Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ
Think about the generation immediately younger or older than you. What do you understand least about them — and what can you learn from them?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us AGE.
Where I live seeing someone older and younger than you is quite interesting and for some quite weird.
We have our special tradition and values to treat and manage AGE difference. In Asian culture, especially Indo-Pak culture, we stay dependent on our parents until we get married and even after that we don’t like taking decisions without their positive response and happiness. We value their suggestions and we are always afraid of their anger and sadness.
Mostly we live in joint family system, grandparents, aunt, uncles, and cousins all together until the house become really small for living. This is the major reason of getting separate houses. This family pattern teaches us a very unique way of living which is hardly seen in western culture.
How to listen and obey elders?
How to live in a joint family system?
How to share things with family?
How to tolerate anger?
How to stay friendly and happy?
How to keep secrets: P? hehehe
And so many things ….
Also, Islam taught us the perfect way of treating older and younger ages.
For Parents in Quran:
“… And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honor. And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: “My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small.” (17:23, 24)
For Elder’s in Hadith:
Imam Ali (AS) – Prophet Cousin and 4th Caliph maintained: “The advice of old-men is dearer than the bravery of young men.”
Anas (companion of Prophet) reports from the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W), as saying: “If a young man shows respect to an old-man on account of his old-age, Allah will create for him at his old-age someone who will show him respect, too.”
For Orphan Children:
Imam Ali son of Abu Talib (as) was always attentive to orphans especially to those of the martyrs. He used to visit them and sit, chat and play with them He used to take care of their education and training. He would strive to solve their difficulties and always offered them guidance and advice. He would bring them gifts and, if they were poor, he would respectfully provide their expenses.
Parents deities for Children in light of Quran:
Children have the right to be fed, clothed, and protected until they reach adulthood.
Children must have the respect, to enjoy love and affection from their parent.
Children have the right to be treated equally,in terms of financial gifts.
Generation to generation we are passing our Islamic and Traditional customs and practices, and though many things are modified and altered but still the root are old and same. Most of the people in my society including myself thinks that they have changed and modern values has taken away the old one but sooner or later in our lives we caught ourselves in doing the same old practice which our Parents and grandparents do. It’s in our blood, in our nature.
And i believe Old is Gold and every second turning us in gold.
Hi Afsheen, This is a lovely post. One of the great opportunities that blogging provides is getting to meet people from different parts of the world and learn something about where they live and their culture. Western culture used to have closer extended families than we do now. There are many reasons for its disintegration. The Bible also teaches some of the same principles you shared from your holy books about how to treat parents, husbands, wives, children, friends, widows, and orphans. You are very lucky to have your family so close. Most of my family live far away from where I live. Technology helps bridge the miles between visits.
Glad to see your message.
Well , i also thanks Allah for this blessing of Family and love. If you ever get some time do tell me your opinion why families in west are disintegrated now?
Very thoughtful post, your use of Quranic verses to prove your point made it that much better