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The History and Ruling on Mother's Day

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

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"This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion"

[al-Maa'idah 5:2]

Mothers deserve more than to be honoured on just one day of the year, rather mothers have rights over their children, who should look after them, take care of them and obey them, so long as that does not involve disobeying Allaah, at all times and in all places.

Fataawa Islamiyyah, 1/124; Majmoo' Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen, 2/301, 302

6. Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said, commenting on a similar topic:

From this the perfection of Islamic sharee'ah should be clear to you, and you should be able to understand some of the wisdom behind the commands of Allaah to His Messenger to be distinct from the kuffaar and to differ from them in all ways, so that being different will become a protection against falling into evil and into the same things as other people did. If a Muslim's wife or children ask him to do any of these things, he should remind them of the festivals that are prescribed in Islam and be generous to them on those occasions so that they will no longer look for other occasions. If they do not accept that, then there is no power and no strength except with Allaah. Whoever upsets his family for the sake of Allaah, Allaah will make him pleased and will make them pleased. Let the wise man beware of obeying women in such matters. In al-Saheehayn it was narrated that Usaamah ibn Zayd said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "I am not leaving behind any temptation that is more harmful to men than women." Most of the mischief caused to kings and states is because of obeying women. In Saheeh al-Bukhaari it is narrated that Abu Bakrah said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "No people will ever prosper who appoint a woman as their leader." And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to the Mothers of the Believers, when they double checked with him concerning the issue of instructing Abu Bakr to lead the people in prayer, "You are (like) the companions of Yoosuf," meaning that women's nature is to keep bothering the wise man with their questions. As he said in another hadeeth: "I have never seen anyone lacking in reasoning and religious commitment and more overwhelming to a wise man than any one of you."

Therefore Allaah reminded us of His blessing to Zaraiyya when He said (interpretation of the meaning):

One of the scholars said: A man should pray to Allaah and try his best to reform his wife. And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Whoever imitates a people is one of them."

Majmoo' al-Fataawa, 25/324-326

And Allaah knows best.

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