Islamic Teaching

Kindness and Respect of Parents in Islam

Kindness and Respect of Parents in Islam

Our parents are the most important part of our lives. They are the people who help us, they are the people we run to when something great or upsetting happens to us. Our parents are our support system, they help us grow, they teach us, they provide comfort to us and most importantly they sacrifice for us. We find are indebted to our parents, particularly our mother. She not only nourished us in her womb but went through pain and suffering. Our parents as a team provided for all our needs: physical, educational, psychological, and in many instances, religious, moral, and spiritual. Our indebtedness to our parents is so immense that it is not possible to repay it fully.

The importance of respecting one’s parents is a major theme of Islam too. Allah and his last messenger have preached that too through Quran and ahadith.

Kindness and Respect of Parents according to the Quran:

“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)

The above verse shows that gratitude to God and to parents go hand in hand. Being grateful to God is a form of Ibadat (worship) which earns heavenly rewards, it can, therefore, be said that being grateful to one’s parents also earns heavenly rewards.

Holy Quran also commands us to behave ourselves in front of our parents. To not utter something that would disrespect them or cause them pain. It also teaches us to be patient with them as they gradually grow

Allah says in the Holy Quran,

“Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or more attains 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)

Many traditions of Prophet Muhammad clearly present the status and rank of parents in Islam,

“Paradise lies under the feet of the mother.”

Another,

“God’s pleasure is in the pleasure of the father, and God’s displeasure is in the displeasure of the father.”

Also,

“God’s pleasure is in the pleasure of the father, and God’s displeasure is in the displeasure of the father.”

And,

“If a person looks with love at his parents, God writes in his favor the reward equal to the performance of one Hajj.”

The status of parents is very high in Islam. Allah doesn’t tolerate a believer being disrespectful towards his parents. Believers are not allowed to use the word uff which is the least form of disapproval. So, it becomes obligatory for us to show the utmost kindness, respect, and obedience to our parents.

Summary

Every religion teaches to respect your elders and parents. Islam also teaches the same, but it has more courteous and warm principles that respect parents as in none other religion around the world. The Islamic teachings have taught us to be more respectful towards our parents, since it is said in Holy Quran that to be grateful to parents is a form of worship to God., this shows how important parents are portrait in Islam. No one can disobey or be rude toward their parents, as it is utter displeasure to God and Allah won’t forgive him or her. The blessings and rewards to obey parents are very high and similarly, the consequences to disobey are also very negative. Therefore in Islam, it is obligatory to respect our parents and keep them happy and satisfied. Allah asked His followers to believe his teachings and the last prophet Muhammad and to be loyal towards his parents. So we should keep our parents happier and love them as everything is mortal and it won’t last.

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