"Paradise is under the feet of mothers." Is this hadith valid for all mothers?
Submitted by on Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:46
Dear Brother / Sister,
The Prophet (pbuh) stated the following:
"The mother is in the middle of the doors of Paradise." (Ibn Hanbal, V, 198);
"Paradise is under the feet of mothers." (Nasai, Jihad, 6)
“Paradise is under the feet of mothers.” The hadith does not mean that all mothers will go to Paradise. It indicates the respect that children should show to their mothers rather than the state of mothers. In this sense, as long as it is not contrary to the commands of Allah, it is an important key to Paradise to obey all mothers, to show respect to them; and in this sense, Paradise is under the feet of all mothers.
Allah states the following in the chapter of Luqman:
"And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him, and in years twain was his weaning: (hear the command), ‘Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents’: to Me is (thy final) Goal.
But if they strive to make thee join in worship with Me things of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not; yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration), and follow the way of those who turn to me (in love): in the end the return of you all is to Me, and I will tell you the truth (and meaning) of all that ye did." (Luqman, 31/14-15).
As it is seen, Allah, the All-Compassionate and All-Merciful invite a child to be respectful even to the mother and father who compel him to associate partners with Allah, to get on well with them and not to hurt them as long as they live.
From this point of view, we can say that, according to Islam, a woman’s place as a mother is one thing and her place as a person is another. A person becomes and goes to Paradise or becomes bad and goes to Hell; a person can have high ethics or can be immoral; a person can be irreligious or religious. There is no difference between a woman and a man in this regard.
“If any do deeds of righteousness,- be they male or female - and have faith, they will enter Heaven, and not the least injustice will be done to them.” (an-Nisa, 4/124)
We see this fact in the verse above and that they are equal in terms of worshipping and personal rights.
However, a woman has the right to be respected, loved and helped as a mother and a man as a father by their children all the time no matter whether they are religious or irreligious.
In both the chapter of Luqman and the hadith in question, mothers are shown positive discrimination - as the modern term expresses.
To sum up, children's responsibility toward their parents is based on a relationship beyond religions. Parents' responsibility toward Allah is based on the relationship of worshipping within the framework of religion.
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