Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Antiques

Leicester, being a small place, can get boring at times and on occasions its confusing as to where to go and what to do to pass time.

This Sunday I went for a long drive towards Market Harborough and further up. In one of the town centres I saw like a Museum and Town Centre hall. On the window I read "open only on Tuesdays, Thursday & Saturdays" and therefore I thought it would be closed.

As I was just about to drive past I saw a banner reading "Antique Show on Sunday" and in order to pass some time I parked up and made my way inside.

Inside were mostly old people with stalls arranged in a large hall, a total of thirty or more stalls were displaying items that were antiques and usually had some history connected to it.

Whilst inside I saw a variety of items, from books to collector items; model cars, old scales, small items, large items, medals, cups and a wide range of antique items.

The thing that amazed me was the price tag on most of these items; A model of a toy car that we can purchase in a shop of a new model car would cost over five or six times more because the model was of an old car; a small cup the size of one's finger nail was priced at about £45.00; and many other items that 'seemed' to be highly priced.

POINT

The people at that antique show were those people who realised and appreciated the value of these 'aged' items.

It made me realise that Islam has also realised the value of 'age' and has instructed us to do the same:

Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As رضي الله عنه has narrated the Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم as saying:

"Those who do not show mercy to our young ones and do not realise the right of our elders are not from us"

[Sunan Abi Dawud]


Similarly, Hadhrat Abu Musa al-Ash'ari رضي الله عنه has narrated the Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم as saying:

"Glorifying Allah involves showing honour to a grey-haired Muslim..."

[Sunan Abi Dawud]


We all realise how important obedience towards our parents is, and furthermore how necessary it is to serve them, but this becomes a great obligation when they reach their old age:

Hadhrat Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه narrated that the Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم said:

"Let him be humiliated, let him be humiliated, let him be humiliated. It was said: Allah's Messenger, who is he? He صلي الله عليه و سلم said: "He who finds his parents in old age, either one or both of them, and does not enter Paradise (through serving them)".

[Saheeh Muslim]


We all know what the status of parents are according to Islam and humanity; we even feel regret at times due to our disobedience towards them; and at times we even go to the extreme of neglecting them and their needs. This is only because we fail to realise the true price tag attached to our parents, especially in their old age.

The Prophet of Allah صلي الله عليه و سلم has mentioned the following person to be most unfortunate:

"...(When I ascended the third step of the Pulpit Jibra'il عليه السلام appeared before me and said:) Woe to him in whose presence his parents or one of them attain old age, and through failure to serve them is not allowed to enter Paradise." I said, Aameen".

[Hakam, Tabarani]


May Allah give us all the inclination and understanding to serve our parents. May He give us the strength to be respectful towards our elders and show mercy towards them and our youngsters. May He make us steadfast in serving our parents, especially in their old age, and make it a source of entering His paradise. Aameen.

11 comments:

xmuslimahx said...

Assalamu Alaikum,

jazakumullah for another geat post.

Ameen to all the duas.
Wassalam

$uM1 said...

Salam...

Mashallah Excellent post, Ameen to the duas..May Allah Ta'ala give us the inclination to obey and look after our parents according to the manner in which our beloved nabi (saw) taught us. Ameen. We owe them so much, yet we fail to realise...

Ameen to the duas,

Wassalam

ahmed said...

Salams
Mashallah a very good post, ameen to the duahs.

You musta been bored if you got as far as Mkt Hboro! and then you actually got out da car in some next lil town?!!

....hmmmmm

Duas
Wasalams

Saj said...

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Aameen to the Dua's. Subhan'Allah!!!

Jazak'Allah Khair for this post, it highlights the importance of the duty we have towards our parents... (which is something that really made me like this post)...

May Allah make us of those who speaks to their parents with honour and kindness. Treat them with humbleness and fulfil their rights devotedly, Aameen...

Wasalaamu Alaikum Warahmatullah

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Sister Aisha

Jazakallah for the comments.

I pray to Allah that He accepts the efforts and makes it an excuse to forgive the errors.

Remember me in your Duas.

$um1

Jazakallah for the comments. Indeed our religion is unique in many ways, one of them being the manner in which we are taught to respect and treat people, especially our parents.

May Allah save us from the time when the Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم that the children will be like rulers over their parents. Aameen.

Duas requested.

Brother Ahmed

hmmm, now what can I say. Well I do enjoy the drive (am I digging myself into it?) lol.

Anyways, now I have a new idea. Everytime I'm bored on the weekend I'm going to hunt you out and maybe pop down your house too.

Jazakallah for the comments. Hope all is going well with you. Dua meh yaad.

Sister Sajeda

Jazakallah for the comments. I am glad the you enjoyed reading the post and that you liked the topic also.

I am sure we will be seing many posts from you in the near future, I pray that you will shine more light onto the subject.

Please remember me in your humble Duas.

Wasalaam

aishah said...

May I ask why u get so bored? Lol. U must have family to annoy or maybe entertain u? That's my job to fellow members in the family :P

Wassalam
xmuslimahx

Anonymous said...

salaam
mashAllah no need to say any more the rest covered it :)

"Anyways, now I have a new idea. Everytime I'm bored on the weekend I'm going to hunt you out and maybe pop down your house too."

>>lol bhai saab if u have soooo much free time why dont u start sum classes here n there? :) ahah...:-p:

[loserrrrrr]
just kidding!..or am i?

lol publish this if u want haha [dont actually, maulanas shudnt be annoyed like this..;)] but by now u shud know who this is :)..and if you dont? well then KATTI!:-D

take care of yourself, and salam to every1

wasalam

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Sister Aisha

Well, I try not to bug anyone and keep to myself as much as possible.

Oh, family is entertaining Alhumdulillah.

When I really turn round and look at life I realise how true this verse is:

"for without doubt, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction". [13.28]

Something that a person can never be bored of is the remembrance of Allah. May Allah make us from those who remember him continuously and satisfy our hearts through his remembrance.

Please do remember me in your Duas.

Anonymous

Now this comment leaves me confuzzled. I thought I'd allow it through only because it's you.

If only I had the time, experience and knowledge to start classes. One can only dream about such things.

I always pray to Allah to increase me in my knowledge, and most importance make me from those who act upon their knowledge.

Oh, and I know who it is, and I am not annoyed.

Do remember me in your Duas.

Wasalaam

Anonymous said...

LoL good thing you knew who it was, or else this comment would not have been nice..

of course ur not annoyed.. duh :-p...could you ever be annoyed by me?? :-p

I meant maulanas shudnt be annoyed like this in public by users yeah :-p

what u confuzzled for?

oh and very true.. Verily it is in the Rememberance of Allah that the hearts find rest.

May your duaas be accepted insha'Allah :)

take care, make duaa 4 me too! and my family! and my frineds!...um ookay how aboutt me and everyone i know? :-D


wasalaams

aishah said...

^

lol joka :)

That ayah is so right, especially for when reading the Qur'an. We can read the same surah over and over and over again n still not get bored by it. Subhanallah! I don't know how people can read them unislamic books over and over again, they can get so boring but anyway, Allah is the greatest and it is He who created pleasure in our hearts for reciting the Quri'an continuously.

Anyway, please remember me in ur duas.

Wassalam
xmuslimahx

Ahmed said...

Salams
Lol @ hunt me down. Really no need tho, as I'm still waiitng for you to drop by for khajur pani.

Hope all is good with you.

Wasalam