To our children.

“When a person dies, all his deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge (which he has left behind), or a righteous child who will pray for him.” (At Tirmidhi)

“Is there anything left from the goodness I owe my parents I should present to them after their death?”  He replied, “Yes, four things: 
1. Pray and ask forgiveness for them.  
2. Fulfil their pledges.  
3. Be kind to their friends.  
4. Maintain the ties of kinship that come from only their direction”. (Ahmad, Abu Dawood &ibn Majah)  

Thus, it is understood that the kindness and gratitude we are obliged to show our parents should be continued even after their death.  Prophet Muhammad also told us about a man raised to a very high station in Paradise.  The man was surprised and asked how he achieved such a noble position.  He was informed,

“Because your son prayed for your forgiveness”. (Ibn Majah)

After God, our parents deserve our gratitude and obedience. Teach them to be obidience to Allah, teach them to never leave shalah. Because when our time is up, our children are our only hope to jannah.

"Anak-anakku, jika waktuku habis dalam kehidupan ini, hanya kalianlah harapanku menuju surga Allah."

Itulah mengapa kita harus menjadi orangtua baik agar mengajarkan kebaikan untuk anak-anak. Dan harus menjadi orang tua sholeh agar mengajarkan kesholehan untuk anak-anak. 

Ajarkan mereka shalat 5 waktu tanpa terkecuali di semua keadaan, agar di setiap akhir shalatnya namamu disebut di setiap doa-doa mereka. Ajarkan mereka membaca AlQuran juga, agar setiap huruf yang mereka baca saat tilawah pahalanya juga mengalir untukmu karena dia tahu karena ilmumu. 

Makin dekat dia dengan dengan Tuhannya, makin banyak pahala mengalir kepadamu. Karena konsep hidupnya melihat contoh, karena jalan yang dia pilih belajar langsung dari teladan. 

Contoh itu orang tuanya. 

Teladan itu orang tuanya. 

Wallahu a'lam.

A collaboration writing with my good friend Reza Permana. 

Ina Madjidhan
Agustus 2017


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