Father's Day in Islamic Countries Date in the current year: April 21, 2016

Father's Day in Islamic Countries In some Islamic countries (Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Mauritania), Father's Day is celebrated on the 13th day of the month of Rajab. This date was chosen to honor Ali ibn Abi Talib, the cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad.

Ali was the son of Abu Talib, an uncle of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He was raised in Muhammad's household. When Muhammad received his divine revelation, Ali became the first young male to convert to Islam. In 623, he married Muhammad's daughter Fatimah. They had two sons together, Hasan and Hussein. Despite the existence of polygamy, Ali did not marry another woman while Fatimah was alive.

Ali is respected by both Sunni and Shia Muslims. According to Sunni tradition, he was the fourth and final of the Rashidun (rightly guided) Caliphs. Shias consider him to be the first Imam after Muhammad. All Muslims respect him for his honesty, belief, courage, knowledge, loyalty to Muhammad, and devotion to Islam. No wonder his birthday was designated as Father's Day in some Islamic countries. This day is also an occasion to celebrate manhood in general.

Interestingly, the birthday of Ali's wife Fatimah is celebrated as Mother's Day in Iran. It is possible that Father's Day in Islamic countries was inspired by it.

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