Aadaab when interacting with One’s Elders – Part 2

1. When addressing your father, you should not call him by his name, rather you should use a title of love and respect such as Abba etc.

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه أنه أبصر رجلين، فقال لأحدهما: ما هذا منك؟ فقال: أبي، فقال: لا تسمه باسمه، ولا تمش أمامه، ولا تجلس قبله  (الادب المفرد رقم 44)

It is reported regarding Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) that on one occasion he had seen two men. He asked one of the two men: “Who is this person?” He replied: “This is my father.” Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) then advised him regarding the rights of his father saying: “(When you address him), then do not call him by his name. (When you walk with him), you should not walk in front of him, (and when you both reach a gathering), then you should not sit before he sits.”


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