QUESTION: Every year, we celebrate a special day, which is known as Mothers Day, which is on the 21st of March; parties are held thereon by all of the people. Is this permissible Of prohibited, and should we celebrate it or not, and should we give presents?

RESPONSE: Alhamdullilah - the Praise is for Allaah and may his peace and blessing be upon the Messenger. Every festival, which contradicts the Islamic festivals, is a recent innovation, which was not known during the time of our righteous predecessors - the Salaafus - Saaliheen. It may have originated from non - Muslim, in which case, in addition to being an innovation, it would also be imitation of the enemies of Allaah, the Most Glorified, the Most High. The legislated festivals are well known to the Muslims; they are "Eidul - Fitr, Eidul - Adha and the weekly "Eid that is on every Jumuah (Friday).

There are no other festivals in Islaam besides these three. Every Eid - festival - innovated in addition to these is rejected from those who invented it and is invalid in the Law of Allaah, based upon the statement of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him). Aaisha (RA) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said: Whoever innovates in this matter of ours that which is not from it, will have it (his innovation in the religion) rejected. (Bukhari) Once this is clear, it is not permissible to innovate anything from the symbols of the true eids for such days. It is incumbent upon the Muslim to be proud of his religion, to be content with it, and to confine himself to the limits set by Allaah and His Messenger in this esteemed religion which Allaah the Most High has chosen for His true Worshippers.

You should neither add anything to it, nor subtract anything from it. It is also incumbent upon the Muslim not to be mindless, following every person who comes along; rather, he should mould his personality according to the Laws of Allaah, the Most Exalted, so that the can become a leader, riot a follower, and so that he becomes a good example, not one who follows the example of others. This is because the Law of Allaah is complete in every respect and from every angle. Allaah says: "This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you and chosen for you Islaam as your religion." (AIMaaidah [5]: 3)

Lastly, the mother has the right to be honoured on more than one day a year; indeed, the mother has the right to be cared for by her children, to be provided for, to be obeyed in all matters which do not entail disobedience to Allaah, the Most Exalted, the Majestic, at all times and in all places. Allaah says: "And we have enjoined upon man to be dutiful and good to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship, upon weakness and hardship and his weaning is in two years, give thanks to me and your parents. Unto me is the final destination." (Luqmaan [31]: 34)

Similarly, a person asked the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him): "Who has the most right to my good company?" He answered: You: mother!" the man asked: "And then who?" He said: "Your mother!" The man again asked: "And then who?" He again answered: "Your mother!" then the man asked yet again: "and then who?" The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) then said: Your father" (Bukhari) Likewise, a man came to Allaahs Messenger (peace and blessing be upon him) to seek permission to take part in Jihad. The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) asked him: "Are your parents alive?" He said: "Yes." So the Prophet told him: "Go and strive on their behalf." (Muslim)

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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