The Most Rewarding Profession

Muhammed Ismail
– The Most Rewarding Profession –

Have you ever worked all day, every day and then some, all of this without pay? (No, I’m not speaking about being an intern in major organisation where you’re bullied and belittled into getting coffee and making copies)

Will you work 24/7 without monetary gain?

Yes, I must be off my rocker to think that anyone will ever do something like that. Everyone needs to have a life, to escape reality, to be themselves and most of all, to relax.

All of that is well and fine, except that there is a career that involves exactly that.

“The Domestic Executive”

This is just a politically correct way of describing a woman that is a… (Damn, I need a list here)

• Mother
• Wife
• Chef
• Gardener
• Maintenance Upkeep Manageress
• Social Specialist
• Physical Therapist
• Nurse
• Chauffeur
• Social Analyst
• Movie Critic
• Interior Designer
• Waiter
• Councillor
• Tutor
• Philosopher
• Dictator
• Accountant
• Event Planner

(… And more)

There is a reason that no matric classes nor university courses offer ‘Domestic Executive’ tuition. This is a profession that cannot be taught. A profession where payment is based on emotion and appreciation. A career that doesn’t stipulate sick days or annual leave.

Often, society looks down upon a woman who sets the world aside to care for her family. I, too, was once part of the rat-race that overlooked the fundamental value of having a Domestic Executive raise me and turn me into the man who I am.

What society doesn’t realise is that whilst we, as workaholics, chase the world, domestic executives take care of theirs.

There can never be a stipulated amount placed upon the love a mother feels for her flesh and blood.

Her job is never-ending and the best part is that she doesn’t mind.

This is a tribute to all the Domestic Executives out there simply telling them that they are appreciated and acknowledged.

The world will be a world without love if it wasn’t for you.

Thank you.

The Quran and Hadith on Mothers

The Quran

1. “We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents; in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth” (46:15).

2. Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: ‘My Lord! bestow on them Thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood’ “(17:23-24).

3“We have enjoined on man and woman kindness to parents; but if they (either of them) strive (to force) thee to join with Me anything of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not'” (29:8).

4“We have enjoined on man and woman (to be good) to his/her parents; show gratitude to Me and to thy parents; to Me is (thy final) Goal. If they (parents) strive to make thee join in worship with Me things of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not; yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration) and follow the way of those who turn to Me (in love)” (31:14-15).

The Hadith

1. The Prophet Muhammad said, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him: Your Heaven lies under the feet of your mother (Ahmad, Nasai).

2. A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? The Prophet said: Your mother. The man said, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man further asked, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man asked again, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: Then your father. (Bukhari, Muslim).

3. Abu Usaid Saidi said: We were once sitting with Rasulullah when a man from the tribe of Salmah came and said to him: O Messenger of Allah! do my parents have rights over me even after they have died? And Rasulullah said: Yes. You must pray to Allah to bless them with His Forgiveness and Mercy, fulfill the promises they made to anyone, and respect their relations and their friends (Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah).

4. Abdullah ibn Amr related that the Messenger of Allah said: The major sins are to believe that Allah has partners, to disobey one’s parents, to commit murder, and to bear false witness (Bukhari, Muslim).

5. It is narrated by Asma bint Abu Bakr that during the treaty of Hudaibiyah, her mother, who was then pagan, came to see her from Makkah. Asma informed the Messenger of Allah of her arrival and also that she needed help. He said: Be good to your mother (Bukhari, Muslim).


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