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Mother’s Day–A Historical Synopsis-I

Mother’s Day – A Historical Synopsis-I

The mother in Islam

Mother’s Day–A Historical Synopsis-I

Allaah The Almighty Says (what means):


· {Worship Allaah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed, Allaah does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful.} [Quran 4:36]
· {And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.} [Quran 17:23]

It was narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that he said, “A man came to the Messenger of Allaah and said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, who is most entitled to my best companionship?’ The Prophet said:‘Your mother.’ The man said, ‘Who comes next?’ The Prophet said:‘Your mother.’The man further asked, ‘Who comes next?’ The Prophet [again] said:‘Your mother.’The man asked [for the fourth time], ‘Who comes next?’ The Prophet replied:‘Your father.’”[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Al-Haafith Ibn Hajar said,

Mother’s Day–A Historical Synopsis-I

[Ibn Battaal said, “This means that one’s dutifulness to his mother should be three times his dutifulness to his father, due to the great difficulty that she alone suffers in pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, and then, she shares with the father in his upbringing. This is what the statement of Allaah The Almighty refers to (which means): {And We have enjoined upon man [care] for his parents. His mother carried him, [increasing her] in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years.} [Quran 31:14] Thus, both parents were made equal in that they should receive care [from their children], whereas the mother alone was favored with a greater share of this care by virtue of these three things.”

Al-Qurtubi said, “The point is that the mother deserves the greater portion of dutifulness from her child, and her right overrides that of the father in case giving preference to one of them over the other is required.”

‘Iyaadh said, “The majority of scholars are of the opinion that the mother is superior to the father when it comes to the child’s dutifulness. It is also said, as narrated on the authority of Maalik, that their share of dutifulness is equal. However, the correct opinion is the former.”] [End of quote from Fat-h Al-Baari]

Moreover, the pure and full of wisdom Sharee‘ah encourages Muslims to maintain kinship ties with even the polytheistic mother. In confirmation of this, it was narrated on the authority of Asmaa’ bint Abu Bakr that she said, “My mother, who was a polytheist, came to me during the lifetime of the Messenger of Allaah . I sought his opinion saying, ‘My mother has come to me wishing to receive kind treatment from me; shall I maintain kinship ties with her?’ The Prophet said: ‘Yes, maintain kinship ties with her.’” [Al-Bukhaari]

The mother in disbelieving countries

The state of the family, in general, and the mother, in particular, in the non-Islamic communities is deplorable. One can hardly find an integrated family there whose members maintain kinship ties with each other and have regular meetings in which they could assemble as a family. As one of those who has witnessed the condition in some countries of disbelief has related, you may find in the markets or streets a mother/father in the company of her/his daughter/son, but rarely would you see a complete family shopping or walking in the street together.

When the mother or father grows old, their children (those who try to act dutifully) hasten to put them in a retirement home. Some Muslims when visiting one of these homes asked ten old men and women about their ultimate wish; they all said that they simply wished to die. This is simply due to the oppression, grief and sorrow they suffer because of the bad state they had reached, as their children had abandoned them at a time when they were in dire need of them.

The Date of Mother’s Day in different countries

The time and manner in which Mother’s Day is celebrated differ from country to country. It is held on the second Sunday of February in Norway, on the second Sunday of October in Argentina, on the first day of spring in Lebanon, on the first Sunday of May in South Africa, and on the last Sunday of May in France, where they celebrate Family Day, in which the family members gather for dinner after which a cake is presented to the mother.

In Sweden, the holiday of Family Day is on the last Sunday of May, and several days prior to it, the Swedish Red Cross sells a lot of little plastic roses and distributes them to the stay-at-home mothers who are engaged in taking care of their children.

In Japan, like North America, the celebration is held on the second Sunday of May, in which pictures are drawn by children of 6-14 years of age and are presented in a traveling exhibit under the name “My Mother”, which, every four years, moves from one country to another

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The ruling on celebrating Mother’s Day and Family Day

The ruling on celebrating Mother’s Day and Family Day

 

The ruling on celebrating Mother’s Day and Family Day

An article was published by An-Nadwahnewspaper on 30/11/1384 A.H. entitledTakreem Al-Umm wa Takreem Al-Usrah(Honoring The Mother and The Family). The writer appreciated some aspects of the Western innovation of allocating one day during the year to mothers. He mentioned something that was overlooked by the people who introduced this day, namely, the children who have lost their mothers become sad when they see their friends celebrating their mothers. Hence, he suggested that the celebration should be done for the entire family and provided the justification that Islam did not ordain that day on the grounds that the Islamic Sharee‘ah (Islamic legislation) orders Muslims to honor their mothers and be good to them at all times. As such, there is no need to allocate one day during the year to mothers.

