Love Allah, Rasulullah and Thy Parents

The characters of the Companions of the Holy Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam serve as perfect examples for us on loving Allah, The Prophet, and our parents. Read the following story which I excerpted from Osman Nuri Topbas' "Civilization of Virtues".

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Sa'd bin Abi Waqqas radhiyallahu 'anh was a son who was completely obedient towards his mother. On entering Islam his mother said to him:

"O Sa'd! What have you done? If you do not renounce this new religion, I swear I will neither eat nor drink and eventually die. And because of me, you will be known as the son who killed his mother."

Sa'd radhiyallahu 'anh replied: "Mother please, I will not leave this religion for anything." Hearing this, his mother did not eat for two days and two nights and lost a lot of strength. In order to make his mother, whom he loved very much, give up her obstinacy, Sa'd said to her with firm resolution:

"Dearest mother! Know this: Even if you had 100 lives and you lost them all one by one, I would never abandon this religion..."

On seeing the resolution of her son, his mother gave up her obstinacy and started to eat once more. After this event, the following verses were revealed:

"And (Allah says): We have enjoined upon man goodness towards his parents: his mother bore him by bearing strain upon strain and his utter dependence on her lasted two years: (hence O man), be grateful towards Me and towards thy parents, (and remember that) with Me is all journeys' end. (Revere thy parents) yet should they endeavour to make thee ascribe divinity, side by side with Me, to something which their mind cannot accept (as divine), obey them not; but (even then) bear them company in this world's life with kindness, and follow the path of those who turn towards Me. In the end, unto Me you all must return; and thereupon I shall make you (truly) understand all that you were doing (in life)." [Surah Luqman, 31: 14-15)


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