What Islam says about Parenthood

Parents are one of the blessings of God, they teach and help us more than any other person in our life, they are always ready to support us during our thick and thins, and they feel happiness and proud in our achievements. At any stage of life, parents never leave their child alone or helpless. Mothers have been carrying their child for nine months before birth and then both parents take care of their child They support financially and emotionally to their children, and provide education also fulfil all wishes till their children reach at the age of eighteen.

Despite, many children do not treat and value their parents in the way they get in their childhood. Arguing restlessly, ignoring due to other life activities, misbehaving, are the common actions which most of the children of this era do with parents. When we are young, we are so busy in starting our new families, thus in all of this we do not have time to see that our parents are also getting old and it is the time where they need our support, love, and care. It is not only unfair to parents but also consider as an evil act because our religion “Islam” has not permitted us to do such sinful deeds.

Take Care of your Parents with Respect

It is the most significant command of God to give respect to your parents. Allah says in Qur’an:

“Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor.”

(17:23)

The first thing which is mentioned in this verse is the oneness of God and His worship, in the other part it is stated that never disrespect or misbehave with your parents. God advices to believers never talk to your parents contemptuously. Islam does not allow us to use a single word “uff” in front of parents because it may show contempt. Furthermore, it is guided to treat parents with deference and honour.

Always be Kind to your Parents

People are ordered by Allah to not only obey them but even in Islam it is not allowed to treat them with animosity, infect God says to behave with them kindly.

In Qur’an it is mentioned that:

“But if they strive to make you join in worship with Me things of which you have no knowledge, obey them not; yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration).”

(31:15)

Love your Parents

Always remember the love which they shower on you, when you are nothing but a helpless, innocent child. Allah says:

“And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: ‘My Lord! Bestow on them your Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.”

(17:24)

The phrase of this verse “lower to them the wing of humility” shows the infinite love of parents towards their children, just like a bird who spreads its wings for the protection of their young ones. Hence, similarly with parents, it is our responsibility to serve them in the same way when they get older and helpless. This verse also presents a powerful and beautiful prayer that

“God bestow mercy on my parents as they cherished me when I was a child.”

These above mentioned verse shows the importance of parents which Islam has given to them. A God advice to mankind always respect and shows kindness towards parents, never misbehave or disrespect them with your words or attitude.