Lesson Sixty Six: Mutual Rights
The Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him and his progeny) said:
يَلْزَمُ الْوالِدَيْنِ مِنَ الْحُقُوقِ لِوَلَدِهِما مَا يَلْزَمُ الْوَلَدَ لَهُما مِنْ حُقُوقِهِما
In the same way as the children are to be held to account for disregarding parents’ rights, parents are also accountable for not observing the children’s rights.1
Rights and duties always go hand in hand. And greater rights call for greater duty and responsibility.
The Holy Qur’an places heavy emphasis on duty to one’s parents. While parents enjoy great rights vis-à-vis their children , they also bear a heavy responsibility to them. They shall at no time neglect to train their children, to help them improve bodily as well as spiritually and to keep them away from mental and moral taints. The tumult of their life shall not hinder them from this great duty.
- 1. Sayings of the Imams