Being Good to Parents

From Ibn Abbas (RadhiAllaahu anhu) that a man came to him and said: ‘I proposed to a woman but she refused to marry me, someone else proposed to her and she liked him and married him.  I became jealous over her and I killed her, can I repent from this?’

Ibn ‘Abbas asked: ‘Is your mother alive?’

He answered: ‘No.’

Then Ibn Abbas said: ‘Repent to Allaah –Azza wa Jal- and come close to Him as much as you can.’

The narrator said: I went and asked Ibn ‘Abbas (RadhiAllaahu anhu): ‘Why did you ask him whether his mother was alive?’

Ibn Abbas (RadhiAllaahu anhu) answered: ‘Indeed I do not know of an action closer to Allaah –Azza wa Jal- than being good to one’s mother.’

[Collected by Bukhari in ‘Adab al-Mufrad’ no.4, declared Saheeh by Albaani in ‘Silsilah as-Saheehah’ 2799]

Apologise to both of your parents today, regardless of what they’ve done to you.

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