What is the best gift of Almighty Allah to mankind? A mother! Who is the most special woman in our lives? A mother! The love of a child for her mother is the first love of everyone and the most enduring relationship in this world.
The word ‘mother’ stands for:
M – Maa. Maa jee. Ammi. Aayi. Doesn’t matter what you call her, she immediately responds to your call.
O – Organized. Outstanding. One and only. All these can be found in a mother.
T – Tolerant. She tolerates us throughout our lives, not because she is compelled to but because of her endless love and affection.
H – Humble and Honest. Seem to be small words while defining the humbleness and honesty of a mother. Undoubtedly, she is the most humble and the most honest person in this world.
E – Excellency in everything she does to bring her child up. There is nothing more perfect than her in this regard.
R – Reliable. Isn’t she the most reliable person for us? A person with whom we can share even the smallest of things and rely on her the most. We never need to even say: kisi ko mat batana because we are always sure that she won’t.
Our words, undoubtedly, can’t express her endless love and affection towards us. She is the most caring, loving, and affectionate woman in this world. She is the one who makes our lives rise and shine. She is not the one to be leaned on because she makes leaning on unnecessary for us. She is the bank where we can deposit all of our worries and sorrows without interest because her love for us is interest-free. She is the one we count on for the things that count the most.
A mother doesn’t need a degree, nor does she need any sort of education to bring her child up. This gift is given to her by Almighty Allah and she raises her child up without any qualification. Have you ever heard of a woman attending a seminar or workshop on “How to be a good mother?” Probably not, because it is something that is taught to her by Almighty Allah. If there would have been a qualification for motherhood, then it would have been the most demanded degree/qualification in the world. Almighty Allah doesn’t ask for any qualification to be a mother.
A mother holds a very high position in all religions of the world, especially Islam. Islam orders kindness, respect, and obedience to parents, especially mothers. It is narrated by Abu Huraira (R.A) that a man came to Allah’s Apostle (P.B.U.H) and said, “O Allah’s Apostle (P.B.U.H)! 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 then said, “Your father.” Hence, the ratio is 3:1, a mother is three times more entitled to be treated than a father.
When you were a child, who ran to lift you when you fell? Your mother. Who was there to give you company when you felt lonely in this crowded world? Your mother! Who was there to sing ‘lori’ (a song sung to put a child to sleep) for you when you couldn’t sleep at night? Your mother! Who was there to understand you when your friends couldn’t understand you? Your mother! Who realizes before anyone else that you are not feeling well, or you are not in a good mood? Your mother! Who keeps herself hungry and feeds you first? Your mother! Who is always there to support and help you whenever needed? Your mother! Of course, a mother is the one who is always there like an angel to help you out in difficult situations. She does all this without expecting anything in return. Her love is interest-free and endless. Her love, undoubtedly, is instinctual, unconditional and forever. A mother is, indeed, a friend, a teacher, a healer, an advisor, and an inspiration for all of us.
In today’s world, a mother is like a lamp in darkness, a path when we are strayed, a lover when we feel rejected, and a soother when we are restless. You must read this small story by someone. It said: “When I came home in rain, my brother asked: Why did you not take an umbrella? My sister said: Why did you not wait till the rain stopped? My father angrily warned: You will realize when you will get cold/flu. But there was only one person to make me comfortable and she was my mother, who while drying my hair said: Stupid rain! Couldn’t it wait till my child got home?” That’s a mother!
We, indeed, can’t measure her love. There is no substitute of a mother. There is no velvet softer than a mother’s lap, no rose as lovely as her smile, no path as beautiful and flowery as that imprinted with the footsteps of a mother. I must say that there is nothing like Ammi’s tight hug in the cold nights of winters.
Isn’t it time for us to honor our mothers with a gift of tight hug that will make her day beautiful and a hug daily that she will treasure for years to come? If you are able to do this now, you are the luckiest person on this earth. Masha’Allah. Truly, no one can take her place so honor her with gratitude and don’t forget to always value your mother.