Therefore remember Me. I will remember you, and be grateful to Me and never be ungrateful to Me.
~ Surah Baqarah / Ayah 152
And undoubtedly, We bestowed to Luqman wisdom saying, ‘Be grateful to Allah’. And whoever is grateful, is grateful for the good of his own and whoever is ungrateful then certainly Allah is Self Sufficient, All praised.
~ Surah Luqman / Ayah 12
It’s almost Maghrib time, and you’re on your way out the door. You yell out salaam to your parents, and plan on heading out quickly, when they stop you. “Where are you going?” they ask. You can’t be bothered to look at them and reply in a hurried voice that you’re off to chill with your friends. They stop you and tell you that you can hang out some other time, but now is not safe. You spend a few minutes arguing, then go to your room, slam the door and pout. After a few minutes, you decide to text message your friends like crazy, after all your parents are paying for the bill, and they deserve it since they’re depriving you of what is your alleged right.
As teenagers, or even until we’ll become parents ourselves, we have the tendency of believing that our parents are old fashioned or overly strict. They are relaxed on so many things with us, yet when they put a stop to our foolishness, we get angry, not realizing the amount of good they just did for us.
Stop and think, sure your parents have stopped you from things, but what are things they are letting you do? Are you showing them the appropriate gratitude for that? When it comes to parents, that doesn’t mean buying them something expensive. It just means spending time talking to them, massaging their feet, helping out, and showing them you love them.
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.
~Surah Luqman / Ayah 14
To be continued…