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Importance of Parents

Updated: Apr 20

All praise to Allah swt for blessing us with wonderful parents - the most important and the biggest blessing in our lives - Alhamdulillah!

We are nothing without them and their duas. We must always obey them, give respect, be kind, listen, and understand.

No one in this world are faithful as parents are to their children. They do whatever they can for their children and never ask for returns. They sacrifice their own needs, dreams, and desires for the sake of providing a secure and happy future to their children. They are the best examples of unconditional love - Subhan'Allah!

Ibne `Abbas states: “I questioned the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his family): Which deed is the most beloved in the eyes of Allah, the Mighty, the Glorious?” He (peace be upon him and his family) replied: “(Offering) prayers at their stipulated times.” I then asked: “Which is the next most beloved deed?” He (peace be upon him and his family) answered: “Goodness towards (one’s) parents.” I asked him again: “After this, which is the most beloved act?” He (peace be upon him and his family) said: “Jihad in the way of Allah.”

Parents are the first teachers of their children until they start going to school. We should try not to disrespect them. It's hard to see our parents' age. Try to spend as much time as you can with them. Talk and communicate with them. Time never stays still, and nor does the age.

Once, when the Messenger of Allah swt (pbuh) was talking to his companions, a man came and addressed him: `O, Messenger of Allah! A young man is breathing his last. People are asking him to recite Kalima, but he is unable to do so.’ The Messenger of Allah asked, `Did this man offer prayers?’ and the man said `Yes’. Then he accompanied the man to the house of the dying young man along with others present at that time. The man was at the end of his life journey. The Messenger of Allah advised him to offer Kalima. The man replied that he was unable to do so as the words would not come out of his mouth. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) then called for the mother of the dying man whom he had disobeyed persistently. When his aged mother came, the messenger of Allah asked,`Respected lady, is he your son?’ She replied `Yes’. He then put her a question, `O Respected lady, if we threaten to throw your son in a raging fire, will you recommend him to be forgiven?’ The lady replied that she would definitely do so at that time. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) then said to her, `If so, declare, making Allah and me your witness that you are now pleased with him.’ The old woman readily declared, `O Allah, you and your messenger be my witness that I am pleased with this beloved son of mine.’Just after that, the Messenger of Allah Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) turned to the dying man and asked him to recite `Kalima’. By the virtue of the forgiveness of his mother, he found the words flowing out of his mouth, and he recited the Kalima. Seeing this Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) praised Almighty Allah saying,`Thanks to Almighty Allah that He saved this man from the fearful fire of Hell through me’

May Allah swt give us the strength to take care of our parents just like the way they took care of us when we were little and helpless. May Allah swt bless our parents with good health and righteous long life. Aameen!


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