Filial Piety: Being Dutiful Towards One’s Parents: A SeekersGuidance Reader

Filial Piety: A Collection of Trusted Resources on Being Dutiful to Your Parents

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My Father Was Smarter Than I Thought – By Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

It is a central Islamic virtue to be thankful to one’s parents, for everything they have done and continue to do for us. Allah Most High says,

“And We have charged man concerning his parents — his mother bore him in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning was in two years — Be thankful to Me, and to thy parents; to Me is the homecoming.” (Qur’an, 31:14)

Thankfulness arises from recognizing another’s favor upon one. Allah emphasizes in the above verse that, like Allah’s favor, the favor of one’s parents simply cannot be repaid. After all, they were the reason for our existence and took care of us when we were helpless.

This recognition of parental favor entails both being thankful for what our parents did for us and also learning from their positive points. It isn’t easy being a parent in these rushed times — where so many matters vie for our precious hours and minutes.

But few matters are more important than our precious children and their proper upbringing. There are invariably positive lessons we can learn from in how our parents raised us.

Read the full article here: My Father Was Smarter Than I Thought – Faraz Rabbani


Parents Matter More Than Peers – Shaykh Hamza Karamali

Parents – Your Door to Allah’s Acceptance, by Ustadh Uthman Bally

Serve Your Parents Now Before It’s Too Late, by Ustadh Salman Younas

Prepare Yourself for Your Parents Old Age – Advice from Imam Tahir Anwar

Daily Qur’an Reflections: (15) Call to the Highest Virtues, Excellence with Parents, Human Honour, and Keeping the Best of Company

Supplication of Excellence to Parents – Du`a’ Birr al-Walidayn

The passing of Habib ‘Umar’s mother

Reconnecting With Family–Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil 

Can I Pay for the Hajj of My Parents? 

“To Mothers” – Moving Poem by Baraka Blue

The Passing of the Father and Grandfather of Ustadh Salman Younas


Questions and Answers

On Marriage

A sampling of some of the answers to questions about issues with parents in regards to spouses.  For more information about this subject please see our  Guide to Marriage: SeekersGuidance Reader.

The Virtues of Parents

Supplication of Excellence to Parents – Du`a’ Birr al-Walidayn 

The Noble Intention of Parents

Parents – Your Door to Allah’s Acceptance, by Ustadh Uthman Bally

Highest Virtues, Excellence with Parents

10 – Umm Ayman – The Prophet’s Mother After His Mother

Prayer of a Concerned Father, Surat al-Baqarah (verses 127-128)

How Can I Guide My Parents to the Right Path?

The Close Proximity of Single Mothers to the Prophet 

Authenticity of Hadith Stating That Paradise Lies Beneath the Feet of Your Mother

Navigating Common Problems

Dealing With a Dysfunctional Relationship With Parents 

How Can I Deal With My Difficult Mother in a Respectful Way

I Have Bad Dreams About My Late Father. What Can I Do?

How Should I Deal With a Mentally Ill Mother?

My Mother Is Not Muslim. How Can I Help Her?

My Mother Makes Supplications Against Me. Will Her Duas Be Accepted?

Can I Give My Zakat to My Father?

To What Extent Should I Obey My Mother? 

Should I Listen to My Husband or My Mother?

How Can I Advise My Mother to Come Back to Islam? 

How Can I Deal With My Elderly Mother Who Refuses Assistance

My Mother Does Not Want Me to Read up on Death and Judgement

How Can My Husband and I Should Split Time Between His Parents and Mine?

Can a Man Prevent His Wife From Visiting Her Parents?

My Father Is Emotionally Blackmailing Me to Get Married. What Do I Do?

What to Do When My Parents Reject My Choice of Spouse Because of Cultural Reasons?

How Can I Convince My Parents That I Am Not Ready For Marriage?

Why Did My Parents Reject My Potential Suitor?


Difficult Relationships With Parents

Am I Wrong to Not Want to Speak with My Parents?

How Do I Deal With My Toxic Parents Who Give Me Constant Stress?

My Parents Emotionally and Physically Abuse Me. Can You Help Me?

To What Extent of a Boundary Can I Have with Dysfunctional Parents?

My Parents Are Angry with Me and Hit Me What Do I Do?

My Parents Are Always Fighting. What Do I Do?

Do I Have to Obey My Parents If They Stop Me From Listening to Religious Talks?


General Questions On Excellence Towards Parents

Am I Sinful For Always Making Mistakes That Displease My Parents?

Can I Treat My Adopted Parents As My Real Parents?

Which Child Takes Care Of the Parents?

How Can I Take Care Of My Parents?

How Do I Obey My Parents If They Follow a Different Madhab?

Should I Wear the Hijab? – My Parents Don’t Agree

Rights of Parents

Promise to one’s parents

I Am a Convert and Live With My Adopted Parents. What Are My Obligations to Them?

Do I Have to Live with My Parents?

When May Parents Be Disobeyed, and How?


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