The Holy Quran emphasizes on care of parents and to treat them with kindness when both of them or the only survivor reaches the old age and become feeble. The simple proof of this is, if you Google term ‘Affection to parents” the first ten websites are almost all related to Islamic teachings. The Holy Prophet of God and leader of Muslim Ummah Muhammad PBUH highlighted it again and again that parents are religious and moral obligation of children and they should treat them with courtesy and affection even if they ask them to change their religion or act in an unjustified way.
It is not about just parents, Saudi people are so concerned about their whole families and this thing fascinates me a lot. When you find a Saudi admitted in hospital, there would be a crowd of people for his company, not only his children or parents but his brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews and even friends. Unlike west people, here in Saudi Arabia consider it a matter of honor to raise their old ones at homes and if there is no family member available for taking care of them, they hire sitters on wages. Not only parents, Islam bounds Muslims to be courteous to their wives as well. Holy Prophet PBUH said “the best among you (men) are the ones who are best in treatment towards their wives”. The saying of custodian of Islam clearly shows the importance of a wife or woman in Islam. This is what actually is missing in western culture.
Not only this, visitors bring eatable and flowers for patients and share it with other guests as well. They don’t mind any formalities and try to comfort the patients at their maximum. They even invite hospital staff and nurses to join them and share chocolates, tea or coffee. When groups of women visit a patient, you can easily get amused by smell of their perfumes and can feel lovely feeling of their courtesy and kindness. . I must say Saudi is the most generous people I have ever met in my life.
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