After Allah Ta’ala and his Rasul (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam), there is no one who has more rights on us than our parents.
Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that a man came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and said: “I wish to participate in Jihad, but I cannot afford it.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) enquired if any of his parents were alive, to which he said: “Yes! My mother is alive”
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
“Show Allah how you serve her. If you do so (duly) you will be like a: Haji, a Mu’tamir (one doing ‘Umrah) and a Mujahid (One striving in Allah’s way).”
(Abu Ya’la, Hadith:2760, and Tabarani with good chains.-Targhib, vol.3, pg. 315 & Mukhtasar Ithaf, Hadith:5721)
The above Hadith proves that one who cares for his/her parents, will indeed receive the rewards of Haj, ‘Umrah and striving in Allah way.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,
By: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar