A person’s duty towards his parents comes second only to his duty towards Allah. Allah says, [Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you shall render utmost kindness to your parents] (Al-Israa’ 17:23). So, it is incumbent on both the son and the daughter to be dutiful to their mother and take care of her needs.

Since Islam is a religion of balance, the children, irrespective of their gender, are supposed to strike a balance between their duties towards their parents and towards their families.

Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, president of the Fiqh Council of North America, states: It is the duty of both the son and daughter to take care of their parents when they are in need. They both should work out a schedule to take their turn to provide this service. The sons have more responsibility in this matter, because the daughter, if she is married, would be taking care of her husband’s family.

The son should counsel his wife and remind her that it is his duty to take care of his parents. They both should remember that they also will be old or sick one day and that they may also need their children to help them. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Take care of your parents, and your children will take care of you.” This is the way things go in this world. We all need one another. May Allah bless you all and keep you on the right path.