A multitude of great Muslim scholars (in religion and science) were orphaned on their father’s side and became great humans who illuminated the world. Just to namedrop a few: Imam Al-AwzaÏ, Imam Al-Shafï, Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Imam Al-Bukhari, Imam Jalaluddin As-Siyuti. Not only have these scholars written great books, I mean books have been written about these people; and their mothers all had incredible roles in their upbringing.
Now let’s visit the teachings of the prophet in the regard of mothers:
Abu Hurayra said, “The Prophet was asked, ‘Messenger of Allah, to whom should I be dutiful?’ ‘Your mother,’ he replied. He was asked, ‘Then whom?’ ‘Your mother,’ he replied. He was asked, ‘Then whom?’ ‘Your mother,’ he replied. He was asked, ‘Then whom?’ He replied, ‘Your father.'”
Sahih Al-Albani, Book of Parents, Book 1, Hadith 5.
“O Messenger of Allah! I want to go out and fight (in Jihad) and I have come to ask your advice.” He said: “Do you have a mother?” He said: “Yes.” He said: “Then stay with her, for Paradise is beneath her feet.”
Sunan An-Nasa’i, The Book of Jihad, Vol. 1, Book 25, Hadith 3106.
Let’s see what the companions of the prophet said:
Ibn ‘Umar saw a Yamani man going around the House (the Kaaba) while carrying his mother on his back, saying, ‘I am your humble camel. If her mount is frightened, I am not frightened.’ Then he asked, ‘Ibn ‘Umar? Do you think that I have repaid her?’ He replied, ‘No, not even for a single groan (contraction).’
Sahih Al-Albani, Al-Adab Al-Mufrad, Repaying Parents, Book 1, Hadith 11.
The place of your own mother in Islam is only second to Allah. Do not forget this!