*

A1.
عبد الرزاق عن بن جريج قال أخبرني بن مكمل أنه سمع يزيد بن أبي حبيب يقول جاء رجل من الأنصار إلى عمر بن الخطاب فقال أين كنت قال في الرباط قال كم رابطت قال ثلاثين قال فهلا أتممت أربعين  
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