Today (the 14th of March) marks mothers day in the UK. Every country has their own date for mothers day, it’s a day where we shower our mothers with gifts and love for all the amazing things they’ve done for us.
We know a lot of people will say “well, everyday should be mothers day!” and you know what? That’s absolutely true, considering all they’ve done for us our mothers deserve the world, but unfortunately we do get busy with life and often forget to give them the appreciation they deserve, that’s why mothers day is great- it’s a reminder to us that we should celebrate and honour our mothers everyday, as Allah holds them in such high regard.
A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? The Prophet said: Your mother. The man said, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man further asked, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man asked again, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your father. (Bukhari, Muslim).
Our mothers have sacrificed so much to bring us into this world; their bodies, their sleep, their time etc. This isn’t a negative, they sacrifice some of the things they love for something they value even more, so it’s no wonder Allah (SWT) tells us to love them and be good to them.
It was reported that a man once came to Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (RA), he told him that he had murdered someone due to jealousy, and asked if there way anyway to repent to Allah and be forgiven (it’s important to not that this isn’t related to the laws of the court of this world, this man was concerned about his afterlife). Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas asked him if his mother was alive. When he replied in the negative, ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (RA) said to him, ‘Repent to Allah sincerely and try to draw near him as much as possible [by obeying him].
Some of Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) students later asked him “why did you ask him if his mother is alive?’. He replied, ‘I do not know of any action [which will lead you closer to Allah] than being dutiful to your mother”. [Al Adabul Mufrad, Hadith: 4]
There is already an abundance of hadiths telling us that our mothers are super important but this one really sticks out as before even telling the man to seek repentance from Allah, he asks about his mother.
This is an important reminder for us all, that we always need to honour and love our mothers, not just on mothers day, but everyday. We should aim to regularly show them our appreciation, be it through gifts, actions such as cooking for them, or even through our words and letting them know we appreciate and love them.
To all the mothers reading this, happy mothers day and thank you for all that you do 💕