How Should Be a Muslim’s Relationship with Non-Muslim Parents?
Islam instructs Muslims to be extraordinarily respectful in the direction of their mother and father, no matter their faith. Goodness in the direction of one’s mother and father is among the most important commandments of Islam. Many verses of the Qur’an stress the significance of being form in the direction of one’s mother and father.
The Glorious Qur’an says: “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 to them the wing of humility and say: “My Lord! Bestow on them your Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.” (Qur’an 17:23-24)
An analogous message is repeated within the following verse: “And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him and in years twain was his weaning: (Hear the command) “Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal.” (Qur’an 31:14)
However, Allah continues within the subsequent verse: “But if they strive to make you join in worship with Me things of which you have no knowledge obey them not; Yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration) and follow the way of those who turn to Me (in love)…” (Qur’an 31:15)
The rights of Allah take priority over everybody else’s. Therefore, it’s prohibited within the Qur’an for a Muslim to do any sort of polytheistic worship (worship something/anyone in addition to Allah) to be able to please one’s mother and father or out of worry that not doing so would result in pressure in household or social relationships.
Allah repeats within the Qur’an: “We have enjoined on man kindness to parents: but if they (either of them) strive (to force) you to join with Me (in worship) anything of which you have no knowledge, obey them not. You have (all) to return to Me and I will tell you (the truth) of all that you did.” (Qur’an 29:8)
In the verses quoted above, the Muslims are commanded to indicate respect and gratitude to their mother and father, regardless of whether or not their mother and father are Muslims or non-Muslims. They are additionally instructed to obey their mother and father until they ask one to violate the commandments of Allah and His Messenger.
For instance, a Muslim shouldn’t obey his / her non-Muslim mother and father when the mother and father need their Muslim kids to worship anyone or something in addition to Allah, the Creator of all. Indeed, what could be a higher sin than associating companions with Allah? Thus, it’s prohibited in Islam to accompany one’s mother and father within the issues of Shirk (polytheism).
In order to keep away from household issues, the revert (neo-Muslim) ought to be dutiful and type in the direction of them in different elements of day-to-day life, which can not trigger him/her to compromise with his/her spiritual beliefs or practices, because the verse of the Qur’an quoted earlier states, “Yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration)”.
One shouldn’t be conceited or insolent however reasonably be form, thoughtful and courteous in the direction of them. This show of kindness in the direction of one’s mother and father not solely fulfills our obligation in the direction of our Lord and the Creator but in addition turns into the means by which the mother and father could settle for Islam and obtain salvation. Indeed, such beneficent teachings are to not be present in another faith.
Even if the mother and father stay non-Muslims, it’s the accountability of the Muslim kids to take care of them. It is the unavoidable accountability of the youngsters to guard their mother and father who’ve attained outdated age. Islam additionally teaches that it’s sinful to rebuke and abuse one’s aged mother and father. Prophet stated: “One who breaks household ties won’t ever enter Paradise.
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Originally posted on March 24, 2022 @ 4:38 pm