In Islam, Parents Day Is Every Day

Society allots annual holidays to recognize parents. This recognition is welcome, as our parents play a significant role in shaping who we become and help put us on the path to greatness. However, we should not only recognize mothers and fathers on a single Sunday every year. That is hardly enough, especially when a person’s relationship with their parents can truly define who they become in their formative years.

Islam grants parents a very high status. In the Holy Qur’an, it is said: “Thy Lord has commanded, ‘Worship none but Him, and show kindness to parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age with thee, never say unto them any word expressive of disgust nor reproach them, but address them with excellent speech,’” (17:24).

There has been a frightening pattern in modern society when it comes to treatment of parents. As parents age, they become secondary to their children, secondary to the harsh realities and hardships that plague everyday life. In extreme cases, parents are little more than a burden. As you celebrate and recognize your fathers this Sunday, be sure to retain compassion and kindness for your parents everyday. Be sure to remember the Islamic teachings regarding parents. Remember their sacrifices. Remember all that they have done for you and treat them well.

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a pakistani-american lover of words (and macchiatos) | student at new york university

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a pakistani-american lover of words (and macchiatos) | student at new york university