The Quran and Sunnah on the elderly

Quran

“Your Lord has commanded that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to your parents. If one 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” (17: 23-24).

Hadith

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "He is not of us who does not have mercy on young children, nor honor the elderly" (Al-Tirmidhi).

Narrated Abu Musa al-Ash'ari: The Prophet said: Glorifying Allah involves showing honor to a grey-haired Muslim and to one who can expound the Quran, but not to one who acts extravagantly regarding it, or turns away from it, and showing honor to a just ruler (Sunan Abu Dawud).

Narrated Abu Bakrah: The Prophet said: There is no sin more fitted to have punishment meted out by Allah to its perpetrator in advance in this world along with what He stores up for him in the next world than oppression and severing ties of relationship. (Sunan Abu Dawud).

Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As: The Prophet said: Those who do not show mercy to our young ones and do not realize the right of our elders are not from us (Sunan Abu Dawud).

The Prophet said: He does not belong to us who does not show mercy to our young ones and respect to our old ones, who does not recommend what is reputable and prohibit what is disreputable (Tirmidhi).

Narrated Abu Hurayrah: Allah's Apostle said: Let him be humbled into dust; let him be humbled into dust. It was said: Allah's Messenger, who is he? He said: He who sees either of his parents during their old age or he sees both of them, but he does not enter Paradise. (Sahih Muslim).

Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar: Allah's Apostle said: The finest act of goodness is the kind treatment of a person to the loved ones of his father after his death (Sahih Muslim).

Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As: The Apostle of Allah said: Do not pluck out grey hair. If any believer grows a grey hair in Islam, he will have light on the Day of Resurrection. (This is Sufyan's version). Yahya's version says: Allah will record on his behalf a good deed for it, and will blot out a sin for it (Sunan Abu Dawud).

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Comments

I am a 13 year old with limited free time so I try to use it as much as I can. But when I do, I still do have homework left. I try finish my homework. When my parents see me do my school homework, they get angry because I do not finish it earlier. This is because I have a Specialized High School Admissions Test. I try to study afterwards my school homework. When they yell at me, it makes me furious and spout disrespect to them because I only have free time after school and I can lose my free time. What can I do to be humble to them?

Location

Bronx, New York, U.S.

One of the elder member of my family is being a dictator to us. She is an old lady ( not my mom) who is a person known to the quran and rights of old people but is extremely harsh on all of us. She scolds us too much and even hits if we play in the house.One day she shouted , yelled and abused us badly. After that we stopped going to her and the next day she created a nuisance that the children of this house are so proud that they can't even come and say sorry . What was our mistake ? Why should we say sorry when we didn't do anything? She said all this to my mom and was totally in tears... All the family members were amazed to see such behavior of the ols lady and all were very sad! She spoiled the mood of each member of the house..and she did all this while she was fasting. She shouted,yelled,hit and used abusive words for us. Is her behavior correct ? What should I do, should I answer back or sit quietly

Assalamu alaikum
Im a girl from Denmark thats 14 years old. I have a little brother on 11, who has No respect for Me. He treat me like I am younger than him and he watches dirty movies, and yet I doesn't listen. And my parents have totally give up on him, because he doesn't have respect. They don't think that it's serious.

Location

Denmark

read the quran to him and make him understand it

Location

London

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
و السلام على من اتبع الهدى
Is nice to hear concern that's lacking in the ummah
1. Make Duaa the Prophet of Allah Taala said prayer is the weapon of a Believer
2 . talk to your parents in a kind manner Prophet Ibraheem said Oh my father he called him with respect and you have to respect your parents
3. Speak to him kindly Allah Taala told Musa as and Haroon as to speak to phiroun gently
4 Start learning knowledge there are many Islamic acadamies Jamia Zainab lusaka and E mahad and makkiyyah Institute all for ladies the virtue of knowledge is sooooo great he who seeks knowledge jannat seeks him .
والسلام مع الاكرام

1st make dua.
2nd employ the trick of shaitan. - Shaitan tries to pretend as if he is one'S good friend and well-wisher and slowly corrupts the person. But we have to adopt this trick very carefully seeking Allah's help.

Location

Chennai India

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