Like every parent, Muslim parents want to give their children the best education and hope that they grow into respectful men and women. I remember when I was kid that there were a few things that my parents didn’t like. Here is a list. I am sure you will recognize these.
1. Eating with your left hand
Something you should never do in a Muslim household is eating with your left hand. In Islam it is bad to eat with your left hand, because we believe that the devil eats with his left hand.
2. Not being the best (of your class)
Seeking knowledge is really important in Islam, so education is too. Parents take this serious. They will always tell you to be the best in everything you do, especially in school. Of course I thank my parents for that. I know that without them I wouldn’t have made it this far.
3. Not taking InshAllah for an answer
As a Muslim child, most of the times that you ask your parent for permission, they answer: InshAllah (God willing). We all know that InshAllah isn’t a real answer. In our head InshAllah is the Arab synonym of ‘no’. So when you ask them for a ‘real’ answer, they might get angry.
4. Being disrespectful
Respect is one of the foundations of faith in Islam. You should NEVER be disrespectful to anyone (muslim or non-muslim). The following Arabic saying describes the importance of respect in a person: “An orphan is not one who has no parents; verily he is an orphan who is deprived of knowledge and adab (respect/etiquette).”
5. Forgetting (to say bismillah)
Sometimes, I have to admit, I’m so busy that I forget to pray. But Muslim parents will always remind you. Or when I forget to say Bismillah before eating, my parents will ask me if I said it. Even if you did say it, they will always ask you: ‘Did you pray?’ and ‘Did you say Bismillah?’
In Islam the role of the parents is immensely important and shouldn’t be underrated. Did you tell your parents that you loved them today? No? Go tell them! And may God bless our parents InshAllah.