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Every Day Is Mother’s Day

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This is one of the best representations of living in a haunted house out there, and the slow familial psychological poisoning that goes with it is perfectly painted. When Mantel was asked recently if she believes in ghosts, she said, “I know of ghosts…” and that’s how this book will make readers feel. There’s no doubt ghosts exist for this book, but how are they known? Why do they linger after death? What secrets do the Axons keep that cause the bad energy in their house to thrive, and what will happen after the baby comes?

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Well, isn’t it quite obvious that it’s because it is the mother who bore you in her womb for nine long months! The one who spent sleepless nights just to feed and keep you warm. The one who does so many sacrifices on your behalf. Isabel does have a job. She is a social worker and she will take over the case of Muriel Axon. Muriel and Evelyn had been persuaded that Muriel should go to a daycare centre. There is only space for her to go once a week and she does. She claims to enjoy it, even bringing home a badly made basket. But she has problems. The letters that are sent home with her are hidden or destroyed. She steals the tea money and, when the group go on a shopping outing, shoplifts. Most importantly, as we learn very early on, she becomes pregnant, though who is the father we do not know. From fairly early on, things point to a negative outcome – for Muriel and Evelyn, for Florence, for Colin and Isabel – but it is not clear how or, indeed, if things may just improve. Make them feel happy by listening to their advice or by buying gifts for them once in a while. Make them feel special.Well, the outcome is very nasty indeed, but in this universe, it seems like the only answer, and sort of fair, and that’s a universe well-constructed.Many will be disappointed that Mantel doesn’t present a palatable cosy thriller as she does in her historical books. The truth is, this book is much more successful, technically speaking. The intense use of character and language to force the reader to see the characters’ points of view and accept them, even when they are terrible people, is powerful creative glue. If you don't appreciate this, if you have lost your consciousness completely, it is because you are too busy with some rubbish that is happening in your head. That is the only reason anybody can miss all this. Something that is happening in your head is important because you think too much of yourself.

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Allah has commanded us to be good to our parents. Allah says in the Quran, “Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him and be good to parents.” (Surah Nisa 4:36) Widow Evelyn Axon is a psychic, or so she says. She lives with her adult but mentally impaired daughter Muriel in their big old house. She accepts they must obey the ghost that exists there, who leaves notes in rooms with instructions that often make Evelyn very uncomfortable. Muriel has a secret life, and punishes her mother by making out she’s less capable than she is, and is now pregnant. Evelyn is baffled as to how she managed it. Muriel’s social worker Isabel is having an affair with married man Colin, whose sister lives next door to the Axons. How can they help the weird pair of neighbours, and how can they save themselves from their own miserable lives? In Islam, there is no such thing as mother’s day or father’s day. In fact, Islam urges us to respect and care for our parents throughout our lifetime, instead of specifying certain days for it. Anna Jarvis herself spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar due to the massive commercialization of Mother’s day.Most of us are aware of the hadith in which Rasoolullah ﷺ was asked as to who is most deserving of one’s good company and he replied, “Your Mother”, not once but thrice. But why did Allah’s messenger mention “your mother” three times and the father only once?

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