Abu Huraira reported that a person came to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said, “Who among the people is most deserving of a fine treatment from my hand?” He replied, “Your mother.” He again said, “Then who (is the next one)?” He said, “Again it is your mother (who deserves the best treatment from you).” He said, “Then who (is the next one)?” He (the Holy Prophet) said, “Again, it is your mother.” He (again) said, “Then who?” Thereupon he said, “Then it is your father.”
~Narrated in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim
“In the time of Prophet Muhammad, a man asked permission to go on a military expedition. The Prophet asked the man if he had a mother, and when he replied yes, Prophet Muhammad said, ‘Stay with her because Paradise lies beneath her feet.‘”
~ from Ahmad and Al-Nasai
“Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar saw a Yemeni man performing Tawaf (circumambulating the Ka’bah in Mecca) while carrying his mother on his back. This man said to Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar, ‘I am like a tame camel for her! I have carried her more than she carried me. Do you think I have paid her back, Oh Ibn ‘Umar?’ Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar replied, ‘No, not even [for] one contraction!'”
In the time since I first wrote this post, one year ago thereabout, some of the women I have chance upon have become or are in the process of becoming mothers themselves. We should be sure to cherish our mothers, especially if they are still alive, and we should be sure not to take them for granted in as much is humanly possible since we can never truly requite them for the hardships they endure to raise us. And for those of us who have lost our mothers, we should always be sure pray for God’s mercy on their behalf, even if they were non-Muslims. Allah is indeed the Most Merciful.