When the mother of Maryam found out she was going to have a child, due to her gratitude to Allah vowed she would dedicate her child to the service of Allah. And even when she gave birth to a girl and not a boy as she had expected she still did not despair, her daughter was taken in by the pious people and grew up to be one of the best women to walk this earth. Her mother had ensured that she had a righteous upbringing from even before she was born. Her mothers dua and worship helped ensure that Maryam (as) would grow up to be a rightous women worshipping Allah.
The mother of imam Bukhari had to raise her son as a single parent as her husband passed away early in his childhood. While imam Bukhari was still young he lost his eyesight. His mother did not lose hope in Allah and made constant dua day and night. Due to her worship, miraculously his eyesight was restored. He then grew up to collect and write the most authentic book of hadiths which is still used today. Had his eyesight not been restored it would have made it much more difficult if not impossible for him to complete the sahih al-Bukhari.
While reflecting on this I realised something very important. Not only is it important for the parents to raise the child in a good and righteous manner but also that making dua for their child and the parent being rightous can have a major impact on their lives. We can see just how big of an impact the duas of their mothers had. We should pray with conviction, expecting Allah to answer our dua and we shouldn’t despair if our duas are not answered immediately, Allah always knows what is best for us.
The Prophet saw said: “The invocation of anyone of you is granted (by Allah) if he does not show impatience (by saying, “I invoked Allah but my request has not been granted”)” Narrated by Bukhari.