RELIGION: ‘Is it permissible for Muslims to celebrate Valentine’s Day which has a pagan origin’?

RELIGION: ‘Is it permissible for Muslims to celebrate Valentine’s Day which has a pagan origin’?

People are debating all around the world If they should be a Part of the Valentine festival or not.Some of the Young boys and girl have started to Prepare for what they call the”V Day” while others are confused .

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Here are the articles that discussed why it is not permissible or it is permissible for Muslims to celebrate Valentine’s Day which has a Pagan origin.

- Sorry Valentine’s Day, Real Muslims Don’t Celebrate you, By Murtadha Gusau 

- Avoiding Valentine Day As A Muslim – Truth Of Valentine’s Day

- Valentine’s Day From an Islam Perspective

- Saudi Cleric Endorses Valentine’s Day as ‘Positive Event Not Linked to Religion’  

SAUDI ARABIA CELEBRATES VALENTINE DAY WITHOUT HICCUPS

 

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Now amplified through social media, yea on year,a heated debate on the place Valentine’s Day should or shouldn’t have within Muslim communities, with some even denouncing the celebration as literally pure evil.

opinion.premiumtimesng.com Sorry Valentine’s Day, Real Muslims Don’t Celebrate you, By Murtadha Gusau 

 

Image result for murtadha gusau picImam Murtadha Muhammas Gusau from Okene,  Kogi State, Nigeria Source: Premium Times

HARAM

Our religion is very clear and very straight forward, and no one has the right to question the teachings of Islam. Valentine’s Day is haram, no matter how much a person would like to sugar-coat or paint it, wallahi it will stay as haram.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

In The Name Of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad is His Servants and Messenger.

Respected Brothers and Sisters! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I see a lot of my brothers and sisters getting really prepared and excited to celebrate. I don’t understand why. Does any of you really know why you’re celebrating Valentines Day? Just like knowing why we celebrate Eid. There’s a very ugly truth behind this so called “Day of Love” that majority of Muslims have no clue about. When they are asked this questions, the usual response is “We are celebrating our love, and making our loved ones happy on this special occasion, it’s just something nice.”

First of all, if you’re married, you don’t need some Christian Saint’s birthday to celebrate your love and happiness, you have everyday of the year; then why Valentine’s Day? If you are trying to celebrate your happiness, give blessings to each other, thank Allah that you have the other person in your life, pray for him or her, teach each other something about Islam, appreciate each other and not just one day on the 14th, but EVERY DAY.

If you are not married, then you shouldn’t even be talking to girls/guys. Forget going as far as discussing WHY you shouldn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. Our religion is very clear and very straight forward, and no one has the right to question the teachings of Islam. Valentine’s Day is haram, no matter how much a person would like to sugar-coat or paint it, wallahi it will stay as haram.

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What is it AND where did it come from?

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Consider Valentine’s Day, a day that after dying out a well deserved death in most of Europe (but surviving in Britain and United States), has suddenly started to emerge across a good swath of Muslim countries and areas. Who was Valentine? Why is this day observed? Legends abound, as they do in all such cases, but this much is clear: Valentine’s Day began as a pagan ritual started by Romans in the 4th century BCE to honour the god Lupercus. The main attraction of this ritual was a lottery held to distribute young women to young men for “entertainment and pleasure” – until the next year’s lottery. Among other equally despicable practices associated with this day was the lashing of young women by two young men, clad only in a bit of goatskin and wielding goatskin thongs, who had been smeared with the blood of sacrificial goats and dogs. A lash of the “sacred” thongs by these “holy men” was believed to make them better able to bear children.

As usual, Christianity tried, without success, to stop the evil celebration of Lupercalia. It first replaced the lottery of the names of women with a lottery of the names of the saints. The idea was that during the following year the young men would emulate the life of the saint whose name they had drawn. (The idea that you can preserve the appearance of a popular evil and yet somehow turn it to serve the purpose of virtue, has survived. Look at all those people who are still trying, helplessly, to use the formats of popular television entertainments to promote good. They might learn something from this bit of history. It failed miserably). Christianity ended up doing in Rome, and elsewhere, as the Romans did. The only success it had was in changing the name from Lupercalia to St. Valentine’s Day. It was done in CE 496 by Pope Gelasius, in honour of some Saint Valentine. There are as many as 50 different Valentines in Christian legends. Two of them are more famous, although their lives and characters are also shrouded in mystery. According to one legend, and the one more in line with the true nature of this celebration, St. Valentine was a “lovers’” saint, who had himself fallen in love with his jailer’s daughter.

