"Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong; they are the ones to attain felicity".
(surah Al-Imran,ayat-104)
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Full Name: Naeem Qazi
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In the name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Most Gracious
Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents

A son tells how his booking an air ticket for his father, his
First flight, brought emotions and made him realize that how much we all take for granted when it comes to our parents.

My parents left for our native place on Thursday and we went to the Airport to see them off. In fact, my father had never traveled by air before, so I just took this opportunity to make him experience the same.
In spite of being asked to book tickets by train, I got them tickets to fly by air.
The moment I handed over the tickets to him, he was surprised to see That I had booked them by air.
The excitement was very apparent on his Face, waiting for the time of travel. Just like a school boy, he was Preparing himself on that day and we all went to the airport, right from Using the trolley for his luggage, the baggage check-in and asking for
Window seat and waiting restlessly for the security check-in to happen.

He was thoroughly enjoying himself and I, too, was overcome with joy Watching him experience all these things.

As they were about to go in for the security check-in, he walked up to Me with tears in his eyes and thanked me. He became very emotional and It was not as if I had done something great but the fact that this meant A great deal to him.
When he said thanks, I told him there was no need to thank me.
But later, thinking about the entire incident, I looked back at my life.
As a child how many dreams our parents have made come true. Without Understanding the financial situation, we ask for football, dresses, Toys, outings, etc. Irrespective of their affordability, they have Satisfied all our needs.
Did we ever think about the sacrifices they had To make to accommodate many of our wishes?
Did we ever say thanks for all that they have done for us?
Same way, today when it comes to our children, we always think that we Should put them in a good school.
Regardless of the amount of donation, We will  ensure that we will have to give the child the best, theme Parks, toys, etc. But we tend to forget that our parents have sacrificed A lot for our sake to see us happy, so it is our responsibility to Ensure that their dreams are realized and what they failed to see when
They were young, it is our responsibility to ensure  that they
Experience all those and their life is complete.

Many times, when my parents had asked me some questions, I have actually Answered back without patience.. When my daughter asks me something, I Have been very polite in answering. Now I realize how they would have Felt at those moments.

Let us realize that old age is a second childhood and just as we take Care of our children, the same attention and same care need to be given To our parents and elders.

Rather than my dad saying thank you to me, I would want to say sorry for Making him wait so long for this small dream.. I do realize how much he Has sacrificed for my sake and I will do my best to give the best Possible attention to all their wishes. Just because they are old does Not mean that they will have to give up everything and keep sacrificing For their grandchildren also. They have wishes, too..
Allah says:       And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him and in years twain was his weaning: (hear the command) 'Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal. Holy Quran Chapter 31 Surah Luqman verse 14
 Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him said.
‘Let him be humbled into dust!  Let him be humbled into dust!’ It was said: ‘O Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him), who is he?’  He (peace be upon him) said: ‘He who sees either of his parents during their old age or he sees both of them, but he does not enter Paradise (through his deeds of service towards them)!’ Sahih Muslim Hadith  6189       

   Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

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