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  1. 1. Are you somebody’s son or daughter? If yes, this is for you…
  2. 2. “Mom! ” “Ammi!” “Amma!” “Dad!” “Abbu!”
  3. 3. And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents… (Qur’an 17:23)
  4. 4. “Mom, you don’t know what the latest fashion’s all about!” “Dad, I just can understand you – it’s the generation gap!” “Your age is catching on, you need to slow down!”
  5. 5. …If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life … (Qur’an 17:23)
  6. 6. “Uff!” “Argh!” “Urgh!” “Not again!” “What’s wrong with you?!” “You’re such a pain!” “Why do you have to be so difficult?”
  7. 7. … Say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honor… (Qur’an 17: 23)
  8. 8. “Say what you will, I don’t care!” “I should apologize to you ?! You should be apologizing to me!” “I won’t do it, go ahead – try and see if you can make me!” “Why should I ever do what you say? I know what’s best for myself so stay out of my life!” “You have no right to stop me from doing, wearing or getting anything that I want!”
  9. 9. And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy… (Qur’an 17: 24)
  10. 10. “Why don’t you just go away?” “Please try to make things easy for me – I’ve got a lot going on in my life already!” “I wish I didn’t have parents like you at all!”
  11. 11. …and say: "My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small." (Qur’an 17: 24)
  12. 12. And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years give thanks to Me and to your parents, unto Me is the final destination. (Qur’an 31: 14)
  13. 13. And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and kind to his parents. His mother bears him with hardship and she brings him forth with hardship, and the bearing of him, and the weaning of him is thirty months… (Qur’an 46: 15)
  14. 14. Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah's Messengerpbuh said: ‘Let him be humbled into dust! Let him be humbled into dust!’ It was said: ‘O Allah's Messengerpbuh who is he?’ He said: ‘He who sees either of his parents during their old age or he sees both of them, but he does not enter Paradise (through his deeds of service towards them)!’ (Sahih Muslim) A Hadith summarizes it all…
  15. 15. Come… Let us reassess and reanalyze our attitude towards our parents while we still have the chance. May Allahswt grant us the ability and the opportunity to serve our parents as He Willed – that is… in the most excellent manner! Ameen!