Ibrahim Mogra on Kindness to Parents

The command of kindness to parents is second only to worshipping God. They brought us into this world and looked after us when we were helpless babies. Their constant love, care and devotion helped us to become what we are today. How can we ever repay them?

The Qur’an says, “Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in your life, do not say a word of contempt to them, nor repel them, but address them with honorable speech. And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say, “My Lord! Bestow your mercy upon them as they cherished me in childhood.”

Islam demands absolute obedience to parents except in unlawful things. The Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “The major sins are to associate partners with God, to disobey parents and to give false evidence.”

The mother who bears and nurses the child through infancy is assigned a higher status than that of a father. Muhammad was once asked who deserved the most courtesy and good manners. He said, “Your mother”. When asked a second time, he said, “Your mother.” When asked a third time he said, “Your mother.” When asked a fourth time he said, “Your father”. He also said, “Be close to your mother for truly Paradise lies at her feet”.
The Qur’an says, “And remember We took a Covenant from the Children of Israel: Worship none but God; treat with kindness your parents, relations, orphans and those in need…”

Lord enable us to remain observant of our duties to our parents and relations to care for them with love, honour and respect, amin.

23/07/12

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