I was wondering if you could tell me if Muslims are allowed to celebrate holidays such as mother's and father's day.
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I was wondering if you could tell me if Muslims are allowed to celebrate
holidays such as mother's and father's day.
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Can one celebrate Mothers & Fathers day?
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After the rights due to Allah Subhanah, in Islam, the biggest rights in all mankind are due to our parents. Islam has made it obligatory for the believers to love, respect, and be humble, kind and polite to ones parents.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Bani Israel verses 23-24:Your Lord has enjoined the following: You should not worship anyone but Him Alone! Treat your parents with great kindness; if either or both of them attain old age, do not even say uff to them; nor rebuke them; but speak to them kind words. Treat them with humility and tenderness and pray, O our Lord, be merciful to them, just as they brought me up with kindness and affection in my childhood.
It is imperative and obligatory on every believer, who fears Allah and the Last Day, to treat and obey his parents in absolutely everything, except if they ask you to do something which is against the command of Allah and His Messenger (saws). Other than that, their word is basically a command for us! We are not allowed in any circumstance to groan, moan, growl, whimper or even say uff to them! We have to obey them in every respect, as long as their command is not against Allah and His Messenger (saws). We have been enjoined by Allah Subhanah to be kind to them, be patient with them, be merciful to them, be obedient to them, and treat them with the utmost respect. So much so, that this right and obligation is termed fard ain(absolutely obligatory for every individual) in Islam. And fard ain means, that no matter how old you are 10-20-50-90 as along as one or both of your parents are alive, you have to be obedient to them! No one can do this on your behalf you have the obligation to do it yourself! This is the high station and the elevated maqaam of parents in Islam.
The peoples or nations who treat their parents like a burden rather than a mercy from their Creator, are the ones who have needed to invent one day out of the whole year to honor their parents! By wishing them well on this one particular day, and maybe sending them a card of a gift, they wish to repay the innumerable favors their parents have done upon them.
In contrast to such people, Islam has guided the believers to honor and respect their parents, serve them, and pray for their well-being, every single moment of their lives!
A parable would be if a non-believer were to come and give a believer a miswaak and tell him to use it once in a year on a particular day! Why would a believer accept the disbelievers invitation when he knows that the Messenger of Allah (saws) has guided the believers to use the miswaak to cleanse their mouth at least five times a day, every day of the year, whenever they go for their prayers?
Besides, these are festivals of the pagans, and it does not behove a believer, who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day, to copy or celebrate their festivals.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4020 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar
The Prophet (saws) said: He who copies any people, is one of them.
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