What does Islam say about the treatment of mothers?
Mothers in Islam are honored and respected
In the Quran, Allah says:
"And We have enjoined on man [to be good] to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him and his weaning was over two years. Be thankful to Me and to your parents, unto Me is the final destination." (Quran 31:14)
"And We have enjoined upon man, to his parents, good treatment. His mother carried him with hardship and gave birth to him with hardship, and his gestation and weaning [period] is thirty months. [He grows] until, when he reaches maturity and reaches [the age of] forty years, he says, "My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to work righteousness of which You will approve and make righteous for me my offspring. Indeed, I have repented to You, and indeed, I am of the Muslims." (Quran 46:15)
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said to a man who came to him that the mother holds a higher status than even one’s father:
A man came to the Prophet and said: O Messenger of Allah! Who from amongst mankind warrants the best companionship from me? He replied: "Your mother." The man asked: Then who? So he replied: "Your mother." The man then asked: Then who? So the Prophet replied again: "Your mother." The man then asked: Then who? So he replied: "Then your father." (Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim)
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also said: 'Paradise lies at the feet of your mother' (Musnad Ahmad, Sunan An-Nasai, Sunan Ibn Majah)