Due to serious troubles that accompanied such lottery, the French government banned the practice in 1776. In Italy, Austria, Hungry, and Germany also, the ritual vanished over the years. Earlier, it had been banned in England during the 17th century when the Puritans were strong.

However in 1660, Charles II revived it. From there it also reached the New World, where enterprising Yankees spotted a good means of making money. Esther A. Howland, who produced one of the first commercial American Valentine’s Day cards called – what else – valentines, in the 1840s, sold $5,000 worth – when $5,000 was a lot of money – the first year. The valentine industry has been booming ever since.

The history of Valentine’s Day serves as a powerful lesson for Muslims. St. Valentine became a Saint trying to resist free sex. Even though there was an attempt to Christianise it, today St. Valentine’s day is gone back to its roots. No one even knows that the Church even tried to ban the St. Valentine’s Day. Rather, most people think of romance, cupid and his arrow, which are vestiges of pagan Rome.

Pagan Origins of Valentine’s Day

The first information about this day is found in pre-Christian Rome, when pagans would celebrate the “Feast of the Wolf” on February 15, also known as the Feast of Lupercalius in honour of Februata Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage, and Pan, the Roman god of nature.

On this day, young women would place their names in an urn, from which boys would randomly draw to discover their sexual companion for the day, the year, and sometimes the rest of their lives. These partners exchanged gifts as a sign of affection, and often married.

The Christian Influence

When Christianity came onto the scene in Rome, it wanted to replace this feast with something more in line with its ethics and morality. A number of Christians decided to use February 14 for this purpose. This was when the Italian Bishop Valentine was executed by the Roman Emperor Claudius II for conducting secret marriages of military men in the year 270.

Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, so he outlawed marriage for young, single men, who made up his military. Valentine defied Claudius and performed marriages for young couples in secret. When his actions were revealed, Claudius put him to death. Another version of the story says that Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who helped Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

Valentine was arrested and sent to the prefect of Rome for this. He found that his attempts to make Valentine renounce his faith were useless, and so recommended he be beaten with clubs, and later beheaded. This took place on February 14, 270.

According to the Catholic encyclopaedia, there are at least three different Saint Valentines, all of whom are Christian martyrs on February 14. One of them is described as a priest from Rome (as mentioned above), another as bishop of Interamna (modern Terni), and the third from Africa.

It was in the year 496 that Pope Gelasius officially changed the February 15 Lupercalia festival to the February 14 St. Valentine’s Day to give a Christian meaning to a pagan festival. The holiday become popular in the United States in the 1800s during the Civil War.

As well, Pope Gelasius ordered a slight change in the lottery for young women that would take place during the pagan festival. Instead of the names of young women, the box would have the names of saints. Men and women were allowed to draw from the box, and the purpose of this was to copy the ways of the saint they had selected for the rest of the year.

Valentine’s Day Customs

A number of the customs connected to Valentine’s Day originate in the belief in England and France during the middle Ages, that on February 14, birds began to pair.

14th and 15th century French and English literatures make indirect references to the practice. Those who chose each other as husband and wife on Valentine’s Day, apparently called each other their Valentines.

In terms of the Valentine’s greeting, “Your Valentine”, which today you find on a number of Valentine’s Day cards, the above-mentioned Roman priest Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself.

While he was in prison awaiting execution, he apparently fell in love with a young girl who would visit him. Before he died, he allegedly wrote her a letter, signed, ‘From your Valentine,’ In terms of the virtually naked, arrow-shooting cupid character, which shoots people with its arrows to make them fall in love, this character is a vestige of Roman pagan times. Cupid was described as the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. You usually find Cupid’s picture on Valentine cards and other paraphernalia.

