Alhamdulillah I was listening to a lecture of Sh. Faraz Rabbani (may Allah ta’ala preserve him, increase him, and allow us to benefit from him. Ameen) the other day, from a Seekers Guidance course (which you should look into if you have not yet) and he made one point among many amazing points that really struck me. He mentioned essentially that each moment has its Right. That is, that as each moment comes upon us, regardless of what we would like to be doing in that moment it has a certain act that might be best for it.
I have found this to come up time and time again. For instance, I might be about to sit down to read some Qur’an and in that there is of course immense good, inshaAllah, but then if my mother were to call on me to ask for something then I should realize that at that moment it would be better for me to respond rather than make her wait on me, and then to sit down to read–plus this would allow for greater peace of mind in reading. This is due to the great weight Allah ta’ala places on respect and obeying one’s parents.
This reminds me of something we read in a text “On the Rights of Parents” by Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud al-Musawi al-Ya’qubi. He states, that according to the Maliki opinion, if one is praying a non-obligatory prayer his father taught him:
If a father calls upon his son, expecting an answer, the son should hasten to finish his prayer and exit from it. But he should quickly respond to his mother with a tasbih whenever she calls him and also quickly finish his prayer in the same manner. This is, of course, with the understanding the son’s parents are neither deaf nor blind; if that is the case, then he should abandon his prayer.
It’s written in poem form in Rajaz meter and translated by Sh. Hamza Yusuf.
Allah ta’ala alone knows best.
Any errors are only my own and I ask for your forgiveness and His.