Honor Thy Father and Mother
HONOR THY FATHER AND MOTHER
- The Ten Commandments
- Honor – Definition
- Sources Of Islam
- Attitude Towards One’s Father
- Attitude Towards One’s Mother
- Status of Parents
- Dishonoring Parent – Major Sin
- Feelings of Parents
- Paradise – Treating Parents Good
- Financial Assistance to Parents
- Death of a Parent
- Attitude Towards Non-Muslim Parents ;
- Attitude Towards Relatives
- Final Glance
- Closing Remarks
The author says: As a young boy, I was raised in a Catholic home. I attended Catholic school on Saturday mornings for Bible study classes and served as an aitar boy on Sunday mornings and during the pre-dawn hours on weekdays.
Even with this connection to religion at an early age, I was still the “bad” child of the family, or should I say, the worst of seven children.
I was the one who, on most occasions, was sassy to my mother and disrespectful to my father, in addition to committing other social evils that my brothers and sisters. avoided.
From a young Catholic to an adult Christian, which at that time I thought was the same, I never really saw myself giving my father or my mother the respect or honor that was required of us-Christians under the fifth commandment of God according to the Bible.
When looking back and questioning why I didn’t honor them, as I should have, I guess the primary reasons were the lack of divine guidance and no absolute fear of God.
Now after becoming a Muslim and having learned more about the significance of the fifth commandment,
I felt it was important for Catholics / Christians to know what Islam says specifically about honoring one’s father and mother based on the divine instructions of Allah and Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him-PBUH).
It is these instructions which I feel will aid the Catholics/Christians in seeing that Islam has the comprehensive guidance needed for a true God fearing individual to righteously uphold, to the letter and spirit of the Law, the fifth commandment of God that says: Honor thy father and thy mother.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
The ten laws are the Ten Commandments given by God as guidelines for daily living. They are part of a covenant between God and the Israelites (Exodus 34:28; Deuteronomy 4: 13; 10:4). These laws are often called the Decalogue, from the Greek word that means “ten words.”
Although God gave the Ten Commandments, through Moses at Mount Sinai more than 3,000 years ago, they are still relevant today.
They have an abiding significance, for God’s character is unchangeable. These laws originate from God and from His eternal character; therefore, their moral value cannot change.
About 1,300 years after God gave Â· the laws, Jesus upheld them calling them the “commandments” and listing five of them for the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16-21:
“And, behold, one came and said unto him, ‘Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?’ And he said unto him, ‘Why callest thou me good?
There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.’
He saith unto him, ‘Which?’ Jesus said, ‘Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery,
Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’
The young man saith unto him, ‘All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?’ Jesus said unto him, ‘If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou
shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.”1
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus showed that His coming had not cancelled the Commandments. He specifically mentioned the laws against killing in
Matthew 5:21, committing adultery in Matthew. 5:27, and honoring the father and mother in Matthew 15 :4-6: Matthew 5:21
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment.” 1