IN the name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Merciful. May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon our Leader, the Noble Prophet Muhammed, his household, companions and generations of Muslims who follow his footsteps till the Day of Reckoning.
It is a divine duty for children to take good care of their parents while they (parents) are alive. The duty does not end there as it is good for children to pray for their parents after their demise.
Parents are so important that Allah (SWT) in many verses of the Holy Qur’an instructs us to be good and kind to our parents as well as to be obedient to them, unless they instruct us to do something that is against Allah’s law. See Q17: 24; Q73:20; Q46: 15-16 and Q53;39-42.
It is expected of children to constantly pray to Allah for their parents by saying:
“My Lord, bestow on them your mercy as they did bring me up when I was young.” (Q17:24).
This prayer must be said after the five daily prayers. Saying this prayer has nothing to do with any celebration or hosting any feast.
There are 10 benefits Muslims, both males and females, will enjoy during our lifetime and after our death, according to the hadith of Prophet Muhammed (SAW).
After the death of any human being, i.e. the child of Prophet Adam (A.S.), there is no good work for him/her except these 10 things the Prophet (SAW) mentioned: The knowledge he has and spread same, whether a craft or teaching; planting of fruit trees while alive e.g. orange, mango, among others; the Holy Qur’an and other Arabic/Islamic books he/she left behind; protecting Islam while alive and dugging of well or providing pipe-borne water for the use of the people free of charge.
Other things that will attract benefit to the individual, according to the Prophet (SAW) are: Building of house for people to live free of charge; setting a place aside for the course of reminding the words of Allah; good children praying for their parents always; all kind of good works he/she did before his/her death and the knowledge of the Glorious Qur’an he/she had and taught another person.
A man came to the Prophet (SAW) and asked him whether there is another good thing he can do for his parents after their death. Prophet Muhammed (SAW) said: “Yes, there are many,” and mentioned praying for his/her parents; asking for forgiveness of their sins from Allah; fulfilling their promises, especially on the family and doing good and be kind to the friends of his/her parents.
The Prophet (SAW) enjoined children, on many occasions, to do good to their parents while they are alive, noting that their own children too will do the same to them.
In the end, Prophet Mohammed (SAW) said to the world: “The mercy and pleasure of God are under the mercy and pleasure of our parents and the wrath of God is under the wrath of our parents.”
In view of the above, it behooves everyone of us to be good to our parents while they are alive and when they are dead.
May Allah ease the task of taking care of our parents for us always.
source : tribune.com.ng