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    Islamic Perspective: Valentine's Day

    Islamic Perspective of the Valentine's Day
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    (Compiled By: Shuja Uddin Sheikh
    http://www.quranacademy.com)


    HISTORY:-

    The connection between Saint Valentine and this festival

    Saint Valentine is a name which is given to two of the ancient "martyrs"
    of the Christian Church. It was said that there were two of them, or that
    there was only one, who died in Rome as the result of the persecution of the Gothic leader Claudius, c. 296 CE. In 350 CE, a church was built in Rome on the site of the place where he died, to perpetuate his memory. When the Romans embraced Christianity, they continued to celebrate the Feast of Love mentioned above, but they changed it from the pagan concept of "spiritual love" to another concept known as the "martyrs of love", represented by Saint Valentine who had advocated love and peace, for which cause he was martyred, according to their claims. It was also called the Feast of Lovers, and Saint Valentine was considered to be the patron saint of lovers.

    The Christian clergy reacted against this tradition, which they considered to have a corrupting influence on the morals of young men and women. It was abolished in Italy, where it had been well-known, then it was revived in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when in some western countries there appeared shops which sold small books called "Valentine's books", which contained love poems, from which the one who wanted to send a greeting to his sweetheart could choose. They also contained suggestions for writing love letters.

    It was also said concerning the origins of this holiday that when the
    Romans became Christian, after Christianity had become widespread, the Roman emperor Claudius II decreed in the third century CE that soldiers should not get married, because marriage would distract them from the wars they used to fight. This decree was opposed by Saint Valentine, who started to perform marriages for the soldiers in secret. When the emperor found out about that, he threw him in jail and sentenced him to execution. In prison, he (Saint Valentine) fell in love with the jailer's daughter, but this was a secret because according to Christian laws, priests and monks were forbidden to marry or fall in love. But he is still regarded highly by the Christians because of his steadfastness in adhering to Christianity when the emperor
    offered to pardon him if he forsook Christianity and worshipped the
    Roman gods; then he would be one of his closest confidantes and he would make him his son-in-law. But Valentine refused this offer and preferred Christianity, so he was executed on 14 February 270 CE, on the eve of February 15, the festival of Lupercalis. So this day was named for this saint. In The Story of Civilization, it says that the Church devised a calendar in which every day was designated as the feast day of one of the saints.

    WHY NOT CELEBRATE?

    Someone may ask: why do we Muslims not celebrate this festival?

    This question may be answered in several ways:

    1. In Islam, the festivals are clearly defined and well established The
    Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah 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-Bukhaari , 952, Muslim, 1892)."

    2. Celebrating Valentine's Day means resembling or imitating the pagan
    Romans, then the Christian People of the Book in their imitation of the
    Romans .The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
    "Whoever imitates a people is one of them." (narrated by Ahmad, 2/50;
    Abu Dawood, 4021)

    3. The purpose of Valentine's Day in these times is to spread love
    between all people, believers and disbelievers alike. Undoubtedly it is haraam to love the kaafirs. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): "You (O Muhammad) will not find any people who believe in Allaah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allaah and His Messenger (Muhammad), even though they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred (people)." [al-Mujaadilah 58:22]

    4. 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 zinaa (fornication and adultery) and immorality.


    DISASTROUS IMPACTS:

    Now let us look at the state of affairs in western societies where
    Valentine's Day is celebrated, and ask, what is the state of marriage
    relationships in those societies, and do these celebrations have any
    positive effect on interactions between husbands and wives? Their own
    studies and statistics show the following:

    1- In an American study done in 1407 AH/1987 CE, it states that 79% of
    men beat their womenfolk, especially if they are married.! (al-Qabas
    newspaper, 15/2/1988).

    2- A study carried out by the National American Office for Mental Health
    states the following: - 17% of women who go to emergency rooms are
    victims of beatings by their husbands or boyfriends. - 83% of those who have previously been admitted to hospital at least once for treatment of
    injuries, were admitted as a result of beating. The study added that
    there are more women who do not go to hospital for treatment, but deal with their injuries at home.

    3- In a report of the Central American Agency for Examination [FPT] it
    states that every 18 seconds there is a woman who is beaten by her
    husband somewhere in America.

    4- American Time magazine stated that around 4,000 wives out of
    approximately 6 million who are beaten die as a result of that beating.

    5- In a German study it said that no less that 100,000 women annually
    are exposed to acts of physical or psychological abuse on the part of their husbands or the men they live with. The real figure may exceed one million.

