Every mothering deed is so priceless that a child will never be able to fully compensate a mother for all the suffering experienced during childbirth, let alone all the work required to nurture a child
Motherhood is romanticised to a considerable extent. Mothers are expected to spend every moment of every day with their children, nurturing them and loving them. Islam demonstrates parenthood in a more realistic light, acknowledging a mother’s difficulties during and after pregnancy. Along with the difficulties of motherhood, Islam emphasises how rewarding it is to be a mother. Islam has not only praised the role of a mother by giving guidance, prohibitions, and a number of verbal counsels but also by viewing a mother’s command and prohibition as principles that, in specific circumstances, must be obeyed. Every mothering deed is so priceless that a child will never be able to fully compensate a mother for all the suffering experienced during childbirth, let alone all the work required to nurture a child.
Allah doesn’t ignore a mother’s efforts. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said paradise lies at the feet of the mother. Being kind and caring for the mother is one method to reach Paradise in the afterlife. This is to recognise and reward all of the efforts and sacrifices that come with becoming a mother, such as sleepless nights and a loss of freedom, identity, and peace of mind. Along with all of the beautiful things that come with motherhood, such as the thrill of watching a kid grow up and unconditional love, it also comes with its own set of problems. Many of us, whether as friends or relatives, have the opportunity to be part of the “village” that helps a mother raise a kid. The examples above inspire us to help mothers by validating the hardships and sacrifices that come with childbirth.
Once, a man reached Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) (the messenger of Islam) and said, “Who is most deserving of my kindness?” “Your mother, then your mother, then your mother, then your father, then your nearest, then nearest,” the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) mentioned. The repetition of “your mother” three times emphasises the significance of treating a mother well for all of the difficulties she faces. Various conflicts were waged by the first Muslim community during the time of the Noble Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). When it came to jihad, it was ordered that those who are capable of fighting the infidels must take part in the struggle. However, if a young man meets all of the requirements for participation except that his mother forbids him from going, the mother’s prohibition is sufficient to exempt the young man from his social obligation to fight.
Mothers are held in the highest regard in the Islamic religion. The responsibilities of the family unit are divided into two categories in Islam: those of the husband and those of the wife. One of both parents, but especially the mother’s, obligations is to raise the future generation of Muslims. For example, when Allah-recommended instance comes across a mother’s prohibition, children are urged to obey their mother’s order. If an offspring wishes to observe a recommended fast for the sake of a spiritual reward or go on a religiously recommended trip, but his mother forbids it, it is incumbent upon him to obey his mother; and if he disobeys her in this regard, he not only misses out on a spiritual reward but also commits a sin.
Statistically, children who reside under the care of their family grow faster than those who attend a boarding school among youngsters their own age. More than their peers, the child learns and imitates what is done at home. A mother goes to constantly try to protect her child in any situation. However, some women are too protective of their children, which is problematic. As a result, when youngsters are forced to deal with difficulties on their own, they face far too many. Many facts about the world are lost on pampered children. When a newborn is born, he is not entirely uninformed of his surroundings. His mother plays an important role in introducing him to the world. The mother is completely responsible for the child’s life. His beliefs, his behaviour (religious or otherwise), and his objectives and mission. After he matures, his beliefs are going to change, but what he learned, in the beginning, remains to leave an indelible mark on his mind.
People have become more active, knowledgeable, and tech-savvy in today’s progressive, modern, and scientific age. They have discovered and invented numerous outstanding scientific discoveries. Everything is now available as a one-handed gizmo, so there is nothing left to invent. Though modernization has made people’s lives simpler, they have gained well-accredited academic and professional standing, and they have grown up from the root due to the virtue of motherhood. Regrettably, these mothers have now become a burden in their shelters. Whereas it is now ordinary for children to forcibly send a mother to an old age home, they forget her struggle and suffering in their career development, and they are still oblivious to a mother’s rights. Furthermore, in today’s society, many recent examples have been witnessed, and it is very ordinary for mothers to become victims. The youthful generation, in particular, is overly fascinated with drug addiction, and as a result, a mother is abused, hurt, and murdered by their children.
Therefore be gentle with your parents, shower them with love, affection, and piety in both words and actions, treat them gently, and never injure them verbally or physically. Then Allah explains why we should respect our parents. According to him, the mother endured unceasing suffering, pain, and difficulty from the first moments she felt the child move in her womb to the sharpest sensations after birth. And the two-year weaning period, during which the mother breast-feeds her child and cares for him/her. So, after all these years of pain, difficulty, love, and care, couldn’t we at least recompense our mothers for all they’ve done for us and return their rights? Despite the fact that the child grows from his own physical, mental, and emotional traits within the context of his environmental situations, it is the child’s family life that will give the vital basis for his cognitive and spiritual well-being. If your parents make you nervous, don’t make them nervous, and if they beat you up, don’t harm them. You should pray for them and only gaze at them with love and affection. You should never raise your voice over theirs, and you should never move ahead of them. Therefore, it is extremely important to encourage mother’s rights awareness during this Mother’s Day celebration, especially among the younger generations.
The author is a research scholar of Journalism & Mass Communication, political consultant and poll campaigner. He can be reached at [email protected]