Today is the last article for Topic 6: Relationship with grandparents and we will discuss their rights. Just like parents have rights, grandparents also have rights that must be fulfilled. Many scholars have mentioned that righteousness is obligatory for parents and grandparents.
Grandchildren should take care and serve their grandparents with love, affection and mercy for their grandmother and grandfather, especially in their old age. Grandparents need the presence of the family around them and exchange conversations with kindness and generosity without anger nor sadness. They should not feel alone nor have feelings of emptiness. Grandparents are a blessing and the light of every home and time must be devoted to them.
If a grandchild has lost one or both grandparents, let them give kindness to their graves, give alms in favour of ongoing charity and perform pilgrimage (Hajj/Umrah) for them. If he is unable to do so, then making supplication (dua) asking for forgiveness for their grandparents. This shows the rights of grandparents for Islam is a religion that provides a basis of the family and the establishment of a good society. Grandparents are the chain that holds together the children, siblings, parents, aunties, uncles, cousins and other relations in a close-knit.
Overall, we have come to close with our Chemical Bonding project whose aim is to discuss different types of relationships over the last 6 months. In this short article series, we have covered the relationship with Allah, parents, siblings, spouses and grandparents that have a covalent bonding. There are other relationships, for instance, friends, neighbours and colleagues that are important too in anyone's life. However, happiness is homemade with love. When we go to work, when we go out with friends, when we go to study, we always come back home to our family.
Topic 1: Relationship with Allah (The Most High) which is the most important relationship where we discussed its importance and how to strengthen our relationship with Him. If our relationship with Allah (The Most High) is reconciled; He reconciles everything in life to what He thinks is best because He alone knows the Unseen.
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In Topic 2: Relationship with Father and in Topic 3: Relationship with Mother; we discussed their important roles in developing a good generation with good principles and positive ideas for the sake of an integrated family and society.
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In Topic 4: Relationship with spouses where we discussed the relationship between them based upon values of love, affection, patience, mutual respect, concern and sharing all that matters to build a cohesive home. In Topic 5: Relationship with siblings where there needs to be understanding and strong bonds between siblings and is justified by the parents.
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Now, in our current and last topic: Topic 6 on the relationship with grandparents with grandchildren, we discussed how the experience and advice in life from grandparents exceeds that of parents. Their importance must be preserved because we will also reach a point of old age where spending time with grandchildren is vital. Righteousness and care must be provided in showing the honour of our parents and grandparents. Not only from a moral perspective but also our beautiful religion Islam.
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We hope this journey on the relationship with the Divine and family have reinforced your understanding. As we rise, we will look forward to the renaissance of an advanced society with a bright light rising in the sky with happiness and comfort. These beautiful values refresh and develop our lives for the better with peace and mercy from the Almighty.