Duty towards parents
Duty towards parents; Be Righteous and
Dutiful to Our Parents
One of the importance tasks for Muslims:
Is how to manage our duty to parents, the insights in this friday sermon perhaps may guide you be a righteous muslim.
Be Righteous and Dutiful to Parents.
We must realized that being righteous and dutiful to parents is an obligatory
(wajib) action and it is at the same level as 5 daily prayers, fasting, going
to hajj etc. Thats how heavy the task is.
What being righteous and dutiful to parents means?
1) Taking care of them
2) Comply to their orders and commands
3) Honour them, be respectful to them
Quoting a verse from Surah Luqman (Verses 13-15):
And (remember) when Luqmân said to his son when he was advising him: “O
my son! Join not in worship others with Allâh. Verily! Joining others in
worship with Allâh is a great Zûlm (wrong) indeed. (13)
And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother
bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning
is in two years — give thanks to Me and to your parents, unto Me is the final
But if they (both) strive with you to make you join in worship with Me others
that of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not, but behave with them
in the world kindly, and follow the path of him who turns to Me in repentance
and in obedience. Then to Me will be your return, and I shall tell you what you
used to do. (15)
In this verse it is clear how high the level of of respect/ regards that we
must give to our parents is (especially to our mother). Even if we are not
obeying them in committing shirk to Allah, we must be kind to them in this
This verse was revealed to highlight matters about how Saad bin Abu Waqqas
dealt with his mother who were still a disbeliever.
The imam went on to mention about mothers’ position in Islam.
A few hadiths to show how high is the position of our mothers:
Can be found in Book 73: Good and Manners and Form (Al-Adab) – Sahih Bukhari
From Volume 8, Book 73, Hadith Number 2:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
A man came to Allah’s Apostle and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Who is more
entitled to be treated with the best companionship by me?” The Prophet
said, “Your mother.” The man said. “Who is next?” The
Prophet said, “Your mother.” The man further said, “Who is
next?” The Prophet said, “Your mother.” The man asked for the
fourth time, “Who is next?” The Prophet said, “Your father.
Volume 8, Book 73, Hadith Number 3:
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr:
A man said to the Prophet, “Shall I participate in Jihad?” The
Prophet said, “Are your parents living?” The man said, “Yes.”
the Prophet said, “Do Jihad for their benefit.”
So, how to translate these verses and hadiths into our real life in dealing
with our parents? Here are some points to be remembered and acted upon:
1) Follow all their orders except in shirk to Allah (this is the golden rules)
2) Honour them
3) Seek advice from them in any matters
4) Taking care of them if/when they need it
5) Make them happy
6) Spend money/time/wealth on them
7) Get consent from them when going away from home (like to other countries)
8) Don’t get angry with/ at them
9) Don’t say even ‘uf’ to them
10) Don’t raise your voice when you are with them
11) Don’t interrupt their speech. Let them finish their message
12) Lower your wings even if you think you are potentially more educated or
more successful than they are
13) Always be humble to your parents
If you are studying of working overseas, don’t forget these things;
- Keep in touch my calling them by phone or Skype, just to inform them that you are safe and in with good and righteous friends.
- Show concern about their general health and talk about topics that interest them.
- If you have money, do send them some just as a token of appreciation, and for the men it is your compulsory duty to support your parents.
- If you return from your trip or vacation, never forget to give some gifts
- When you meet them, kiss their hands as a sign of respect.
And the task of being righteous and dutiful to parents should continue after
they have passed away. We should do these:
1) Make prayers (du’a) and ask forgiveness of Allah for them
2) Fulfilling their promises
3) Keep ties with relatives
4) Honouring their friends
These are mentioned in a hadith cited by Imam al-Bukhari as well:
“A man approached the Prophet asking, “Is there anything I must do in terms
of kindness towards my parents after their death?” The Prophet replied, “Yes,
there are four things for you to do: Praying and asking forgiveness of Allah on
their behalf, fulfilling their promises, respecting their friends, and
fostering their ties of kinship…”