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Honouring Parents

Sermon of the Week
• Abu Dardaa radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “A father is the best gate of the gates of Paradise; so it is up to you, either you lose that gate (by disobeying him), or protect it (by obeying him).” (Tirmidhi)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Allah’s pleasure lies in a father’s pleasure and Allah’s displeasure lies in a father’s displeasure.” (Tirmidhi)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates: I heard Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “The finest act of righteousness for a son is to treat his late father’s friends kindly.” (Muslim)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates: I heard Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “He, who likes to maintain bonds of kinship with his father when he is in his grave, should treat his father’s brothers kindly after him.” (Ibn Hibban)

• Anas ibn Malik radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who wishes that his life span be prolonged and his provisions increased should treat his parents well and maintain his bonds of kinship.” (Musnad Ahmad)

• Mu‘aadh radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who treats his parents well, for him are the good tidings of a prolonged lifespan.” (Mustadrak Hakim)

• Abu Usaid Malik ibn Rabi‘ah As-Sa’idi radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that while we were with Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, a man from Bani Salamah came and said: “O Rasulallah! Is there any kindness left that I can do for my parents, after their death?” He said: “Yes! By supplicating for them, asking for forgiveness for them, carrying out their final instructions after their death, joining ties of relationship which are dependent on them and honouring their friends.” (Abu Dawud)

• Malik or Ibn Malik radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “He who has his parents or one of them alive and did not treat them well will enter Fire, and Allah will remove His Mercy from him. Any Muslim who sets free a Muslim slave is liberated from the Fire.” (Abu Ya’la, Musnad Ahmad, Tabarani, Targhib)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “May he be humiliated. May he be humiliated. May he be humiliated.” It was said: “Who, O Rasulallah?” He replied: “The one, who having one or both parents live to old age, does not enter Paradise (by serving them and pleasing their hearts).” (Muslim)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that a man came to Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam and asked: “O Rasulallah! Who is the most deserving of my excellent conduct and service?” He replied: “Your mother.” The man asked: “Who is next?” He replied: “Then your mother.” The man asked: “Who is next?” He replied: “Then your mother.” The man asked: “Who is next?” He replied: “Then your father.” (Bukhari)

• ‘A’ishah radhiyallahu ‘anha narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “While asleep I found myself in Paradise and heard someone reciting the Qur’an. I asked: “Who is this?” The angels replied: “Harithah ibn Nu’man.” Then Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said to ‘A’ishah: “Great deeds are like this, great deeds are like this!” (It is the result of a great deed that) Harithah ibn Nu’man was very dutiful to his mother.” (Musnad Ahmad)

• Asmaa binte Abu Bakr radhiyallahu ‘anha says: “My mother who was an idolater visited me during the time of Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam. So I inquired from Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam: “My mother has come and would like to meet me, shall I meet her?” He replied: “Yes and be affectionate to your mother.” (Bukhari)

• ‘A’ishah radhiyallahu ‘anha narrates: “I asked: “O Rasulallah! Amongst people who has the greatest right over a woman?” He replied: “Her husband.” I asked: “Amongst people who has the greatest right over a man?” He replied: “His mother.” (Mustadrak Hakim)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that a man came to Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam and asked: “O Rasulallah! I have committed a major sin; can my turning in repentance be accepted?” He asked: “Do you have a mother?” He replied: “No.” Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam asked again: “Do you have a maternal aunt?” He replied: “Yes.” Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Then serve her with kindness.” (Tirmidhi)

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