Excerpts from the Qur’an about old age

There are various instances in the Qur’an where old age is mentioned. Islam teaches us treat elders with respect and focus on worshipping Allah (SWT) in our old age

Does any of you wish that he should have a garden with date-palms and vines and streams flowing underneath, and all kinds of fruit, while he is stricken with old age, and his children are not strong (enough to look after themselves)- that it should be caught in a whirlwind, with fire therein, and be burnt up? Thus doth Allah make clear to you (His) Signs; that ye may consider. (Surah Al-Baqara, 266)

He said: “O my lord! How shall I have a son seeing I am very old and my wife is barren?” “Thus” was the answer “doth Allah accomplish whatt He willeth.” (Surah Al-Imran, 40)

She said: “Alas for me! shall I bear a child, seeing I am an old woman, and my husband here is an old man? That would indeed be a wonderful thing!” (Surah Hud, 72)

They said: “O exalted one! Behold! he has a father, aged and venerable, (who will grieve for him); so take one of us in his place; for we see that thou art (gracious) in doing good.” (Surah Yusuf, 78)

“Praise be to Allah, Who hath granted unto me in old age Isma’il and Isaac: for truly my Lord is He, the Hearer of Prayer! (Surah İbrahim, 39)

He said: “Do ye give me glad tidings that old age has seized me? Of what, then, is your good news?” (Surah Al-Hijr, 54)

It is Allah who creates you and takes your souls at death; and of you there are some who are sent back to a feeble age, so that they know nothing after having known (much): for Allah is All-Knowing, All-Powerful. (Surah An-Nahl, 70)

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 honour. (Surah Al-Isra’, 23)

(This is) a recital of the Mercy of thy Lord to His servant Zakariya. (Surah Maryam, 2)

Behold! he cried to his Lord in secret, (Surah Maryam, 3)

Praying: “O my Lord! infirm indeed are my bones, and the hair of my head doth glisten with grey: but never am I unblest, O my Lord, in my prayer to Thee! (Surah Maryam, 4)

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