Mother’s Day from an Islamic Perspective

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

What is the Islamic stance on celebrating Mother’s Day; is there anything wrong in it according to Shari’ah?

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

First of all, it goes without saying that every committed Muslim is supposed to pay his parents, especially his mother, due respect. One should try to show dutifulness to one?s parents, even if they happened to be non-Muslims, let alone being Muslims. What Islam goes against is to imitate non-Muslims by marking a special occasion such as celebrating the Mother?s Day in a way that shows that mothers do not deserve due respect and care save on this very day. If we are going to make the whole year a Mother?s Day, then Islam welcomes celebrating the occasion with open arms.

Indeed, Muslim scholars have maintained various opinions regarding the issue. Here below we will attempt to furnish you with Juristic views as regard this issue:

First of all, Sheikh Faysal Mawlawi, deputy chairman of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, states:

Dutifulness to parents, especially the mother, and treating them kindly is an act of worship enjoined in both the Qur?an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Being dutiful to parents is not confined to a specific time. It is an obligation that should be observed every time, as all people commonly know.

Yet, the Mother?s Day, as it?s known nowadays is a Western habit. The Westerners specified a day and called it the Mother?s Day. On that day sons and daughters show gratefulness to their mothers and offer them presents. It has become part of important feasts in the West, whereas we Muslims have no other festivals except the Lesser and the Greater Bairams. Any other celebrations are deemed mere occasions or anniversaries; and this is applied to the Mother?s Day.

The Mother?s Day implies paying more attention and exerting more effort in expressing gratitude to mothers. So there is nothing wrong in that.

However, there are two reservations worth mentioning; first, considering the Mother?s Day a feast; second, confining the task of showing dutifulness to mothers to that specific day, giving implication that throughout the whole year, just only one day is for showing love to parents. If such two anomalous points are addressed, then there is nothing wrong in considering the Mother?s Day a chance to give more care to mothers.

Thus, we may take the Mother?s Day as a chance to lay more emphasis on our duty towards our mothers, as Islam enjoins us, because dutifulness to parents is a genuine Islamic teaching. But Muslims, in doing that, should never deviate from the Islamic teachings, they should do things in Islamic manners, not in Western manners. Hence, they would not be imitating the non-Islamic habits of the West.

Hence, viewed in juristic perspective, we can say that celebrating the Mother?s day is controversial among the contemporary scholars. While a group of them consider it haram (unlawful) as a kind of blind imitation of the Western non-Islamic habits, which have no benefit for Muslims, another group see it halal (lawful) on condition that showing gratitude and dutifulness to parents should not be confined to that day only.

Moreover, the well known erudite scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi states:

The Arab tend to blindly follow the Western in their celebration of the Mother?s Day, without trying to understand the wisdom behind inventing such an occasion.

When the European found that children do not deal properly towards their parents nor give them their due right, they resorted to specifying an annual occasion for children to remedy the situation. But in Islam, mothers are to be given due respect and love every time, not only one day a year. For example, when one goes out, he kisses one?s mother?s hand seeking her pleasure and blessing.

A Muslim must not allow any gap between him and his mother, he must offer her presents every time. This indicates that Muslims can dispense with such an occasion, the Mother?s Day. Unlike the case in the West, where it?s a vogue for some children to show indifference to their mothers? feelings, and, what?s more, it is so common to see some parents being dragged to infirmaries (as their kids have no time for them), dutifulness to parents in Islam, alongside with worshipping Allah, is a sacred duty.

In this concern, Almighty Allah says: (And We have commended unto man kindness toward parents. His mother beareth him with reluctance, and bringeth him forth with reluctance, and the bearing of him and the weaning of him is thirty months, till, when he attaineth full strength and reacheth forty years, he saith: My Lord! Arouse me that I may give thanks for the favor wherewith Thou hast favored me and my parents, and that I may do right acceptable unto Thee. And be gracious unto me In the matter of my seed. Lo! I have turned unto Thee repentant, and lo! I am of those who surrender (unto Thee).) (Al-Ahqaf 46: 15)

Reflecting on the aforementioned Qur?anic verse, we find it stressing both parents? right, but reviewing the following verses we find them paying special care to the mother and tackling the hardships she suffers in pregnancy, fosterage and rearing children.

