A NOTE FROM A PARENT TO CHILDREN
We made a covenant with the Children of Israel: “You shall not worship except GOD. You shall honor your parents and regard the relatives, the orphans, and the poor. You shall treat the people amicably. You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat).” But you turned away, except a few of you, and you became averse. (2:83)
All the children in my life are beautiful blessings from God—especially my own. To watch you grow and learn is a reflection of God’s perfect design. Although I sometimes lose sight of it, you are signs of God’s mercy and richness that He has honored me with.
As with most blessings from God, however, there is a responsibility that comes with you—to guide you to wor-ship God.
Now, getting back to the commandment to honor your parents. If I may speak for all parents who believe in God, the greatest honor you can bring me is to worship God as He should be worshipped. This lets me feel that I have fulfilled the responsibility that God has blessed me with. If you do what God wants you to do, obey His commandments and study His word, you honor me more than cards or words ever could. Thank God for the blessings He has given me through the children around me.
Had you witnessed Jacob on his death bed; he said
to his children, “What will you worship after I die?” They
said, “We will worship your god; the god of your fathers Abraham,
Ismail, and Isaac; the one god.
Ed’s note: The note was originally written in