The Ayah: 'And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him'

Q 2: What is the meaning of the Statement of Allah (the meanings of which are translated as): And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour. And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: "My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was young." ?

A: Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) orders His servants to worship Him Alone and be dutiful to parents, especially when they reach old age, and forbids us to mistreat them. He also commands us to be obedient and lenient with them and offer Du`a' (supplication) for them for having been kind towards us. (Part No. 3; Page No. 168) In many Ayahs (Qur'anic verses), Allah (Glorified be He) equates His Rights with the rights of parents because of the great rights they have over us.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.