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STATUS OF PARENTS IN OUR LIFE

Let us begin with the advice and guidance of the Holy Quran and Hadiths and analyze how elevated the status of the parents have in our life. They are ever shining jewels to lighten our life and inspire us for achievements and success in the world here and hereafter. Though we worship Allah only but for the respect our parents comes next.

"Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or more attain old age in thy life, 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." (Quran 17: 23,24)
"And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents. In travail upon travail did his mother bear him, and in two years was his weaning. Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents; to Me is thy final goal." (Chapter31: verse14)
"We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents; in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth." (46:15)
"Paradise lies under the feet of the mother."
"God's pleasure is in the pleasure of the father, and God's displeasure is in the displeasure of the father."
"He who wishes to enter Paradise through its best door must please his parents."
"It is a pity that some people may not attain Paradise, on account of not serving their old parents."
"If a person looks with love at his parents, God writes in his favor the reward equal to the performance of one Hajj."
[Someone asked, "will this promise be good if one looks at his parents one hundred times

     
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day?" The Holy Prophet (pbuh) replied, "even if one does so a hundred thousand times a day, God gives the reward accordingly."
"A man or woman is bound to be good to his or her parents, even though they may have injured him or her."
Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (A.S.), the great-great-grandson of the Prophet MuhammadProphet Muhammad is reported to have quoted Imam 'Ali (A.S.) that, "disobedience to parents is a major sin." He also stated that, "if a person looks at the face of his or her parents with wrathful eyes, despite the fact that injustice was done to him or her by the parents, his or her salah (prayer) will not be accepted by God."
According to one of the Hadith-e-Qudsi, the following is reported about the status of parents:
"God has commanded that if anybody prays equal to the invocations performed by the prophets, such prayers will do no good if that person has been cursed by his or her parents."
It has also been related that the very first words which have been written on the Lauh-e-Mahfuz (The Heavenly Preserved Tablet) are:
"I am God, and there is no deity except Me. I am pleased with those with whom their parents are pleased, and I am displeased with those with whom their parents are displeased."
Prophet MuhammadProphet Muhammad is reported to have said: "On the Day of Judgment, my person will not be seen by those who drank liquor, those who on hearing my name did not invoke the blessings of God on me, or those who were cursed and disowned by their parents."
'Ali ibn al-Husain (A.S.) is reported to have said: "The right of your mother on you is that you should know that nobody could endure the trouble and the conditions under which she protected you and nourished you with the juice of her life, and tried with her heart and soul to satisfy all your needs in relation to hunger, thirst, dress, etc. She passed sleepless nights, suffering anxieties. She provided you with shelter against heat and cold, and protected you from ailments. It is not possible for you to compensate her, or thank her enough for all the services, except that God may give you guidance for that. The right of your father on you is that you should know that it is he who brought you into existence, and you are a branch of the tree of his life."
According to a reliable tradition, it is related that a man came to Prophet MuhammadProphet Muhammad and asked him to whom he should render kindness. The prophet told him to be kind to his mother. Three times, he put the same question to the prophet, and three times he got the same answer. When he asked the question the fourth time, he was told to be kind to his father, indicating that the mother's right took precedence over that of the father.
We look into over all scenario in the world as to who are our best sincere well-wishers in the world we will realize that they are no other than our parents. Both of them once they are in holy union of marriage, they start cherishing a great ambition of having their children and pray Almighty God to shower His blessing by giving beautiful gift in the form of children. Their whole life is oriented towards providing those the best of life within their capacity.  The mother feels it a privilege to bear a child in her womb for nine long mouths without any murmur and endures the pain of delivering the child with all thanks to Almighty for His great bounty she is blessed with. Equally devotionally, she takes up the task of bringing up the child in the best possible way giving all comforts to the child even at the cast of her own comfort and many other problems she has to undergo. At times, she has sleepless nights so that her child can sleep well. She finds pleasure in attending to the needs of the child even in the midnight when she woke up when she is in fast sleep. She forgets her own needs when it comes to fulfilling the need of dress, food and other requirements of the child. She is utmost sincere to take care of spiritual necessity of the child to see to it that it grows an excellent God fearing person and a good citizen. For all these sacrifices mother is superb and par excellence, no parallel to her. That is why every scripture of all religions and society glorifies and speaks very high of the role of the mother in every body’s life. Whatever best we do for her we cannot repay the debt due to mother.
As regards to father, of coarse he comes next to the mother and deserves all regards and praise of the task he sincerely tries to fulfill. He always adores a dream to see his children to come up superb and successful persons in their life. He is not only always ready to spend his all resources, he prays to Almighty God to fulfill those dreams. He celebrates their success as if it is his own success. He feels ecstatic on every achievement of his children.
In view of all well laid dawn facts as enshrined in the Holy Quran and Hadith and a little bit elaboration as above, it is hard-core truth that we are duty bound to take care of our parents in the best possible way for one’s own interest and  internal happiness.

