Allāh the Exalted said:
وَاعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَلَا تُشْرِكُوا بِهِ شَيْئًا وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا وَبِذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْيَتَامَىٰ وَالْمَسَاكِينِ وَالْجَارِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْجَارِ الْجُنُبِ وَالصَّاحِبِ بِالْجَنبِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ وَمَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ مَن كَانَ مُخْتَالًا فَخُورًا
Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed, Allah does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful. [Surah an-Nisa, Ayah 36]
Allāh, the Exalted, said:
وَقَضَىٰ رَبُّكَ أَلَّا تَعْبُدُوا إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلَاهُمَا فَلَا تَقُل لَّهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلَا تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلًا كَرِيمًا
وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا
And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.
And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, “My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.” [Surah al-Isra, Ayat 23-24]
Who Deserves My Fine Treatment Most?
Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه reported that a person came to Allah, ‘s Messenger (ﷺ) and said: Who among the people is most deserving of a fine treatment from my hand?
He again said: Then who (is the next one)?
Again it is your mother (who deserves the best treatment from you).
He said: Then who (is the next one)?
He (the Holy Prophet) said:
Again, it is your mother.
He (again) said: Then who?
Thereupon he said:
Then it is your father. [Muslim]
A Short Path to Paradise
Do You Want to Prolong your Life and Expand Your Provision?
Do You Want Your Sins Forgiven?
From Ibn Umar رضي الله عنه: A man came to the Prophet ﷺ and said: “O Messenger of Allah! I have been afflicted by a tremendous sin. Is there any repentance for me?” He said:
هَلْ لَكَ مِنْ أُمٍّ
“Do you have your mother?”
The man said: “No.” He said:
هَلْ لَكَ مِنْ خَالَةٍ
“Do you have any maternal aunts?”
The man said: “Yes.” He said:
“Then be dutiful to them.” [Jami’ at-Tirmidhi]
Be Dutiful to the Parents even if they are Polytheists
Our Righteous Predecessors and their Dutifulness to their Parents
- Muhammad Ibn al-Munkader said: I spent the night massaging my mother’s leg, and my brother Umar spent the night praying, and it wouldn’t make me happier that my night is his night. (i.e. what I am doing is more loved to me than spending the night in prayer)
- One of the righteous predecessors was said to him we do not see you eat with your mother in the same plate! He said I’m afraid that my hand would be faster in reaching for what her eyes fall upon and I would be undutiful to her.
- Hiyawah ibn Shuraih was one of the followers of the companions. He used to teach in the masjid and his mother would come to him and say: “Go feed the chickens”; and he would stop the lesson and obey her without any hesitance. Despite being a prominent scholar and his students sitting before him, he didn’t shy out to obey his mother’s command.
Is there a religion on earth which gives parents great care such as Islām?!