In Islam, the role of a father is an important one within the foundation of every family, their tireless efforts and imparted wisdom over the years, shape us into the people we grow up to be.
As always, our leading role model is the Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings be upon him. The Messenger of Allah (swt) was never one to shy away from expressing the respect and love he shared with his daughter Fatima (ra), even in the presence of company. His display of affection would influence Fatima (ra), as she shadowed the Prophet’s warm and sensitive gestures. It was reported that Aisha (ra) once said:
“I did not see anyone who more resembled the Messenger of Allah in the manner of speaking than Fatimah. When she came to him, he stood up for her, made her welcome, kissed her and had her sit in his place. When the Prophet came to her, she stood up for him, took his hand, made him welcome, kissed him, and made him sit in her place. She came to him during his last illness and he greeted her and kissed her.” (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad: Hadith 971).
This inseparable connection between the Prophet and Fatima (ra) resides with us to this day, as we seek to follow in the footsteps of the Messenger and honour our own fathers.
Just like Fatima (ra) would emulate her father’s actions, we should emulate the positive behaviour displayed by our fathers and take care of them, the way they cared for us as children. Here’s our top 3 tips for you to honour your father every day:
- Show him gratitude for the sacrifices he makes daily. Small acts of kindness go a long way!
- Make dua for him! An example of this could be to recite the following: “My Lord, have mercy upon them [my parents] as they brought me up [when I was] small” (Qur’an 17:24).
- If you live far – visit as often as you can and call to check up on him every day.
Giving a gift is another way to show you care! Why not help out a person in need and give a gift in the name of your father?
Head over to appeals > gifts and choose from a wide variety of thoughtful Charity. Alternatively, you can click on this link and make Father’s Day 2021 one to remember: http://zaimah.org/appeals/gifts/
38-year-old father Ghulam Muhammad is one of our beneficiaries from Sindh, Pakistan. Your gift giving has enabled us to support him and his family’s needs by providing him with a wheelchair to ease his accessibility requirements. Alhamdulilah!
You too can give back hope to a vulnerable adult, child or family. Reap the rewards of your giving and make your dad’s day at the same time. It’s not too late!
Father’s Day is set to take place on the 20th of June this year.