Everyday I feel so fortunate to have parents who used to be youth activists back in their younger days. Even up till they started working, got married and have kids they still tried to squeeze in time to continue contributing to the community.
It helps a lot when I have to go back late for meetings and events, I just have to inform where I am and what time I’ll be reaching home. No scoldings whatsoever. Just “Can u buy for us *insert type of food or drinks here* on your way back?” Of course I try not to go back too late, after all, a lady is still a lady and her akhlak is still of huge importance. Alhamdulillah they don’t just understand because they are masyaAllah, wonderful parents, but they understand because they’ve been there, done that.
Because it breaks my heart everytime I hear friends complain about their parents who are not okay with them being youth activists. When their parents pass snide comments to them about them volunteering, or scold them so bad due to their good intentions of doin dakwah.. Worst is the “Buat ape la kau buang mase nak volunteer buat bende2 ni sume.. Bukan dapat apape pun…” (Translation: “Why would u want to waste your time volunteering and getting involved in these things? It’s not like you get anything in return..”)
The thought that comes to mind is that, “Makcik, at least your children are not clubbing & drinking away getting hangovers the next morning right?”
But I’m no parent and there’s only so much I can say. I pray that their hearts will soften for their children’s clean intentions insyaAllah.
And for mine to continue blessing me in this life’s journey.
Because dakwah or no dakwah, parents’ blessings are still number one on top of any good deeds we do. :)