Ramadan Challenge: Chapter #20 – Parents
“And We have enjoined upon man goodness to parents. But if they endeavor to make you associate with Me that of which you have no knowledge, do not obey them. To Me is your return, and I will inform you about what you used to do.” [29:8][Sahih International]
This verse is important because it makes clear to us that our parents’ rights are to be preserved. We should do good by them, always, with the exception that they ask of us something that is forbidden or idolatrous. That is when we are told to disobey them, but even then it is required to serve, respect, and obey them in what is lawful.
This verse also makes the point that we should gain sufficient knowledge before taking a stance–just because your parents follow a certain religion, it doesn’t mean you should too. It’s important for us to research and understand things before complying to them. We should never follow anyone blindly, even our parents.
In the end, we will all return to the Almighty and be held accountable for our own actions and no one else’s. This goes back to the idea of personal responsibility discussed in an earlier reflection–no matter who persuaded you, or misguided you, in the end you chose what to do and what not to do.