Rights of non-Muslim parents, siblings and relatives

Reference: Fataawa Noor ‘alad-Darb – Question No.6444, Pages 273-274, Volume 12

Question: Allaah (‘Azza wa Jall) blessed me and my brothers to embrace the religion of Islaam; and [so] my question is: What are the rights of non-Muslim parents upon their Muslim children? And likewise [the rights of] their siblings and relatives – in terms of visiting them and spending on them and maintaining the ties [of kinship]; and when does spending on them become obligatory, and when is it recommended?

Response: That which is obligatory upon the Muslim child towards his [non-Muslim] parents is to honour them in worldly related matters, as Allaah (Tabaaraka wa Ta’aala) says:

{And We have enjoined upon man [care] for his parents. His mother carried him, [increasing her] in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years. Be grateful to Me and to your parents; to Me is the [final] destination. But if they endeavor to make you associate with Me that of which you have no knowledge, do not obey them but accompany them in [this] world with appropriate kindness…}, soorah Luqmaan, aayahs 14-15

So Allaah (Ta’aala) has commanded us to accompany non-Muslim parents in this world with kindness; so we spend on them and clothe them, and give them gifts; along with that, we also invite them to [embrace] Islaam, and perhaps Allaah will bless their hearts with [a yearning to] Islaam, until they embrace [Islaam].

And likewise is the case with [ties of] kinship, meaning relatives, i.e. those who are not Muslims. So there is kinship [between you and them], the ties of which must be maintained, and [likewise] these relatives are [also] to be invited to [embrace] Islaam, and perhaps Allaah will open their hearts to it.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

– from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee’ah in 2004.