Islamic Perspective

We should avoid anything associated with immoral pagan practices. We do not need to honour or celebrate the death of a Christian “saint”. Islam does not encourage flirting or suggestions of romantic relationships before marriage. Love between families, friends and married people does not need to be celebrated on a day with such un-Islamic origins.

Question: In recent times, the celebration of the Valentine’s Day has spread, particularly among female students. It is a Christian celebration, and it is (manifested) with fully red costumes, clothing and shoes, and exchange of red roses. What is the ruling on the celebration of this holiday?

Answer: Celebrating the Valentine Day is not permissible because: first, it is an innovated holiday that has no basis in the Shari’ah. Second, it calls to love and passion. Third, it calls to keeping one’s heart busy with nonsensical matters, which contradict the guidance of the righteous predecessors – may Allah be pleased with them.

So it is not permissible that anything, from the signs of that holiday, takes place on that day, whether it relates to eating, drinking, clothing, giving gifts, or other than that. It is incumbent upon the Muslim to be proud of his/her religion and that he/she does not blindly follow every crier. May Allah the Exalted protect Muslims from every trial, apparent and hidden, and that He give them protection and guidance. Ameen.

Question: Some people celebrate Yawm al-Hubb (Valentine’s Day) on February 14 (the second month of the Christian Gregorian calendar) every year by exchanging red roses as gifts. They also dress up in red clothing, and congratulate one another (on this occasion). Some sweet shops produce special sweets – red in colour – and draw hearts upon them. Some shops advertise their goods, which are specially related to this day. What is the Islamic view (concerning the following): Celebrating this day? Buying from these shops on this day? Selling – by shop-owners who are not celebrating – the things which are used as gifts, to those who are celebrating?

Answer: The clear evidence from the Qur’an and Sunnah – and this is agreed upon by consensus (Ijmaa) of the early generations of the Muslim Ummah – indicates that there are only two Eids in Islam (days of celebration): Eid al-Fitr (after the fast of Ramadan) and Eid al-Adha (after the standing at Arafah for pilgrimage). Every other Eid – whether it is to do with a person, group, incident or any other occasion – is an innovated Eid. It is not permissible for the Muslim people to participate in it, approve of it, make any show of happiness on its occasion, or assist in it in any way – since this will be transgressing the bounds of Allah:

“… And whoever transgresses the bounds of Allah, he has wronged his own self.”[Surah at-Talaq: 1]

If we add to this fabricated Eid the fact that it is one of the Eids of the disbelievers, it is sin upon sin. This is because it is Tashabbuh (imitation) of the disbelievers, and a type of Muwalat (loyalty) to them. And Allah has prohibited the believers from imitation of them and having loyalty for them in His Mighty Book (Qur’an). It is also confirmed from the Prophet (Peace be upon him) that he said:

“Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” [Classed Sahih by Shaykh Al-Albani]

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Eid al-Hubb (the celebration of Valentine’s Day) comes under the category of what has been mentioned here, since it is one of the pagan Christian holidays. Hence it is not permissible for any Muslim, who believes in Allah and the Last Day, to participate in it, approve of it, or congratulate (anyone on that occasion). On the contrary, it is obligatory to abandon it and stay far away from it – in response to Allah and His Messenger, and to distance oneself from the anger of Allah and His punishment.

Additionally, it is forbidden for a Muslim to assist or help in this Valentine’s Day, or any other of the forbidden/illegal celebrations in any way whatsoever – whether by food or drink, selling or buying, production, gift-giving, correspondence, announcements, etc. All of these things are considered as co-operating in sin and transgression and disobedience of Allah and His Messenger. Allah, the Glorious and Most High, says:

“… And co-operate with one another in righteousness and piety, and do not co-operate in sin and transgression. And fear Allah! Verily Allah is severe in punishment.” [Surah al-Ma’idah: 2]

Likewise, it is obligatory for every Muslim to adhere strictly to the Qur’an and Sunnah in every situation – especially in times of temptations and corruption. It is incumbent that he/she understands, be aware and be cautioned from falling into the deviations of those whom Allah is angry with and those who are astray and the immoral people who have no fear of punishment – nor hope of reward – from Allah, and who give no attention at all to Islam.

