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Who are Ahl Al-Bayt?

Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] urged the believers to adhere to his noble household, to know their right, to respect them, and to honor them, may Allah be pleased with them all. But the question is; 
Who are the household of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him?
Hadeeth Al-Thiqlayn indicates to the concept of the Prophet’s household clarifying that Ahl Al-Bayt are the relatives of Prophet Muhammad and his wives.
To the completion of the previous hadeeth, The companion of the prophet Zayd who narrated Hadeeth Al-Thiqalyn says: “his wives are among his household, but his household are those who charity is forbidden upon them.” One asked: “and who are they?” Zayd answered that they were the household of Ali, household of Aqeel, household of Jaffar, and household of Abbas. The first person asked again: “Upon all of them charity is forbidden?” and Zayd answered by a yes”
Abdulrahman bin Abi Layla, a dignified Companion, says: “Once we asked Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him about how to pray on his household although Allah told us how to pray on him. Prophet Muhammad answered: “Say: ‘O’ Allah send prayers upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, just as You sent prayers upon Ebraheem and the family of Ebraheem. Verily, You are full of praise and majesty. O’ Allah, send blessings upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, just as You sent blessings upon Ebraheem and upon the family of Ebraheem. Verily, You are full of praise and majesty.”
Then Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him taught them other forms of prayers upon him and his family, and one of the forms is: “O’ Allah, send prayers upon Muhammad and upon the wives and descendants of Muhammad, just as you sent prayers upon the family of Ebraheem, and send blessings upon Muhammad and upon the wives and descendants of Muhammad, just as You sent blessings upon the family of Ebraheem. Verily, You are full of praise and majesty.”
Although the wives of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him are named as Ahl Al-Bayt in the Ebraheemite Prayer, we would find a better and a clearer declaration that the wives of the Prophet are his household in this narration:
Anas bin Malik reported: “A banquet of bread and meat was held on the occasion of the marriage of the Prophet to Zainab bint Jahsh. I was sent to invite the people (to the banquet), ………. The Prophet left and went towards the dwelling place of Aisha and said, "Peace and Allah's Mercy be on you, O the people of the house!" She replied, "Peace and the mercy of Allah be on you too. How did you find your wife? May Allah bless you. Then he went to the dwelling places of all his other wives and said to them the same as he said to Aisha and they said to him the same as Aisha had said to him.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Tafseer Al-Quran, Surat Al-Ahzab), (Al-Nisa’ei, Work of the day and night, 271)
In the hadeeth of Al-Efk (the narration of the Lie), the Prophet peace be upon him, while he was on the pulpit narrating charges of adultery from Ubaydillah bin Abi Salool against the Mother of Beleivers, Aisha, says: “O people give me your opinion regarding those people who made a forged story against my family. By Allah, I do not know anything bad about her. By Allah, they accused her of being with a man about whom I have never known anything bad, and he never entered my house unless I was present there, and whenever I went on a journey, he went with me” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Tafseer AL-Quran, Surat AL-Nour)
Now, let us see what language has to say about this issue. Arabic Language scholars are very clear in identifying the wives of a man as his household. Ibn Manthoor says in the Tongue of the Arabs (Lisan Al-Arab): “Ahl Al-Bayt: its dwellers, Ahl Al-Rajul (family of a man) is the closest people to him, and the household of Prophet Muhammad may Allah have peace on him is his wives, his daughters, and his son-in-law who is Ali bin Abi Talib”
Al-Fayrooz Al-A’abadi says in Qamoos Al-Muheet: “Ahl Al-Amr is its rulers, Ahl Al-Bayt is its dwellers, Ahl Al-Mathhab (sect) is its who believe in it, Ahl Al-Rajul is his wife, and Ahl Al-Nabi is his wives, his daughters, and his son-in-law i.e. Ali may Allah be pleased of him.”
Al-Zubaydi says in Taj Al-Aroos (The Bride’s Crown): “Ahl Al-Mathhab is its believers, Ahl Al-Rajul is his wife and children, and this is how the verse: “and was travelling with his family” is explained as his wives and family. Ahl Al-Nabi is his wives, daughters, and his son-in-law Ali. It was said that the descendant of a man is Ahl Al-Rajul. In the Quran: “Enjoin prayer on thy family, and be constant therein,” “And Allah only wishes to remove all abomination from you, ye Members of the Family, and to make you pure and spotless,” and “let mercy of Allah and His blessings be upon you Ahl Al-Bayt, He is the most benign and most exalted.”
In addition to the Prophetic narrations and to the Arabic Language scholars’ sayings, the Quran itself testifies that wives are included in the phrase “Ahl A-Bayt.”
The Quran called Prophets’ wives as their household. Allah says: “so he said to his family, "Tarry ye; I perceive a fire; perhaps I can bring you some burning brand therefrom, or find some guidance at the fire”. And it is known that only Mousa’s wife was with him and no one else.
In the story of Zaleekha, the wife of Al-Azeez, when she wanted to temp Yousif, Allah says: “She said: "What is the (fitting) punishment for one who formed an evil design against thy family, but prison or agrievous chastisement?" 
Also, Allah says: “Now when Moses had fulfilled the term, and was travelling with his family.” Al-Qumi says in his Tafseer: “When the time had come, Mousa took his wife, Shu’ayb provided Mousa, and Mousa lead his goats. When Mousa wanted to leave, Shu’ayb told him: “Go, Allah made it privately for you.” Therefore, Mousa lead his goats aiming Egypt. Mousa and his wife were in a place when a cold breeze, wind and darkness stroked Mousa and his family. Then, Mousa saw a fire, where Allah said the verse: “Now when Moses had fulfilled the term, and was travelling with his family.”
Included in the term “Ahl Al-Bayt” are Ali, Al-Hasan, Al-Hussain, and Fatima, may Allah be pleased with them all as it is mentioned in Hadeeth Al-Kisa’a (the narration of the cloak) that is narrated by Muslim. The mother of Believers, Aisha says: “One day, the messenger of Allah left the house at the afternoon and he was wearing a cloak. Then Hasan bin Ali came and the Prophet took him under his cloak. Next Hussain bin Ali came and the Prophet took him under his cloak. After that Fatima came and the Prophet took her under his cloak. Finally, Ali came, and the Prophet took him under his cloak. Then the Prophet said: “And Allah only wishes to remove all abomination from you, ye Members of the Family, and to make you pure and spotless”
In retrospect, it is cleared that the household of Prophet Muhammad are his wives, the family of Ali (Hasan, Hussain, and Fatima), the family of Aqeel, the family of Abbas, and the family of Jaffar. Those are the ones who Prophet Muhammad ordered us to dignify and respect. Hadeeth Al-Thiqlain did not testify to the infallibility of anyone of them, but raised their status. Using the verse of Purification and hadeeth Al-Kisa’a to prove Ali’s infallibility is non-sense. We prove that in another article under the title “The purification verse & Hadeeth Al-kisa'a A Scientific Dialogue.” Please refer to it.

