Finding paradise through one’s mother

Originally published in The Washington Post


My gift on Mother’s Day is pretty standard: dinner and flowers. However, I’m reminded of what the prophet of Islam said: “Paradise lies at the feet of your mother.” Perhaps I can do more year-round rather than on just one day. Maybe I can help her with her daily chores. Maybe I can visit her more often so that she can enjoy time with her grandchildren. Maybe she can live with me and avoid living in a nursing home. Not only might this make my mother happy, but also it may be my ticket to the next life.

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