Our service to our parents does not go unnoticed
The position parents have in Islam is a very important one. When we are respectful towards them and we are patient, it is pleasing to know that this is greatly rewarded by our Lord. We read in a hadith:
Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The pleasure of the Lord is in the pleasure of the parents, and the displeasure of the Lord is in the displeasure of the parents.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)
We learn from this hadith that putting in effort to look after our parents and treat them kindly is something that pleases Allah. Sometimes we may not even realise this as it may just be a part our daily routine, but everything we do for our parents is indeed seen by Allah.
Sometimes it may just be that we offered to help them with a shopping trip, or we assisted them with a house chore, without realising how valued this is in Islam. No matter how trivial we may at first perceive our service to our parents to be, Allah sees all that we do and rewards us for our good intentions and deeds.
Our care for our parents creates an opportunity for us to be granted Jannah. When we reflect on this, it makes us realise how valuable our actions really are. We read in a hadith:
Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Let him be humbled! Again, let him be humbled! Again, let him be humbled!” It was said, “Who is it, O Messenger of Allah?” The Prophet said, “The one who sees his parents grow old, one or both of them, and he does not enter Paradise through them.” (Sahih Muslim)
This shows us that even though we may seek opportunities in many areas of life to help us become more righteous and build on our good deeds, looking after our parents in itself it a hugely rewarding deed.
Parents have such an important place in Islam that we are even rewarded when we care for those who are close to our parents, such as their friends and relatives. When we help them and maintain a good relationship with them, this is something that we are also rewarded for. We read in a hadith:
Abdullah ibn Umar reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The best act of righteousness is to maintain relations with a man loved by his father.” (Sahih Muslim)
Sometimes in life, we may have misunderstandings with people. Misunderstandings can even occur with those who are the closest to us, such as with our parents or other family members.
If we ever find ourselves in these situations, we should not lose hope. Islam shows us that we can change and repair what perhaps once was damaged, as damage does not last forever. Our religion teaches us that there is always a chance to change and we should not become discouraged by thoughts in our head that tell us otherwise, stopping us from improving our life and relationships. We read in a hadith:
Abdullah ibn Amr reported: A man came to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “I have come to pledge allegiance to you upon emigration, and I left my parents weeping.” The Prophet said, “Return to them and make them laugh, just as you made them cry.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)
May Allah reward us for our service to our parents. Aameen.