On the Rights of Parents in Islam
When we are asked about the people who took care of us and nurtured us the most, we instantly think of our parents. They are the ones who helped us when we were weak and patiently taught us everything. Needless to say, without them, we wouldn’t be who we are today. So what are the rights of parents in Islam?
Rights of Parents in Islam
Islam has given parents a high status. Honouring your parents is very important in Islam. Allah makes it necessary upon Muslims to treat their parents in the best way possible. Your parents are your first teachers. Treating them with love and respect could be the reason for your success in the Dunya and Aakhirah.
Ayah 14 of Surah Luqman says:
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. So give thanks to Me and to your parents, and unto Me is the final destination.
“Parents” in themselves are Allah’s Blessing to us. Allah says in Ayah 23 of Surah al-Isra:
And be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour.
In fact, it is only by respecting our parents that we can expect to succeed in our lives. Humility is a basic tenet of Islam. When our parents get old, it is our duty to be patient in helping them, much like they were patient when we used to make mistakes in our childhood. Obeying and respecting one’s parents is counted among the most praiseworthy actions in Islam.
As per Ayah 36 of Surah an-Nisa:
Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbour, the neighbour farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed, Allah does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful.
Our parents have done so much for us that it is simply not possible for us to repay them ever. They went through a lot and sacrificed their own wishes and desires, but never once compromised on our wishes. May Allah grant them the highest level in Jannah. We pray to Allah SWT to bless our parents and guide us all to be respectful and obedient towards them. Our prayers should be for the well-being of our parents, as stated in Ayah 24 of Surah al-Isra:
My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they brought me up when I was small.