Unfortunately mistreating parents has become common nowadays
Almighty Allah is the supreme power to be prayed to in this world. After that, the Almighty has ordered man to behave with good manners towards his parents. It is because everything is commanded by the supreme power of the Almighty, whether it’s day and night, rain, or the birth of humans. Almighty has commanded all of this, but parents were also asked to look after their children. Even though it is also governed by the supreme power, parents were instructed to care for their children.
A mother looks after her child, sacrificing her peace and rest so that her children can live peacefully. Similarly, a father works hard to provide everything for his family. The parents sacrifice everything for their children, not wanting them to suffer at any stage of life. If this child, for whom they sacrificed their youth, rest, and everything, does not behave correctly with them in their old age and harms them, it is the most exploitation of their life.
Islam has taught us many times, strictly in the Quran and Hadith as well, to obligate the parents at every stage of life. Doing wrong or acting badly towards them is strictly opposed in Islam. Almighty Allah has given preference to parents among all mankind. Similarly, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has taught us not to disobey our parents, and that harming or fighting with them is a grave sin. Hellfire is obligatory for such individuals. In this era, disobedience to parents is common, and it is prevalent everywhere. We are not obeying our parents; we are fighting with them. This is a message for all those who are disobeying their parents and enjoying their lives. Real enjoyment is in obeying and behaving rightly with parents.
Old age homes are becoming popular these days, where parents who gave everything to their children do not wish to be seen by their own children. They become a hurdle for them. However, beautiful Islam has taught us, “Every righteous child who casts a look of mercy and affection upon his parents shall be granted, for every look of his, rewards equivalent to that of an accepted Hajj.” Islam insists on obeying parents and not disobeying them.
Abu Huraira (RA) reported that a man came to Allah’s Messenger (SAW) and said, “O Allah’s Messenger (SAW)! Who is more entitled to be treated with the best companionship by me?” The Prophet (SAW) said, “Your mother.” The man said. “Who is next?” The Prophet said, “Your mother.” The man further said, “Who is next?” The Prophet (SAW) said, “Your mother.” The man asked for the fourth time, “Who is next?” The Prophet (SAW) said, “Your father.” Prophet (SAW) said, “Father is the door among the doors of paradise, and it is up to you to take care of the door or to vanish it” (Jamia Tirmizi).
In today’s world, parents are often disobeyed or mistreated. However, Islam strictly opposes this and teaches us unwaveringly to obey and respect our parents. Deeds equal to Hajj are written in one’s name in Jannah when they treat their parents with love and respect. May Almighty Allah make our parents the most loved creatures, and may He put all of us on the right path to obey our parents, bringing happiness to them.
The writer is a Senior Engineer at Anaf Pvt. Ltd. He can be reached at [email protected]