Value your Mother

My mom only had one eye. I hated her… She was
such an embarrassment. She cooked for students and
teachers to support the family.
There was this one day during elementary school
where my mom came to say hello to me. I was so
How could she do this to me? I ignored her, threw her
a hateful look and ran out. The next day at school one
of my classmates said, ‘EEEE, your mom only has one
I wanted to bury myself. I also wanted my mom to
just disappear. I confronted her that day and said, ‘ If
you’re only gonna make me a laughing stock, why
don’t you just die?’
My mom did not respond… I didn’t even stop to think
for a second about what I had said, because I was full
of anger. I was oblivious to her feelings.
I wanted out of that house, and have nothing to do
with her. So I studied real hard, got a chance to go
abroad to study.
Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. I
had kids of my own. I was happy with my life, my kids
and the comforts. Then one day, my Mother came to
visit me. She hadn’t seen me in years and she didn’t
even meet her grandchildren.
When she stood by the door, my children laughed at
her, and I yelled at her for coming over uninvited. I
screamed at her, ‘How dare you come to my house
and scare my children!’ GET OUT OF HERE! NOW!!!’
And to this, my mother quietly answered, ‘Oh, I’m so
sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address,’ and she
disappeared out of sight.
One day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to
my house. So I lied to my wife that I was going on a
business trip. After the reunion, I went to the old
shack just out of curiosity.
My neighbors said that she died. I did not shed a
single tear. They handed me a letter that she had
wanted me to have.
‘My dearest son,
I think of you all the time. I’m sorry that I came to
your house and scared your children.
I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the
reunion. But I may not be able to even get out of bed
to see you. I’m sorry that I was a constant
embarrassment to you when you were growing up.
You see……..when you were very little, you got into
an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn’t
stand watching you having to grow up with one eye.
So I gave you mine.
I was so proud of my son who was seeing a whole
new world for me, in my place, with that eye.
With all my love to you,
Your mother.’


One thought on “Value your Mother

  1. Narrated by Abu Huraira
    A man came to Allah’s Apostle and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Who is more entitled to be
    treated with the best companionship by me?” The Prophet said, “Your mother.” The man
    said. “Who is next?” The Prophet said, “Your mother.” The man further said, “Who is
    next?” The Prophet said, “Your mother.” The man asked for the fourth time, “Who is
    next?” The Prophet said, “Your father.” Sahih Al-Bukhari

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