Praise be to Allaah.
If you are teaching these children outside
of regular school and you do not have any authority over them with regard to
their grades or their passing or failing, then there is nothing wrong with
you teaching them in their homes and the gifts that they give you are also
permissible, whether they are in the form of food or other things.
But if you are teaching them in school, it
is not permissible for you to accept these gifts from their mothers, because
that comes under the heading of bribes.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy
on him) said:
It is not permissible for the teacher to
accept a gift from the student, because this comes under the general meaning
of the hadeeth narrated by Ahmad in al-Musnad: “Gifts to workers are
ghulool (wealth stolen from the war booty or the bayt al-maal of the
Muslims).” And because gifts create love, as it says in the hadeeth:
“Exchange gifts with one another, you will love one another.” And if the
teacher’s love for this student increases, there is the fear that she may
show favouritism. So the teacher has to refuse the gift and say: I cannot
End quote from Liqa’ al-Baab al-Maftooh,
The scholars of the Standing Committee were
I am a teacher in a school for eradicating
illiteracy. Halfway through the school year, when the results are done and
certificates are distributed, I receive a number of gifts which I accepted
after they insisted and threatened to become upset in some cases. What is
the ruling on that? Is it permissible for me to accept them? Is it is
regarded as a bribe?
They replied: Giving gifts to teachers in
regular schools – government schools or otherwise – comes under the heading
of bribes and it is not permissible to give them or accept them.
The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) forbade gifts to workers. It is narrated from him in a saheeh
hadeeth from Abu Humayd as-Saa‘idi (may Allah be pleased with him) that he
said: “Gifts to workers are ghulool (wealth stolen from the war booty or the
bayt al-maal of the Muslims).”. Narrated by Ahmad and others.
End quote from Fataawa al-Lajnah
See also the answer to questions no.
And Allah knows best.