In our life father in the person who always stands by us when we fall, he encourages us when we fail, and he supports us when the whole world is against us. We are branches of the root i.e. our father. Father’s Day is the day which we celebrate to say thanks to father, to honor the father, to tell him how important he is for us.
In catholic Europe, the fatherhood is celebrated date back to at least middle ages, on 19th march the feast day of Saint Jesus known as Nourisher of the Lord in Catholicism and ‘the Putative father of Jesus’ in southern European tradition.
This tradition was passed to Americas by the Spanish and the Portuguese. The Catholic church had supported the tradition of celebration of the Saint Jesus fatherhood from the last of 14th century or the start of 15th century on March19.
Until the 20th century, Father’s Day was not celebrated in the US.
For the very first time it was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church.
On June 19, 1910, a Father’s Day festivity was held at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington, by Sonora Smart Dodd. Her dad, the common war veteran William Jackson Smart, was a solitary parent who brought up his six kids there. She was likewise an individual from Old Centenary Presbyterian Church (presently Knox Presbyterian Church), where she initially proposed the thought.
In the wake of hearing a message about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, she revealed to her minister that fathers ought to have a comparative occasion to respect them. Although she at first proposed June 5, her dad’s birthday, the ministers did not have enough opportunity to set up their sermons, and the festival was conceded to the third Sunday in June. Several neighborhood pastors acknowledged the thought, and on June 19, 1910, the main Father’s Day, ‘sermons regarding fathers were introduced all through the city’.
In most of the countries including Pakistan Father’s Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June.
The essentialness of Father’s Day has been distinguished all through the world and today it is commended as a standout amongst the most significant occasions. This day is praised particularly to respect and recognize the commitment of the dads to the society at large.
Abu Huraira (R.A) reported: The Messenger of Allah, said:
“No child can compensate his father unless he finds him as a slave, buys him, and sets him free.” [Source: Sahih Muslim 2787, Grade: Sahih]
Such is the great honour a father deserves. Mothers play an important role in a child’s life, she bears the pain of pregnancy and give many sacrifices for their children. But Fathers are important because they are ordered by Allah to work hard to provide the physical, educational, psychological, and spiritual needs of a child. In every child’s life father is a pillar with the help of which he moves forward in his life. Father’s Day is the day when we tell them how important they are for us and how much we love them. Abu Ad-Darda R.A reported: The Prophet, said:
“The father is the middle of the gates of Paradise, so keep this gate or lose it.”
It’s our responsibility to honor our parents, to respect them and keep them happy. Father’s Day provide us with this great opportunity to make them feel special. This day helps to strengthen the bond between the father and the child.
Imam Sadiq said:
“Allah will not accept the prayers of one who looks at his parents with hatred, even if they have not performed their duties towards him.”