any other views on this topic? do all children have a duty to support thier parents in old age, or is it according to ones means? is it a choice, or an obligation?
some children take it upon themselves to support their unemployed parents. they dont wait for thier parents to ask them for help. they just do the necessary as they deem fit. while other children wont even bother and thier parents have to beg them to get a penny out of them.
personally, i am greatful for all the things my folks did to raise me. i know i can never repay them. but they raised me to realise that i now have a duty towards them in thier old age. i wont eat in my own home, not knowing if they are going hungry. i make sure that with my limited means, i provide for them whatever i can. and i dont do it out of a sense of duty. i do it cos it feels good to know that i can now do stuff for my parents who supported me through school and university. the look of appreciation and pride i see in their eyes, is priceless.
my advise to any child is do whatever u can for your folks. dont wait for your other siblings or compare yourself to your other siblings and demand that they too must contribute. if u have the means, support your folks, and do it sincerely. what greater pleasure can there be, than to earn your parents and thus earn Allah swts favour.
"so surely with every difficulty there is relief. Surely with every difficulty there is relief. Surah 94. verses 5 and 6