The writer was correct in providing that justification and mentioning the bad aspect that was overlooked by the people who introduced Mother’s Day. However, he did not mention that religious innovations counter the explicit texts that were narrated on the authority of the Messenger of Islam,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), nor did he mention the danger involved in imitating the polytheists and disbelievers. Therefore, I wrote this to draw the attention of the writer and other people to what is involved in the religious innovation of Mother’s Day, as well as the other religious innovations that have been brought up by the enemies of Islam and the people who are ignorant of Islam, thus, tarnishing Islam and causing people to stay away from it. Finally, this has brought confusion and disunity and only Allaah The Almighty knows how damaging and harmful they are.
 
It is proven from authentic Hadeeths (narrations) that the Messenger of Allaah,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), warned against religious innovations and imitating the enemies of Allaah, namely the Jews, Christians and other polytheists. He said: “Whoever introduces something new in this matter of ours (Islam) that is not part of it will have it rejected.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim] AnotherHadeeth states: “Whoever does anything that is not in accordance with this matter of ours (Islam) will have it rejected.” [Muslim] It means that the innovated matter will not be accepted from the innovator. The Messenger of Allaah,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), used to say in the Friday Khutbah (sermon): “The best of speech is the Book of Allaah and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad. The worst of matters are those which are newly-invented and every innovation (in religion) is an error.” [Muslim]
 
 sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), and his Companions. As such, Mother’s Day must not be celebrated and Muslims should be warned against celebrating it, for it is sufficient for them to adhere only to what is legislated by Allaah The Almighty and His Messenger,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ).
 
The writer mentioned that the Islamic Sharee‘ah urges people to honor and be dutiful to their mothers at all times. He is right. Muslims, thus, must be satisfied with what Allaah The Almighty legislated for them. They are required to be always good to their mothers, revere them, be kind to them and listen to them within the limits of Sharee‘ah. In addition, Muslims must be aware of the innovated matters that Allaah The Almighty warned them against and which lead them to resembling the enemies of Allaah The Almighty, following them and deeming as good whatever religious innovations they come up with. Muslims are required to be dutiful to, honor and maintain good relations with not only their mothers but also their fathers and kin. Allaah The Almighty forbids undutifulness and severance of kinship ties. He allocated special care and dutifulness to mothers because they provide their children with the utmost care and suffer more in pregnancy, breastfeeding and raising them.
 

Allaah The Almighty Says (what means):

 
·        {And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment.}[Quran 17:23]
 
