VALENTINE AND ISLAM
All Praise to Almighty Allaah may his blessing be upon his noble Prophet (peace be upon him)
It is bewildered that the celebration of Valentine is still questionable by some unconscionable Muslims across the globe. Despite the admonitions by renowned scholars, their belief in the celebration of valentine remains unshaken.
Have they forgotten? or lack the basics of how Valentine starts and its position in the religion of Islam.
However, this article will take us around what the celebration entails. Also, to serve as calls to order for unconscionable Muslims.
"Valentine's Day is an ignorant Roman festival, which continued to be celebrated until after the Romans became Christian. This festival became connected with the saint known as Valentine, who was sentenced to death on 14 February 270 CE. The non-believers still celebrate this festival up till today". (Islamqa.info).
This festival now becomes generally accepted by the world and blindly followed by some Muslims. On this occasion, they exchange gifts, dressed in a unique Red attire symbolizing love as they claim, and also engage in different atrocities.
Islam is a way of life that encircles and engulfs Muslim's complete life and self. Your faith and belief must not be different from your outward and visible actions. Islam encourages us to build a community bond and associate with every man in all ways of life. But when it comes to celebrations of any kind of celebrations, which is not obtainable in the book, Muslims have to take a U-turn. Celebrating Valentine is also like celebrating Christma & New Year that have no basis of reference.
This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. (Q5V3).
The Prophet said:
Whoever imitates a group of people is one of them. (Abu Dawud)
It is not permissible for a Muslim to celebrate any of the festivals of the kuffaar, because festivals come under the heading of shariah issues which are to be based on the sound texts.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Festivals are part of shari'ah, clear way and rituals of which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way”
“For every nation, We have ordained religious ceremonies which they must follow”
This festival promotes all that Allah and His Messenger prohibit, such as unnecessary expenditure, drinking, immorality, dating, and sex outside marriage were all encouraged by this so-called festival. It is obvious, then, that a Muslim should not celebrate it.
On the other hand, Islam encourages strong bonds of love, community, and brotherhood and sisterhood among Muslims, and families, and does not restrict the expression of this brotherly, sisterly, marital, or familial love to just one day a year. Giving gifts has also been encouraged in Islam, and once again, not restricted to just one day.
If you look into the history and origins of Valentine's Day, plus the values this celebration promotes today, it's out of Islam. Muslims don’t blindly follow the crowd when it comes to celebrations of any kind. Islam promotes love among people and the exchange of gifts in one way for love and good relations to increase in society but does not restrict the expression of this brotherly, sisterly, marital, or familial love to just one day a year.
Any wise person, even a non-Muslim, who has witnessed all the aforementioned atrocities, will willingly and objectively attest to the absolute absurdity and superficial, flimsy foundation of Valentine’s Day.