We and Our Parents!
In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
Guidance is in the Hands of Allaah, He guides whom He wills and He equally guides any sincere seeker of guidance.
Four things attract instant blessing in the life of a believer: Keeping family ties; Doing good; being merciful towards the debtor; Humility before Allaah.
Two things attract instant punishment in this world in addition to the torment of the Hereafter: Oppression and severing ties of kinship.-Musnad of Imam Ahmad.
"Making parents weep is part of disobedience to them and one of the major sins." Ibn Umar (RA)
Sometimes our actions or utterances may hurt our parents that they will be moved to tears of sorrow. This is a major sin...eschew it.
Hear this out! "Whoever wishes to have his provisions enlarged and his term of life prolonged should maintain ties of kinship." Rasulullah (Pbuh) Authentic.
It is the dominant aspiration of everyone to have wealth or to have more of the wealth he already has, the formula lies in keeping family ties.
Never mind not being called or visited by your family members, the hadith says you should keep ties with those that severed it with you.
"Allaah enjoins you to be dutiful to your mothers. Then He enjoins you to be dutiful to your mothers. The He enjoins you to be dutiful to your fathers." adab al Mufrad.
It is the promise of Allaah (SWT) to answer the supplication of a parent towards the child. Do good to your parents, be dutiful to them and your destiny will be an enviable one.
Islam encourages us to spend on our family..sometimes we might be lucky to have wealthy parents yet giving them gifts will favor us with Jannah.
Allaah has everything to judge us via our attitude towards our parents nay our family members.
Remember, when you keep ties of kinship with those who severed it with you, you are not doing it for their sake but for the sake of Allaah.
A giver never lacks.
Don't be tired of giving and Allaah will never deny you...you will be showered with contentment in the midst of deprivation.
Today every sincere Muslim loves Abu Hurayrah (RA)...He was that personality that sought for his Mum's blessings every morning before he goes out.
"Allaah curses whoever curses his parents." Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh)..Today we curse other people's parents and that's tantamount to cursing ours.
Living in different locations with our parents, do we care to communicate with them everyday to make them happy? Abu Hurayrah was an embodiment of this great virtue.
Allaah paints the image of an obedient child and a disobedient child in successive verses of Suratul Ahkaf Q46:15-18
"And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and kind to his parents. His mother bears him with hardship and she brings him forth with hardship.."
The obedient child says: "My Lord! Grant me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favour which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents..."
Allaah tells us instantly what He has in store for such obedient child:
"They are those from whom We shall accept the best of their deeds and overlook their evil deeds. (They shall be) among the dwellers of Paradise "
"But one who says to his parents, "Uff to you;" ..today we say (kai, mama ta cika takura wa mutum, Baba Yana da matsi) Allah says: Verily! They are ever the losers."
In an authentic Hadith, the Prophet (Pbuh) said: "A child cannot repay his father unless he finds him as a slave and then buys him and sets him free."
May Allaah make us obedient children to our parents. May Allaah forgive our parents their sins, give them spacious house and bless them in their sustenance.