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Why do we Muslims not celebrate Valentine's Day?
« on: June 06, 2011, 10:39:15 AM »
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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 Allaah and His Messenger . Ibn Taymiyyah may Allaah have mercy on him said: "Festivals are part of the laws, clear way and religious ceremonies of which Allaah Says (what means): 'To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way' [Quran 5:48] and 'For every nation We have ordained religious ceremonies which they must follow.'" [Quran 22:67]

Like the Qiblah (the direction faced in prayer), 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  referred to the fact that every nation has its own festivals when he  said: "Every nation has its own ‘Eed and this is our ‘Eed." [Al-Bukhaari]

Because Valentine's Day goes back to Roman times, not Islamic times, this means that it is something which belongs exclusively to the Christians, not to Islam, and the Muslims have no share and no part in it. If every nation has its own festivals, as the Prophet  said: "Every nation has its ‘Eed" [Al-Bukhaari 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, then the Christian People of the Book in their imitation of the Romans in something that was not part of their religion. 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 idol-worshippers?

Imitating non-Muslims in general -whether they are idol-worshippers or People of the Book - is Haraam (prohibited), whether that imitation is of their worship - which is the most serious form - or of their customs and behavior. This is indicated by the Quran, Sunnah and Ijmaa' (scholarly consensus):


(i) From the Quran: Allaah Says (what means): "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." [Quran 3:105]

(ii) From the Sunnah: the Prophet  said: "Whoever imitates a people is one of them." [Abu Daawood]

Ibn Taymiyyah may Allaah have mercy on him said: "This Hadeeth (narration) at the very least indicates that it is Haraam to imitate them, although the apparent meaning implies that the one who imitates them is non-Muslim, as Allaah Says (what means): 'And if any amongst you takes them friends (and helpers), then surely, he is one of them' [Quran 5:5]."

(iii) With regard to Ijmaa', Ibn Taymiyyah  narrated that there was agreement that it is Haraam to imitate non-Muslims in their festivals at the time of the Prophet’s Companions  and Ibn Al-Qayyim  narrated that there was scholarly consensus 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 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?”

We say:


Firstly: 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.

Secondly: 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 ‘Eed. 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.

Thirdly: 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  said: "If a man loves his brother, let him tell him that he loves him."  [Abu Daawood]

And he  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 salaam (Islamic greeting) amongst yourselves." [Muslim]

Fourthly: 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 Allaah, love of His Messenger  and his companions  love for good and righteous people, love and support for the religion, love of martyrdom for the Sake of Allaah, etc. There are many kinds of love. It is a dangerous mistake to restrict this broad meaning to this one kind of love.

Fifthly: 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 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




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Why do we Muslims not celebrate Valentine's Day?
« on: June 06, 2011, 10:39:15 AM »

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Re: Why do we Muslims not celebrate Valentine's Day?
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2011, 10:43:15 AM »
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                                      The Islamic ruling on Valentine’s Day


Many people celebrate Valentine’s Day, which falls on the fourteenth of February every year; they do so by exchanging red rosesand gifts. They also dress up in red clothingand congratulate one another on this occasion. Certain bakeries and confectioners produce special sweets for the occasion which are red in color and have heartsupon them. Other shops advertise goods that are sold exclusively for this event.
The questions that therefore arise are: What are the Islamic rulings regarding:
1) Celebrating this day?
2) Buying from the shops that have these special items which are sold for this event?
3) Shop owners who are not celebrating this event selling items that can be used as gifts by those who are celebrating it?


The ruling

 The Standing Committee for Scholarly Research and Legal Rulings studied this matter thoroughly and ruled as follows:
"The clear evidence from the Quran and Sunnah, and this is agreed upon by consensus of the early Muslim generations, confirms that there are only two 'Eeds(days of celebration) in Islam: 'Eed al-Fitr(after the fast of Ramadhaan) and 'Eed al-Adh-haa(after the standing at ‘Arafah for pilgrimage).
Every other 'Eed, whether related to a person, group, incident or any other occasion, is an innovated 'Eed. It is not permissible for Muslims to participate in it, approve of it, make any show of happiness on its occasion, or assist others to do so, in any way; to do so would be to transgress the bounds of Allaah Who Says what means: "…And whoever transgresses the limits of Allaah has certainly wronged himself… " [Quran: 65:1]
If we add to this that the fabricated 'Eedin question is in fact one of the 'Eedsof the disbelievers, then it becomes a case of sin piled upon sin. This is because its celebration entails imitation of the disbelievers and thereby showing them a form of loyalty. In the Quran, Allaah has emphatically prohibited the believers from imitating, loving or being loyal to the disbelievers, in any way. It is also confirmed from the Prophet  that he said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”


Valentine’s Day comes under the category of what has been mentioned here, since it is a pagan and polytheistic holiday. Hence it is not permissible for any Muslim who claims to believe in Allaah and the Last Day to participate in it, approve of it, or congratulate anyone on its occasion. Moreover, it is obligatory to abandon it and distance oneself from it in response to the command of Allaah and His Messenger  so that one may thereby be distanced from the anger of Allaah and His punishment.
Additionally, it is forbidden for a Muslim to assist or helpin this 'Eed, or any other forbidden or illicit celebration, in any way whatsoever, whether by eating or drinking, selling or buying, production, gift-giving, correspondence, announcements, or any other means. All of these things are considered cooperating in sin and transgression and disobedience to Allaah and His Messenger . Allaah the Glorious and Most High Says what means: “…And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah; Indeed Allaah is severe in penalty."[Quran: 5:2]


