Parents are a blessing sent to us by Allah. They are the people Allah chose to raise you. Come to think of it, every relation in this world can be replaced or has a substitute – except your parents. They are irreplaceable. The love and care your parents shower upon you cannot be put into words. This is the reason why Allah has given them so many rights over their children. Parents in Islam have the right to decide for their children when they are still young and dependent, the right to be obeyed and respected and to be taken care of in their old age. In fact, even if children fulfill all of their rights, they still cannot compensate for the sleepless nights, sacrifices and so much more.
Here are 6 ways to honor your parents in Islam
Show them gratitude
Your parents have done more for you than provide food and shelter. The sacrifices each parent makes in terms of their rest, work, career and lifestyle is beyond the imagination of any child. In the form of reciprocation, show gratitude towards them.
Your parents have your best interest at heart. Listen to their advice and adhere to them. Only if they give you an advice against Islam, should you disobey your parents.
Sometimes it becomes really hard to be patient with your parents. It can be totally exasperating. But hey, don’t lose your cool. Speak to them in a polite manner, let them begin the meals, let them walk ahead of you. Little things can make them feel valued and respected.
Be sensitive towards their feelings
As we grow up, we don’t realize that they are also growing old. They become more sensitive and can get hurt, even at the slightest negligence from your side. So be sensitive. Make time for them, sit with them and talk to them at length. Five minutes spent with them
Take care of them
When you were an infant and dependent, they took care of you. Now when they are old, you are the one who takes care of them.
Make Dua for them
Make ample Dua for your parents. Dua for their health and well being, Dua for their life and their hereafter.
Allah when enjoins the duty of being kind and compassionate to their parents in the Quran, this injunction always appears soon after the injunction to worship only one God. Allah exalted says in the Quran:
“Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age, 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.”
[The Night Journey: 23,24]
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