How Do Muslims Treat the Elderly?
In the Islamic world, one rarely finds "old people's homes." The strain of caring for one's parents in this most difficult time of their lives is considered an honor and a blessing and an opportunity for great spiritual growth. In Islam, it is not enough that we only pray for our parents, but we should act with limitless compassion, remembering that when we were helpless children, they preferred us to themselves. Mothers are particularly honored. When Muslim parents reach old age, they are treated mercifully, with kindness and selflessness.
In Islam, serving one's parents is a duty second to prayer, and it is their right to expect it. It is considered despicable to express any irritation when, through no fault of their own, the old become difficult.
Almighty Allah has said:
Your Lord has commanded that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to your parents. If one of them or both of them reach old age with you, do not say to them a word of disrespect, or scold them, but say a generous word to them. And act humbly to them in mercy, and say, "My Lord, have mercy on them, since they cared for me when I was small." (Quran, 17:23-24)
At 4 Years My daddy is great. At 6 Years My daddy knows everybody. At 10 Years My daddy is good but is short tempered At 12 Years My daddy was very nice to me when I was young At 14 Years My daddy is getting fastidious. At 16 Years My daddy is not in line with the current times. At 18 Years My daddy is becoming increasingly cranky. At 20 Years Oh! Its becoming difficult to tolerate daddy. Wonder how Mother puts up with him. At 25 Years Daddy is objecting to everything. At 30 Years It's becoming difficult to manage my son. I was so scared of my father when I was young. At 40 Years Daddy brought me up with so much discipline. Even I should do the same At 45 Years I am baffled as to how my daddy brought us up. At 50 Years My daddy faced so many hardships to bring us up. I am unable to manage a single son. At 55 Years My daddy was so far sighted and planned so many things fo us. He is one of his kind and unique. At 60 Years My daddy is great. Thus, it took 56 years to complete the cycle and come back to the 1st stage! so Don't waste time and Never forget your parents.
|We are unfortunately treating the elderly as outdated, useless entities. Instead of learning from their experiences and expertise for our own success, we inflict atrocities on them and bruise their conscience. We force them to take refuge in old age homes to get rid of them, knowing that the same will be done to us in our needy, helpless, lone, broken times. They face violence from their dear ones for whom they sacrificed the joys of life. They are not demanding anything big, just love, sympathy, company. Letís understand them, let us make their old age a golden one.|