Also see the page here: http://rejectionists.blogspot.com/p/people-of-household.html
Christians have monopolized on the memory of Prophet Jesus, despite the fact that the Muslims have a greater claim to him. Likewise, the Shia have monopolized on the memory of the Ahlel Bayt, despite the fact that the Sunnis have a greater claim to the Prophetic Household. Loving Ahlel Bayt is an obligation for Sunni Muslims, and this means the entire Ahlel Bayt–not just a segment of the Ahlel Bayt like the Shia do. The following articles will clear up some popular misconceptions.
  • Prophet’s Wives are Ahlel Bayt

    This article proves that the Prophet’s wives are Ahlel Bayt. It also presents a definition of what the term “Ahlel Bayt” means which may be different to the one prevalent among our Shia bretheren. In the Quran, Allah Himself declares the Prophet’s wives to be the Ahlel Bayt and, thus, it is our assertion that they should not be excluded from our love.

  • Prophet’s Daughters are Ahlel Bayt

    Many of the Shia claim that the Prophet had only one daughter, namely Fatima, and hence deny the very existence of his other three daughters. This article proves without a doubt–using the Quran–that the Prophet had more than one daughter. Thus, it is our assertion that all four of the Prophet’s lovely daughters are part of the Ahlel Bayt.

  • Word Games With Verse 33:33

    It is sad and unfortunate that some people have tried to change the meaning of the Quran by playing word games with it. This article refutes these far-fetched theories such as the claims that Allah changed tenses in the Quran from feminine to masculine. We shall also examine the claims by the Shia Ayatollahs that the Quranic Verse 33:33 has been tampered with.

  • Half Hadith-ing (Zaid ibn Arqam)

    Some people enjoy posting half of a Hadith in order to “prove” their point. This is what we call “Half Hadith-ing.” One of the most popular of the Hadith that are manipulated in such a manner is a narration by Zaid ibn Arqam. We shall examine this Hadith in this article and the reader will, Insha-Allah, realize that this Hadith actually affirms that the Prophet’s wives are Ahlel Bayt.

  • The Status of Ahlel Bayt

    All Muslims believe in respecting the Ahlel Bayt. However, many Shia espouse a viewpoint that goes against the Islamic concepts of egalitarianism and is a rejection of Quranic exhortations.

