Sayyiduna Bayazid Bistami رحمتہ اللہ علیہ has narrated: My mother asked me for water in a freezing winter night. I brought the glass of water but she had fallen asleep. I did not feel it appropriate to wake her up; therefore, I stood next to her with the glass of water waiting to present it to her when she woke up. It had been quite some time since I was standing and some of the water had frozen on my finger as it had flowed out of the glass.
When my mother woke up, I presented her the glass of water. As soon as the frozen finger, that was stuck, separated from the glass, the skin also came off and it began to bleed. Upon seeing that, my mother asked, ‘What is this?’ I told her the whole incident. Then she raised her hands and supplicated: O Allah عز وجل! I am pleased with him, You too be pleased with him. (Nuzha-rul-Majalis, Vol. 1, pp.261)
May Allah عز وجل have mercy upon them and may he forgive us for their sake!
Kiss the doorstep of the Paradise everday
The fortunate ones, whose parents are still alive, should kiss their feet and hands at least once a day. There is a great reward in respecting the parents. The Holy Prophet صلى الله علیہ وسلم has said, ‘The Paradise lies under the feet of the mothers.’ So being good to them is a means of entry into Paradise. (Musnad-ush-Shahab, Vol. 1, pp. 102, Hadis 119) On page 88 of Bahar-e-Shariat, Volume 16 [the 312-page publication of Maktaba-tul-Madinah, the publishing department of Dawat-e-Islami], it is cited, ‘One may also kiss the feet of his mother.’ It is stated in a Hadis, ‘The one who kissed his mother’s feet; it is as if he kissed the doorstep of the Paradise.’ (Dur-re-Mukhtar, Vol. 9, pp. 606)
Freed two slaves upon for raising voice before his mother
Whenever you see your mother or father coming, stand up with respect. Don’t talk to them by looking into their eyes. Whenever they call you, instantly reply Labbaik (Here I am). Address them with respectful words (and never let your voice rise above theirs). When Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Awn’s mother called him; while replying back to her, his voice rose a little bit. As compensation, he رحمتہ اللہ علیہ freed two slaves.
(Hilyat-ul-Auliya, Vol. 3, pp. 45, Hadis 3103)
Repeatedly earn the reward of Hajj-e-Mabrur
سبحان الله عز وجل! How much our Saints رحمتہ اللہ المبىن valued their parents and how great their Madani outlook used to be! Where shall we get two slaves from! Alas! In such matters, forget about ‘two chickens’, we don’t even have the courage to sacrifice two eggs in the path of Allah عز وجل. May Allah عز وجل give us the ability to understand the importance of parents. Amin!
Let’s earn excessive rewards for free, without spending anything. Look at your parents with sympathy and live. How nice it is to look at your parents with a merciful gaze! The Holy Prophet صلى الله علیہ وسلم has said, ‘When children look at their parents with a merciful gaze, Allah عز وجل writes the reward of Hajj-un-Mabrur (accepted Hajj) for every (such) sight.’ The Holy Companions علیهم الرضوان asked, ‘Even if someone looks at them hundred times a day?’ The Holy Prophet صلى الله علیہ وسلم said, ‘Yes, Allah عز وجل is the Greatest and Atyab (the Purest).’
(Shuab-ul-Iman, Vol. 6, pp. 186, Hadis 7856)
Undoubtedly, Allah عز وجل is capable of everything. He عز وجل can give as much as He عز وجل wills. He عز وجل is not bound or compelled by anyone at all so if someone looks at his parents with a merciful gaze one hundred times a day, He عز وجل would grant him the reward of one hundred accepted Hajjs.