Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan was asked:


What is the ruling on celebrating what is called Mother’s Day?


“It is not allowed to celebrate an Eid among the Muslims except the two eids: Eid ul-Fitr and Eidal-Adhaa. Each Eid is after performing a pillar from the pillars of Islam. Eid al-Fitr is after performing the pillar of fasting and Eid al-Adhaa after performing Hajj. There are only these two great Eids. There is not besides them any Eids. There is no mother’s day, father’s day, not even for the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). There is no Eid for the birth of the Prophet (ﷺ). It is not Legislated [to celebrate] for the birthday of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). This is an innovation. If a person does not celebrate the birthday of the Prophet (ﷺ), then how does he celebrate the birth of a person or guardian or the birth of those whom they venerate or the birthday of the president. This is not allowed. The one who wants to do good to his mother, he treats her well. He does not make an Eid for her. This Eid will not benefit her. If you want reward, then be good to your mother when she is alive and dead”


The Permanent Committee was asked:


On which day do Muslims celebrate Mother’s Day and is it true that it was a special day for Fatimah Al-Zahra’, the Prophet’s daughter (may Allah be pleased with her)?


“It is not permissible to celebrate what is called “Mother’s Day” or any other innovated celebration, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

Anyone who does an action which is not in accordance with this matter of ours (Islam) will have it rejected.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) did not celebrate Mother’s Day, and neither did any of his Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them) nor the Salaf (righteous predecessors). It is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion) performed in imitation of the Kafirs (disbelievers)

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions”.

End quote.

[Fatawa Lajnah ad-Daimah (3/86) excerpted from here]

Shaikh Bin Baz rahimahullah said:

“…There is no doubt that marking a specific day to celebrate the mother or family is an innovation that was not a practice of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) or his righteous Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet). Therefore, it is obligatory to abandon this practice and warn people against it; holding fast only to what Allah and His Messenger have ordained…”

End quote.

[Excerpted from here]

Shaikh Yahya Ibn Ali al-Hajoori hafidhuhallah said:

“From the rights of the mother upon her children is that they treat her good, and this is not found with the disbelievers at all. They establish for her a Mother’s Day once in the the year. Her child brings her some sweets and roses, and then he remains the whole year abandoning her in terms of obedience and concern…”

End quote.

[Hashdul-Adillah pg. 14]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan