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Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Why Paradise is Under Her Feet

Aisha Adam

The unique bond that a mother and child share is undoubtedly the most cherished. A mother carries a child in her womb for nine months, sacrificing her needs for her child, and enduring pain and suffering for the wellbeing of her baby. Here are a few Quranic verses and Hadith that highlight the high status of mothers in Islam:

In a Quranic verse, Allah SWT tells us to show kindness and compassion to our parents: 

"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. 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' " [17:23-24]. 

Further, it is narrated in a hadith that once a man came to the Prophet (saw) and said, “O Messenger of Allah! Who among the people is the worthiest of my good companionship?” The Prophet (saw) said: “Your mother”.

The man said, “Then who?” The Prophet (saw) replied: “Your mother”.

The man further asked, “Then who?” The Prophet (saw) replied: “Your mother”.

The man asked again, “Then who?” The Prophet (saw) said: “Then your father”. [Bukhari, Muslim]. 

In another instance, Abu Usaid Saidi (ra) is reported to have said: We were once sitting with the Prophet (saw) when a man from the tribe of Salmah came and said to him: “O Messenger of Allah! Do my parents have rights over me even after they have died? The Prophet (saw) replied: “Yes. You must pray to Allah to bless them with His Forgiveness and Mercy, fulfill the promises they made to anyone, and respect their relations and their friends.” [Abu Dawud].

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