In this verse, Almighty Allah informs man of the debt he owes his mother since he was a fetus, passing by the process of childbirth, infancy, childhood until he comes of age. A child normally forgets the hardship which his mother underwent during pregnancy. Hence Almighty Allah draws his attention to such hardships, laying emphasis on her great status in Islam.

Finally, Dr. `Abdul Fattah `Ashoor, professor of Qur?an Exegisis at Al-Azhar University, concludes:

Holding celebrations in honoring others and commemorating anniversaries are neither feasts nor Islamic. But one may seize any chance to express gratitude to those who deserve it. This is how we should consider the Mother?s Day. The mother has a special place in the Islamic culture, and all other civilized cultures. So it is something good to do anything to please her and show gratefulness to her.

So dedicating a day to showing good feelings towards parents, especially the mother, is by no means blameworthy as it does not contradict the Islamic teachings, nor can it be merely considered a form of joining the Western vogue of making celebrations. Conversely, it is a kind of devotion to Allah?s orders that we should be dutiful to our parents.

Source: www.islamonline.net

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Gaza massacre – Emergency Protests and Action Alert

Gaza Demonstration and Rally dates across the UK

The Last Prophet (sa) of Allah (swt) stated: ‘He who amongst you sees something abominable should modify it with the help of his hand; and if he has not strength enough to do that, then he should do it with his tongue; and if he has not strength enough to do even that, then he should (at least abhor it) from his heart; and that is the least of faith’ [Sahih Muslim]

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  • American supplied Israeli F-16s, bombing the 1.5m residents of Gaza
  • After five continuous days of bombardment death toll at nearly 500
    – many women and children
  • Thousands injured and tens of thousands homeless, refugees fleeing
    for their lives
  • Israeli jets bomb university and mosques
  • Israel recalling its reservists and mobilising troops for a ground
    invasion.
  • Gaza effectively a prison-like enclosure totally controlled and
    sealed off by Israel
  • 1.5 million inhabitants of Gaza denied access to basic foods and
    medicines by economic blockade.
  • Western governments and the UN have insidiously tried to equate
    the deaths of 17 Israelis since 2005 with the massacre of nearly
    500 in five days.
  • Extensive speculation that the Massacre is linked to the forthcoming
    Israeli elections.
  • Secret meeting between Israeli and Arab governments prior to Massacre
  • Egypt exacerbates suffering by closing it border with Gaza
  • Iran make empty rhetoric while doing nothing to defend the people
  • Syria calls for useless Arab Summit to justify inaction
  • Regional Muslim governments silent knowing that they face public
    backlash
  • Egyptian, Syrian and Iranian Government can defend people of Gaza

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Gaza Demonstration and Rally dates across the UK

Following is a list of dates, places with timings where demonstrations
against the Israeli raid on Gaza are scheduled.

Friday 2nd January 2009

  • BRISTOL
    5pm to 6pm. Centre, opposite
    the Hippodrome
  • LONDON
    2pm to 4pm. Outside the Egyptian
    Embassy, 26 South Street, London, W1K 1DW. Call for Egypt to
    open the border immediately.
  • MANCHESTER
    5pm to 7pm. Piccadilly Gardens. Demo
    and leafleting.

