Our parents in the Quran

Our parents in the Quran

A man came to Allah's Apostle the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Who is more entitled to be treated with the best companionship by me?" The Prophet said, "Your mother." The man said. "Who is next?" The Prophet said, "Your mother." The man further said, "Who is next?" The Prophet said, "Your mother." The man asked for the fourth time, "Who is next?" The Prophet said, "Your father." (1)

Of course it is important to note that the fore-mentioned Hadith doesn’t mean that it is not obligatory on a son or daughter to respect his father but also the Hadith means a son/daughter must respect his parents both but respect his mother more than his father. In another hadith the Prophet of Allah Muhammad (PBUH&HP) did say: "Paradise lies at the mother's feet."(2)

Your mother and father have taken care of you since you were born. It is because of them and the grace of Allah that you are who you are, and that you have what you do. You are a very lucky person! So as they take care of you, they are counting on you to behave, listen to what they say, and be the best son or daughter you can. When your parents get older and can't take care of themselves so well, you'll get your chance to help them as much as you can.

Here are some verses from the Holy Qur'an that tells us about the importance of our parents!

The first verse is: "And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him, and in years twain was his weaning: (hear the command), "Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal". (3)

And the 2nd one is: “Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor.”(4)

The 3rd verse also is: “We have enjoined on man kindness to parents: but if they (either of them) strive (to force) thee to join with Me (in worship) anything of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not. Ye have (all) to return to me, and I will tell you (the truth) of all that ye did.”(5)

The 4th Quranic one is: “But (there is one) who says to his parents, "Fie on you! Do ye hold out the promise to me that I shall be raised up, even though generations have passed before me (without rising again)?" And they two seek Allah's aid, (and rebuke the son): "Woe to thee! Have faith! for the promise of Allah is true." But he says, "This is nothing but tales of the ancients!."(6)

And the last verse is: “Say: "Come, I will rehearse what Allah hath (really) prohibited you from": Join not anything as equal with Him; be good to your parents; kill not your children on a plea of want;- We provide sustenance for you and for them;- come not nigh to shameful deeds. Whether open or secret; take not life, which Allah hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom.”(7)

As seen, the position of parents is so high in a way that the Glorious Quran has mentioned many times to the subject.

Notes:

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1. Al-Kafi, Vol. 2, P. 159,

2. Mustadrak al-Vasael, Vol. 15, P. 180,

3. (Surah LUQMAN 31:14)

4. (Surah AL-ISRA 17:23)

5. (Surah AL-ANKABOOT  29:8)

6. (Surah AL-AHQAF  46:17)

7. (Surah AL-ANAAM  6:151)