Narrated 'Abdullah: I asked the Prophet "Which deed is the dearest to God?" He replied, "To offer the prayers at their early stated fixed times." I asked, "What is the next (in goodness)?" He replied, "To be good and dutiful to your parents.” (Bukhari)
Fathers, grandpas, husbands… Father’s Day is a time to honor the men in our lives. Though Islam teaches us that we should honor, respect and show admiration for our parents each day—rather than just the one day of the year—you may want to do something extra special for him this Father’s Day. Wanna let the big guy know you care? Here are a few things you can do to celebrate the father in your life.
- Take an interest in his hobby. Your dad a golfer? Does he like to build things? Interested in international cuisine? Take the afternoon off and join you dad by taking part in his favorite pastimes.
- Treat him out to some fine dining. As the old saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Chances are your dear old dad isn’t about to turn down a delicious meal. Take him to a new restaurant he may be interested in trying (keep in mind: if he’s a casual diner, you might not want to take him to a black-tie only establishment. It’s Father’s Day and he’ll appreciate staying in his comfort zone).
- Don’t underestimate a thoughtful gift. A gift or gift card that reflects his interests and shows just how much you know your dad is guaranteed to put a smile on his face. Sure, fathers are notorious for being incredibly hard to shop for, but pay special attention to his interests; if you need help, get the advice of family and his friends.
- Just give him some undivided attention. Most of the time, dads just want to spend a little bit more time with their kids. Even if you’re just catching a movie, BBQing in the backyard, or grabbing a cappuccino together, it’s quality time with your father that may be rare to come by.
- Take a minute to be grateful. Too often we forget to thank our fathers for everything they provide us and how hard they work to give it to us. Just take a couple of minutes to tell your dad “Thank you” for all that he’s done and continues to do without complaint. It’ll make his day.