Allah Honours the Ones who Honour Their Parents

Uways al-Qarni was from the tabi’een (i.e. the generation that followed the sahabah). He was kept from meeting the Prophet as he spent his time looking after his mother and so because of this he can not be considered to be from the sahabah. However Allah honoured him, so much so that every time a group of people from Yemen came to Umar ibn al-Khattab, he would ask if  Uways was amongst them.

The Story of Uways al-Qarni

Asir ibn Jabir narrated: Whenever people would come from Yemen, Umar would ask them, “Is Uways Al-Qarni amongst you?” Until, one year, he met Uways.

He said, “Are you Uways al-Qarni?” He said, “Yes.”

Umar continued, “From the branch of Murad and the tribe of Qaran?” He said, “Yes.”

Umar then asked, “Were you once afflicted with leprosy and your skin healed except for a area of a dirham?” Uways said, “Yes.”

Umar finally asked, “Do you have a mother (that is alive)?” He said, “Yes.”

Umar then said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah – sallallahu alayhi wa sallam – say, Uways ibn Aamir will come to you with the delegations from Yemen, from the branch of Murad, and the tribe of Qaran. He was once afflicted with leprosy and his skin healed except for a dirham’s area. He has a mother, and he treats her kindly. If he was to ever swear by Allah (for something) Allah would fulfil his oath. If you can, request that he ask forgiveness for you.”

Umar then requested from Uways, “Ask forgiveness for me.” And Uways al-Qarni did.

Action Points

  • Always honour parents, even though they may keep you from other tasks that you think to be more worthy.
  • Remember that Allah is pleased with you as long as your parents are pleased with you and Allah is displeased with you as long as your parents are displeased with you.
  • Make dua for your parents and ask Allah to give you the tawfiq to treat them with ihsan.
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One Response to “Allah Honours the Ones who Honour Their Parents”

  1. Amatullah Muhammad Says:

    This is so beautiful, and such a reminder to all of us of the incredible reward and honor that comes from honoring one’s parents. We may think other things are more worthy, but nothing equals kind treatment to parents after the most important deeds such as perfecting one’s tawheed and salaah. I know there’s a hadeeth that confirms this but I can’t recall it at the moment.

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