Honouring Our Parents
Our faith teaches us that we should look after our parents, especially as they grow old. We should not just focus purely on our lives and ignore them. We must strive to be humble and loving towards our them. Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an:
“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, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour.” (Holy Qur’an 17:23)
In Islam, it is vital to behave respectfully with our parents, even if their beliefs are different to ours. They may have a completely different faith to us, but this does not mean we are permitted to disrespect them or behave ignorantly. Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an:
“But if they strive to make you join in worship with Me things of which you have no knowledge, obey them not; yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration).” (Holy Qur’an 31:15)
We should treat our parents with kindness and we should be merciful towards them. Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an:
“…No mother should be harmed through her child and no father through his child…” (Holy Qur’an 2: 233).
We should be patient with our parents, especially as they grow older, as they may require our help more often. We read in a hadith that Abdullah Ibn Masood said:
“I asked the Prophet (SAW) which deed is most liked by Allah. He said: ‘Prayer offered on time.’I asked him: ‘Then what? He (SAW) said: ‘Kindness and respect towards parents.’…” (Al-Bukhari)
From this we learn exactly how vital it is that we care for and love our parents.
We should not forget about the pain and difficulty expectant mothers have to go through. Our mothers endured and struggled through sleepless nights for us. They battled through nausea and many other difficulties for us. We should always remind ourselves of this and it should motivate us to show politeness towards our parents. Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an:
“And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents. In travail upon travail did his mother bear him, and in two years was his weaning. Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents; to Me is thy final goal.” (Holy Qur’an 31:14)
We should make sincere prayers to Allah (SWT) to protect our parents and relieve them of all their stresses. We should pray that Allah (SWT) blesses them with happiness and joy, and that He grants them Jannah (paradise). Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an:
“And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: ‘My Lord! Bestow on them your Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.’” (Holy Qu’ran 17:24).