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Kindness to Parents


Alhamdulilah we have finished our winter break and most of us had a chance to spend some quality time with our friends, family and hopefully our parents too. Insha’Allah we will have more time to spend with them (especially during this new semester).

This post will be just a short reminder about treating our parents well whether they are with you or not. I hope we benefit from this small reminder insha’Allah.

The Qur’an teaches us that parents are respected…

“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)

… and that we should be gentle with them and pray for them…

“And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: ‘My Lord!  Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small.’” (Quran 17:24)

Right now…

if you live with your parents, you should take care of them by any means possible,

if you live on campus or separate from your parents, call them to check up on them once in a while,

and if they have passed on, make dua for them and give sadaqa under their names so that they can receive the reward insha’Allah.

The Prophet said: “The Lord’s pleasure is in the parent’s pleasure, and the Lord’s anger is in the parent’s anger.”(Hasan).

So lets strive to be the best we can possibly be bi’ithnillah so we too can get the same treatment from our offspring’s insha’Allah. May Allah make us of those who treat our parents well, enter the best gates of jannah and unite us with them in jannah insha’Allah, Ameen.

Want to look more into what Islam says about parents and how they should be treated?

Check out our Islamic Library >>> borrow the book Kindness to Parents by Abdul-Malik Al-Qasim

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