It is necessary for the Muslim to flee to Allah, the Most High, seeking His Hidayah (Guidance) and Thabat (Firmness) upon the Path. Verily, there is no Guide except Allah and no One who can grant firmness except Him.

 

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Why do we Muslims do not celebrate Valentine’s day?

This question may be answered in several ways:

1. In Islam, the festivals are clearly defined and well established, and no additions or subtractions may be accepted. They are an essential part of our worship and there is no room for personal opinion. They have been prescribed for us by Allah and His Messenger (Peace be upon him). Imam Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“Festivals are part of the laws, clear way and religious ceremonies of which Allah says: ‘To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way.’ [Qur’an, 5:48] , and ‘For every nation We have ordained religious ceremonies which they must follow.’ [Qur’an, 22:67]”

Like the Qiblah, Prayer and Fasting. So there is no difference between joining them in their festival and joining them in their other rituals. Agreeing with the whole festival is agreeing with disbelief. Agreeing with some of their minor issues is the same as agreeing with them in some of the branches of disbelief.

Festivals are the most distinctive things by which religions are told apart, so whoever celebrates their festivals is agreeing with the most distinctive rituals of disbelief. Undoubtedly, going along with them in their festivals may, in some cases, lead to disbelief. Dabbling in these things, at the very least, is a sin. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) referred to the fact that every nation has its own festivals when he said:

“Every nation has its own Eid and this is our Eid.” [Al-Bukhari]

Because Valentine’s Day goes back to Roman, and not Islamic, times, this means that it is something which belongs exclusively to the Christians, and the Muslims have no share or part in it. If every nation has its own festivals, as the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “Every nation has its Eid…” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] – then this means that every nation should be distinguished by its festivals.

If the Christians have a festival and the Jews have a festival, which belongs exclusively to them, then no Muslim should join in with them, just as he does not share their religion or their direction of prayer.

2. Celebrating Valentine’s Day means resembling or imitating the pagan Romans, and then the Christian People of the Book, in their imitation of the Romans in something that was not part of their religion (Christianity). If it is not allowed to imitate the Christians in things that really are part of their religion – but not part of our religion – then how about things which they have innovated in their religion in imitation of idolaters?

Imitating non-Muslims in general – whether they are idolaters or People of the Book – is haram, whether that imitation is of their worship – which is the most serious form – or of their customs and behaviour. This is indicated by the Quran, Sunnah and Ijmaa’:

(i) From the Qur’an: Allah says:

“And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment.” [Qur’an, 3:105]

(ii) From the Sunnah: the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” [Abu Dawud]

Imam Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“This Hadith at the very least indicates that it is Haram to imitate them, although the apparent meaning implies that the one who imitates them is non-Muslim, as Allah says: ‘And if any amongst you takes them friends (and helpers), then surely, he is one of them.’” [Qur’an, 5:5]

(iii) With regard to Ijmaa’, Imam Ibn Taymiyyah narrated that there was agreement that it is haram to imitate non-Muslims in their festivals at the time of the Prophet’s Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, and Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim narrated that there was scholarly consensus (Ijmaa) on this point.

3. The love referred to in this festival ever since the Christians revived it is romantic love outside the framework of marriage. The result of that is the spread of fornication, adultery and immorality. Hence, the Christian clergy opposed it at some stage and abolished it, then it came back again.

Some people may wonder, and say: “You mean to deprive us of love, but in this day and age we express our feelings and emotions – what is so wrong with that?”

I say:

First: It is a mistake to confuse what they call the day with what the real intentions are behind it. The love referred to on this day is romantic love, taking mistresses and lovers, boyfriends and girlfriends. It is known to be a day of promiscuity and sex for them, with no restraints or restrictions. They are not talking of pure love between a man and his wife or a woman and her husband, or at least they do not distinguish between the legitimate love in the relationship between husband and wife, and the forbidden love of mistresses and lovers. This festival for them is a means for everyone to express love.

Second: Expression of feelings and emotions is not a justification for the Muslim to allocate a day for celebration based on his own thoughts and ideas, and to call it a festival, or make it like a festival or Eid. So how about when it is one of the festivals of the non-Muslims?

