In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful…
I wanted to share two videos today. 🙂
The first video is non-Islamic, but it is a VERY good reminder for all of humanity; believers and non-believers.
This is a great reminder for us. When you think about the patience your parents showed you growing up, it makes you sick the way we act towards them today. All of the sacrifices they made for us can’t even be counted, and we’re too lazy to drive 5 minutes to the store to buy them a loaf of bread.
In Islam, parents have a VERY high stature. Allah tells us time and time over in the Qur’an the importance of respect towards parents and how we are to behave towards them, and our beloved Messenger (PBUH) tells us various ways we can do this, and reiterates the importance of doing it.
Anas narrated from Prophet Muhammad about the major sins. He (Mohammed) observed: Associating anyone with God, disobedience to parents, killing a person and false utterance. (Muslim)
Subhan’Allah! Allah puts disobedience to parents between associating partners to God and murder! We should ponder upon this and not be quick to pass over it…
Narrated ‘Abdullah: I asked the Prophet “Which deed is the dearest to God?” He replied, “To offer the prayers at their early stated fixed times.” I asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” He replied, “To be good and dutiful to your parents”…(Bukhari)
Yet another hadith where parents are placed only second to God. Let’s wake up my brother and sister!
Islam goes a step further on this issue too and actually extends this respect even after the parent’s death:
While we were with Prophet Muhammad of God . A man of Banu Salmah came to Him and said: Apostle of God is there any kindness left that I can do to my parents after their death? He replied: Yes, you can invoke blessings on them, forgiveness for them, carry out their final instructions after their death, join ties of relationship which are dependent on them, and honour their friends. (Abu Dawood)
All praise is to God!
“If I was at your house, I’d break your TV…” LOL
In the Qur’an, Allah speaks of the issue in many ayat…
Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour. And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: My Lord! Bestow on them thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood. (17:23)
Qur’an explains how to act with parents that push you away from Islam as well, in the following ayat…
…Be grateful to Me and to both your parents; to Me is the eventual coming. But if they strive to make thee join in worship with Me things of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not; yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration), and follow the way of those who turn to me (in love): in the end the return of you all is to Me, then will I inform you of what you did (31:15)
These verses make it clear that we must honour our parents, appreciate their sacrifices and efforts for us, and do our best for them. This is required regardless of whether they are Muslims or not.
May Allah guide us and our loved ones to the straight path!