Friday 13 October 2023

The higher pedestal for women as MOTHERS in Islam (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

Mothers have always been special in all religions and societies for their exclusive role in bearing and rearing their children - a commendable and matchless feat for which every child revers his / her mother for the rest of their lives. It will not be wrong to say that a mother is the heartbeat of every house. Without her, the heartbeat stops. In fact, a mother thinks more of her children and family rather than her own comfort and happiness.

Islam places special emphasis on showing respect and care to one's parents, especially the mother, who undergoes infinite struggles to bear a child in herself and undergoes tremendous ordeal during the childbirth by putting her life at stake.

"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 them the wing of humility and say, "My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood." [Quran 17:23-24]

“We have commanded people to honour their parents. Their mothers bore them in hardship and delivered them in hardship. Their period of bearing and weaning is thirty months.” [Quran 46:15]

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ always respected women, especially mothers. A person came to Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and asked, “O Messenger of Allah! Who is most deserving of my fine treatment?” He (ﷺ) said, “Your mother” He again asked,” Who next?” “Your mother”, the Prophet (ﷺ) replied again. He asked, “Who next?” He (ﷺ) said again, “Your mother” He again asked, “Then who?” Thereupon he (ﷺ) said, “Then your father.” (Riyad as-Salihin 316) 

The above said Hadith makes it immense clear that of both parents, mothers assume a higher status than a father does. Although this does not mean that a father should be less respected, it shows how a woman in her role as a mother be respected for her inherent closeness to her children.

In another oft quoted Hadith, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has been quoted as saying, ‘Paradise lies at the feet of your mother.’

This, however, does not mean that one should cling to the feet of her mother. What it implies is that one should treat one's mother with utmost respect and humility, and give her due honour she is worthy of.  Likewise, one should never raise one's voice in front of one's mother, even if she is harsh and cruel, for one cannot repay the pain she has undergone in bringing him to this world and sacrificing her own needs in favour of her children. One must respect and obey the parents, especially mothers, and execute what is one ordered to do by them with the only exception of something which Allah has forbidden

Let us, brothers and sisters in Islam, look after our parents, especially our mothers for those who do so, will secure a better place in Jannah, in sha Allah.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

You may refer to our reference page:  Hadiths related to Muslim Women for more Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ about Muslim women

Please also refer to our reference page: Sunnah and Hadith of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to know more about sunnah / Hadith of Prophet of Allah. You may also refer to our Reference Pages for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.

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