As promised in my earlier post
let me try to pen down few lines on the Islamic perspective on Parents - Children relationship.
After my post we in Kerala were destined to read the worst ever case where an old mother neglected by a new generation daughter was attacked by worms! If you are a Malayali it is worth reading the blog bost about it here Old is NOT Gold
As per a hadees(saying) from Prophet Mohammed (SA) kindness to parents is the second most loved deed in the sight of Allah (Almighty God), after Salat(5 times obligatory prayer in Islam) at its proper time!
"And we have enjoined on man to be good and dutifull to his parents" (Quran Chapter 29, Verse -8)
"And your Rabb has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutifull 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. And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: "My Rabb! bestow on them your mercy as they did bring me up when I was young" (Quran Chapter 31, Verse -14)
"Worship Allah and join none with him (in worship); and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, the poor, the neighbour who is near of kin, the neighbour who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess (Quran Chapter 4, Verse -36)
Here is another beautifull Hadees(saying) from prophet (SA) about the importance of Mother over all others.
Abu Hurairah (RA, the companion of Prophet Mohammed (SA)reported:
A person came to Allah's messenger (SA) and asked, "Who among people is most deserving my fine treatment?" He(SA) said, "Your Mother". He again asked "Who next?". "Your Mother" the prophet (SA) replied again. He asked "who next?". He (Prophet SA) said again, "Your Mother". He again asked, "Then Who?" Thereupon he (SA) said "Then your Father". (Al Bukhari and Muslim).
This is the respect each woman as mother is eligible to get in an Islamic environment. What to say about "the modern daughter" who throw her mother to the worms!!!
The daughter is a MCA graduate and working in a good position in a government firm. She used to appear in a good TV program earlier named "Old is gold!". Such stories should open the eyes of all concerned in sustainable human development.
Man will not feel until he gets affected directly.
When you read daily about road accidents, does it move your mind?
When you read the warnings about global warming, does it really bother you?
This is the problem with general human mind set, he don't normally care until it hits home. Until someone dear and near to us gets hit we never bother.
Such stories reminds us again and again the importance of the wisdom given to us by the last Prophet Mohammed (SA) and the last veda to humanity "holy Quran".
"My Rabb! bestow on my parents your mercy as they did bring me up when I was young"