The Etiquette of Dealing With Parents

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from ‘Etiquettes of Life in Islam’ by Muhammad Yusuf Islahi

…Next to God, man owes the greatest obligation to his parents. The greatness and value of this obligation towards one’s parents may be realised from the fact that the Holy Qur’an at several points mentions the rights of parents and the rights of God simultaneously at one place. Furthermore, the Holy Qur’an has ordained the duty of offering thanks to the parents along with thanksgiving to the Lord.

“Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none save Him and (that ye show) kindness to parents.”
[17:23]

Hadrat ‘Abdullah (radiAllahu anhu) reports : “One day a person went to the presence of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and submitted : “I give my hand into your hand and swear allegiance for performing Hijrat and Jihad and I beseech a reward from God in return for this.” The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) enquired: “Is one of your parents alive?” He submitted: “Yes, praise be to God, both my father and mother are alive.” Thereupon the Prophet of God (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) observed : “Well then do you really want to receive a reward from God for performing Hijrat and Jihad?” The man replied : “Yes, indeed, I beseech reward from God in return for these acts.” The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) observed : “Go then. Attend to your parents and serve them well”. [Muslim]

6. Be faithful and humble towards your parents

“And lower unto them the wing of submission through mercy.”
[17:23]

To offer humble obedience to parents implies to pay constant regard to their dignity. Do not assume a haughty attitude towards them, nor treat them with insolence.

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