Islam And Motherhood

“Paradise is at the feet of your mothers”, says Prophet Muhammad.

A man came to the prophet and asked “Oh messenger of Allah who should I honor after Allah and his messenger?” Prophet Muhammad told him “Your mother”.

The man asked “After her?”

Prophet said “Your mother.” The man asked again, “After her?” Prophet said “Your mother.” Again, the man asked “After her?” Prophet said “Your father.”

This profoundly gives you a glimpse of the status a mother has in Islam. Islam instructs us to give utmost respect, compassion, love, obedience, kindness and honor to our mothers because they brought us into this world.

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There are verses in the Quran directly dealing with the honoring of our mothers. Allah the Almighty said in the Quran, “Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in your 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 Your Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.”

Our mothers make us who we are. It has become a cliché that a mother carries a child for nine months during pregnancy. But believe me, it is not easy. Carrying a baby for nine months, extreme pains of child birth and nursing him or her after birth is not an easy job. While the father is sleeping, the mother wakes up every single night, breastfeeding the child. After all the hardship a mother goes through for her child, why should that same child grow up just to dump her at a nursing home because she has become old? Islam does not condone that. How can anyone disrespect a mother after that and expect Allah to be pleased with him?

Moreover, we can never repay our mothers for all the struggles they went through for us; therefore, the least we can do for them is to show them love and kindness while they are still alive. Another man came to the Prophet saying that he wanted to go for jihad because everyone knew the virtue of jihad at that time. The messenger of Allah asked the man whether his mother was alive and the man answered “Yes”. The Prophet told him “Go and stay with her, because paradise lies under her feet”.

A righteous mother is a queen in Islam and Allah the Almighty orders us to be dutiful to them. Islam teaches us not to celebrate our mothers just on mother’s day because in Islam every single day is a mother’s day. Your mother would always love you no matter who you become in future. Therefore, it is only fair that we obey them, smile to them, be proud of them, spend time with them and pray for them. The wrath of Allah is on whosoever dishonors their mothers. Thus, why wait for her to die before you realize her importance?

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