The beauty of parental love is that it’s the only form of love that is truly selfless, unconditional and forgiving. We have to earn love from the rest of the world.
It is impossible for a child to fully reciprocate the love we were shown back to our parents. Understanding that this can never fully be repaid shouldn’t stop us from trying though.
One of the best repayments we can make is to honor them daily by including them in our duas. Also, it’s important for us to understand that as children we are a form of sadaqah jariyah (continuing charity) for our parents.
Whenever you remember to exercise good judgement, act with good adab (etiquette), or be of service to others our parents will be on the receiving end of the blessings for what they have instilled in us. This is the mercy of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
Inshallah by the end of this article you will have uncovered some beautiful duas from the Qur’an you can recite daily asking for parents good health, a dua for parents happiness and to live a long life.
Dua For Parents Forgiveness
This first dua comes from Surah Al Isra ayah 24.
In Surah Al-Isra Allah says,
“And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, “My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.”
Transliteration: Rabbi irhamhuma kama rabbayanee sagheera
This Dua asking for forgiveness is from Surah Nuh Verse 24:
Transliteration: Rabbi ighfir lee waliwalidayyawaliman dakhala baytiya mu/minan walilmu/mineena walmu/minatiwala tazidi aththalimeena illatabaran
My Lord, forgive me and my parents and whoever enters my house a believer and the believing men and believing women. And do not increase the wrongdoers except in destruction.”
This Dua not only asks for forgiveness for your parents but also for yourself and the entire Muslim ummah.
Transliteration: Rabbana ghfir li wa li wallidayya wa lil Mu’mineena yawma yaqumul hisaab
Translation: “Our Lord! Forgive me and my parents, and (all) the believers on the Day when the reckoning will be established.” Surah Ibrahim ayah 41
Dua For Parents Happiness
In Surah Al-Ahqaf Verse 15:
“And We have enjoined upon man, to his parents, good treatment. His mother carried him with hardship and gave birth to him with hardship, and his gestation and weaning [period] is thirty months. [He grows] until, when he reaches maturity and reaches [the age of] forty years, he says,
RabbiawziAAnee an ashkura niAAmataka allatee anAAamta AAalayya waAAalawalidayya waan aAAmala salihan tardahuwaaslih lee fee thurriyyatee innee tubtuilayka wa-innee mina almuslimeen
The translation or meaning of this Dua: “My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to work righteousness of which You will approve and make righteous for me my offspring. Indeed, I have repented to You, and indeed, I am of the Muslims.”
This Dua not only asks for forgiveness for your parents but for youself and for your own children.
Dua For Parents Health and Long Life
Seeing your loved ones go through sickness can be a very difficult. Most of what you can do is be there for support and let them know they are not going through it alone.
The Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) as reported in Sahih Muslim hadith #2202:
Uthman b. Abu al-‘As Al-Thaqafi reported that he made a complaint of pain to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) that he felt in his body at the time he had become Muslim. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: Place your hand at the place where you feel pain in your body and say Bismillah (in the name of Allah) three times and seven times A’udhu billahi wa qudratihi min sharri ma ajidu wa uhadhiru (I seek refuge with Allah and with His Power from the evil that I find and that I fear).
In another hadith narrated from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her)
that when the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to a sick person or a sick person was brought to him, he would say:
“Adhhib al-ba’s Rabb an-naas, wa’shfi anta al-Shaafi, laa shifaa’a illa shifaa’uka shifaa’an laa yughaadir saqaman”
(Take away the pain, O Lord of mankind, and grant healing, for You are the Healer, and there is no healing but Your healing that leaves no trace of sickness).” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5351, Muslim, 2191.
Be Nice To Your Parents While They Are Around
“Every soul will taste death”
This quote from Surah Imran is very powerful. It’s a reminder, we are all going to die someday. It can be a scary thought (and maybe that’s why some avoid thinking about it) but it can also be very freeing.
Here’s a little mental exercise for you to try out. Next time you’re hanging out with family or friends think to yourself, this moment may be the last time you ever see any of them.
You may think that’s a sure way to depression or really morbid but I don’t believe it really is. Most people take life for granted because they just expect that tomorrow will come just like yesterday. But we all know this is not true, your brother, sister, mom or dad can and will pass away.
That’s unfortunately reality.
If in every moment we could briefly remember our demise I think we would grow to be more appreciative of living in the moment. I also believe we would be more patient and kind, if someone insults would you take it as personally if you didn’t operate with that perspective. Being able to take a step back and see the bigger picture allows you to deatch yourself from a knee-jerk reaction
Another benefit of this is since you’re constantly living in the moment, when the time inevitable time comes of a close one passing, we can take comfort that we didn’t take it for granted. That we tried to squeeze every experience out of that moment. Don’t get me wrong, grieving will still be tough but at least it wouldn’t be filled with regret which can linger.
3 Concluding Verses From Quran About Parents:
Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and be kind to parents. (Surah An-Nisa ayah 36)
Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him and be good to your parents. Whether one or both of them reach old age while with you, do not say to them even a mild rebuke and do not repel them but rather speak to them a noble word. Lower for them the wing of humility out of mercy and say: My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up when I was small. (Surah Al-Isra Ayat 23-24)
Lastly remember, “Truly, the life of this world is nothing but a (quick passing) enjoyment, and verily, the Hereafter is the home that will remain forever.” (Surah Ghafir ayah 39)