RELATIONS OF KIN
22- THE RIGHT OF YOUR MOTHER
Then the right of your mother is that you should know that she carried
you where no one carries anyone, and she fed you with the fruit of her heart
-that which no one feeds anyone, and she protected you with her hearing and
sight, and her hands and legs, and her hair and skin and all her other organs.
She was highly delighted to do so. She was happy and eager, enduring the harm
and the pains, and the heaviness and the grief until the Mighty Hand expelled
you out of her and delivered you out to the earth. She did not care if she went
hungry as long as you ate, and if she was naked as long as you were clothed, and
if she was thirsty as long as you drank, and if she was in the sun as long as
you were in the shade, and if she was miserable as long as you were happy, and
if she was deprived of sleeping as long as you were resting. And her abdomen was
your abode, and her lap was your seat, and her breast was your supply of drink,
and her soul was your fort. She protected you from the heat and the cold of this
world. Then you should thank her for all that. You will not be able to show her
gratitude unless through God's help and His granting you success.
23- THE RIGHT OF THE FATHER
And the right of your father is that you should know that he is your root and
you are his branch. And without him, you would not be. Whenever you see anything
in yourself which pleases you, you should know that your father is the root of
its blessing upon you. So praise God and thank Him in recognition of that. And
there is no power but in God.
24- THE RIGHT OF THE CHILD
And the right of your child is that you should know that he is from
you and he will be ascribed to you in this world through both his good deeds and
his evil deeds. And you are responsible for what has been entrusted to you in
teaching him good conduct, and guiding him toward his Lord and helping him to
obey Him on your behalf and for himself. Then you will be rewarded for so doing,
and you will be punished.1 Then regarding his affairs, act like one
who will be proud of bringing him up in this world, and one who is excused by
His Lord for what is between you and him for taking good care of him, and the
good results you achieved. And there is no power but in God.
25- THE RIGHT OF THE BROTHER
And the right of your brother is that you should know that he is your
hand that you extend, and your back to whom you seek refuge, and your power upon
whom you rely, and your might with which you compete. Take him not as a weapon
with which to disobey God, nor as a means with which to violate God's rights.
And do not neglect to help him against his own self and support him against his
enemy, and intervene between him and his devils, and give him good counsel, and
associate with him for God's sake. Then if he obeys his Lord and is responsible
towards Him properly it is fine. Else God should be more preferable and more
honorable to you than he is.2
* By: IMAM SAJJAD
Ali ibn al-Hussein (May God Bless Him). Research and Translation by: Dr. Ali
Peiravi Ms. Lisa Zaynab Morgan
1. if you fail
2. in the other version it continues with: "And there is no power but in God."