Ibn Abbas on Mothers: Good to mothers best deed to draw near to Allah

‘Ata’ ibn Yasar reported: A man came to Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, and he said, “I proposed to a woman and she refused to marry me. Another man proposed to her and she was happy to marry him. I became jealous and I killed her. Is there any repentance for me?” Ibn Abbas said, “Is your mother alive?” The man said no. Ibn Abbas said, “Repent to Allah Almighty and draw close to him in worship as much as you can.” I went to Ibn Abbas and I asked him, “Why did you ask if his mother was alive?” Ibn Abbas said, “Verily, I do not know of any deed better to bring one closer to Allah Almighty than goodness to one’s mother.”

Source: al-Adab al-Mufrad 4

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

عَنْ عَطَاءِ بْنِ يَسَارٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رضي الله عنه أَنَّهُ أَتَاهُ رَجُلٌ فَقَالَ‏ إِنِّي خَطَبْتُ امْرَأَةً فَأَبَتْ أَنْ تَنْكِحَنِي وَخَطَبَهَا غَيْرِي فَأَحَبَّتْ أَنْ تَنْكِحَهُ فَغِرْتُ عَلَيْهَا فَقَتَلْتُهَا فَهَلْ لِي مِنْ تَوْبَةٍ‏‏ قَالَ‏‏ أُمُّكَ حَيَّةٌ‏‏ قَالَ لاَ قَالَ‏‏ تُبْ إِلَى اللهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ وَتَقَرَّبْ إِلَيْهِ مَا اسْتَطَعْتَ‏‏ فَذَهَبْتُ فَسَأَلْتُ ابْنَ عَبَّاسٍ‏ لِمَ سَأَلْتَهُ عَنْ حَيَاةِ أُمِّهِ‏ فَقَالَ‏ إِنِّي لاَ أَعْلَمُ عَمَلاً أَقْرَبَ إِلَى اللهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ مِنْ بِرِّ الْوَالِدَةِ‏

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