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Mothers: Worth more than silver and gold

By Lola Muhammad | Last updated: May 22, 2013 - 9:29:31 AM

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According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word “mother” is defined as a female parent, source, origin, something that is an extreme or ultimate example of its kind especially in terms of scale.

The word “mother” used as a transitive verb is defined as to produce, to give rise to, to give birth to, to care for or protect.  Women, more specifically, mothers deserve the utmost honor and respect. However, the significance behind this appears blemished in society’s eyes. Mothers play an important role in family life. They are the first teachers to their children and they are the cornerstone of family. Mothers hold the roles of doctor, nurse, cook, caretaker and many others in the family structure.  Not only are women the mothers of children but we are the mothers of civilization as well.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stated, “Mother is honored three times before father is honored once.” What does the word “honor” mean? American Heritage Dictionary defines “honor” as holding in respect, to confer distinction on, to show respect for. Every woman deserves respect. The way women are treated affects their physical wombs, along with their minds—which are also wombs. For there to be an improved future, the improvement of our women (mothers) has to be established.  The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught that “75 percent of his mission is with the female.” We, as women, have the responsibility of giving birth and furthering the world’s future in particular directions. Our wombs are replicas of the universe that the creator created himself out of. Allah has given us, women, the job to assist him in creating gods. The creation of people who are one with Allah (God) and that will use their greatness to uplift generations to come is heavily dependent on the woman. It is heavily dependent on mothers whose responsibility is to rear children in the path Allah has ordered. This is why women are more precious than silver and gold.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan teaches that men will exist on a low level as long as women are in a low condition.  This explains how important and valuable mothers are. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also said, “Heaven lies at the foot of mother.” To me, this means mothers have a key role in establishing heaven on earth. I further understood this statement as mothers being a gateway out of the wickedness of this world into the heavenly joy of the world to come. 

Mothers have an undeniable sacredness. Society has imposed just one day out of a year to acknowledge mothers. However, there should never be a day when we do not acknowledge our mothers. Even our dates of birth and each year afterward should be devoted to thanking and expressing gratitude to our mothers.   Minister Farrakhan has warned “whatever the condition of your mother you are not her judge.” Instead of judging our mothers, let us show our appreciation and appreciate their going through the pain of giving birth to us. Let us take heed to what The Most Honorable Minister Elijah Muhammad taught: “No nation can rise any higher than its women” and constantly uplift our women to further uplift our nation.

(This article was written by Sis Lola Muhammad. She attends Muhammad Mosque No. 27 in Los Angeles, CA)