·        {And We have enjoined upon man [care] for his parents. His mother carried him, [increasing her] in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years. Be grateful to Me and to your parents; to Me is the [final] destination.} [Quran 31:14]
·        {So would you perhaps, if you turned away, cause corruption on earth and sever your [ties of] relationship?} [Quran 47:22]
In an authentic Hadeeth (narration), the Messenger of Allaah,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said:“‘Shall I not tell you of the greatest of the grave major sins?’ They said, ‘Yes, O Messenger of Allaah.’ He said: ‘Associating partners with Allaah and being undutiful to one’s parents.’ He was reclining, but he sat up and said: ‘And false speech and false witness.’”
A man asked the Messenger of Allaah,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), saying, “‘O Messenger of Allaah, who among people is the most entitled to my good companionship?’ He said: ‘Your mother.’ The man asked, ‘Then who?’ He said: ‘Your mother.’ He asked,‘Then who?’ He said: ‘Your mother.’ He asked, ‘Then who?’ He said: ‘Your father then the closet of your kin.’
The Messenger of Allaah,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), also said that a person who severs kinship relations will not be admitted into Paradise.
In another authentic Hadeeth, the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “Whoever would like to have his provision increased for him and his life span extended for him, let him maintain kinship ties.”
These Hadeeths are enough to support our argument. When contemplated, they clearly indicate the obligation of honoring, respecting, and treating one’s parents and kinfolk with kindness. They also indicate the ugliness of being undutiful to one’s parents and severing kinship ties, for by doing so a person commits a grave major sin that will definitely bring the wrath of Allaah The Almighty upon himself and he will end up in Hell – may Allaah save us. This is graver than the tradition that was introduced by the West to honor mothers one day during the year and neglect them all other days, along with overlooking the rights of fathers and the rest of kin.
Sensible people realize the great corruption that arises from this custom, which also opposes the Sharee‘ah of Allaah The Almighty and violates the prohibitions of the Messenger of Allaah,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ).
The same applies to birthday celebrations, national and independence day celebrations, anniversaries commemorating ascension to the throne, and the like. In this regard, Muslims followed the enemies of Allaah The Almighty and overlooked the religious forbiddance of imitating them. There is a sound Hadeeth on the authority of the Messenger of Allaah,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), who said: ‘You will follow the ways of those who came before you step by step, to such an extent that if they were to enter a lizard’s hole, you would enter it too.’ They said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and Christians?’ He said: ‘Who else?’
Another version of this Hadeeth states: ‘My Ummah (nation) will follow the previous nations, hand span by hand span and cubit by cubit.’ They said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, do you mean the Persians and the Romans?’ He said: ‘Who else?’
The reality proves what was said by the most truthful one; the Messenger, sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ). The Muslim community — except those whom Allaah The Almighty — has willed, imitate the Jews, Christians, Magains and other disbelievers in their morals and deeds. This accentuated the alienation of Islam. Moreover, the practices, morals and lifestyle of the disbelievers became better in the eyes of many Muslims than what is enjoined by Islam.
Many Muslims have regrettably taken what is good as evil, acts of theSunnah (tradition) as religious innovations, and vice versa, out of ignorance and because they reject the noble morals and upright deeds urged by Islam. We supplicate Allaah The Almighty to help Muslims to understand their religion well, to reform their conditions, to guide their leaders and to help their scholars and writers to circulate the good aspects of Islam and warn against religious innovations that tarnish the image of Islam and cause people to avert from it. Allaah The Almighty is surely capable of doing so.
 
 

Mother’s Day-An Islam Perspective (in islam)

Mother’s Day-An Islam Perspective

The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said that his Ummah(nation) would imitate the previous nations from among the Jews, Christians and Persians. He did not say this, of course, by way of praising their deeds in so much as by way of dispraising and chastising those who do so.

It was narrated on the authority of Abu Sa‘eed  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “You will follow the ways of those who were before you, span by span, and cubit by cubit [i.e. so completely and literally] that if they should go into the hole of a lizard, you too would go there.” The Companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them asked, “O Messenger of Allaah! Do you mean the Jews and the Christians?” He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ),replied:“Who else?”[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
It was narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that he said that the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said:“The Hour will not be established until my Ummah imitates the deeds of the previous nations, span by span and cubit by cubit.” It was said, “O Messenger of Allaah! Do you mean by those [nations] the Persians and the Romans?” The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Who could it be other than them?” [Al-Bukhaari]
Indeed, the ignorant, heretical innovators and deviants of this Ummahhave followed the previous nations of the Jews, Christians and Persians in their beliefs, methods, morals and even appearance. It is of great importance to note how they follow and imitate them in the innovation of “Mother’s Day” or “Family Day”, which is a day invented by the Christians to allegedly honor the mother. It has become an exalted day, on which all usual affairs cease to function, and people maintain relations with their mothers, sending them gifts and loving messages. However, once it is over, everything returns to its old state of severing relations and undutifulness.
Why would Muslims need such an imitation, given that Allaah The Almighty has enjoined upon them to be dutiful to the mother, forbidden them from being undutiful to her and made the highest degree of Paradise a reward for that dutifulness to her.

