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Many are the people who are mentioned with goodness though not among the living. Their remnants are a witnessed to their virtues and lofty status whilst they are buried for hundreds of years, whilst others are counted among the dead whilst they are alive due to the loss of dignity and inertness on their part. How wise is the one who said:

The best of humanity is a man.;

Under whose hands the needs of people are fulfilled;

People are dead but their generosity is living

Whilst others are living but are dead among people.

 

In this connection is the supplication of Prophet Ibrahim ;the friend of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him):

وَٱجْعَل لِّى لِسَانَ صِدْقٍ فِى ٱلْءَاخِرِينَ

 And give me a reputation of truth among the others.”(Shu’araa:84). Ibn Qayyim said: “from among the greatest favors of Allah on a servant: (is that): he exalt his mention in the worlds, make lofty his status. Due to this, He singled out His prophets and Messengers with it (the favor mentioned above) as He said:

وَٱذْكُرْ عِبَٰدَنَآ إِبْرَٰهِيمَ وَإِسْحَٰقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ أُو۟لِى ٱلْأَيْدِى وَٱلْأَبْصَٰرِ إِنَّآ أَخْلَصْنَٰهُم بِخَالِصَةٍ ذِكْرَى ٱلدَّارِ وَإِنَّهُمْ عِندَنَا لَمِنَ ٱلْمُصْطَفَيْنَ ٱلْأَخْيَارِ

 And mention Our servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob-endowed with ability and vision. We distinguished them with a distinct quality: the remembrance of the Home. To Us they are among the chosen, the outstanding.” (Saad: 45-47). (meaning of Allah’s word) we made them distinguished and unique, and that is the beautiful remembrance of their mention in this abode. It is the word of truth which Prophet Ibrahim requested Allah to bless him with, as he said:

 

وَٱجْعَل لِّى لِسَانَ صِدْقٍ فِى ٱلْءَاخِرِينَ

 

 And give me a reputation of truth among the others.”(Shu’araa:84). Allah said about him (Abraham) and his progeny:

وَوَهَبْنَا لَهُم مِّن رَّحْمَتِنَا وَجَعَلْنَا لَهُمْ لِسَانَ صِدْقٍ عَلِيًّا

 And We gave them freely of Our mercy, and gave them a noble reputation of truth.” (Maryam:50). He also said to his Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ

 And raised for you your reputation”(As-Sharh:4). Followers of the messengers have a share of that in accordance with their obedience and adherence to them, and whoever disobeys them is made distant from such favor according to the level of their disobedient to them.

Level four: for him to blessed with a pious progeny who will exalt his name and pray for him after his death

Level five : the implication of the increment of lifespan is that the one who is dutiful (to parents) is made free of all kinds of afflictions and calamities in his body, mind , wealth and family (18).

As for his children being dutiful to him, it is ( based on the principle): rewards depend on the kind of deed, and (the principle) :just as you (to others) will be done (to you). In a hadith by Ibn Umar may Allah be please with him-related from the Prophet (peace be upon him)-“ be dutiful to your parents and your children will be good towards you, be chaste then your women will be chaste” (19)

This is a witnessed phenomenon in real life situations; for many are those who were undutiful to their parents and were punished by undutiful progeny. This is a form of Allah’s justice with His servants and your Lord is never unjust to His servants.

Wahb Ibn Munabbah said (20): “ indeed Allah revealed to Musa (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him): “ Oh Musa! Revere your parents, for whoever revere his parents I will increase his life span , bless him with children who will revere him, and whoever disrespect his parents , I will decrease his lifespan and will give him children who will disrespect him

Thaabit Ibn Bunaani (21)said: “it is reported that a man used to beat his father at a certain place, it was said to him (the man beating the father): “ why this? The father said: “leave him alone, for surely I used to beat my father in this very place, then I was afflicted with my son beating me in this place, this is for that and no blame on him

 

 As for making life easy for the dutiful and granting him relief of every difficulty, it can be inferred from the episode of the three who took asylum in a cave and were covered by a rock blocking their passage out of it, they sought intercession to Allah by their good deeds to relief them , one of them said: ““O Lord, my parents were very old, I used to offer them their nightly drink of milk before my children and the other members of the family. One day I went astray far away in search of green trees and could return only after my parent had gone to sleep. When I had milked the animals and brought their nightly drink to them, They were fast asleep, but I did not like to disturb them, nor would give any part of the milk to my children and other members of the family till after my parents had their drink. Thus, with the vessel in hand, I awaited their awakening till the flush of dawn, While the children cried out of hunger at my feet. When they woke up, they had their drink. O Lord, if I did this thing seeking only your pleasure, then do relieve us of the distress wrought upon us by this rock.” Thereupon, The rock moved a little but that not enough to let them pass out. His two other colleagues also sought intercession with their good deeds and the rock slip away, and they  left the cave, and went on their journey. This hadith is reported by both Bukhari and Muslim (saheehain). Imam Bukhari categorized it under the chapter: “ the chapter of answering of supplication for dutifulness towards parents

As for the forgiveness of his sins, dutifulness to parents is among the best deeds and Allah said:

إِنَّ ٱلْحَسَنَٰتِ يُذْهِبْنَ ٱلسَّيِّـَٔاتِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ ذِكْرَىٰ لِلذَّٰكِرِينَ

 

 The good deeds take away the bad deeds. This is a reminder for those who remember.”(Hud:114). The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “…and follow a bad deed with a good one it will wipe it out” (23)

If the above are some benefits of goodness to parents, then it is appropriate of every rational person who wishes good of him/herself to be vigilant towards being dutiful to the parents and honoring them, discharging ones obligation towards them and besides, to be happy and glad that one met them , appreciate their favors upon one and that one may enter paradise for their sake as was said by the his holiness-may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him- “He is doomed (may his nose be rubbed in dirt’), he is doomed, he is doomed (Ragima Unfuh)” It was said, “Who, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “The person whose parents, one or both of them, reach old age during his lifetime but he does not enter Paradise.”[Sahih Muslim]

 

References

18-fath al-Baari 10/417

19 reported by at-Tabaraani in Awsat

20-the book of major Sins by Az-Zahabi pp:43

21-Tanbeehal Gaafiliin 1/140

22 reported by Bukhari and Muslim

23- reported by Tirmidhi

 

 

 

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