Celebrating Mother’s Day

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Question: What is the ruling regarding celebrating what is referred to as Mother’s Day?

Response: It is not permissible to celebrate [it].

The Muslims only have two ‘Eeds; [being] ‘Eed al-Fitr and ‘Eed al-Adhaa.

And each [of these] ‘Eed[s] comes after fulfilling a pillar from the [five] pillars of Islaam.

So ‘Eed al-Fitr [takes place] after fulfilling the pillar of fasting, [and] ‘Eed al-Adhaa [takes place] after fulfilling the pillar of Hajj.

[So there are] only these two ‘Eeds [for the Muslims], and no other ‘Eeds (celebrations) besides them; not for the mothers, and nor for the fathers, and nor…even [for] the Messenger [of Allaah], even [for] the Messenger [of Allaah]
there is no celebration of his birthday.

There is nothing legislated for [celebrating] the birthday of the Messenger ﷺ; this is an innovation!


[So] if there is no celebration of the birthday of the Messenger, then how can one celebrate the birthday of [any other] person? [Whether that is] the birthday of a walee, or the birthday of whomsoever they venerate, or the birthday of the president (leader), or the birthday of…[all of] this is not permissible!


Whoever wants to do good for his mother, then let him be dutiful to her.

Not by making an ‘Eed (celebration) for her; this ‘Eed does not benefit her.

If you want the reward [from Allaah], then be dutiful to your mother while she is alive, and after her death.


Translation originally published on 18 March, 2023

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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