All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all creation—and may He extol the Messenger in the highest company of Angels, and grant him peace and security—likewise to his family, Companions and true followers.
[Youth Event: 2008] A Talk to The Youth: Children and Parents, Conflict or Harmony? – By Abu Khadeejah ‘Abdul Wahid حفظه الله. Masjid As-Salafi, Birmingham, UK.
Some points discussed within this lecture:
– The manner in which the Prophet ﷺ would admonish the people.
– Death will come to all of us; none can escape death.
– The life of the grave for the one who did not worship Allāh.
– The questioning on the Day of Judgement.
– The everlasting abode of Paradise.
– Āyāt that command with obedience to the parents.
– The actions that Allāh loves the most.
– Ahādīth regarding the obligation of obedience to the parents and the consequences of disobeying and dishonouring them.
– Three who will not enter Paradise.
– The prohibition of being disrespectful to parents, and the obligation of speaking to them with honour and being merciful to them.
– The greatest of sins.
– Aḥādīth regarding obedience to the parents and serving them being better than Jihād and Hijrah to the Messenger ﷺ.
– The obligation of seeking the permission of the parents, even if they are sinful or non-Muslims.
– Your parents have rights over you even after marriage.
– The one most deserving of your companionship, and the importance of being close to your family.
– The reasons for the mother’s high station.
– The story of Abū Hurayrah’s mother (رضى الله عنهما).
– The only way to pay back your father.
– Your father has a right to your wealth.
– The importance of making du’ā for your parents after they die.
– Three things that benefit a person after his death.
– Practical advice to the youth:
– 1. Give salām and kiss your parents upon their foreheads, as respect for them and reward for you.
– 2. Be like a student in front of his Shaykh. Don’t stare them in the eyes; lower your head and humble yourself.
– 3. Let your parents enter a room/building first. Wait for them and then follow behind. Be at their side or behind them, not in front.
– If you are sitting in a room, stand up and greet and kiss them, as Fātimah (رضى الله عنها) did when the Prophet ﷺ entered her house.
– 4. Serve your parents and their guests.
– 5. Keep ties with the friends of your parents, even after their death.
– Look for a spouse who is good to their parents and will be good to your parents.
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