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There are many special days set aside to honor and appreciate special people. Some of these are: Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Grandfather’s Day, Grandmother’s Day,  etc. We do realize the significance of these occasions and we may or not recognize the ideas, ideals, and philosophies of such days. We may or not appreciate the efforts of those who initiated these occasions for the recognition and appreciation of special people.

As for the appreciation of parents, we admire the efforts of children who remember their parents on such occasions by sending them greeting cards and gifts. However, we hope that the appreciation is not for one single day in a year, but for every day throughout the year.

A child should respect and appreciate his or her parents every day throughout the year. Allah has asked human beings to recognize their parents after recognition of Allah Himself. Throughout the Quran, we notice that parents are mentioned with appreciation and with respect, even if they are senile. In Surah Al-Isra’ (Children of Israel) there is a very beautiful description of how parents are to be treated.

The recognition and respect of parents is mentioned in the Al-Quran eleven times; in every instance, Allah reminds children to recognize and to appreciate the care and love they have received from their parents. .

Although Islam has clear directives to honor and respect both parents, mothers are given particular gratitude and respect. This attitude of Islam is understood if we realize the hardships and the suffering that mothers experience in their lives.Islam teaches us that respect for parents comes immediately after praying to Allah.The respect for parents is so great that the child and his wealth are considered to be the property of the parents.

We hope and let us pray that all of us will respect our parents while they are alive and even after their death.

Let us pray to Allah that we will do our best to respect our parents, to honor them, to be kind to them, to help them, and to please them for the love of Allah.

Ya Allah! Accept our humble prayers and make us obedient servants to you.

Ya Allah! Help us to be respectful children to our parents.

Aameen..Ameen..Yarabbil Aalameen. Wassalam.

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Dato Haji Thasleem
12 years 3 months ago
Assalamualaikkum wrb Salam, well done for contributing this wonderful article and it is a pleasure to read it on the first day of ramadhan,Alhamdhulillah.We all realise the sacrifices our parents did for us and continue to appreciate.The present generation is taking things for granted and when we relate our growing up problems,they think it is FICTION.There has to be a constant reminder to our children and one way is for the successful older generation MAMJ/Alagai Makkal to speak in forums.I wonder how many will come forward and I was condemned by our own people for the interview I gave in… Read more »