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
Questions and Answers
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
Navigating Common Problems
Difficult Relationships With Parents
General Questions On Excellence Towards Parents
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