Hadith on Father: The Unrepayable Debt of a Child to His Father in Islam

📖Sahih Muslim 1510 a
Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: A son does not repay what he owes his father unless he buys him (the father) in case he is a slave and then emancipates him. In the narration transmitted by Ibn Abu Shaiba there is a slight change of words.

  • This hadith from Sahih Muslim highlights the immense debt that a child owes to their father in Islam. According to the hadith, no matter what a child does for their father, they can never truly repay him for all that he has done for them. The only way to even come close to repaying this debt is if the child buys his father’s freedom, in the case that the father is a slave, and then emancipates him. This hadith emphasizes the importance of honoring and respecting one’s parents, especially the father, in Islam and recognizing the debt that is owed to them.