In Islam, a husband loves his wife throughout the year, and he expresses that love towards her with gifts, in verse and in prose, in letters and in other ways, throughout the years – not just on one day of the year.

Third: There is no religion which encourages its followers to love and care for one another more than Islam does. This applies at all times and in all circumstances, not just on one particular day. Indeed, Islam encourages us to express our emotions and love at all times, as the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“If a man loves his brother, let him tell him that he loves him.” [Abu Dawud]

And He (Peace be upon him) said:

“By the One in Whose hand is my soul, you will not enter Paradise until you truly believe, and you will not truly believe until you love one another. Shall I not tell you of something that, if you do it, you will love one another? Spread Salam amongst yourselves.” [Muslim]

Fourth: Love in Islam is more general and more comprehensive; it is not restricted only to one kind of love, that between a man and a woman. There are many more kinds of love. There is the love of Allah, love of His Messenger (Peace be upon him) and his Companions, love for good and righteous people, love and support for the religion, love of martyrdom for the Sake of Allah, etc. There are many kinds of love. It is a dangerous mistake to restrict this broad meaning to this one kind of love.

Fifth: What these people think, that love before marriage is a good thing, is wrong, as has been proven in studies and by real-life experience.

So, how can we believe that Valentine’s Day is of any benefit to Muslims? The truth is that it is a call for more permissiveness, promiscuity and immorality, and the forming of forbidden relationships.

The husband who sincerely loves his wife does not need this holiday to remind him of his love. He expresses his love for his wife at all times and on all occasions.

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our Noble Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true followers.

Wassalamu Alaikum,

Your Brother:

Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria

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Islam HashtagAvoiding Valentine Day as a Muslim – Truth  of Valentines Day

  

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Is Valentine Day truly a day of love?

With Valentines day ahead ,People are debating all around the world If they should be a Part of the Valentine festival or not.Some of the Young boys and girl have started to Prepare for what they call the”V Day” while others are confused .Let us read a little about the Valentine day .

In my opinion , Valentine Day is a Propaganda to dish out Money in the name of love.The celebration of Saint Valentine did not have any romantic connotations until Chaucer’s poetry about “Valentines” in the 14th century.Infact the reality of Origin of Valentine day will put us in Shame.

Origin of Valentine Day:

From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.

The Roman romantics “were drunk. They were naked,” says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder,speaking in the National Geographic, Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile.

The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be um…. coupled up for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was right.

As the years went on, the holiday grew sweeter. Chaucer and Shakespeare romanticized it in their work, and it gained popularity throughout Britain and the rest of Europe. Handmade paper cards became the tokens-du-jour in the Middle Ages.

Eventually, the tradition made its way to the New World. The industrial revolution ushered in factory-made cards in the 19th century.

Why people celebrate Valentine Day?

Seeing the Potential of buyers and exploiting emotions of a young mind,the Valentine Industry sprays love in the air.The Newspapers, Malls, Banners, Ads, Social Media, contests, Offers will all make it appealing to the extent that it becomes really difficult to avoid it.

Earnings in Valentine Day:

Do You know the Commercialisation of Valentine day has emerged as a big bussiness.The Average annual Valentine’s spending is $13,290,000,000 where an average consumer spends $116.21 .According to market research firm IBIS World, Valentine’s Day sales reached $17.6 billion last year; this year’s sales are expected to total $18.6 billion.There is One more Interesting statistics here study says that 53%( Percent) of women would end their relationship if they didn’t get something for Valentines day.(LOL!) So,We see that Valentine day is not really a day of love .It is a day of Propaganda exploiting the feelings of love.

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Effect of Valentine Day in Society

Today 61.8 % of People Celebrate Valentine day and do You Know that an average number of 11,000 children are Concieved in Valentine day.

Valentine day is a degradation of Moral Value and spreads the evil of alcoholism,Nudity and disrespect of culture. There are about 904 dating Service establishment nationwide encouraging It.They spread a notion that some muracle would happen because the day is blessed by saint Valentine and the man/woman of your life would suddenly come to your life .This wrong realisation makes people choose a wrong partner most often and this leads to affairs ,extra marital affairs and illegitimate children.

How to avoid Valentine Day as a Muslim

You do not need one specific day to express you love for your loved ones.Do you?

