Yes! It is no longer a news seeing people fighting for children’s rights and women rights. BUT what about the rights of our parents who aside the fact that they did not abort us from the embryonic stages, they take us as their best friends. Parents right is one of the most important rights upon us after the rights of Almighty Allaah.
Now, what right do they have over us???
Before you bring out the endless list of love, Allaah says in the Noble Qur’aan:
“And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him; and that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them, but address them in terms of honour.”
And the beloved prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The Lord is pleased with the pleasing of the parents, and the Lord is angry with him who angers the parents.” [Saheeh al- Jamee (3500) ]
Also, Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) said: “Allah opens two doors (to Paradise) for every Muslim who is dutiful to his (or her) two Muslim parents, awaiting the reward with Allah Alone, and one door if he (or she) had one surviving parent (to who he or she is dutiful). Furthermore, if one
makes one of his parents angry, then Allah will not be pleased with him until his parents forgive him.” He was asked: “Even if they were unjust to their child?” He said: “Even if they were unjust.” [Al-Baihaqee]
Islam does not command obedience only to the believing parents, but also encourages upholding the ties of kinship with disbelieving parents.
Narrated Asma’ bint Abi Bakr, “My mother came to visit me at the time of the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) and she was a mushrikah (disbeliever). I consulted the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) saying, ‘My mother has come to visit me for some purpose, should I uphold ties of kinship
with my mother?’ He said, ‘Yes, uphold ties of kinship with your mother.’” [Saheeh al-Bukharee (2477)]
So, take advantage of the opportunity to be dutiful to your parents before it is too late. And the rights of the believing (Muslim) parents after their death is supplicating for Allah’s forgiveness for them and fulfilling their wills.
NB: Be good towards parents entails obeying their orders, except when what they order is in disobedience of Allah. The parents MUST BE DISOBEYED if they command us to disobey Allaah; associate partner with Allaah, go to fortune tellers or soothsayer, etc. But still deal with them kindly and don’t curse them because cursing ones parents directly or indirectly is one of the major sins.
May Allaah grant us understanding (Aameen)
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