A son’s tribute to his beloved parents

 Parents are the only people who stand by us throughout our life. They love us and nurture us. They equip us with knowledge and shape us into who we become. They make endless sacrifices for us. Sadly, as we grow up, we get caught up with the numerous engagements of life, and forget to appreciate them. We forget to tell them how much we love them and how much they mean to us. Parents are the only people who feel happier than us to see our dreams come true. Their blessing and constant support is what helps us touch the skies. Syed Tajamul Imran, a well-known student activist writes a heartfelt letter to his parents. He thanks them for their constant support and selfless love. He firmly believes that he couldn’t have achieved anything without their blessings.

Dear Beloved ABBU and AMMI,

With your prayers and by the grace of the Almighty, I am doing well. I feel a little proud while writing this letter to you since I am going to be completing my degree in Business Administration soon and Inshallah with good marks.

I know writing a letter in this age seems a little obsolete but, sometimes emotions are better conveyed through letters. I am technically considered an adult now but yet, at times, I fail to understand what qualifies me as an adult. The only thing that growing up has made me realise is how much you did for me- your sacrifices, your selflessness and your unending love. People say with time everything changes but nothing has changed your love for me. If anything, it only keeps on increasing with time.  .

Abu, you are my hero. You taught me how to overcome every hurdle life threw my way. You taught me how to face all odds and how to always be strong. 

Ammi, you have taught me the true meaning of love and being loved. Thank you for always listening to me. Thank you for wiping away my tears. Thanks for making me feel safe when I was at my most vulnerable. Thank you for always having my back.

I know when I left home two years ago, how you controlled your tears so that they wouldn’t deter me from my goals. I know how you hid the pain of separation behind your smile and encouraged me to pursue my dreams. I know how you sacrificed your comforts so that I would never have to sacrifice mine. How despite financial constrains you fulfilled my each and every wish. 

Today, I can clearly see the scars those long hours of work left on your hands. The toll it took on your health. The wrinkles your constant worry for me has caused on your faces. Your grey hairs and your worn out feet. I can clearly see the endless sacrifices you made for me. How can I ever repay you back? How can I ever thank you for your love and kindness?

I remember how you used to stay up nights just because I was not feeling well. I remember how you used to hold me in your arms all night. I still remember how when I got my first job, you went around, proudly distributing sweets. Abu, it took me 23 years to realise that beneath that strict demeanor lies a heart filled with immense love for me. It is only after 23 years that I realise that in you I have a best friend.

As I grew up, my needs changed but you understood them without me ever having to tell you. You bought me a laptop with the best configuration, got me the best mobile phone available in the market, had a bank account opened in my name and had it always overflowing with funds. You laughed when I laughed and cried when I cried. You removed the thrones that came my way and swept the dust that threatened to engulf me. Even though I complained when you pushed me to work harder, I now realise that if you hadn’t, I would never have realised my true potential. You taught me how to never give up. 

Even though I may be taller than you today, I can never stand as tall as you. I will never be able to love with the same selflessness as you do.  I will never be as humble and gentle as you. All I can do is thank the Almighty for giving me the honour of being your son. I know no words will be enough to thank you for your endless sacrifices but, today I would like to tell you that you mean the world to me. You are the reason that I am what I am. You are my light in darkness, my oasis in desert and my path to rightness. You are the sole reason people look up to me today.  Though I can never reciprocate your selflessness, I promise I will try to realise all your dreams. I promise to be there like you always were. I promise to be your support and strength in your old age. I promise to idolize you night and day. I promise to be the son you deserve to have. 

I love you Ammi and Abbu.

Your number-one fan.

Syed Tajamul Imran. 




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