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14 December 2017 CE | 25 Rabbi al-Awwal 1439 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Your Mother, Your Mother, Your Mother, Your Father.


Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) reported that a person came to the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and asked: “Who among people is the most deserving of my fine treatment?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied: “Your mother.” He then asked, “Who next?” The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied: “Your mother.” He asked again: “Who next?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said again, “Your mother.” He again asked, “Then who?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Your father.” [Sahih Bukhari]

Once a man came to the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and said that his mother was very ill-tempered. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) did not exempt the man from giving good companionship to his mother and treating her well. In fact, he (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) got angry at the man and asked whether his mother had also been bad-tempered when she had been carrying him, when she was suffering labour pains to give birth to him and when she had been nursing him. In other words, because of the troubles she had borne for his sake, treating her kindly was now incumbent on him, regardless of whether he enjoyed serving her or not.

We must remember that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is As-Sami (the All-Hearing). We say “Sami Allahu li man hamida” at least seventeen times a day, if we pray only the Fardh salat. This is to remind us that Allah hears everything. Nothing escapes him. We treat our parents well in obedience to Allah’s commands and He is aware of every word we speak to them, every single thing we do for them and every sacrifice we make for them -- even when the parents are not aware of it. Thus, to earn His pleasure and the Jannat that He (subhana wa ta’ala) has prepared for His dutiful servants, we will worry about our duties and responsibilities towards others and not our rights. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is sufficient to take care of our rights.

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