It’s May 11, 2014; the second Sunday in May, which most of us know as Mother’s Day. Despite the beauties and celebrations of this day, I want to know why it is that just one day has been devoted to our mothers, and later on to our fathers. I am one of those typical daughters who like to wake up in the morning hoping I can make my mom feel special by make the perfect breakfast for her, with a bouquet of flowers and a balloon that says “Happy Mother’s Day” on the side. Now that’s just about everything you need to give your mother to confirm that it is indeed her day. Although the feeling of putting a smile on our mothers’ faces first thing in the morning is remarkable, I believe our mothers are worth so much more, that they should be appreciated, cared for, and treated in a loving way on a regular basis.
Many of us have been raised in a culture where in our childhood classrooms, we would be asked to make Mother’s Day cards and draw pictures of hearts and flowers to add colour and character. While all that seemed to spark our creativity and allowed us to feel as though we were really doing something for our moms, I don’t think it was enough. Yes, children should be taught to love, appreciate, and embrace their mothers, but I’m hoping they do not get the idea that these emotions are meant to be expressed only on a single day. Our mothers should feel special every day; this is where the concept of “Mother’s Day is every day” rises from. From the moment we were inside our mothers’ womb, the blessings she provides us with are endless. Our mothers have fed us, taught us our mannerisms, played with us, supported and guided us through our successes and failures, captured our most cherished memories, and so much more. The blessings are endless. Our mothers are patient, caring, respectful, honourable, genuine, strong, and wise. Much of our wisdom about how to live and act in this world is taught by our mothers.
What I’m trying to say is that one day is not anywhere close to the amount of gratefulness and appreciation we owe to our mothers. There are so many ways that we can show how much we love them on a daily basis. Whether it be making breakfast, helping in the kitchen, running errands, these are all acts of appreciation – to give back to the one who raised us and nurtured us every step of the way. While these are acts of appreciation, there are simple words and emotions that can place a smile on our moms’ faces. Say good morning or give her a call, say thank you or hug her, each of these are a way of showing how much we appreciate our mothers on a daily basis.
Being a Muslim, I want to mention the importance of our mothers, or more generally, our parents in Islam. The Holy Qur’an says: “Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility and say, “My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.” [17:23-24] The importance of our parents, and our willingness to appreciate them and be kind to them has been emphasized in our Deen, thus it is our duty, to cherish our mothers and fathers on a daily basis. Do not take your parents for granted, and do what you can to be kind to them, respectful to them, and show them your honest and sincere love and care.
Mothers are to be loved and cherished each and every single day. Therefore, to all the mothers out there, thank you for everything you have done for your children and your spouses. Thank you for your care, your sympathy, your love, your strength, your patience, and your good nature that has helped bring many of us to where we are in life today.