    6- In France, approximately 2 million women face beatings.

    7- In Britain, in an opinion poll in which 7,000 women took part, 28% of
    them said that they had been subjected to attacks by their husbands and boyfriends.

    So how can we believe that Valentine's Day is of any benefit to married
    couples? The truth is that it is a call for more permissiveness 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.

    #2
    someone just as concerned already posted it here

    btw how is this of any importance to people who live in countries where i'ts not celebrated??

    and if it's for other folks living in 'kaffir' lands.. do you have any more 'guides' on how not to get wet when you get into the water??
    JaddoN kaddya jaloos ghareeba tay shehr ich choatalee lug gayee

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      #3
      I apologize for posting it again.

      The elite in Pakistan do celebrate it and the rest our following suit. I don't know about other Muslim coutries. I am sure there are Westernized communities there too. So, your comment is not valid as far as Pakistan is concerned.

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        #4
        ramyss it's an insignificant percentage of the society who couldn't give a damn about religion anyway.. why waste your breath on that.. it's not a prevalent social evil.. is it propagating hate?? there is bigger fish to fry than Valentines.. or we just want to hate everything 'western'.. why are these fatwas online on websites btw.. that's a very 'western' thing u know..

        people are killing their wives in the name of honor or burning them alive.. let's have a day where they stop doing that. where's the writeups and mass mails and spams about that??

        Nooooo it's Valentines day that's evil..
        JaddoN kaddya jaloos ghareeba tay shehr ich choatalee lug gayee

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          #5
          I cannot belive this idiotic western tradition is now unfortunatly propogated in places like pakistan.

          it spreads nothing but pure corruption. the muslim contries need to focus on real issues that affect people daily, and stop trying to imitate the west with such rubbish.

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            #6
            Originally posted by PakistaniAbroad:
            ramyss it's an insignificant percentage of the society who couldn't give a damn about religion anyway.. why waste your breath on that.. it's not a prevalent social evil.. is it propagating hate?? there is bigger fish to fry than Valentines.. or we just want to hate everything 'western'.. why are these fatwas online on websites btw.. that's a very 'western' thing u know..

            people are killing their wives in the name of honor or burning them alive.. let's have a day where they stop doing that. where's the writeups and mass mails and spams about that??

            Nooooo it's Valentines day that's evil..
            Mr. Smart guy, Where do you live? I hope its not Mars. Check out the Pakistani newspapers and media, and you will find out how much Valentines day is celebrated and encouraged! The widely popular news channel of Pakistan - Geo Tv has a special line up of programs on the prestigious occassion of Valentine! www.geo.tv

            In fact, some people in West are trying to spread immorality in the world, instead of us spreading hate!

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              #7
              yeah yeah.. beat your wife silly or burn her alive and nary a peep.. send her flowers and it's a national calamity..

              idiots.
              JaddoN kaddya jaloos ghareeba tay shehr ich choatalee lug gayee

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                #8
                should I add something?


                Click

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by PakistaniAbroad:
                  yeah yeah.. beat your wife silly or burn her alive and nary a peep.. send her flowers and it's a national calamity..

                  idiots.
                  Beating your wife, burning her alive.............are worse crimes. They also need to be pointed out and eliminated. Who is saying such crimes are right? At the same time, encouraging men and women to mingle without marriage is also a great crime! This will destroy our society in the name of "enlightened moderation".

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                    #10
                    party pooper

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by ak47:
                      I cannot belive this idiotic western tradition is now unfortunatly propogated in places like pakistan..
                      but why only worry about the idiotic western traditions, how about getting rid of all idiotic traditions or speakign up against them whether theya re western, indian, arab, pakhtoon or whatever in nature..
                      The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by ramyssysIX:
                        .

                        The elite in Pakistan do celebrate it and the rest our following suit. I don't know about other Muslim coutries.
                        We have a pagan festival, with a christian stamp on it, now celebrated by muslims...tut,tut.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by PakistaniAbroad:


                          people are killing their wives in the name of honor or burning them alive.. let's have a day where they stop doing that. where's the writeups and mass mails and spams about that??
                          Why? then in my 31 yrs, I've never known anyone guilty off the above,...Slightly exaggerated I think.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Islamabad:


                            Beating your wife, burning her alive.............are worse crimes. They also need to be pointed out and eliminated. Who is saying such crimes are right? At the same time, encouraging men and women to mingle without marriage is also a great crime! This will destroy our society in the name of "enlightened moderation".
                            Well said... Brother where you been ? You were very much missed ...
                            -Salman

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