Each one of you commonly observes the way a mother brings up her kids. We all see many mothers around us, taking care of their children from the time of their birth till at least they become responsible adults, get married or move away. The pride that a mother feels in her well brought up children can be commonly seen as well. In return, she wants her children to respect her. And yes, indeed she does deserve it, as Allah reminds us more than once in the Quran and hadith.
And We have enjoined upon man [care] for his parents. His mother carried him, [increasing her] in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years. Be grateful to Me and to your parents; to Me is the [final] destination. [Luqman 14]
But do you know what is interesting? The things that our mother provides us with, they too originally are provided by Allah, Our Creator. The mother does carry the child for 9 months but inside the womb who takes care of the food, water, organ formation, comfort, nurturing of the child? Once the child is born, who puts the child’s nourishment in the mother’s body? Who puts the love in the mother’s heart due to which she takes care of the child? However much the mother worries, she cannot make her child take the first step or make it speak the first word. Who teaches that to the infant? Who cares for the child’s physical, mental, emotional, spiritual growth? And not just when he is a child, but not only before it is born but till the time he dies.
Yes, it is
It is Ar-Rabb who takes cares of every single need of ours, who does not become negligent of us even for a microsecond. How many times have you seen mothers lamenting the pains that come with the bringing up of a child? They say we’ve had enough, we’re too tired. But what if Ar-Rabb grew inattentive of us even for a moment? Our heart, our breathing, our body systems; they’d stop working. We’d die, body and soul.
But it doesn’t stop at that, our body is not the only thing that He is taking care of. Ar-Rabb means the One who is the Creator, the Owner, the One who arranges each matter, from the point that we started existing till the very end. However much our parents love us, they can’t arrange all our matters.
والله سبحانه هو الرب الكريم، الذي يربي خلقه بالنعم المادية كما قال سبحانه
فَلِلَّـهِ الْحَمْدُ رَبِّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَرَبِّ الْأَرْضِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
[Roughly translated:] And Allah, the Almighty, He is the Rabb, the Kareem (Generous). He nurtures His creation with material favours, as the Almighty said: Then, to Allah belongs [all] praise – Lord of the heavens and Lord of the earth, Lord of the worlds. [Al-Jaathiya 36]
ويربي سبحانه عباده بالنعم الروحية التي تزكي قلوبهم وجوارحهم كما قال سبحانه
هُوَ الَّذِي بَعَثَ فِي الْأُمِّيِّينَ رَسُولًا مِّنْهُمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتِهِ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَإِن كَانُوا مِن قَبْلُ لَفِي ضَلَالٍ مُّبِينٍ
[Roughly translated:] And He, the Almighty, nurtures his slaves with spiritual favours which purify their hearts and bodies, as the Almighty said: It is He who has sent among the unlettered a Messenger from themselves reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom – although they were before in clear error – [Al-Jumu’a 2]
فلله الحمد والشكر على هذه.. وهذه، وهو المستحق للحمد وحده دون سواه كما قال سبحانه
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّـهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ – الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ – مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ
[Roughly translated:] Then to Allah belongs all praise and thankfulness over these (material favours) and these (spiritual favours). And He is worthy of praise alone, and no other deserves it. As the Almighty said: [All] praise is [due] to Allah, Lord of the worlds – The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful, Sovereign of the Day of Recompense. [Al-Faatiha 2-4]
After reading through and pondering over all of the above, I have just one question for you:
Doesn’t the Rabb deserve our respect the most? Isn’t His right the greatest that He be obeyed and worshipped alone?