As great men say ,”Love is not a particular  day.It is quality moments ” Love should not be something temporary . It should be Quality . Expression of love can be made 365 days a year! Right? Why dish out a single day to promote the paganism culture ?

Valentine is not for Muslims and even it doesn’t have an Impressing face for the Hindus,Christians and the Sikhs too.

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It is advised that If You find someone Impressive send them a proposal of marriage .Pre marital dating is not a culture of Islam .If You Can’t marry or you can’t stand your emotions then “fast.”

Try to defeat the trap of Shaitan which  compells you to fall into error . Avoid Valentine and stop expecting that your life partner will emerge out of some where this Valentine.

If you are already Married , show appreciation to your spouse everyday .Why should it be particularily on this Day ?

May Allah Protect us from all Evil.Ameen.

You may have a different opinion on Valentine day .I am just writing this article to forbid the evil of Valentine day .As it says in this hadeeth ,

(By He in Whose Hand is my soul! You will enjoin righteousness and forbid evil, or Allah will send a punishment on you from Him. Then, you will supplicate to Him, but He will not accept your supplication.) At-Tirmidhi .

 

 

 

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دار الإفتاء المصرية (Dar al-Iftaa): Valentine’s Day From an Islam Perspective 

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Many people claim that it is forbidden to celebrate this day, citing three reasons for their opinion.

Firstly, they claim that is an innovation and that it has no basis in Islamic law. Secondly, they say that it is a celebration of romantic love and passion. Thirdly, it occupies the heart with matters that contradict proper Islamic guidance.

Before delving deeper into this issue, let us look at the historical background of Valentine’s Day. Legends vary on the origins of the day, but the general story is that it was originally a pagan celebration. However, the most popular story revolves around a Roman priest, Valentine, who was martyred during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. For reasons over which there is a difference of opinion, the emperor banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. In defense of the divine union, Valentine defied the emperor and married couples in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered he was arrested and put to death on February 14. Legend has it that before his execution, Valentine left a farewell note to the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, signed “From your Valentine”. Gradually, February 14 became a day to celebrate love, exchange love messages, poems, and gifts.

Love in Islam
Islam is the religion of love, mercy, piety and maintaining relations. It promotes all kinds of love. One of the most important obligations upon Muslims is to become the ambassadors of Islam, showing its beauty through their manners, words, and actions.

Marital Love
Love between a man and a woman is the first thing that comes to mind when we speak of love. Rather than prohibiting this kind of love, Islam encourages it within the sanctity of marriage. The foundation of marriage — love, compassion, respect, forgiveness, and understanding — is found in the Quran, “And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and he placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed, in that are signs for a people who give thought” (Quran 30: 21).

Perhaps nowhere is this more epitomized than in the love between Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and his first wife, Khadijah. She loved him for his noble manners, perfect character, trustworthiness, loyalty, humility, and gracious behavior towards everyone. He loved her for her beauty of character, virtue, understanding, nobility, and support and belief in him. He loved her deeply despite the age difference. She loved him unconditionally despite his poverty. So great was their love, that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) continued to love Khadijah until the end of his life. It was reported that ‘Aishah once asked him if Khadijah had been the only woman worthy of his love. He replied, “She believed in me when none else did, she embraced Islam when people disbelieved me; and she helped and comforted me when there was none to lend me a helping hand.”

Love for Others
Islam encourages us to extend affection and love for each other at all times. Anas Ibn Malik, narrated that once when a man was with the Prophet and another man passed by them, the Prophet’s companion said, ‘You know, that one, I really love him.’ The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, ‘Tell him so.’ He caught up with the man and said, ‘I really love you for the sake of God.’ The man replied, ‘I, too, love you as much as you love me, for His sake.’”

Muslims are required to treat everyone with piety and kindness, including non-Muslims. God does not forbid us from maintaining good ties with non-Muslims, exchanging gifts with them or treating them kindly. He says, “God does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, God loves those who act justly” (Quran 60: 8).

“And when you are greeted with a greeting, greet [in return] with one better than it or [at least] return it [in a like manner]” (Quran 4: 86).

