NO “DAY” FOR SOME MOTHERS
Mothers Day was so much fun for me. There were flowers, and a “matching” card, and lots of food, and lemon cake, and helpful things done around the house (that Mom couldn’t do) – but the festivities really began with a mesmerizing hour of the History Channel’s study of Sun Tzu’s Art of War — Son and I just drank that in and participated with some of our own ideas —
And that was followed by the highlight of the day: Son and I watched together most of the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes IV, V, and VI). That was my request, but it was answered by a genuinely interested Yes! Anyone who understands this knows what a gem of a son I have.
(Maybe Daughter would have joined us, but she lives across the country and has a son of her own to enjoy — which apparently she did, starting out her day with Mickey Mouse pancakes . . . well, he’s five years old. . .)
Well, today is the day after Sunday, I get back to routine, reading the news, including news of our fellow Christians. I often find stories of killings, burnings, kidnappings of those who had been to their churches on Sunday, in Muslim lands. I usually cringe, knowing this country chooses not to help, but I need to know what’s actually going on in the world.
Today, on this day after Mothers Day, I found jarring evidence of the contrast between the two cultures: one that used to be based on Christian principles, and the other based upon principles derived from the writings of Islam. Mothers in their world are not so honored as in the Christian world.
There is, by all accounts, a video that is going around the Muslim world “calling on Muslims to disregard Mother’s Day and denouncing it as a Christian festival.” It’s almost four minutes long, the speaker is Ustaz Azhar Idrus who says that Mothers Day is a Christian holiday that is linked to the “Mother of the Church, the Virgin Mary.”
Well, no, not quite. I think Mothers Day was first promoted by a Protestant lady just after the Civil War, but the connection to the Virgin Mary is not unacceptable.
So Muslims should not honor their mothers on Mothers Day.
Let us hear the words of the Ayatollah Khomeini:
“Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam.There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.” — Ayatollah Khomeini
(Perhaps celebrating Mothers Day is another “provocation” to Islam?)
(Or perhaps our happy celebration of Mothers Day could be a gentle testimony to the love that is taught by the Christian God and His words to love and to honor and to respect our mother, our father, and everyone who stands near us.)