he Noble Qur'an often reminds us to be good to our parents and show kindness to them.

Certainly this is quite a challenge for us careless and forgetful humans. "Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal." [46: 15] Parents are someone who would lose their health and sleep over you someone who would stay up praying all night for you. Someone who would cry if you cried and was happy when you was happy. Someone who would go out and get food in any circumstance to ensure you wasn’t hungry and even if your family was poor, the little food that they gathered would be fed to the kids to ensure they eat even though they would go on for days hungry. Someone who would cover you at night to ensure that you was warm even though they might have been cold them self. Someone who would never let you see her distress and would ensure everything was ok so that you didn’t feel sadness. Someone who held you in her stomach for 9 months with great pain.. so if this is the case of our parents then WHY are we forsaking our obligations towards them. When they calls us, WHY are we not responding. when we get asked by our mothers to do something, WHY do we begin to take the side of our own pride over her. WHY are we giving more time to our friends then our mothers, WHY are we beginning to raise our voices to her, is it because you feel your an adult now. Have we forgot about the countless favors of our mothers upon us already. Do we feel more superior than our mothers? When you were born and you were dirty, crying because you was dependent, the first person that hugged you with love and affection was your mother. She cleaned you when you couldn’t clean yourself and washed you when you were dirty. She held you when you couldn’t walk and defended you when you couldn’t defend yourself. she was your armor and light and you felt empty when she was not there hence you cried as a bay for your mother and she responded with great concern. She fed you when you was hungry and had countless sleepless nights when you would cry at night while she would sit at your bed side comforting you to go to sleep. She clothed you and you learnt your speech from her. She introduced you to education and prayed countless that you receive the best of education. When you had problems, you turned to her. When you were sad, you turned to her. When you done something good she would praise you and lift you with so much love. She never left your side have we forgotten all of these favors? Our Lord has commanded us be good with our parents and show kindness to them [17: 23] Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. [17: 24] Now it has come to time when just as you needed all of this attention and love, the same way you needed to be looked after and fed, the same way you needed to b clothed, your mother will come to a stage when she will dependent on you. And how do we respond to this...?

we go out with the ladies with no concern about our mother even though she waits might on end to see if you’re okay We talk rude to her when she asks us a simple question. We argue with her over little things. We raise our voices at her when she asks us to do something the second time because we reused the first time. Some people push her. We develop habits that burden her. Some even beat their parents and steal from them in order to support these habits. We talk rudely with no manners to her. We turn our backs towards her when she asks to speak to. It has come to a point where she can’t even speak loudly to you because of the fear of you verbally slandering her. Does this not make you think? We all talk about the creation of Jannah and how we all would love a place in. open the book of Allah the most high and read the beautiful chapters that describe heaven to us. Read and you would be amazed at such a creation but YET this creation is not even above your mothers head. It is beneath her feet. We talk so high of it but YET we can’t even maintain the door of it. We can’t even repay the basic favors of our mothers. How we cannot repay the favors of our mothers then take the example of Hajar the wife of the Prophet Ibrahim alahye’salam and her son Ismail alahye’salam. How she ran from safa to marwa to find some food or water to feed her son who was hungry and crying for food. She ran from one mountain to another crying herself because of the distress of her son. How many of us would run from one mountian to another to get food or water for our mothers when we cant even get up and go to the local shop to get milk or bread for her. And Allah Subhana wa Ta’ala loved this so much that he answered her cries and brought forth the water of Zam Zam. Such a water that even up till this day the water is flowing with not many conclusions as where the water is coming from and Allah the Almighty loved her efforts so much that even today and till the day of Qiyamah, we will have to intimidate this run between safa and marwa or otherwise our pilgrimage will not be accepted. O Muslims wake up before its too late! History is a witness as is your lord to the favors of your mother. We will never be able to repay them at all. impossible is a word that comes to mind but above all your mother will never be able to be replaced hence show them love whilst they are here. Listen to them and lower the wing of submission to them. Strive to help them and give them their needs respectfully and never let them be angry or upset with you. Remember the prays of your parents go to the highest heavens thus be grateful and respectful And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: "My Lord! bestow on them thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood." [31: 14] "O my Lord! Grant me that I may be grateful for Thy favors which Thou has bestowed upon me, and upon both my parents, and that I may work righteousness such as Thou may approve; and be gracious to me in my issue. Truly have I turned to Thee and truly

do I bow (to Thee) in Islam." Have a Blessed day!

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