Islām commands its followers to contribute to the welfare, well-being and good of the Muslim Ummah (community). It forbids anything that causes mischief, sedition or harms the interests of the Ummah.
Allāh, the lord of Honour, exhorts His servants to perform good deeds and display good manners without any discrimination. This encompasses our kith and kin, friends, neighbours, the whole community, all Muslims, even people of other religious groups.
Islām enjoins on us to respect and obey parents. This is considered good manners under the Shari’ah (Islamic Law).
The importance of helping and behaving well toward our parents cannot be stressed enough.
These are real-life accounts that I have collected after going through quite a number of books. First I thought I should include the stories that give accounts of good treatment of parents. Then I felt that stories about children disobeying their parents should also be included as lessons to be followed.
The posts of this series are sprinkled with stories on how to please parents, so that readers are inspired to take action and earn their pleasure.
We should keep in mind that parents who are angry with their offspring immediately forgive them as soon as they repent. Parents need us whether they are alive or dead.
The real objective of this series is for readers to learn from the accounts of good behaviour.
The tales of disobedience provide an opportunity for soul-searching: Are we committing such mistakes knowingly or unknowingly?
Unfortunately, there are instances in our society of defiant children who harass and disobey their parents. Their misdeeds end badly and stand out as examples and warnings to others, to mend their ways and earn Allāh’s Mercy.
There are many people in our society who have earned entry into Heaven by being extremely respectful to their parents. There are also others, who are paving their way to the hellfire by disobeying their parents.
May this series help inform our new generation about their duties and obligations toward their parents.
I look forward to getting feedback from esteemed readers!