Mothers’ Rights in Islam

No other religion honors the mother like Islam. The mother is given so many rights in Islam because of all the work she does. She cares for her children, raises them, implants good virtues, and keeps them away from evil. It is her job to teach them to obey Allaah [Taa'laa], encourage them to defend what is right.

References to parents have been made at least 15 times in the Holy Qur'an!

The Holy Qur'an states,  
“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) "Uff" nor chide them, and speak to them a generous word.” 
 Mothers’ rights in Islam is a major issue. 
Obedience and respect
In Islam, obedience, respect and love for parents is next to the worship of Allaah Almighty.He has made honoring one's mother a virtue, and He puts forth the mother's right over that of the father for what she endures in pregnancy, delivery, nursing and raising her children.
This is stated and restated in the Qur'aan, in multiple chapters, to imprint this notion in the child's mind and heart as in the following verses: 
 "And we have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years-give thanks to Me and your parents,-unto Me is the final destination.”  
(Soorah 31:14)
and the verse  
"And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and kind to his parents. His mother bears him with hardship and she brings him forth with hardship, and the bearing of him, and the weaning of `jim is thirty (30) months.” (Surah 46:15)
and the verse
“And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honor. And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: 

"My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small." 

A man came to the Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him, asking, "Who is most deserving of my care?"
He said, "Your mother." The man asked, "Then who?"
He said, "Your mother." The man asked, "Then who?"
He said, Your mother." The man asked (the fourth time), "Then who?"
He said, "Your father
  Bukhaari Shareef

There is a famous story of a man who was going around the Kabaah carrying his mother. He asked his Mother, "Have I repaid you?". At that time Ibn Omar (a companion of the Prophet may Allaah be pleased with him) was passing, he said, "No, not even for one of her moans (i.e. one of the moans of labour, delivery and so on)

A man came to the Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him, and said, "O Messenger of Allaah, I want to fight and I want your advice." He asked him, "Have you a mother?" The man said, "Yes." He said, "Do not leave her because Paradise is under her feet

It is amazing that Islam commanded us to be good to a mother even if she is an unbeliever! Asma'a bint Abu Bakr asked the Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him, about her relationship to her unbelieving mother who had come to her. 

He said, "Yes, be on good terms with your mother".
Prophet Mohammad, blessings and peace be upon him, said that serving one's parents well is an act of great virtue, he condemned disobeying them and harming them, and described such acts as the most serious and detestable sin.
When asked about the major sins, Prophet Mohammad , blessings and peace be upon him, replied." To associate another God with Allaah, to disobey the parents, to kill unlawfully and to give false testimony."

Anyone who seeks  Almighty Allaah's satisfaction has to make sure that his parents are pleased with him.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) also said in a famous narration:
'Paradise lies at the feet of your mother' 

What can be greater evidence of honoring women than this? Islam has effectively placed the ultimate reward for human beings in their devotion to their mothers.

Hazrat Zainul Abideen [Rahmatul Laah Alaieh] was the great grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and also a renowned scholar. He used to treat his mother with so much kindness and love as seen in the following narration:
Once he was asked, 

'You are the most kind person to his mother, yet we have never seen you eating with her from a single dish.'
 He replied, 'I fear that my hand would take the what her eyes have already seen in the dish, and then I would be disobeying her'.  

In other words, he was so careful not to disobey his mother that he would even avoid eating out of the same plate as her; He thought that she would see a morsel and intend to take it, but before she did he might unknowingly take that same morsel and eat it. This is how careful he was to obey his mother in the most minute details.
Another early Islamic scholar, Hazrat Saa'd Ibn Al-Musayyib [Rahmatul Laah Alaieh], was asked about the meaning of the verse "but address them in terms of honor" (17:23).
He replied:
It means that you should address them as a servant addresses his master.
 Hazrat Muhammad Ibn Sireen [Rahmatul Laah Alaieh] used to speak to his mother in a very soft voice, out of respect for her. He was also often seen in the company of his mother and looking after her.
All that has preceded shows how the status of mothers - and consequently that of women - is elevated to the highest position in Islam. The honor Islam has given to mothers is beyond that found in any other religion, ideology or culture. This is clear proof of the lofty status of Muslim Women.

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