Parents

In Sural Al-Isra, Allah azza wa jall reminds us of our (partial) duty to our parents, saying

وَقَضَىٰ رَبُّكَ أَلَّا تَعْبُدُوا إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا ۚ إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلَاهُمَا فَلَا تَقُل لَّهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلَا تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلًا كَرِيمًا

 وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا

And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them read old age with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them, but speak to them a noble word.
And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, “My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.”

The Imam had a young boy recite this bit of Quran for us recently after Salat, and reminded us how important it is to remember and pray for our parents, saying “my Lord, have mercy and shower your forgiveness on my parents, as they had mercy and forgave me when I was young.” And ya Allah, guide me to be better to my parents than I am, Ameen.

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