We should realize that our fathers have served us so much that we can never fully compensate them. It would only be possible to fully repay our fathers if we found them as a slave and set them free, which is practically impossible.
Abu Huraira (RadhiAllahu Anhu) reported: The Messenger of Allah, SallAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, said:
لَا يَجْزِي وَلَدٌ وَالِدًا إِلَّا أَنْ يَجِدَهُ مَمْلُوكًا فَيَشْتَرِيَهُ فَيُعْتِقَهُ
“No child can compensate his father unless he finds him as a slave, buys him, and sets him free.”
[Source: Sahih Muslim 2787, Grade: Sahih]
Such is the great honour a father deserves.
Our duties to our parents extend even after their death. One of the best ways to honour our parents when they are gone is by being kind to their friends.
Abdullah ibn Umar, RadhiAllahu Anhu, reported: The Messenger of Allah, SallAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, said:
أَبَرُّ الْبِرِّ أَنْ يَصِلَ الرَّجُلُ وُدَّ أَبِيهِ
“The best act of righteousness is that a man should maintain good relations with his father’s loved ones.
Abu Darda reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The father is the middle of the gates of Paradise. If you wish, you can squander this gate or keep to it.”
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