The Arabic word that is used in the Quran and in the narrations of the Prophet to denote this kindness to parents is ‘Bir’, and more often, it is translated as goodness. ‘Bir’ does not only mean goodness; it contains shades of meaning that indicate kindness, compassion, respect and even patience. Islam encompasses all these qualities, and Muslims must strive to model this behaviour in all dealings, particularly in the relationship between parents and children.
Parents cared and nurtured their children their entire lives, but at one point this duty reverses, parents become old and feeble and in need of care and nurturing themselves. The child is obligated to care for the parents by displaying all the qualities of ‘bir’ and knowing that the reward for this is with Allah. The Prophet said, “If anyone possesses these three characteristics Allah will give him an easy death and enter him into His Paradise: gentleness towards the weak, affection towards parents, and kindness to slaves.” (Tirmidhi).
Love to your parents should be regarded as an honour and means of recompense and redemption in the Hereafter. Ibn Abbas (ra) narrates the following Hadith of the Holy Prophet (pbuh): "Dutiful and good natured children who cast one loving and affectionate look at their parents, receive from ALLAH’s blessing equivalent to one approved Hajj." (Sahih Muslim). Allahu Akbar.
Brothers and sisters in Islam, let us ask ALLAH swt to help us to do our best to respect our parents, honour them, be kind to them, help them, and please them in seeking ALLAH'S pleasure. Please remember today is Friday.
*May ALLAH aid us through- Aameen.
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