Again, the contemptuous and ugly face of shaitan is emerging in the face of Valentine’s Day! This only shows how much the present so-called ‘modern, progressive society’ has degenerated in human values! And, the present society – especially the youngsters – do not realise this! The celebrations of all the various ‘…… Day’ – Mother’s Day; Father’s Day; Teacher’s Day; Valentine’s Day; Labour Day, etc. – only seem to say to the people: “Well! During this time of busy days when we think only about ourselves, in making money and bettering our own lives, we have neglected our parents, teachers, our loved ones, all the year round! Come, at least one day in a year we think of them, and treat them with gifts, to make up for the rest of the 364 days’ negligence.” Well, I think no religion says that you can be indifferent & negligent to your parents, teachers, and loved ones all the year round; and think of them at least a day in a year. No! That would be authentic indication of declination of human values and superb morality, in society.
Islam categorically rejects any such segregated & isolated showing of love to anyone. In Islam, every day of the year is Mother’s Day & Father’s Day; every day of the year is Teacher’s Day; every day of the year is Lovers’ Day (love between husband & wife – Islam categorically rejects premarital relationship); every day of the year is Labour Day.
Indeed Islam advocates us to be kind and dutiful to our parents and deal with them in the best manner. Al-Quran says:
“And your Lord has commanded that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them ‘uff’ (a word of disrespect), nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour. And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: “My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small.” [17:23-24]
“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. But if they endeavor to make you associate with Me that of which you have no knowledge, do not obey them but accompany them in (this) world with appropriate kindness and follow the way of those who turn back to Me (in repentance). Then to Me will be your return, and I will inform you about what you used to do.” [Quran 31:14-15]
Regarding Lovers’ Day, Islam commands us to always love & care for our life partners; and indeed teaches a do‘a (invocation) in Al-Quran:
“And those who say, “Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us an example for the righteous.” [25:74]
And there are many Hadith (saying of Prophet Muhammad) narrating how the husband & wife should respect & love each other.
Regarding Teacher’s Day, Muslims are told to do‘a after every prayer of the day thus:
“O Allah, pardon me, and my parents and my teachers ……”
Regarding Labour Day, every day of the year is Labour Day; because the Hadith says that “the wages of workers must be paid to them even before the sweat (that forms in performing their work) dries up”; thereby honouring them daily for the splendid work that they have completed.
Thus in Islam, mothers, fathers, teachers, labourers, loved ones, are to be loved; honoured; and cared for, every day of the year – not just remembered once a year. For Muslims, every day of the year is Mother’s Day; Father’s Day; Teacher’s Day; Valentine’s Day; Labour Day.
Celebrating Mother’s Day; Father’s Day; Teacher’s Day; Valentine’s Day; Labour Day just one day in a year, only shows people your self-centred indifferent attitude to your kith & kin, neglecting them totally the whole year except one day.
My caution: If non-Muslims still want to celebrate all those ‘…… Days’ revealing their self-centred, indifferent, human values, they may do so; (but of course, we Muslims feel sorry for them). But, don’t try to corrupt the Muslims by your calls & criticisms, to make Muslims descend to your level. We have got our guidance for life – Al-Quran & Hadith. Muslims adhere to these completely, except for a minute percentage of ignorant, orientalist-minded Muslims. We can never be part of you in this game.