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Should Religious People Send Their Elderly to a Home Essay

  • Submitted by: KOALABIGSHOE
  • on November 19, 2013
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 467 words

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Religious Families should never send their elderly to a care home, Agree or Disagree

I believe in Islam and most religions agree that caring for the elderly is a duty to yourself and to god as those elderly be they a parent grandparent or mother in law have cared for you or your partner and it’s only fair that you return the favour. For example Mohammed said that “Janna lies at the feet of your mother and father”. This means that being respectful and caring for your parents is key to getting into heaven. However the elderly can be seen as burdens rather than blessings. Sometimes we are quick to forget the sacrifices our parents made for us when they are in need of care themselves.

Instead of taking them into our homes some people make the callous decision put them in retirement communities or nursing homes, sometimes against their will. Which in my opinion is morally wrong as the bible says "Honour your father and mother"—which is the first commandment with a promise—"that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth" Ephesians 6:2-3. Which means Caring over your parents is a commandment and not completing this commandment is a sin that can also lead to hell.

On the other hand for some people it’s not economically feasible to care for an elderly parent so it’s almost a last resort to put them in a home, It’s also possible that some people have special needs that cannot be met as the carers are not qualified to cater to their parents specific disability.
However I think that if the shoe was on the other foot my mother would drop everything to ensure I was safe healthy and happy. This is echoed in the Quran as it states
“Your Lord has commanded that you worship   none but Him, and that you be kind to your parents. If one of them or both of them reach old age with you, do not say to them a word of disrespect, or scold them, but say a generous word to them. And act humbly to them in mercy, and say, ‘My Lord, have mercy on them,...

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