“And do not argue with the People of the Scripture except in a way that is best, except for those who commit injustice among them, and say, “We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. And our God and your God is one; and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him” (Quran 29: 4).

Permissibility of Celebrating Valentine’s Day
The question many Muslims ask is, “Is it permissible to celebrate Valentine’s Day?” The answer Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta gives is as follows:

Such kinds of celebrations have become social occasions. Therefore, there is no objection to participating in them provided a Muslim does not do anything that contradicts the Islamic teachings.

It is lawful in Islamic law to specify a day for renewing love between spouses because there is nothing in Islamic law to prohibit this. However, this occasion must not be called a feast but ‘Day of Love’.

 

Daily MailSaudi Cleric Endorses Valentine’s Day as ‘Positive Event Not Linked to Religion’ 

Image result for sheikh ahmad al-ghamdi pic on valentines daySheikh Ahmad al-Ghamdi, a former head of the Saudi religious police in “The committee to promote Virtue and Prevent Vice”, is sitting there and next to him is his wife in full makeup, which makes him more liberal than Peterson is. Source: Reddit

RIYADH: A prominent Saudi cleric on Wednesday endorsed Valentine’s Day, long forbidden in the kingdom, calling it a “positive social event” that was not linked to religion.

The comment from Sheikh Ahmed Qassim al Ghamdi,former president of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Makkah, comes as 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pursues a far-reaching liberalisation drive that has upended years of conservative tradition.

“It is a positive social event and congratulating people for it is not against sharia (law),” Ghamdi told Saudi-owned al Arabiya television.

“It is an act of kindness to share greetings on Western national and social holidays, including Valentine’s Day, exchange red roses with others, as long as it is towards peaceful people who do not share animosity or are being at war with Muslims.”

Such comments from the Saudi clerical establishment would be inconceivable around two years ago, when the religious police wielded unbridled powers and were notorious for enforcing sex segregation.

In recent years, Saudi Arabia launched a series of reforms, including gradually diminishing the their powers to arrest.

Prince Mohammed, who has vowed to return the country to “moderate Islam”, has further cut back the political role of hardline clerics in a historic reordering of the Saudi state.

Florists openly sold red roses and Valentine’s Day memorabilia in cities such as Jeddah on Wednesday without any trouble from the religious police, previously notorious for disrupting celebrations.

The declining presence of the religious police has been met with relief from many of the country’s young, but it has also sparked concern over a possible backlash from arch-conservatives.

But opposition to the prince’s reforms has been muted – at least publicly – after his crackdown on dissent, including arrests of prominent clerics with millions of followers on social media.

Related imageSheikh Ahmad al-Ghamdi and his wife appeared on national television in conservative Saudi Arabia to suggest that Islam doesn’t require women to hide their faces behind a niqab in public. Source: dailymail.co.uk

Arab News:Filed on February 15, 2018, DUBAI: Celebrating Valentine’s Day is no different from Mother’s Day and is therefore not un-Islamic, the former president for the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Makkah, told Arab News.

Sheikh Ahmed Qasim Al-Ghamdi, a Saudi cleric who once headed Mecca’s religious police, said Feb. 14 was enjoyed all around the world and was not exclusively for non-Muslims and was a social event that Muslims could also mark.

“Celebrating Valentine’s Day does not contradict Islamic teachings as it is a worldly, social matter just like celebrating the National Day and Mother’s Day,” he said.

“All these are common social matters shared by humanity and are not religious issues that require the existence of religious proof to permit it,” he said.

“There are many worldly things that we deal with morally that may be of interest to non-Muslim communities and became more common among Muslim communities because of their popularity,” he said, citing the Prophet as an example. “The Prophet dealt with many worldly things that came from non-Muslims.”

“Even greeting peaceful non-Muslims in their special religious holidays is permitted without participating in a forbidden act that contradicts Islam,” he said, downplaying perception that it was an imitation of non-Muslims when Muslims also celebrate the day of love.

The history of Valentine’s Day is shrouded in mystery like that of its patron saint, Saint Valentine.

One theory suggests Saint Valentine was a priest who served during the 3rd Century in Rome, who was executed for defying a decree from Emperor Claudius II that outlawed any remaining single men from marrying as they were better soldiers than those who had already wed.