  • Foundation of Shi’ism is Nasibi

    It is the Shia who are the Nasibis, because they hate the Prophet’s wives. The Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah loves the entire Ahlel Bayt, including the Prophet’s wives, all his children, Ali (رضّى الله عنه) and his family, etc., whereas the Shia only love one segment of the Ahlel Bayt and despise other parts of it.

  • Slander Against Prophet’s Wives

    The Shia scholars do not have a good opinion of Aisha (رضّى الله عنها) or of Hafsa (رضّى الله عنها). This article chronicles some of the allegations levied against the Mothers of the Believers. This collection of Shia sayings is very heart-wrenching for those who love the lovely wives of the Prophet of Islam.

  • Mothers of the Believers

    The Quran bestows the title of “Mother of the Believers” (Umm Al Mumineen) to Aisha (رضّى الله عنها) , Hafsa (رضّى الله عنها) , and the rest of the Prophet’s wives: “The Prophet is closer to the believers than their ownselves, and his wives are their mothers.” (Quran, 33:6) If Aisha (رضّى الله عنها) is the mother of the believers, then the people who slander her, insult her, and criticize her can not truly be believers.

  • Al-Ifk: Quran Defends Aisha (رضّى الله عنها)

    The Munafiqoon slandered Aisha (رضّى الله عنها) in the incident of al-Ifk, which took place in the lifetime of the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم). Allah Almighty Himself revealed verses in the Quran not only defending Aisha (رضّى الله عنها) against slander but condemning anyone who does such a thing as an unbeliever. Slander against Aisha (رضّى الله عنها) is Haram according to the Quran.

  • First Lady of Islam

    Aisha (رضّى الله عنها) is of the Ahlel Bayt; she is the First Lady of Islam, the Queen of our hearts, the Mother of the Believers, and the beloved of Allah’s Beloved. Anyone who disrespects her, thereby disrespects the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم). This article is food for thought, a simple series of logical arguments backed by the Word of Allah.

  • Verse 33:33 Does Not Make Anyone Infallible

    The Shia make the claim that verse 33:33 makes the Ahlel Bayt infallible. However, this seems to be an exaggeration, and an unbiased analysis of verse 33:33 shows that nobody is made infallible by this verse. Furthermore, we expose the inconsistencies of many Shia missionaries and hope to impress upon our readers the fallacy in much of Shia theology.

  • The Wives of Prophet Nuh (عليه السلام) and Prophet Lut (عليه السلام)

    The wives of Prophet Nuh (عليه السلام) and Prophet Lut (عليه السلام) were sinful and condemned in the Quran. The Shia bring up these two women in order to justify their position on the wife of Prophet Muhammad (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم), whom they revile. We hope to, Insha-Allah, expose the weakness of the Shia argument in this article.

  • Shia Du’a (Saname Quraish) Curses Two of Prophet’s Wives

    How is it that Shia missionaries can do Taqiyyah and deny that they hate the Prophet’s wives, when they have “authentic” du’as which condemn Aisha (رضّى الله عنها) and Hafsa (رضّى الله عنها), ask Allah to curse them, and to beat them. This is the depth of their hatred for the Prophetic Household, the Ummahatul Mu’mineen (Mothers of the Believers), and the Prophet’s lovers (رضّى الله عنهم). A very famous Shia du’a called “Saname Quraish” condemns Abu Bakr (رضّى الله عنه) and Umar bin Khattab (رضّى الله عنه), as well as their two daughters: Aisha bint Abu Bakr (رضّى الله عنها) and Hafsa bint Umar bin Khattab (رضّى الله عنها), the two lovely wives of the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم).

  • Love for Ahlel Bayt and Sahabah

    The Ahlel Bayt refers to the family of the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم). The Sahabah refers to the friends of the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم). The Shia claim to love the Ahlel Bayt only, and hate the Sahabah. The Nasibis, on the other hand, love the Sahabah but hate the Ahlel Bayt. Both groups are incorrect in their views. The correct position is to love both the Ahlel Bayt (Prophet’s family) and the Sahabah (Prophet’s friends).

  • Aisha (رضّى الله عنها) Didn’t Do Ghusl in Front of Men

    It is unfortunate that we find many instances in our discourses with the Shia where they willingly take Hadith from Sahih Bukhari out of context to prove their point. One such instance is the Hadith about Bibi Aisha (رضّى الله عنها) teaching two men how to do Ghusl. The Shia will claim that the Sunnis believe that Bibi Aisha (رضّى الله عنها) did Ghusl naked in front of two non-mehrem men. In this article, we disprove this horrendous slander, both against Bibi Aisha (رضّى الله عنها) and against our book of Hadith.

  • How the Shia Abandoned the Ahlel Bayt

    The Shia have changed the meaning of “Ahlel Bayt” (the Prophetic Household) and have pitted some members of the Prophetic Household against others. It seems they do not truly harbor love for the real Ahlel Bayt, including the Prophet’s wives whom they curse, and the Prophet’s daughters whom they deny.

