The Value of Parents

A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was getting dinner ready, and he handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. After his mum dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said:

For cutting the grass: $5.00
For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00
For going to the store for you: .50
Babysitting my baby brother: .25
Taking out the garbage: $1.00
For getting a good report card: $5.00
For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00
Total owed: $14.75

Well, his mother looked at him standing there, the boy could see the memories flashing through her mind. She picked up the pen, turned over the paper he’d written on, and this is what she wrote:

For 9 months I carried you while you were growing inside me: No Charge.

For all the nights that I’ve sat up with you, doctored and prayed for you: No Charge.

For all the trying times, and all the tears that you’ve caused through the years: No Charge.

For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead: No Charge.

For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose: No Charge,

Son, When you add it up, the cost of my love is: No Charge.

When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked straight at his mother and said, “Mum, I sure do love you”.

And then he took the pen and in great big letters he wrote: “PAID IN FULL”

“Your Lord has decreed that you should worship nothing except Him, and (show) kindness to your parents, whether one or both of them attain old age (while they are) still with you, never say to them ‘Shame!’ nor scold either of them. Speak to them in a generous fashion. Protect them carefully and say: ‘My Lord, show them mercy, just as they cared for me as a little child.'”

[Surah 17:23-24].

Abu Huraira narrated; “A man came to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ said: Your mother. The man said, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ said: Then your mother. The man further asked, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ said: Then your mother. The man asked again, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: Then your father.”



  1. Cat said,

    February 26, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Absolutely beautiful!!! It bought tears to my eyes.

  2. starmomi said,

    February 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    This was just a forwarded email I received a while ago, but kept it because it really touched me.
    I know a lot of people don’t have the most ideal relationship with their parents, especially their mother, but the fact remains that if you have a mother, the least she has done for you is carried you for 9 months and given birth to you!
    There’s another story that came to mind where a man took his mother on the Haj pilgrimage and carried her on his back the whole way, and while performing all of the pilgrimage rites. He met a scholar and asked him if he had fulfilled his mother’s rights over him. The scholar replied by saying not even one of the labour pangs that his mother had gone through could compare to his paltry efforts.

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