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On Mothers

Sayings of Prophet Muhammad Regarding the high status of Motherhood


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.2			Narrated by Abu Huraira
A man came to Allah's Apostle and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Who is more entitled to be
treated with the best companionship by me?" The Prophet said, "Your mother." The man
said. "Who is next?" The Prophet said, "Your mother." The man further said, "Who is
next?" The Prophet said, "Your mother." The man asked for the fourth time, "Who is
next?" The Prophet said, "Your father."

Sahih Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 18 		Narrated by Aisha
The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) said, "The word 'Ar-Rahm' (womb) derives its
name from 'Ar-Rahman' (i.e. Allah). So whosoever keeps good relations with it (womb i.e.
kith and kin), Allah will keep good relations with him, and whosoever will sever it (i.e.
severs his bonds of kith and kin) Allah too will sever His relations with him."

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.407		Narrated by Asma bint Abu Bakr
During the period of the peace treaty of Quraish with Allah's Apostle, my mother,
accompanied by her father, came to visit me, and she was a pagan. I consulted Allah's
Apostle, "O Allah's Apostle! My mother has come to me and she desires to receive a
reward from me, shall I keep good relation with her?" He said, "Yes, keep good relation
with her."


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.789		Narrated by Asma bint Abu Bakr
My mother came to me during the lifetime of Allah's Apostle and she was a pagan. I said
to Allah's Apostle (seeking his verdict), "My mother has come to me and she desires to
receive a reward from me, shall I keep good relations with her?" The Prophet said, "Yes,
keep good relation with her."

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 4939			Narrated by Mu'awiyah ibn Jahimah
Jahimah came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said, "Messenger of Allah, I desire
to go on a military expedition and I have come to consult you.  He asked him if he had a
mother, and when he replied that he had, he said, "Stay with her, for Paradise is at her
feet."  Ahmad, Nasa'i and Bayhaqi, in Shu'ab al-Iman, transmitted it.


Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 4935			Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar
A man came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said, "Messenger of Allah, I have
committed a serious sin. Can I do any act of penitence?" He asked him if he had a mother,
and when he replied that he had not, he asked if he had a maternal aunt.  On his replying
that he had, he said, "Then do kindness to her."
Transmitted by Tirmidhi.

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3361			Narrated by AbuAyyub
Abu Ayyub told of hearing Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) say, "If anyone
separates a mother from her child, Allah will separate him from his friends on the Day of
Resurrection.  Tirmidhi and Darimi transmitted it.



Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 9.395		Narrated by Warrad
(The clerk of Al-Mughira) Muawiya wrote to Al-Mughira: "Write to me what you have
heard from Allah's Apostle." So he (Al-Mughira) wrote to him: Allah's Prophet used to
say at the end of each prayer: "La ilaha illalla-h wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul Mulku, wa
lahul Hamdu wa hula ala kulli shai'in qadir. 'Allahumma la mani' a lima a'taita, wala mu'tiya
lima mana'ta, wala yanfa'u dhuljadd minkal-jadd."  He also wrote to him that the Prophet
used to forbid (1) Qil and Qal (idle useless talk or that you talk too much about others),
(2) Asking too many questions (in disputed religious matters); (3) And wasting one's
wealth by extravagance; (4) and to be undutiful to one's mother (5) and to bury the
daughters alive (6) and to prevent your favors (benevolence) to others (i.e. not to pay the
rights of others) (7) And asking others for something (except when it is unavoidable).

Sahih Muslim Hadith 951			Narrated by Anas ibn Malik
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) would listen to the crying of a lad in the
company of his mother, in prayer, and he would recite a short surah or a small surah.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.724		Narrated by Abu Huraira
Allah's Apostle said, "A pious slave gets a double reward." Abu Huraira added: By Him in
Whose Hands my soul is but for Jihad (i.e. holy battles), Hajj, and my duty to serve my
mother, I would have loved to die as a slave.

Motherhood & Islam Links:

  • Muslimah Services: for mothers and their children





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