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Three Posts Dealing with non-Muslim Parents


The following are three stories that took place at the time of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) that involved three of the Sahabah which illustrates the reactions of their mothers after they embraced Islam:

Story no. 1: On the authority of Asma’ Bint Abi Bakr she said “My mother came to visit me one day. At that time she was still a polytheist and there was a pledge between the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) and Quraysh (one of the great tribes in Arabia that lived in al-Makkah in the pre-Islamic Period of Ignorance who used to enjoy great spiritual and financial powers). I requested the Prophet’s (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) religious verdict and said: ‘Oh Prophet of Allah! My mother came to visit me, seeking my help; should I keep a good relationship with her?” “Yes, keep a good relation with her,” said the Prophet. [Saheeh al-Bukharee and Saheeh Muslim (1003)]

Story no. 2: On the authority of Abu Hurayrah, who said: I used to call my mother to Islam when she was still a polytheist. One day, while I was calling her she mentioned something about the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) that I detested. So I went to see the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), while crying and told him: ‘I used to call my mother to Islam and she would refuse. I called her today and she mentioned something about you that I detested. Please invoke the blessings and guidance of Allah on her. Then the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: ‘O Great Allah guide the mother of Abu Hurayrah. So I left full of hope because of the Prophet’s supplication for my mother. When I reached home, I found that the door was partially closed. My mother heard my footsteps and said: Stay still Abu Hurayrah, then I heard the water running.” He added, ‘My mother performed body ablution, put on her cloths and hurriedly opened the door without her head-cover and said: “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) is the Messenger of Allah”. I went back to the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) crying of joy and told him: ‘I am bringing you good news. Allah answered your prayers and guided the mother of Abu Hurayrah. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) praised and glorified Allah and said: ‘This is good.’ I said: ‘Oh Messenger of Allah, pray to Allah to make me and my mother beloved by Allah’s believing slaves and make us love them.’ The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: ‘Oh Allah, make this little slave of Yours and his mother (meaning Abu Hurayrah and his mother) become beloved by your believing slaves and make the believers love them. Ever since, there was not a believer who heard of me, even without seeing me, that did not love me.” [Saheeh Muslim (2491)]

Story no. 3: On the authority of Saa’d (Ibn Abi Waqas radhi allahu anhu) who said that verses of the Qur’aan revealed his story. He said Um Saa’d (his mother) swore not to talk to him ever nor eat or drink until he renounces Islam. She said: ‘You claim that Allah commanded you to obey your parents. I am your mother and I order you to do this (to renounce Islam).’ He said: ‘She stayed with nothing to eat or drink for three days until she fainted because of strain. Then one of her other sons named Umarah gave her water to drink. And she started to imprecate against Saa’d, then Allah revealed this verse in the Qur’aan, which translates to the meaning of, “And We have enjoined on man to be good and dutiful to his parents; but if they strive to make you join with Me (in worship) anything (as a partner) of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not. Unto Me is your return and I shall tell you what you used to do.” [Soorah al-Ankaboot] [Saheeh Muslim (1748)]

Also, Allah revealed another verse in the Qur’aan, which translates to: “But if they (both) strive with you to make you join in worship with Me others that if which you have no knowledge, then obey them not; but behave with them in the world kindly, and follow the path of him who turns to me in repentance and in obedience. Then to Me will be your return, and I shall tell you what you used to do.”

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