The Muslims in Madina comprised of the AnsÃ¡r (original residents of Madina) and the MuhÃ¡jirÃn (migrants from Makka). Once, the AnsÃ¡r argued that they were superior to the MuhÃ¡jirÃn. The Holy Prophet (S) heard their words and addressed them with disapproval of their pride. He reminded them that his presence amongst them was a great blessing for them. The AnsÃ¡r were ashamed at their conduct, and said, “O Prophet of AllÃ¡h, if you command us we will give you everything we own (in repayment).” At this time the following Ãyah was revealed:
Say (O Muhammad), “I do not ask any recompense for it (my work as a messenger), except the love of my near relatives (Ahlul Bayt).”
And whosoever earns good, We (AllÃ¡h) increase for him good therein.
Verily, AllÃ¡h is Most Forgiving, Most Grateful. (ash-ShÃºrÃ¡, 42:23)
When asked who his near relatives were, the Holy Prophet (S) replied that they were `AlÃ (A), FÃ¡timah (A) and their two sons, Hasan (A) and Husein (A). Thus the love of the Ahlul Bayt (A) is the way a Muslim shows his gratitude to the Holy Prophet (S) for his teachings. To obey him is to obey AllÃ¡h as the Holy Qur’Ã¡n says:
Say (O Muhammad). “If you love AllÃ¡h, then follow me,
AllÃ¡h will love you and forgive you your sins.
Verily, AllÃ¡h is Forgiving, Merciful. (Ãli ImrÃ¡n, 3:31)