Father’s Day by Meysam Rajani
“And the right of your father is that you should know that he is your root and you are his branch. And without him, you would not be. Whenever you see anything in yourself which pleases you, you should know that your father is the root of its blessing upon you. So praise God and thank Him in recognition of that. And there is no power but in God.” Risalatul Huqquq
As we celebrate the birth of Amirul Mo’mineen (AS), we also rejoice the life of one of the greatest fathers in the history of Islam. After all, a man who is the father of the leaders of paradise’s youth is no ordinary man. Correspondingly, this day is also marked Father’s day. And who is the father and what are his rights? I’ll draw up a simple elaboration of the above excerpt from Risalutul Huqquq.
Simply put, if it weren’t for our fathers, we would not be here. We would not exist in this world. This fact alone should be enough for us to realize the importance of the father. The reason for our life in this world is our father, how then do we dare to disrespect him, deny him his rights or even say a simple ‘uff’ to him (Qur’an 17:23-25). Our fathers have given us the gift of life, whatever we do, it is because of them. Even if we serve them, respect and honor them, take care of them, we will never be able to repay their debt. The ability of serving them comes from the life they gifted us with, how then can we offset that debt?
We are always warned of the dangers of pride (arrogance), the chief example being Satan himself. The 4th Imam erases all foundations of pride in the above excerpt. Whatever qualities we see in ourselves today, whether it is looks, intelligence, athleticism, patience, good morals, ANY good quality, are established within us due to our parents (father, in this case). We have no reason to be proud of ourselves, the Almighty provides us with these qualities and parents engrain them into our lives. What then do we have to be proud of? Notice how beautifully the Imam combines the rights of the Father, and the insignificance of man on this Earth. For every good quality that we have, we owe our maximum gratitude to our parents and Allah(SWT). We ourselves have accomplished nothing on our own. After all, if it weren’t for our fathers, we wouldn’t be here, right?
“My Lord, have mercy on my parents, the way they had mercy on me when I was young.”
Happy Fathers Day!