Saturday, March 12, 2011
Of The Mind And Duty To Parents
It takes me to the past, to the present, to the future, to the present, to the past.
It goes over the good, and the bad. It takes me to the time when I was eight, and my sister was four and I would not take her on the bike. Why not? Why didn't I. It takes me to the time when my son was three, and he was devouring juicy watermelon at a Japanese restaurant, and I noticed the disappointment on his face when it was gone too quick. Why didn't I order more. Why didn't I?
I feel a need to make it up to the past.
I googled for a meaning of the verses of the Qur'an, to study and to share and the following verses touched me. May I always be reminded to be kind to my parents.
The verses are 17:23-25 of Al-Isra', The Night Journey, the 17th surah that has 111 verses. According to A'ishah, the Prophet's wife, the Prophet, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him, used to recite this surah every night in his prayer (Tirmidzi, Nasa'i, Hambali).
And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, never say "ugh" to them or scold them, but address them in terms of honour.
And lower for them the wing of humility, out of tenderness, and say: "My Lord! Bestow on them Your grace and mercy as they cherished and reared me when I was young".
Your Lord is fully aware of what is in your hearts. If you are righteous, for, behold, He is much forgiving to those who turn unto Him again and again.