What is Islam?

by James William Lovegrove (Habeeb-Ullah)

Respect for Parents and Old Age

Respect for parents and old age has been chiefly emphasized in Islam. Parents come next to God in receiving homage from their children:

“And your Lord has commanded that you shall not serve (any) but Him, and goodness to your parents. If either or both of them reach old age with you, say not to them (so much as) ‘Ugh,’ nor chide them, and speak to them a generous word. And make yourselves submissively gentle to them with compassion and say: O my Lord, have compassion on them, as they brought me up (when I was) little. Your Lord knows best what is in your minds; if you are good, then those who turn (to Him) frequently and give to the near of kin his due, and (to) the needy and the wayfarer, and do not squander wastefully. Surely the squanderers are the fellows of the devils, and the devil is ungrateful to his Lord. And if you turn away from them to seek mercy from your Lord which you hope for, speak to them a gentle word” (The Holy Quran, 17:23–28).