In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
In our current times, many parents are complaining that their children are not obeying them, making an unpleasant atmosphere at home. However, in Islam it is a duty of children to obey their parents even if they are non-Muslim. Read what Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an: “And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.” (Al-Isra’ 17:23) Allah the Almighty says, “And We have enjoined upon man concerning his parents. His mother bears him in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years. Give thanks unto Me and unto thy parents. Unto Me is the journeying.” (Luqman 31:14)
When a person gives his parents due regard, his own children will do the same to him. Allah Almighty says, “Is there any reward for good other than good?” (Ar-Rahman 55:60)
Following are some of the ways one can follow the above commandment of Allah:
-Paying them a visit
– Addressing them politely
-Trying to humble oneself before them
– Giving them gifts
Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was once asked about the best deeds: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) says, ‘Having faith in Allah and His Messenger, then honoring one’s parents.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Obeying and honoring one’s parents is a means of entering Paradise. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) quoted the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “He is doomed, he is doomed, he is doomed.” Then someone said, “Who, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “The person whose parents, one or both of them, reach old age during his lifetime but he does not enter Paradise.” (Muslim)
In conclusion, I request you all, especially young ones, to obey your parents ONLY if it doesn’t result in the disobedience of Allah.