Mother’s Day-An Islam Perspective

Definition of “‘Eed” (A Special Day of Celebration)
In the Arabic language, the word ‘Eed comes from the root ‘Awd, which means to recur. Ibn Taymiyyah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, “The word ‘Eed is a term given to the occasion of assembly which customarily recurs annually, monthly, weekly and so on.” [Iqtidhaa’ As-Siraat Al-Mustaqeem]
Ibn ‘Aabideen  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, “‘Eed was given this name because on it, Allaah The Almighty gives various kinds of favors that recur [in terms of goodness] upon His slaves every day, like breaking the fast after prevention from food, Sadaqat Al-Fitr (obligatory charity given after Ramadhaan), completing Hajj by performing the Ifaadhah Tawaaf (circumambulation) and the meat of the slaughtered sacrifices, and so on. Moreover, delight, pleasure, activity and refreshment are features of such days.” [Haashiyat Ibn ‘Aabideen]
How many `Eeds are there in Islam?
It is noteworthy that there are many festivals that the Muslims celebrate nowadays, like the Day of the Tree, Labor Day, the Day of Accession, birthdays, and so on, in addition to many other days, all of which spring from Jewish, Christian and polytheistic cultures. It should be noted here that these days have no basis in religion, since in Islam, there are only two occasions of annual celebration: ‘Eed Al-Adh’ha and ‘Eed Al-Fitr.
It has been narrated on the authority of Anas ibn Maalik  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that he said that during the days of Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islamic ignorance), people had two days as festivals every year on which they used to entertain themselves. When the Messenger of Allaah,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), came to Madeenah, he said: “You had two days [as yearly festivals] on which you used to play, and Allaah has given you instead another two [occasions] which are much better: ‘Eed Al-Fitr [breaking fast after the month of Ramadhaan] and ‘Eed Al-Adh’ha [the tenth of Thul-Hijjah, on which you slaughter a sacrifice].”[Abu Daawood and An-Nasaa’i, Al-Albaani – Saheeh]
The Sharee‘ah stance on Mother’s Day
 
Islam is not in need of what is innovated by others, whether it is Mother’s Day or anything else; it has its own laws which enjoin dutifulness to mothers. Muslims are in no need for the innovated celebration of Mother’s Day. Ibn Taymiyyah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him commented on a similar case saying:“Thus, it is clear to you how perfect this Sharee‘ah, with its true natural-disposition, is. The wisdom behind Allaah The Almighty ordaining for His Messenger  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) to do the opposite of whatever the disbelievers do in all affairs is that opposition is more likely to remove evil, and is farther from falling into the same mistakes which a lot of those people have fallen into.”
 
 
 
 

Mother’s Day–A Historical Synopsis- part 2

Mother’s Day: A Historical Synopsis

Mother’s Day–A Historical Synopsis- part 2

Mother’s Day–A Historical Synopsis- part 2
According to a researcher,“Some historians claim that the celebration of Mother’s Day was held first by the ancient Greeks during the celebrations of the spring festival. These celebrations were a gift to the Mother Goddess – Rhea – who was the wife of the Father God – Kronus.
 
In ancient Rome, there was a similar celebration for adoring or revering the Earth Mother, Cybele. These latter celebrations started in about 250 BC. The religious festivals of the Romans were called Hilaria, and were held from March 15 to 18.
 
Mothering Sunday in England
 
It resembled the present celebrations of Mother’s Day. It was called Mothering Sunday, or Refreshment Sunday, for it was held during the period of the great fasting (vernal equinox). It is said that the festivals held by the Romans to adore and revere the Roman Cybele were replaced by the Church with festivals to adore and revere Maryam (Mary), ay Allaah exalt her mention. Initially, this was done to encourage individuals to visit the church to which they belonged, as well as the mother church, carrying their offerings. In about 1600 CE, male and female youth of simple crafts, along with servants, started to visit their mothers on “Mothering Sundays”, carrying gifts and foodstuff.
 
In the United States
 
In the United States, the story was quite different:
 
Anna Jarvis (1864-1948) was the founder of the idea and prospect of making Mother’s Day a nationally recognized holiday in the United States. She never married, and was strongly attached to her mother. She was also a daughter of the monastery who studied in the Regular Andrew Sunday School of the church in Grafton, West Virginia.
Two years after the death of her mother, she embarked uponcongressmen and senators in an attempt to announce Mother’s Day as a nationally-recognized holiday in the country. Feeling that the children do not appreciate the efforts of their mothers during their lives, she hoped that this day would intensify the feelings of children for their mothers and fathers, and strengthen weakened and, sometimes, lost family ties.
 
The beginning
 
The church honored Miss Anna Jarvisin Grafton, West Virginia, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania on May 10th, 1908, thereby marking the beginning of the celebrations of Mother’s Day in the United States.
 
