In today’s world we find that children are not giving the due respect
and love to the elders, we must understand that the elders are a source
of reflection for us and that is where wisdom can be acquired.
Remember one day we will all get old, what kind of treatment would we be
expecting from the young generations of our time.
Therefore, one who does not know the rights of Allah, the Messenger
(sallallahu alehi wassallam), the parents, the neighbours, the elderly
in Islam and so forth, then how could he possibly establish their
rights? How can he possibly be just?
Due to this reason, it is among the most significant of matters and most
emphasized obligations to be concerned with learning the rights (of
others). And that the Muslim be concerned about it (i.e. the rights),
and learning about it with the intent of performing actions according to
it and establish it in a perfect and complete manner.
It is a must likewise to perform it as an act of worship for Allah
alone, and seeking nearness to Him. Not that this learning is to merely
gain information, to increase in knowledge and have abundance of
knowledge and so forth. So this is not the objective behind knowledge;
rather, the only objective of knowledge is to act upon it.