Your Mother, Your Mother, Your Mother

Abu Hurayrah (radi Allahu anhu) reported: A person came to the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and asked, “Who among people is most deserving of my fine treatment?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Your mother” He again asked, ”who next?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied, “Your mother”, He asked, “Who next?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said again, “Your mother.” He again asked, “Then who?” Thereupon He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Your father.”

In another narration: “O Messenger of Allah! Who is most deserving of my fine treatment?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Your mother, then your mother, then your mother, then your father, then your nearest, then nearest.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary:

This Hadith tells us that the rights of the mother are three times more important than that of the father for the reasons that:

  1. She is weaker than the father.
  2. The following three troubles are borne exclusively by the mother while the father does not share them with her:

a) She carries the baby in her womb for nine months

b) The labor pain which she suffers

c) Two years’ period of suckling which disturbs her sleep at night and affects her health. She has also to be very cautious in her food for the welfare of the baby.

And Allah Knows Best!

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