Parents as a Divine Pair of Fortune

The genesis of mankind, when digged into, could be confirmed to be traced back to an origin involving a man and a woman coming together to birth an offspring. The existence of parents in the life of a child is not just for a mere parent-child relationship without any need to impact a child’s life. Children are entrusted entities (amaanah) in the hands of the parents, whereby failure to honor such amaanah will attract a sanction from the Almighty who legislated the existence of such binding event. The child, as well, is commanded to honor, both in secret and open, both parents in every possible way appealing to manifest the word “honor”.

“And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful 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.” (Quran 17:23). The word of Allah puts it in clear notion that it is mandated upon the children of Adam to remain dutiful to and keep honoring parents until they take their last breath (if Allah destines their departure to be before ours).
Beyond honoring them while alive still lies our allegiance and support to them while in the grave. The parent-child dutifulness relationship does not end, until both parties are both dead, wherein none of the parties has capacity to spread goodness unto the other. It was related that the righteousness of a child rests on prayer upon his parent and the more the prayer of a child upon his parents, the more righteous he is said to be. One of the things the dead benefits from, while in grave, is a righteous child he gave birth to. A call, here, to parents in giving the best of parenting to children, not just for the benefit of Dunya, but also that of Aakhira.

The Jannah of a child rests on the basal part of a mother’s leg. A father is equally important in the sense that a father’s identity is what, islamically, a child relates his existence with. Being righteous to parents, via prayers on them, as well as the taking into practice, Allah’s injunction in His words quoted above are all there for the purpose of tapping into the fortune of blessings that come with such exercises. On no account should a child disobey his parents except he is been called into shirk. Even the disapproval of the shaytanic call by them, should be with utmost humility and gentleness, perhaps, they might be convinced to come into Islam by the humble gesture displayed.

May our parents be our companions in everything good in the sight of Allah. May He forgive the deceased and make us the eye coolness of the ones alive, Aameen.

Ismail Abogunde, an Editor with The Muslim Voice NG.


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