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Treat them with love and care....

My dear beloved brothers and sisters. Tonight I have decided to take a quick break from our marriage series, and in shaa Allah I will return. I wanted to address an issue which I have discussed many a time, but I think that if I climbed the top of Table Mountain and shouted it out for 40 years, it would still not suffice the topic at hand.

 

If we think about it, Allah Ta'Ala has blessed us with an infinite amount of blessings. Be it our homes or cars or even the education we have. But most, if not all these blessing are replaceable. To the boy whose rims get damaged whilst rounding the corner too fast at Shepstone parking lot, to the girl who gets her burberry handbag pooed on by the birds of Howard college. These things are replaceable, and more often than not they are replaceable with something better.

 

But there is one blessing that no matter how hard we try, no matter how rich we are, no matter what contacts we have, we can never ever replace- and that is the blessing of two individuals- our parents.

 

I don't have a lenghty lecture which I would like to type out. But I will relate to you an experience as adapted from Ml Akoo's lecture.

 

I would like to relate to you the story of a very good personal friend of mine. For a couple of years now, I have seen him in many public places, be it in the malls, or the shops and even in Umrah. But I have always noticed one thing, he always has his mother in tow. He will proudly sit with her anywhere and get her the best of things if need be, he will even sit on the floor at times so that she has a place to eat. As opposed to many who will hide their mother, or dash into a shop so as not to be seen with the ballie and the ma.

 

Now the thought struck me, this is a boy in his prime youth, he has health and can possibly be out, be with his friends, making tawaaf of Gateway or Sandton city, and he chooses to spend this time of his prime youth with his mother?

 

So I asked the question, why are you always with your mother? Do you not know that you should be out there enjoying life a little? Do you not think it will turn girls away from you?

 

So he sat me down and said to me the following words which I will never forget:

 

'You see this mother of mine, I am tolerant and loving with her, because a few years back I lost my father. During that time I was too busy chasing after this or that, I was too busy enjoying this dunya, and today- no matter what I do or who I ask, I can never ever spend a single second with him ever again.'

 

My dear brothers and sisters, I am sure you can draw your own conclusions. This is a blessing which Allah has given us and we need to realise it. We need to stop back answering, we need to stop sitting and bbm'ing late into the night, literally 'perving' over a fictitious character from the TV so that when our mother asks us for help we say No I'm too tired. Believe me, YOU WILL REGRET IT THE DAY THEIR EYES CLOSE.

 

Treat them with love and care, you will only realise their value once you see their empty chair!

Hadeeth Newsflash

Reported by Abu Hurairah (RA): The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Allah, the Exalted, says: `I will contend on the Day of Resurrection against three (types of) people: One who makes a covenant in My Name and then breaks it; one who sells a free man as a slave and devours his price; and one who hires a workman and having taken full work from him, does not pay him his wages.''' [Al-Bukhari]

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