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Is Mother's Day haram?

Blogged by: Kitty on Sunday, April 15, 2012  
Commentators: Anonymous Safiena, Anonymous Kitty, Anonymous Safiena, Anonymous 2centidea, Anonymous Kitty,
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I'm sure I'm not the first one to bring this topic up. But I feel it is worth mentioning it here again. The issue here is, is Mother's Day haram in Islam? Personally I don't think it is. But before we can put a finger on it, we ought to look at several things first.

First of all, we'll look at the origins of Mother's Day. It was a celebration to honour Rhea, wife of Cronus, mother of the various Olympian gods and goddesses in the Greek mythology. If you've seen films or read about Greek mythology, you'll know what I'm talking about. And the Romans, celebrated this day in honour of Cybele, a mother goddess. Then there's also the various events that claim to be the origin of Mother's Day.

Now, when we look at the Mother's Day celebrated today, it is more of a cultural festival instead of a religious or even spiritual celebration. People celebrate the day to honour and thank their mothers for their efforts in giving birth and raising the children. This festival is a recent phenomenon and does not necessarily tie up with the origin of Mother's Day.

As a Muslim, and even for non-Muslims, showing love and appreciation as well as honouring our mothers is something that should be done everyday and not just on a specific day. However, there is nothing wrong to show the extra care and love on a particular day. Moreover, isn't it a matter of our intention (niat)? Is it wrong then to give presents to our mothers out of our love for them? So to me, as long as we don't attach any religious connotation to our intention, I don't see why Muslims can not celebrate Mother's Day in our own way.

As to people jumping on the bandwagon and goes around claiming Mother's Day is haram, do come up with your fatwa and show me where it is written. Otherwise, don't go around putting labels on things you don't even know if it's true.

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What? I don't think it is HARAM.. What makes them think this is HARAM anyway? So many 'stupid issues' nowadays and they should not jump into a conclusion. Isk.. isk..

Beats me. Nowadays I see almost everything that is 'non-Islamic' being declared as haram; Valentine's Day, Father's Day, April Fool, etc. And now Mother's Day. Just wondering if these people actually know what they're talking about. :/

For instant, recently 'they' said wishing 'non-Islamic' Merry Christmas, Happy Deepavali etc. also HARAM. I was so surprised. Can you believe that? Oh my...

Anonymous 2centidea said on May 8, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I would say i agree and disagree. I agree when we celebrate mothers day and we
Pamper our mums with gifts and etc. But why wait until mothers day?
Shouldnt be kind to our mother every single day?. Thats why i disagree
Why we need to celebrate mothers day. The origin of the celebration
As we know is all about ancient greek god. So if the the origin iz
From a the things that we dont believe then why need to celebrate?
Theres no harm if we celebrate our mother everyday and put aside
The mothers day. Just my 2cent opinion.

I agree with you. We don't need to wait until Mother's Day to show our love and appreciation to our mothers. But sometimes we might want to choose one particular day to show them extra love. :)

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Is Mother's Day haram?

Blogged by: Kitty on Sunday, April 15, 2012  
Commentators: Anonymous Safiena, Anonymous Kitty, Anonymous Safiena, Anonymous 2centidea, Anonymous Kitty,
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I'm sure I'm not the first one to bring this topic up. But I feel it is worth mentioning it here again. The issue here is, is Mother's Day haram in Islam? Personally I don't think it is. But before we can put a finger on it, we ought to look at several things first.

First of all, we'll look at the origins of Mother's Day. It was a celebration to honour Rhea, wife of Cronus, mother of the various Olympian gods and goddesses in the Greek mythology. If you've seen films or read about Greek mythology, you'll know what I'm talking about. And the Romans, celebrated this day in honour of Cybele, a mother goddess. Then there's also the various events that claim to be the origin of Mother's Day.

Now, when we look at the Mother's Day celebrated today, it is more of a cultural festival instead of a religious or even spiritual celebration. People celebrate the day to honour and thank their mothers for their efforts in giving birth and raising the children. This festival is a recent phenomenon and does not necessarily tie up with the origin of Mother's Day.

As a Muslim, and even for non-Muslims, showing love and appreciation as well as honouring our mothers is something that should be done everyday and not just on a specific day. However, there is nothing wrong to show the extra care and love on a particular day. Moreover, isn't it a matter of our intention (niat)? Is it wrong then to give presents to our mothers out of our love for them? So to me, as long as we don't attach any religious connotation to our intention, I don't see why Muslims can not celebrate Mother's Day in our own way.

As to people jumping on the bandwagon and goes around claiming Mother's Day is haram, do come up with your fatwa and show me where it is written. Otherwise, don't go around putting labels on things you don't even know if it's true.

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What? I don't think it is HARAM.. What makes them think this is HARAM anyway? So many 'stupid issues' nowadays and they should not jump into a conclusion. Isk.. isk..

Beats me. Nowadays I see almost everything that is 'non-Islamic' being declared as haram; Valentine's Day, Father's Day, April Fool, etc. And now Mother's Day. Just wondering if these people actually know what they're talking about. :/

For instant, recently 'they' said wishing 'non-Islamic' Merry Christmas, Happy Deepavali etc. also HARAM. I was so surprised. Can you believe that? Oh my...

Anonymous 2centidea said on May 8, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I would say i agree and disagree. I agree when we celebrate mothers day and we
Pamper our mums with gifts and etc. But why wait until mothers day?
Shouldnt be kind to our mother every single day?. Thats why i disagree
Why we need to celebrate mothers day. The origin of the celebration
As we know is all about ancient greek god. So if the the origin iz
From a the things that we dont believe then why need to celebrate?
Theres no harm if we celebrate our mother everyday and put aside
The mothers day. Just my 2cent opinion.

I agree with you. We don't need to wait until Mother's Day to show our love and appreciation to our mothers. But sometimes we might want to choose one particular day to show them extra love. :)

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