Be good to your parents

Abrar Ul Mustafa

When a child is born, parents are the happiest. A baby is extremely fragile and delicate. Parents ensure that their newborn is protected from diseases and discomfort. They raise their progeny in the best possible way. When children attain adolescence and then maturity, it becomes their obligation to look after their parents and safeguard their rights. Islam lays enormous emphasis on the parents’ privileges. This Sunday, the whole world is observing the Parents’ Day. Islam educates us to honour this day every day and in the nicest way. Referring to Prophet Yahya (pbuh), Allah mentions in the Holy Qur’an “He was good to his parents.” [Surah Maryam; 19:14] Prophet Jesus (pbuh) introduces himself as ”(made to) be good to my mother.” [19:32] Imam Sadiq (as) was once consulted about the best deeds. Imam responds ”Salah in its stipulated hour; goodness towards parents and Jihad in the way of Allah are the nicest deeds.” Here, it’s noteworthy that ’goodness towards parents’ is more valuable than Jihad. Islam has vastly laid emphasis over some of the parents’ privileges. Islam obliges us to obey our parents. Nevertheless, such obedience must be humbly dismissed when it contradicts with faith. Allah states in the Surah Luqman ”If they (parents) urge you to ascribe to Me or partner of that of which you have no knowledge, then don’t obey them.” [31:15] Likewise, Allah expects us to have deep deference and regard towards our parents. This reverence must come from the core. “Keep their company honourably in this world” Allah remarks in Surah Luqman [31:15] Furthermore, considering the parents’ rights, being humble and speaking with affection to one’s parents are rewarding. Allah says “Lower the wing of humility to them, mercifully.” [Surah Al-Isra or Bani Israel; 17:24].

Let’s protect and practice the privileges of parents. Our parents have done a lot for us; let’s pass them a thank you. Allah states in Surah Luqman ”Give thanks to Me and to your parents.”

Treating parents generously is of equal significance. We must treat our parents with love, compassion and care. ”Worship no one but Allah, do good to your parents” Allah commands us in Surah Al-Baqarah [2:83]. This parents’ day, let’s make up our minds to conform to these instructions of our religion and scatter the awareness. Let’s protect and practice the privileges of parents. Our parents have done a lot for us; let’s pass them a thank you. Allah states in Surah Luqman ”Give thanks to Me and to your parents.”

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