How to Respect Your Parents

909 WordsApr 13, 20134 Pages
How to respect your parents? There are many days set aside in non-Islamic societies to honour and appreciate special people; examples of these are Father 's Day, Mother 's Day, Memorial Day and Labour Day. In Islam, however, respecting, honouring and appreciating parents is not just for a single day of the year, but rather for each and every day. Parents in the Quran: A Muslim child should respect and appreciate his or her parents on a daily basis. Allaah mentions that human beings must recognise their parents and that this is second only to the recognition of Allaah Himself. Throughout the Quran, we notice that parents are mentioned with appreciation and respect. In the Quran, there is a very beautiful description of how parents are…show more content…
Muhammad once said, “Paradise is placed at the mothers ' feet,” so high is their status and regard. The Qur 'an reminds people of the sacrifices and hardships that mothers face on behalf of their children. “And we enjoined upon mankind concerning parents: his mother carried him in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is two years. Therefore show gratitude to Allah and to your parents” (Qur 'an 31:14). On another occasion, some people asked the Prophet Muhammad, “To whom should we show kindness first?” He answered, “Your mother.” Then he was asked again, “And after that, then whom?” Muhammad again replied, “Your mother.” He was asked yet again, and he gave the same reply again: “Your mother.” Only after that, when he was asked one more time, did he answer, “Then, your father.” Duties to Parents Our life would not be possible without the sacrifice and hard work of our parents, who cared for us and met all our needs when we were young. The Qur 'an addresses this point in one touching verse: “And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to parents. If one or both of them attain old age during your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor repel them. But address them in terms of honour, and lower to them the wing of humility, out of mercy, and say, ‘My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy, as they did bring me up when I was young’” (Qur 'an 17:23–24). Muslims are advised to treat their parents gently and
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