On Obedience to Parents

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

My parents have ordered me to cut ties with one of my relatives and prohibit me from practising certain elements of my religion. What should I do?

Cutting the ties of kinship is an act of disobedience and there can be no obedience to the creation if it constitutes disobedience to the Creator. Thus you cannot obey them in this or in anything which contravenes the Sacred Law. However, you can show wisdom in not openly displaying that you are going against their will and you must not be rude or aggressive towards them.