BEING THE FAVORITE CHILD: TEN WAYS TO EARN YOUR PARENTíS LOVE AND AFFECTION
Itís hard work being the favorite child. I really hate that my brothers had to find out about it this way, but well, here we are. Although no oneís actually told me, and my parents treat us all the same, Iím almost positive Iíve been the favorite for at least four or five years now alhamdulillah.
Jokes aside, thereís nothing like having a great relationship with your parents. Itís definitely one of those ways that will help you enter into paradise. Itís such a big deal that in the Quran, Allah mentions being kind to your parents immediately after He commands us to worship none but Him. Allah says:
And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him and that you be kind to your parents. If one or both of them reach old age in your lifetime, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor be harsh with them, but address them in terms of honor. And lower to them the wing of humility through mercy. And say ďO my Lord, have mercy on them as they did on me when I was little.Ē (Quran 17:23-24)
The verses in the Quran about parents and parent/child relationships are too numerous to discuss in this short article. Suffice it to say that you should work really hard to get this aspect of your life straight as much as possible. We should obey our parents as long as itís not in disobedience to our Lord.