According to the story, Valentine was sentenced to death after continued to he was found to be performing secret marriages for love-struck couples.

By the Middle Ages, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France, for his symbolism of love.
But the celebration of Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14 has many theories attached to it. Pope Gelasius declared the day as Valentine’s Day because it is claimed he wanted to ‘Christianize’ the Pagan fertility festival Lupercalia, which was commemorated the next day.

It was also in the Middle Ages, that people from France and England believed Feb. 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February should be a day for romance.

Aside from the usual exchange of chocolates, flowers and romantic gifts an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making it the second largest card-sending holiday next to Christmas, where 2.6 billion cards are mailed.

To stress that Valentine’s Day was a universal celebration – and not anchored on a particular faith or religion – Al-Ghamdi spoke in support of fatwas that declared it permissible for Muslims to spend Feb. 14 with their loved ones.

Ahmed Mamdouh, the fatwa secretary of Dar Al-Ifta Al-Misriya (Egyptian Religious Edict House), on February issued a religious edict which stated: “There is no harm to allocate one day to show love to one another.

Tunisian Grand Mufti Othman Battikh meanwhile rebuffed assertions that Valentine’s Day was a Christian tradition: “Anything that brings people closer together is good and desirable.”
Love is a natural human feeling, Al-Ghamdi said, and Valentine’s Day offered an opportunity to celebrate “a positive aspect of the human being.”

The Saudi cleric created uproar in 2014 when he said on a talk show hosted by renowned media personality Badria Al-Bishr that, contrary to what Muslims believed, women were not obliged to wear the niqab and were permitted use make-up and other beauty products.

The controversy was further fanned when Al-Ghamdi allowed his wife to be seen on national television without wearing the full-face veil, drawing reactions from religious conservatives.

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Flower shops in the Afghan capital Kabul’s famous “chicken street market” were festooned with bright red and white heart-shaped balloons to mark Valentine’s Day, a sharp contrast from Taliban rule when the holiday was banned. (File/AP) ZAGREB: Fed up of red roses, choking on chocolates? Then ditch the Valentine’s Day delirium for a dose of reality at Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships — expanded this year with bonds severed by war and all set to tour in Brexit-riven Britain.The Museum of Broken Relationships in the old town of the Croatian capital has exerted a strange pull since 2006 on tourists looking for a more offbeat experience.Its exhibits are donated by ordinary people who want to share what went wrong in their love stories, or those of relatives or friends.This year, it features the divorce of a Danish woman and her husband, a soldier who could not re-adapt to ordinary life after a tour of duty in Afghanistan — part of a whole new typology of trauma. “We have eight thematic rooms related in some way to relationships falling apart, like family, sports, love stories in the business environment,” said Drazen Grubisic, one of the museum’s founders. “A completely new topic is love relationships affected by war.”Particularly poignant is a vinyl record made by a young German in 1942 who dreamt of becoming a singer. Source:  Arab News

Image result for valentine pic in muslims  Love in an Islamic Way: One Ummah’s message on Valentines Day 2014  Source: YouTube

 

Cloud MindHere, I am also speaking for myself and my views .. As for my views is it a sin or not? Well, everybody is born a sinner because we are given a free choices to decide what to have and what to have not ,either is it good or bad.. Some scholars and ulamas thought of Valentine Day as the love referred to in this festival is romantic love outside the framework of marriage. The result of that is the spread of fornication, adultery and immorality. .But that was a very long time ago practice. The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. But for myself we must live at the present and go with the social flow without hurting our faith to Allah of course. Why not reconstruct Islamic thought with a fresh new start rather than clinging on to what previous Muslim scholars had already said. There is no such thing as finality in philosophical thinking. As knowledge advances and fresh avenues of thought are opened. Islam, unlike other religions, has a very rich thought which is as dynamic, elastic and vibrant as any other field of study. Although its basic fundamentals will remain unchanged till eternity but its various sections can undergo or rather welcome change as per time, place and culture. V-Day today, by the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards.’ As long as there is no immorality involve , then there is nothing wrong to greet on V-Day. Its just a social matter.. :)

 

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