Status of Parents
“And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents. In travail upon travail did his mother bear him, and in two years was his weaning. Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents; to Me is thy final goal.” (Quran 31:14). References to parents have been made at least 15 times in the Holy Qur’an. There are numerous traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on this subject. According to the above verse, gratitude to God and to parents go hand in hand. Gratitude to God is incomplete without showing gratitude to one’s parents. Since being grateful to God is a form of ibadah (worship) which earns heavenly rewards, it can therefore be said that being grateful to one’s parents also earns heavenly rewards. “Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or more attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. 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.” (Quran 17: 23-24). Let’s go through some of the traditions of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH about our responsibilities toward our parents: Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is narrated to have said: “Paradise lies under the feet of the mother; God’s pleasure is in the pleasure of the father, and God’s displeasure is in the displeasure of the father; He who wishes to enter Paradise through its best door must please his parents; It is a pity that some people may not attain Paradise, on account of not serving their old parents. We must recall the importance our parents have in our lives, and the various verses that remind us to be kind to them. May Allah (SWT) help us all to be more respectful to our parents!