In the light of the Holy Hadith
Taking Good Care Of The Elderly Makes Life Blessed
No young person honors an elder due to his age, except that Allah appoints for him, one who will honor him at that age.
(Tirmidhi, Birr, Hadith no: 75)
Dear brothers and sisters,
Life is much like the seasons in a year and has its spring, summer, fall, and winter. Every stage of life has its own niceties. Each is an opportunity for Muslims as servants of Allah to add meaning and value to life through good deeds, worshipping, and servitude to Him. The most valuable stage of life, during which people attain the pleasure of feeling mature, is in their old age. It is the stage of full of wisdom where the body is exhausted, but the soul is stronger than ever with experience acquired until then. Allah particularly answers the prayers of the elderly and offers blessings to them. They link the past to the future, handing down our national and immaterial values and culture to future generations. They are the pillars of our homes and the source of blessings.
It was the day Makkah was conquered and the longing had come to an end when the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his companions could return to their hometown from which they were exiled years ago.
Muslims were all hugging each other with joy and relief, and thanking Allah for blessing them with such a day. As soon as they arrived in the city, Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) loyal friend Abu Bakr went directly to his father. He had a great wish for his father to become a Muslim, so he took him to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Seeing Abu Bakr’s father Abu Quhafa, with his hair and beard grey and his eyes blinded due to the old age, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), with his usual humble and respectful manner, said, “Would not it have been better if you had left him home and we had gone to him?”
Then, let us take care of our old people who prepared us for life when we were young. Let us fulfil our responsibilities to make their lives easier, and let us benefit from their experiences. Let us not forget that respect for our elderly will bless our life.
Jobayer Al Mahmud, Istanbul, Turkey