Saturday 3rd January 2009

  • BRADFORD
    1pm. Infirmary Fields, Bradford
    – March and City Centre rally
  • BRISTOL
    3pm to 4pm. Centre, opposite
    the Hippodrome.
  • DURHAM
    Assemble 10.45am for 11am start.
    Gaza protest march from Millennium Square (Gala Theatre) through Durham to Cathedral.
  • EDINBURGH
    12 Noon. Foot of the Mound, Princes Street.
  • EXETER
    12 Noon at Bedford Square, Exeter High Street Bring flowers and wear black if you can One minute vigils every half hour. Well have petitions, leaflets, banners etc. Join in with friends, relatives, EVERYONE!!
  • GLASGOW
    12 Noon. Outside Lloyds TSB St Vincent Street, then assemble for demo at Blytheswood Square at 2pm
  • HASTINGS
    3pm Vigil in Harold Place.
  • HULL
    11am. Queen Victoria Square.
  • LIVERPOOL
    12 Noon to 2pm St. Lukes Church – top of Bold Street.
  • LONDON (Major Rally) 12.30pm onwards. Demonstration
    and rally: Assemble at Parliament Square/Embankment, SW1. Nearest tube Westminster.
  • MANCHESTER
    Assemble: 12 noon on Cavendish St, All Saints Park on Oxford Rd. Manchester (further down from the BBC) March through city centre to Albert Square.
  • NEWCASTLE
    12 Noon to 2pm Greys Monument in Newcastle.
  • NORWICH12 Noon to 1pm, Outside St. Peter
    Mancroft Church in the Millennium Library Square
  • PORTSMOUTH11am. Guildhall Square. Organised
    by Portsmouth Network for a Just Settlement of the Arab-Israeli
    Conflict, and Portsmouth Stop the War Coalition.
  • SHEFFIELDAssemble at 12 Noon. Outside
    Sheffield Town Hall.
  • TUNBRIDGE WELLS12 Noon. Tunbridge Wells shopping
    precinct
  • YORK1pm. St. Sampsons Square in York.
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acts to ensure:

â?¢Â An immediate end to Israel’s military assault on Gaza

� An immediate end to the blockade and siege
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â?¢Â An end to Israel’s violations of international
law

� An end to Israeli occupation

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January 2009

Dear

As you know the people of Gaza are being bombarded by a devastating
onslaught from Israeli F16s, tanks and warships.

Nearly 400 people have been killed in three days and while we
deplore the firing of  rockets from Gaza into Israel this can in no
way justify the systematic slaughter being conducted by Israel  on
a captive unarmed civilian population.

This slaughter follows almost two years of blockade which has
prevented essential supplies of food, fuel and medicines from reaching
the Palestinian people in Gaza and causing untold suffering.

I believe that the people of Britain are horrified by the current
situation and would like to ask that you request  the Foreign Secretary,
David Miliband, to say exactly what measures the government is taking
to ensure an immediate end to the military attacks on Gaza and an immediate
end to the siege as the first step in ensuring that international law
is upheld in relation to the rights of the Palestinian people.

I would also like you to press the Foreign Secretary to take
steps to ensure that the favourable status of Israel in the EU, including
the EU trade agreement is removed immediately since it is a country
which is violating international law and I do not wish my taxes to
contribute to the economy of such a state.

Yours sincerely,

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Events – University of Manchester Islamic Society

Forthcoming events organised by your Islamic Society.

Monday 26 Nov 2007: Sahabah – A Forgotten Nation

A talk presented as part of Muslim Week 2007.

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Speaker: Othman Latif
Time: 26 Nov 2007 at 17:30
Venue: Roscoe Theatre A

Tuesday 27 Nov 2007: Trials & Tribulations

A talk presented as part of Muslim Week 2007.

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Speaker: Omar (Tate) Abdullah
Time: 27 Nov 2007 at 17:30
Venue: Roscoe Theatre B

Wednesday 28 Nov 2007: One Day Football Tournament (Brothers)

Presented as part of Muslim Week 2007.

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Time: 28 Nov 2007 at 13:00
Venue: Pitz – Power League, Ardwick

£20 per team. Limited spaces.
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Wednesday 28 Nov 2007: Bowling (Sisters)

Presented as part of Muslim Week 2007.

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Time: 28 Nov 2007 at 13:00
Venue: Meet at McDougall (UoM Couth Campus Prayer Room)

Thursday 29 Nov 2007: Who Are You?

A talk presented as part of Muslim Week 2007.

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Speaker: Ilyas Karmani
Time: 29 Nov 2007 at 17:30
Venue: Roscoe Theatre B

Friday 30 Nov 2007: Dinner – Time for Change

Presented as part of Muslim Week 2007.

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Including a talk and entertainment.

Speaker: Yusuf Chambers
Time: 30 Nov 2007, arrive at 17:30
Venue: Sanams Restaurant

Tickets cost £10 each. These can be purchased from any committee member, or by contacting us at:
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