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Respecting the Elderly By Aminath Saruwa (10S)

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Respecting the Elderly By Aminath Saruwa (10S)
by Gloria Maria - Monday, 4 April 2016, 10:43 AM

In our efforts to strive towards a better age of technology and modernization, we are losing some of our important principles of foundation, including respecting the elderly.

Islam gives so much importance to respecting elders that it is equated with glorifying the Almighty Allah. It is said by the Holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) that, “He is not one of us who is not kind to our youngsters and shows no respect to elders.”  Be it your parents, grandparents or a stranger, they should be respected.

Disrespect is the denial of approval or recognition of another person. The elderly people are our mentors and guides who have a lot more experience in life than we do. Our duty is to respect their wisdom and learn from them. Prophet Mohammed once said, “Jibreel ordered me to give priority to the elderly.”

One thing I have learnt in life is to never chase anything, especially answers. If you have done someone wrong, it will come to you. This proves that our elders play a major role in our lives. All of us should have a high regard for all that they do for us. Greeting them, listening to them and talking to them politely are ways of respecting the elderly.

I remember the good old days, when we were kids, we used to greet all the elderly people we came across. However, in today’s world, people are so wrapped up in themselves that they have completely left out the senior citizens. We always see them, on our way to and back from school or when we go for evening walks. But how many of us remember to greet them? Or do we even remember that they are a part of our society?

Most of us have isolated our grandparents and other elderly people just because their thinking does not match with ours. Is it ethically correct for us to do this?

Respecting the elderly is a really good trait, and we all should develop this trait. Let us all decide to give the senior citizens the care, love and respect they truly deserve.

As Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said, “If a young man honors an elderly on account of his age, Allah appoints someone to honor him in his old age.”