Celebrating ‘Teacher's Day’
Fatwa No: 91911

  • Fatwa Date:10-5-2006 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 12, 1427
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I sent today a question but I didn't receive a confirmation e-mail so I'll send it again. I am a parent of a child at an Islamic school in the USA. I found out that every March the public schools celebrate a "Teacher appreciation week". The Islamic school does that also to appreciate the teachers. During this week, the students give teachers cards, roses and plants, small gifts. Is this kind of celebration allowed by the "Shareeah"? Please advice us what to do in our Islamic school.




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It seems that the school celebrates 'Teacher's Day' which is celebrated in March, if it is the matter then it is an innovation and the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Whoever introduces into this matter of ours [Islam] that which is not a part of it, it will be rejected." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

'Teacher's Day' is like 'New Year's Day', 'Mother's Day' and 'Tree's Day', these are the days glorified and celebrated by non-Muslims. Celebrating these days is just celebrating birthday, 'Nayroz' (Persian New Year's Day) and the others days which are not approved in Islam.

Therefore, exchanging gifts in this day is not allowed to avoid imitating non-Muslims.

However, honoring teachers at any time of the year other than this day without having link with 'Teacher's Day' is allowed.

Allaah Knows best.

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