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Kindness towards Our Parents: A Fundamental Principle Taught by the Holy Quran

August 23, 2023

The Holy Quran, humanity's final divine message, commands us to be kind to our parents

Kindness towards our parents holds a crucial place in our lives, second only to our relationship with God. No matter the generosity we show them, it can't come close to even a fraction of what they've given us throughout their lives.Our parents have worked tirelessly, never complaining or showing fatigue, aiming to shape us into the best individuals possible. They've sought our happiness, education, and respect. They would endure hunger so that we wouldn't lack, dressed modestly to clothe us, endured illnesses to witness our healing, and sacrificed for our well-being. They've never expressed bitterness because for them, we're the purpose of their existence and the joy of their lives.The Holy Quran, humanity's final divine message, commands us to be kind to our parents, especially as they age. It instructs us not to raise our voices in their presence and not to hurt them with our words. "And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And be dutiful to your parents..." (Surah Al-Israa, verses 23-24).When our parents give us guidance, we should obey promptly unless they ask for something inappropriate. In that case, we must respond positively, with gentleness and love. "We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents..." (Surah Luqman, verse 15).Kindness towards our parents also includes financial generosity. It's right to spend on them without limits according to our means. "The best of what a man eats comes from what he earns, and the money he spends on his children comes from what he earns."Even if our parents pass away or go on a journey, the Holy Quran reminds us to honor them through our prayers and memories. "And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility..."The story of a non-Muslim mother seeking to convert her daughter to Islam highlights the importance of this belief, even in those who don't practice it. This shows the positive influence of Islam through the actions of its followers.Faced with moral challenges and the temptations of modern society, the Holy Quran provides strong teachings that shield the youth from vices. Where moral standards fade, faith can offer essential answers and guidance.Kindness towards our parents and living by Quranic values are essential to maintaining peace in our families and society. The Quran remains an invaluable miracle, capable of transforming lives and bringing peace amidst chaos.Join us at Quranforsoul in sharing this miracle with those who need it most, in their native language.