Rights of Parents in Islam
Parents are the great blessing of Allah Almighty. They are the most precious gift given by Allah. They do a lot of work to provide the necessary food, clothing, shelter, and medical care to their children therefore, children should obey the order of parents according to Islam. Parents are the only one this world who loves their children unconditionally regardless of anything. In this regard, Islam has the rights of parents.
Islam assigns duties to children towards their parents especially when they grow old and become weaker. Allah orders people to be grateful toward their parents, treat them kindly, and obey them exactly the same way the parents used to treat them in their childhood
Rights of Parents in light of Hadith:
This comes in hadith the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) said, when Abdullah Ibn Masud asked the Prophet: “Which is the most favorite act in the sight of Allah”? He answered, ”Offer a prayer at the scheduled time( As time is fixed for each prayer) ”. Abdullah Ibn Masud asked: “What is the next most likely act after that”? Prophet Hazarat Muhammad (SAW) said: ”To be good and grateful to your parents”.
It comes in another hadith Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn Al Aas said: A man came and says to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), “I want to participate in Jihad”. Prophet Hazarat Muhammad (SAW) asked: “Do you have your parents”? He answered: “Yes”. The Prophet Hazarat Muhammad (SAW) said to him, “Then devote your self for your parents.
Parent’s Rights in the Holy Quran:
وَ اِذْ اَخَذْنَا مِیْثَاقَ بَنِیْۤ اِسْرَآءِیْلَ لَا تَعْبُدُوْنَ اِلَّا اللّٰهَ- وَ بِالْوَالِدَیْنِ اِحْسَانًا وَّ ذِی الْقُرْبٰى وَ الْیَتٰمٰى وَ الْمَسٰكِیْنِ وَ قُوْلُوْا لِلنَّاسِ حُسْنًا وَّ اَقِیْمُوا الصَّلٰوةَ وَ اٰتُوا الزَّكٰوةَؕ-ثُمَّ تَوَلَّیْتُمْ اِلَّا قَلِیْلًا مِّنْكُمْ وَ اَنْتُمْ مُّعْرِضُوْنَ(۸۳)
“And remember when We made a covenant with the Children of Israel, saying: Worship none but Allah, and be good to your parents, and to the kindred, and to the orphans and the needy, and speak kindly to the people, and keep up prayer and Give Zakat (but) then all of you, except a few of you, turned away and you are turning away.”
Parents have the highest status in Islam. Islam elaborates on the rights of parents before and after their death too and this is the Muslim children’s duty to fulfill must the rights of parents. There are key points, we should follow them before the death of parents.
- Love them more than anything.
- Our priority should be our parents.
- Show respect to them.
- Show obedience.
- Stay kind of them always.
- Talk in a good and polite manner.
- Take care of their health.
The religion of Islam has mentioned the rights and importance of parents to make our society happy and safe because Islam is the religion of peace. On the other hand, non-muslims show no respect for their parents, and they are shifted to an old house when they become aged. That’s why we prefer Islam for everyone to make your life safe here and hereafter.
Those who show respect to their parents when they become parents so their children will also give them their rights and will show respect and vice versa. Therefore, we should respect our parents, take Duas from them, offer fruits to them and when they died they pray for them and recite the holy Quran for them.