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Your parents can hold the key to your happiness

An Imam once said he has observed that Muslims who are wealthy and happy are usually those who have good relationships with their parents. And the miserable Muslims (wealthy or poor) are usually those who have bad relationships with their parents.

Is it like that in your experience? In mine, I can say it is. I know many miserable people who have bad relationships with their parents. And I know many who love their parents and who are generally happy people.

The Quran has great advice for us regarding parents when Allah describes Yahya, son of prophet Zakaria (may Allah be pleased with them):
وَبَرًّا بِوَالِدَيْهِ وَلَمْ يَكُنْ جَبَّارًا عَصِيًّا
"He was conscientious and considerate towards his parents, and was neither domineering (toward them), nor rebellious."
Here is how you can apply this verse in your life: If you disagree with your parents over something, don't get angry, don't try to control them, and don't rebel against them.

For example if they want you to go to a university that you don't want to go to, help them understand your reason for not wanting it. If you cannot express it easily in dialogue, write them a letter. Express your love for them. They will likely try harder to understand you.