I ran into a stranger as she passed by, “Oh excuse me please” was my reply. She said, “Please excuse me too; I wasn’t watching for you.” We were very polite, this stranger and I. We went on our way and we said goodbye.
But at home a different story is told, How we treat our loved ones, young and old. Later that day, cooking the evening meal, My son stood beside me very still. When I turned, I nearly knocked him down. “Move out-of-the-way,” I said with a frown. He walked away, his little heart-broken. I didn’t realize how harshly I’d spoken.
While I lay awake in bed, a still small voice came to me and said, “While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use, but the family you love, you seem to abuse. Go and look on the kitchen floor, You’ll find some flowers there by the door. Those are the flowers he brought for you. He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue. He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise, you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes.
” By this time, I felt very small, And now my tears began to fall. I quietly went and knelt by his bed; “Wake up, little one, wake up,” I said. “Are these the flowers you picked for me?” He smiled, “I found them out by the tree. I picked them because they’re pretty like you. I knew you’d like them, especially the blue.”
I said, “Son, I’m very sorry for the way I acted today; I shouldn’t have yelled at you that way.” He said, “Oh, Mom, that’s okay. I love you anyway.” I said, “Son, I love you too, and I do like the flowers, especially the blue.”
“The Messenger of Allah (Sallahu Alaihee Wasallam) kissed Hasan bin A’lee and Al-Aqra’ bin Haabis sitting with him. So Al-Aqra’ said:
“Indeed I have 10 children and I have not kissed any of them.” So the Messenger of Allah[pbuh]looked at him and said:
“Whoever does not have mercy, would not be given any mercy.” [Hadith, narrated by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim.]
This hadith shows us that whoever does not have mercy towards young children, then he himself would be prevented from receiving any mercy. This is because the rewards and recompense of actions are based upon and will be the same as the type of action that is done. As comes in another Hadith: “Have mercy on those on the earth The One in the Heaven will have mercy on you.”
In our hectic lives and in trying to realise our materialistic ambitions let us not be oblivious to those who are truly near and dear to us.
To most people you are just a number to someone you may mean the world!
So…honestly, when LAST DID YOU KISS OR HUG your child???