This week, I will focus on how the relationship of the Prophets (peace be upon them) with their fathers.
Allah (The Most High) has given Muhammad (peace be upon him) the message of truth and guidance as well as knowledge.
How many of us have come across in the Qur'an and Sunnah about the righteousness towards our parents?
Dear readers and friends, if you reflect on the verses in the Holy Qur’an, you will find many stories of mutual righteousness between parents and children, as in the following examples:
1) Story of Prophets Jacob and Joseph (peace be upon them)
2) The story of Mary and Prophet Jesus (peace be upon them)
3) The stories of Prophets Ishmael with Ibrahim (peace be upon them)
4) The stories of Prophets Yahya with Zakaria (peace be upon them).
There are many stories and lessons we can learn from them, here I will mention some verses from the Qur'an about the Prophets and their righteousness towards their fathers (may Allah have mercy upon them).
(It was said to his son): "O Yahya! Hold fast to the Scripture.'' And We gave him wisdom while yet a child.) (And Hananan from Us, and Zakatan, and he was pious,) (And dutiful to his parents, and he was not arrogant or disobedient.).
Tafsir Ibn Kathir
[Qur'an, Surah Maryam, Verse 12 - 14]
Dear Friends, one of the lessons we can learn from the story Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) who is also the Khalil (Friend) of Allah (The Most High) is how he dealt with his father with morals, mercy, and kindness, and how he sought forgiveness and prayed for him despite his father’s secrets on disbelief:
"[Abraham] said, "Peace will be upon you. I will ask forgiveness for you of my Lord. Indeed, He is ever gracious to me."
[Qur'an, Surah Maryam, Verse 48]
In Surah Nuh, Allah says that Prophet Noah made this dua towards his parents:
"My Lord! Forgive me, and my parents, and him who enters my home as a believer, and all the believing men and women. And to the wrongdoers grant You no increase but destruction!''
Tafsir Ibn Kathir
[Qur'an, Surah Nuh, Verse 28]
We have briefly considered some of our role models in how we should ALL treat our fathers. Our models are the Prophets and messengers of Allah (peace be upon them) on their righteousness and benevolence towards their fathers even if they are in contradiction to the belief of Islam, they should be respected.
Next week, we will discuss common issues that occurs between fathers and children.