  • Fatwa: Kufr to Slander Bibi Aisha

    The scholars of Sunni Islam are all agreed that whoever accuses Aisha (رضّى الله عنها) of that which Allaah (عز و جل) has stated she is innocent of, is a kaafir. This is because he has rejected Allaah’s (عز و جل) statement of her innocence in Soorat al-Noor. Whoever feels hatred towards the beloved of the Messenger of Allaah (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) will deserved to be despised by him on the Day of Resurrection.

  • Al-Islam.org says: Do not name your daughter with the name “Aisha”

    The depths of hatred that the Shia Ulema have for the Prophet’s family (i.e. the way in which they disassociate themselves from his wife Aisha) manifests itself in the following fatwa passed by the Aalim Network on the very popular Shia website, Al-Islam.org. The Shia are discouraged by their scholars to name their daughters by the beautiful name of “Aisha”–such is their hatred for the beloved of our beloved Prophet.

  • Who are the Ahlel Bayt?

    Who are the Ahlel Bayt? Answer: Primarily, the Prophet’s wives are Ahlel Bayt. After them, there are others who were also called that, but it should be remembered that the ones with the most right to be called Ahlel Bayt are first and foremost the Prophet’s wives.

  • Grand Ayatollah On Cursing the Prophet’s Wives/Companions and Taqiyyah

    The following fatwa is found on the Official Website of Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Shahroudi. Please note how the Grand Ayatollah allows the cursing but it must be done in such a way as not to reveal the Taqiyyah that is being done in front of the Sunni masses. Perhaps this will wake up those Sunnis who are fooled by the Shia lies when they say that they do not curse the Prophet’s wives or Sahabah. This comes from the mouth of the Grand Ayatollah himself.

  • 154 Wise Sayings of Sayyiduna Ali

    Ali (رضّى الله عنه) was an embodiment of knowledge and wisdom. In this article, we relate 154 of his wise sayings. May Allah be well-pleased with him!

  • Sayyida Aisha is Part of Ahlel Bayt

    Fatwa from Sunni Path, stating the position of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah with regards to Sayyida Aisha and her status as part of the Ahlel Bayt.

  • The Prophet Defends His Wife Aisha

    The Shia propagandists slander the Prophet’s wife, Aisha. It should be noted, however, that the Munafiqoon (Hypocrites) and Kufaar (Disbelievers) have always sought to hurt the Prophet by slandering his wife; as such, there is nothing new in the Shia tactics. During the lifetime of the Prophet, many of the enemies of Islam hurt the Prophet by slandering his wife, and this pained the Prophet very much.

  • The Status of the 12 Imams

    “Each one of them was a pious, upright Muslim from the noble Prophetic Tree and many of them were also among the foremost people of knowledge in their time.”

  • Grand Ayatollah al-Kho’i Says Wife is Part of a Man’s “Ahl”

    Grand Ayatollah al-Kho’i, the former leader of the Hawzah of the holy city of Najaf, wrote in his book “Sirat al-Najat” that the wife is a part of a man’s “Ahl”. It should be noted that “Sirat al-Najat” is a very famous book which is referenced on Al-Islam.org many times. Is it not clear from this that the Prophet’s wives are a part of his “Ahl”? Does this not expose the hypocrisy of the Shia leaders when they include their own wives in their Ahl, but they then rip the Prophet’s wives out of his Ahl?

  • Tahreef (Tampering) of Verse 33:33

    The classical scholars of the Shia claimed that there was Tahreef (tampering) of the Quran. They claimed that the “evil” Sahabah changed the Quran, and that the Mushaf we have today is not the real Quran (at least not in its unaltered form). The contemporary Shia scholars, however, completely deny that they believe in Tahreef or that this belief was ever a part of their sect. Nonetheless, despite this denial, many of the Shia Ulema hold onto the belief known as Tahreef bit Tarteeb (tampering in the order of the verses of the Quran such that the meaning of it is changed). Many Shia scholars claim that verse 33:33 was altered in such a manner.

  • Video: Shia Scholars Cursing and Insulting Prophet’s Wife

    In this shocking video, the Shia scholars are caught on tape insulting and cursing the Prophet’s very own wife, Umm al-Mu’mineen Aisha. Grand Ayatollah Shirazi, one of the Shia Maraje’ (top scholars), refers to Aisha as a Kaafir (infidel). Hassan Shahate, the Shia scholar well-known for his participation in Sunni-Shia polemics, refers to Aisha as a donkey. Shaykh Yassir al-Habib, the so-called “up and coming” cleric of Shi’ism, mocks the title of Aisha.