Carnations, particularly white ones, were her mother’s favorite flowers for they are symbolic of goodness, purity and tolerance – all characteristics of a mother’s love. Over time, the red carnation came to be a symbol of the mother’s being alive, and the white of her being dead.
 
Oklahoma, West Virginia, witnessed the first official announcement of Mother’s Day in the United States in 1910. By 1911, all the United States had recognized the celebration of Mother’s Day. By this time too, the celebrations had extended to Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, Latin America and Africa. On May 10th, 1913, the American Congress officially approved the announcement of celebrating Mother’s Day, and the first Sunday of May was chosen to celebrate it.
 
The Arab Mother’s Day
 
The idea of celebrating Mother’s Day among the Arabs began in Egypt at the hands of the brothers, Mustafa Ameen and ‘Ali Ameen, the founders of the press house of Akhbaar Al-Yawm. ‘Ali Ameen received a message from a mother in which she complained of her children’s harsh and rude treatment, and how she suffered from their ingratitude. Coincidently, another mother visited Mustafa Ameen in his office and related to him her story. She had lost her husband while her children were still young, and did not marry again; rather, she devoted herself to them, double-acting as the father and the mother simultaneously. She took care of her children with all her power until they graduated from university and got married; each of them had his independent life, and no longer visited her except at far intervals. In this respect, both Mustafa and ‘Ali Ameen wrote in their famous column, Fikrah, a proposal to fix a day for mothers as a reminder of their favors, referring to the fact that this is practiced by the West, and that Islam encourages people to care for the mother. Consequently, they received a lot of letters of encouragement. Some suggested assigning a whole week instead of only a day to the mother. Others rejected the idea under the pretext that caring for the mother should continue all year round and not only on one day. However, the majority of readers supported the idea of fixing one day, and chose March 21st to be Mother’s Day, which coincides with the vernal equinox (the first day of spring), in reference to its being a symbol of openness, purity and good feelings.
 
Egypt held the first celebration of Mother’s Day on March 21st 1956. Then, from Egypt the idea extended to other Arab countries.
 
Some suggested changing the name of “Mother’s Day” into “Family Day” so as to honor the father as well. However, this idea was not widely accepted, as people considered it to be an underestimation of the mother’s right, and the accusation was hurled that the advocates of this idea “believe it to be too much” for the mother to have a day of her own. Until now, this day is celebrated in Arab countries via different mass media, which depict ideal mothers who have led great lives of struggle for the sake of their children in all respects, and honor them.
 
Little wonder then to know that most of those who celebrate this day are Jews and Christians and those who imitate them, demonstrating it to be a kind of care for the mother and women in general. Moreover, in the Arab world, some Masonic clubs celebrate this day, such as the Rotary Club and the Lions Club.
 
Mother’s Day, i.e. March 21st, is the beginning of the year according to the Christian Copts, and the Persian New Year’s Day of the Kurds.

Mother’s Day–A Historical Synopsis- part 1

Mother’s Day: A Historical SynopsisMother’s Day–A Historical Synopsis- part 1

Mother’s Day–A Historical Synopsis- part 1

According to a researcher, “Some historians claim that the celebration of Mother’s Day was held first by the ancient Greeks during the celebrations of the spring festival. These celebrations were a gift to the Mother Goddess – Rhea – who was the wife of the Father God – Kronus.

In ancient Rome, there was a similar celebration for adoring or revering the Earth Mother, Cybele. These latter celebrations started in about 250 BC. The religious festivals of the Romans were called Hilaria, and were held from March 15 to 18.

Mothering Sunday in England

It resembled the present celebrations of Mother’s Day. It was called Mothering Sunday, or Refreshment Sunday, for it was held during the period of the great fasting (vernal equinox). It is said that the festivals held by the Romans to adore and revere the Roman Cybele were replaced by the Church with festivals to adore and revere Maryam (Mary), ay Allaah exalt her mention. Initially, this was done to encourage individuals to visit the church to which they belonged, as well as the mother church, carrying their offerings. In about 1600 CE, male and female youth of simple crafts, along with servants, started to visit their mothers on “Mothering Sundays”, carrying gifts and foodstuff.

