The fifth commandment is more than a directive


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  • Abdulameer Chicago, IL
    April 30, 2014 11:59 a.m.

    Dr. Jasser is being disingenuous here. He cites the Koran to show how Islam promotes honoring one's parents. However, he deliberately does not cite those portions of the Koran which admonish Moslems NOT to honor their parents if their parents are not believing Moslems. For example, Koran 60.4 tells Moslems that Abraham is "an excellent example to follow" when he told his parents, "We have rejected you, and there has arisen between us and you enmity and hatred forever -- unless ye believe in God and Him alone." Elsewhere, Allah in the Koran (8:55 and 98:6) calls non-Moslems "the vilest of creatures" and the "lowest of animals" -- and that includes one's parents if one's parents are not Moslem believers.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 26, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    We all know people who honored their parents yet died young.

    This commandment only makes sense in the context of re-incarnation. If you honor parents you are given the opportunity to find an other set of parents (soon) so that you may live on the earth again.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    April 24, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    Any conscientious parent will deserve honor and respect by simply doing their duty - which is not simple, nor is it easy.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    April 24, 2014 8:23 a.m.

    We have been given life, which is reason enough to honor our parents. If they are "good" to us, that is a bonus. I was raised in a kind and loving home, so that was a bonus.

    Life, the opportunity to experience mortality, is a gift that few appreciate. There have been over 55,000,000 abortions in the United States since Roe v Wade. Those babies did not have the opportunity to draw a breath. If we live, we owe our parents. If our parents do their duty to raise us honorably, we have an additional debt.

    How many "children" have destroyed their lives by rebelling against parents? "That thy days may be long" is a promise IF we are obedient. Learning obedience is difficult for many, but it is the first law. Saul was told that obedience if more important than sacrifice.

    If we are obedient, first to our Creator, our Father in Heaven, and then to our parents, we will not make "stupid" mistakes. We will be spared from much of the suffering and trauma of life.

  • RFLASH Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    I love my mom and dad more than anything. I can truly say that God gave so much when He put me with them! i can honestly look back and say that I have had a wonderful life! I was happy and I always felt their love! I hope that I honor them as I should.

  • PLM Kaysville, UT
    April 20, 2014 4:10 p.m.

    I disagree that parents need to earn their children's honor. If a parent is decent, loving and provides for their children's needs, I think that children owe their parents a debt of gratitude and honor. I did the math and found that a parent is "on duty" for 175,200 hours from the birth of a child through age twenty. They are responsible for 20,900 meals, about 50,000 pieces of laundered clothing and accoutrements as well as moral, social, physical and emotional development. Recent studies show that it costs over $241,000 to raise a child in America at this time. I don't know of any other job that a person would undertake that carries that responsibility, cost and sacrifice without a paycheck, benefits or retirement.

    Perhaps Dr. Jasser's perspective speaks to his experience as a member of the Muslim community, especially when he mentions that a parent can have a child killed for dating or dressing improperly. I believe that in our Judeo-Christian culture, children need to honor their parents as directed by God in the Fifth Commandment without the parents having to do anything more to earn that respect.

  • chilly Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2014 12:35 p.m.

    "In some Muslim communities, tests as simple as choosing a mate, dating or clothing can be life or death where dishonor can legitimize horrific abuse and even murder — most often of women. While most Muslims do not subscribe to such toxic definitions of honor, until our Muslim communities address the pre-eminent, God-given rights of bodily autonomy, safety and freedom of conscience, neither the fifth nor any of the other commandments will be truly honored. If honor were a 12-step program, our communities are still in the first step of denial."

    I hope we all realize and appreciate the courage it takes for Dr. Jasser, a Muslim, to make that statement.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 20, 2014 12:08 p.m.


    As-salamu alaykum - Peace be upon you.