I am submitting this question of mine to you as I am worried about my father (may Allah have mercy on him). My father died two years ago, and he had some shortcomings in his duty towards the Lord of the Worlds, as follows:
- He did not offer the prescribed prayers regularly. Sometimes he would pray, and sometimes he would not do so because of laziness, although he did not deny that it is obligatory.
- He rarely fasted in Ramadan, on the grounds that he was sick and had to take heart medicine, or that he was weak and unable to fast, but he used to smoke, and I think that he did not fast regularly because he found it too difficult to give up smoking.
- A long time ago, we had a grocery store, and as far as I know and as far as I remember, he did not give zakaah on the goods in the store. We were not well-off at all, and our business was not successful, and we sold the store after that.
- Sometimes he had enough money that he could have done Hajj, but he did not do Hajj. He always told me that he wished he could go for Hajj, but he was not able to do so, because he suffered from a lot of serious problems in his eyes, and he had to avoid crowds and keep out of the sun and avoid exhaustion. But after he died, some people volunteered to do Hajj on his behalf – I think three different people did that, and they were not his relatives.
I loved my father a great deal, and everyone who knew him loved him. Hence I hope that you can explain to me what I can do to honour my father. I love him and fear for him the punishment of the grave and the punishment of the Day of Resurrection.