Alhumdulillah, the religion of Islam has outlined a complete way of life whilst balancing the rights given to each individual.
These rights are distributed and balanced to create harmony between various people, whether it be family members, colleagues, friends, teachers, students etc.
On this point my respected Shaykh, Hadhrat Maulana Adam Sahib, mentioned one of his rights as a father over his children. He mentioned that when he would want his son, my Ustadh, Maulana Imran Sahib, to return home at a certain time or to complete a certain task then he would never command by saying ‘do this’ as this would be within his rights and require his son to abide; and failing to do so would make him sinful.
Instead he would request through words such as ‘can you…’ which, whilst not exercising his rights, conveys the message of what he wants.
Alhumdulillah, through informing us of his personal practice, Hadhrat has shown as that the rights in Islam are their as a guidance to ensure that the needs of individuals are not violated and that each person is aware of their rights and responsibilities. However, many a times it is more beneficial to forego your rights to display your love and affection to those you love and also saving them from an obligation which could have lead to the individual becoming sinful.
Alhumdulillah, if we consider our rights in this manner then it will create an atmosphere of love and affection with those close to us. At the same time each person will learn to do things for another not because they ‘have to’ bit rather because they ‘want to’
May Allah give us all the understanding to create an atmosphere of loge and affection within our homes and lives. Aameen.