Love thy parents


“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you”
-Exodus 20:12

Imam Zainul `Abidin (AS) relates: “Once a person approached the Holy Prophet Muhammad Messenger of God (peace be upon him) and said: ‘O’ Prophet of God!  I have committed every known evil act.  Is there a chance that I may be forgiven?’  The Messenger of God asked him: ‘Are any of your parents still alive?’  The man replied: ‘My father.’  He said to him: ‘Go and be good and kind to him.’ When he left, the Messenger of God muttered: ‘If only his mother had been alive.’”
(Biharul Anwar, Volume 74, Page 82)

Although our existence is from God Almighty  (Glory and Greatness be to Him), it is our parents who are the means of giving us life.  We are an offshoot of their existence and a fruit of the garden of their unparalleled affection, training, love and sentiments.

When the forgetful human being grows up to become big and strong and comes to acquire a certain credibility (in life), he forgets the period wherein he was weak and lacking in strength.  He disregards the exhaustive efforts of his parents; what ingratitude could be worse than this?

Humanity and ethics demand that we safeguard these two jewels (our mother and father) by exhibiting goodness towards them while they are alive, and by means of charity and goodly remembrance after their death.
Our lives are an extension of our parent’s lives while our children’s lives are a continuation of ours.  Our good behavior towards our parents and our exhibition of kindness towards them shall cause our children to grow up as grateful righteous individuals.  They shall behave with us just as we have behaved with our own parents.

The only thing that we can do is to acknowledge our inability and submit ourselves, in humility and reverence, before these two angels.

Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib(AS) said:

“Among men, only two are fortunate: the one with a loyal friend and the one whose mother prays for him”

-Wish you a good day!

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