Do not listen to your parents!

This reflection came to me while listening to the Friday speech where the Imam was encouraging us to be kind to our parent and be extremely nice to them. It is quite obvious how valuable parents are and how much value Islam places on being extremely grateful and kind to them.

Since it is the winter break, the masjid had many kids including my own. I told myself, “This is a pretty suitable message for these kids. I hope they get it.” I then day dreamed about what these kids would be saying now (assuming they are paying attention to what the Imam is saying).

They will probably say, “You do not know my guys. They do not understand me. They just don’t.” Another would say “Boy, they are always wrong. They just want me to do what they think is right. I really think what they want me to do is wrong.” Others would say, “I wish we should hear a speech once to tell parents how to be nice to their kids, just one speech. I wish the Imam knows how many times my parents just embarrassed me in front of my friends.”

While thinking that way, the Imam made a very interesting statement. He said, “Parents are humans. They aren’t perfect. They make mistakes.” He said that our utmost kindness to our parent is required despite their mistakes and shortcomings.

While driving back, I had the following discussion with one of my sons

Wael: How do you like today’s speech?

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