In the United States

In the United States, the story was quite different:

Anna Jarvis (1864-1948) was the founder of the idea and prospect of making Mother’s Day a nationally recognized holiday in the United States. She never married, and was strongly attached to her mother. She was also a daughter of the monastery who studied in the Regular Andrew Sunday School of the church in Grafton, West Virginia.
Two years after the death of her mother, she embarked upon congressmen and senators in an attempt to announce Mother’s Day as a nationally-recognized holiday in the country. Feeling that the children do not appreciate the efforts of their mothers during their lives, she hoped that this day would intensify the feelings of children for their mothers and fathers, and strengthen weakened and, sometimes, lost family ties.

The beginning

The church honored Miss Anna Jarvisin Grafton, West Virginia, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania on May 10th, 1908, thereby marking the beginning of the celebrations of Mother’s Day in the United States.

Carnations, particularly white ones, were her mother’s favorite flowers for they are symbolic of goodness, purity and tolerance – all characteristics of a mother’s love. Over time, the red carnation came to be a symbol of the mother’s being alive, and the white of her being dead.

Oklahoma, West Virginia, witnessed the first official announcement of Mother’s Day in the United States in 1910. By 1911, all the United States had recognized the celebration of Mother’s Day. By this time too, the celebrations had extended to Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, Latin America and Africa. On May 10th, 1913, the American Congress officially approved the announcement of celebrating Mother’s Day, and the first Sunday of May was chosen to celebrate it.

The Arab Mother’s Day

The idea of celebrating Mother’s Day among the Arabs began in Egypt at the hands of the brothers, Mustafa Ameen and ‘Ali Ameen, the founders of the press house of Akhbaar Al-Yawm. ‘Ali Ameen received a message from a mother in which she complained of her children’s harsh and rude treatment, and how she suffered from their ingratitude. Coincidently, another mother visited Mustafa Ameen in his office and related to him her story. She had lost her husband while her children were still young, and did not marry again; rather, she devoted herself to them, double-acting as the father and the mother simultaneously. She took care of her children with all her power until they graduated from university and got married; each of them had his independent life, and no longer visited her except at far intervals. In this respect, both Mustafa and ‘Ali Ameen wrote in their famous column, Fikrah, a proposal to fix a day for mothers as a reminder of their favors, referring to the fact that this is practiced by the West, and that Islam encourages people to care for the mother. Consequently, they received a lot of letters of encouragement. Some suggested assigning a whole week instead of only a day to the mother. Others rejected the idea under the pretext that caring for the mother should continue all year round and not only on one day. However, the majority of readers supported the idea of fixing one day, and chose March 21st to be Mother’s Day, which coincides with the vernal equinox (the first day of spring), in reference to its being a symbol of openness, purity and good feelings.

Egypt held the first celebration of Mother’s Day on March 21st 1956. Then, from Egypt the idea extended to other Arab countries.

Some suggested changing the name of “Mother’s Day” into “Family Day” so as to honor the father as well. However, this idea was not widely accepted, as people considered it to be an underestimation of the mother’s right, and the accusation was hurled that the advocates of this idea “believe it to be too much” for the mother to have a day of her own. Until now, this day is celebrated in Arab countries via different mass media, which depict ideal mothers who have led great lives of struggle for the sake of their children in all respects, and honor them.

Little wonder then to know that most of those who celebrate this day are Jews and Christians and those who imitate them, demonstrating it to be a kind of care for the mother and women in general. Moreover, in the Arab world, some Masonic clubs celebrate this day, such as the Rotary Club and the Lions Club.

Mother’s Day, i.e. March 21st, is the beginning of the year according to the Christian Copts, and the Persian New Year’s Day of the Kurds.

 

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You can register with us for 7 days Free Trial. Please fill above registration form. Take classes 7 days free of cost and decide to continue with us or not. If you are not satisfied, You may leave us after 7 days without payment.

Teaching method


Online Quran teaching method Our online teaching system is very easy. You don't need to download / install any software. You just need to Add our skype Id QuranTeacher_11 in your skype. Talk to us what is flexible time for you to learn from us ? And come online every day on that fixed time. Our teacher will be online and waiting for student. Teacher will use Skype Screen Sharing option to show the screen to student in real time and Headphone, Mic. Teacher also uses some Drawing tools to explain each word and ayah to student. That' All.