"What does “O Messenger of Allah! May my father and mother be sacrificed for you!” mean? What are the properties of the person who says it?

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"What does “O Messenger of Allah! May my father and mother be sacrificed for you!” mean? What are the properties of the person who says it?

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Dear Brother / Sister,

Hz. Anas narrates: Hz. Prophet (pbuh) said,

"None of you will be regarded to have believed till he loves me more than his father, his children and everybody else." (In a narration by Nasai, the following is stated: "... more beloved than his wealth and family...") [Bukhari, Iman 8; Muslim, Iman 70, (44); Nasai, Iman 19, (8,114, 115)]

The statement "O Messenger of Allah! May my father and mother be sacrificed for you!" belongs to the Companions. When Islam first started to spread, some Companions were alienated by their mothers and fathers; they were even tortured by them. Then, migration to Madinah took place. In the wars between the Muslims and Makkan polytheists, some sons confronted their fathers. 

The years when Islam first emerged were years when the Companions made self-sacrifices in the highest level. They expressed their loyalty to Allah and His Messenger with the statement, "May my father and mother be sacrificed for you!"

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