A SEPARATE STORY WORTH QUOTING OVER HERE AS VERY MUCH PERTINENT TO THE ABOVE THEME:
At the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him), there was a young man named Alqamah. He was very diligent in obeying God by engaging in prayer and fasting and spending in charity. Then one day he fell ill and his illness became serious. His wife went to the Prophet and said, “My husband, Alqamah, is on his deathbed. I therefore came to tell you, Messenger of Allah, about his condition.” The Prophet (then) sent for Suhaib and Bilal, and told them to go to him (Alqamah) and have him repeat the Shahadah (declaration of faith).
Thereupon they went to him and found him in the agony of death. They asked him to say, “La illaha illa Allah,” (There is no God worthy of worship except Allah) but his tongue was unable to pronounce it. At that, they came and told the Messenger of Allah that he was unable to repeat the Shahadah.

The Prophet asked, “Is either of his parents alive?” He was told, “Messenger of Allah, his mother is, but she is very old.” The Prophet sent her a message that if it was convenient for her (that is, if she was able to go out), she should come to him; otherwise she should stay in her house and the Prophet would come to her.

The Prophet's messenger came to her and informed her of the Prophet's message. She said, “It is my pleasure to go to him!” She then stood up leaning on her walking stick and came to the Prophet and greeted him. The Prophet returned her greeting and said to her, “Umm Alqamah, tell me the truth, for otherwise Allah Most High will reveal the truth to me! What is the situation concerning your son, Alqamah?” She replied, “Messenger of Allah, he prays much, fasts a great deal, and spends a great amount in charity.” The Prophet said, “And what about yourself?” She said, “Messenger of Allah, I am angry with him.”
He said, “Why?” She replied, “Messenger of Allah, he has preferred his wife to me and has disobeyed me.” Then Allah's Messenger said, “Umm Alqamah, surely your anger has prevented Alqamah's tongue from pronouncing the Shahadah.”

He then turned to Bilal and said, “Bilal, go out and collect a quantity of firewood.” She said, “Messenger of Allah, what do you plan to do?” He replied, “I will burn him in front of your eyes.” She said, “Messenger of Allah, he is my son! My heart cannot bear your burning him in front of me!” He said, “Umm Alqamah, Allah's punishment is more severe and more lasting! Therefore, if you want Allah to forgive him, be reconciled to him. By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, the prayer, fasting, and spending in charity (which he has done) are of no benefit to Alqamah as long as you are angry with him!”
Thereupon she said, “Messenger of Allah, I call upon Allah Most High and His angels and the Muslims who are present to be my witnesses that I am pleased with my son Alqamah.” Allah's Messenger said, “Bilal, go to him and see whether he is now able to say, “La illaha illa Allah” or not. It may be that Umm Alqamah is saying something for my sake which is not in her heart.”
Thereupon Bilal went, and while entering the door he heard Alqamah saying, “La illaha illa Allah.” (Concerning this), Bilal remarked, “It is surely true that while Alqamah's mother was angry with him his tongue was tied, and now that she is pleased with him his tongue is freed.” Alqamah died the same day. The Prophet came to him and gave the order for his washing and shrouding, and then prayed the funeral prayer for him and buried him.

He then stood by the side of his grave and said, “If anyone favours his wife over his mother, Allah and His angels and all the people curse him! Allah does not accept his spending (in charity) and his uprightness unless he repents toward Allah, the Glorious and Majestic, and reconciles with her and attains her pleasure, because Allah's pleasure consists in her (the mother’s) pleasure and Allah's anger consists in her (the mother’s) anger.”

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