Also, it is obligatory for every Muslim to adhere strictly to the Quran and Sunnah in every situation and at all times, especially in times of temptation and corruption. It is incumbent that he or she understand, be aware and be cautioned from falling into the deviations of those whom Allaah is angry with (i.e., the Jews) and those who are astray (i.e., the Christians) and other immoral people who have no fear of punishment or hope of reward from Allaah, and who give no recognition at all to Islam.
It is necessary for the Muslim to flee to Allaah, the Most High, seeking His firm guidance upon the true path. Indeed there is no Guide except Allaah, and none can grant firmness except Him, and Success is from Him.




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Re: Why do we Muslims not celebrate Valentine's Day?
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2011, 10:53:54 AM »
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                                      Valentine's Day - For Whom?


Humans, by nature, enjoy both private and public festive occasions, such as holidays. With consideration to this disposition, the Islamic Sharee’ah (jurisprudence) has legislated two ‘Eeds – Al-Adh-ha (tenth of Thul-Hijjah) and Al-Fitr (after Ramadhaan) – that occur once a year each. Allaah The Almighty has ordained marking these days with open displays of generosity, prosperity and happiness. He has also set a weekly holiday on Friday, thanks to His Grace on the Ummah (nation) of Prophet Muhammad, .

Non-Muslim nations, however, have many festive occasions; they have a celebration for every national event and every season of the year, as well as [in honor of] the mother, laborers and crops, to the extent that every month has its special holidays. All of these are [mostly] made up, such as what Allaah The Almighty Says (what means): {monasticism, which they innovated;We did not prescribe it for them.}[Quran 57:27] The dates of their holidays have varied throughout history, according to political and social changes. These days are accompanied by a lot of traditions, rituals and entertainment, which detailed books would mention at length
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Among the strangest holidays in the world nowadays, are those of the polytheists and the People of the Book [i.e., Jews and Christians] that are linked to their deities, scholars and monks, such as days of Sts. Bartholomew, Michael, Andrews and Valentine. During those days, houses are decorated, candles are lit, churches are visited, special candies are cooked, exclusive holiday songs are sung with special hymns, glowing wreaths are made and so forth.
 
Non-Muslim nations also celebrate the day on which a person was born, by inviting friends, preparing special food and lighting as many candles as his or her age, etc. Some Muslims imitate them in that practice, as well.
 
It goes without saying that Muslims should be sure that the most perfect guidance and best legislation is that of the Seal of Messengers and Prophets, Muhammad, . Allaah The Almighty Says (what means): {This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.} [Quran 5:3] Also, all the holidays that other nations hold, are Bid‘ahs (innovations) and deviation that are added to their disbelief in Allaah The Almighty, Who Says (what means): {And whoever desires other than Islam as religion - never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.} [Quran 3:85]


Because of the importance of this issue of imitating disbelievers in terms of their holidays and religious occasions, our Sharee’ah has addressed it perfectly. Allaah The Almighty describes His believing slaves as those who avoid the holidays of the disbelievers; He Says (what means): {And [they are] those who do not testify to falsehood} [Quran 25:72]. In this verse, the word falsehood refers to the feasts of disbelievers. Allaah The Almighty legislated festivals for His slaves that are sufficient to prevent them from imitating non-Muslims.
 
Anas  said: “When the Prophet  went to Madeenah, he found that they had a couple of days of celebration; so, he said: ‘When I came, you had two days during which you amused yourselves and Allaah The Almighty has granted you instead of these days, two better ones: the day of Al-Fitr (‘Eed after Ramadhaan) and the day of An-Nahr (‘Eed during Hajj (major pilgrimage) on 10th of Thul-Hijjah).’” [Abu Daawood, An-Nasaa’i, Saheeh] Al-Haafith Ibn Hajar  said: "This Hadeeth indicates that it is disliked to celebrate non-Muslim holidays or to imitate them."
We will now discuss one of the days that Muslims copy the disbelievers in celebrating; while known as the “Day of Love”, its original name is "Saint Valentine's Day". Christians have specified it to be on the fourteenth of February for a certain belief they hold, but there is no room for it to be detailed here.

 


I have been encouraged to write about this day due to the fact that many Muslims commemorate it, by partaking in some of its rituals. They do so, without knowing that it is a religious celebration closely associated with Christianity, even though its followers themselves do not all agree on its origins, and whether it is part of their heritage or that of the Romans, who had as many deities as they wished, [with many] of love, light, darkness, plants, rains, seas, rivers and so forth.
 
On Valentine’s Day, the disbelievers cherish the color red; they wear red clothes and exchange red sweets, candies and flowers of a certain color that represents indecency. They also write loving and affectionate words on cards that are swapped between girls and boys. Moreover, they sometimes give each other teddy bears that are sold at high prices and believed to be a symbol of love.
 
The press and media, especially certain satellite channels in some Muslim countries, have contributed greatly to the widespread practice of celebrating this day. People are not sufficiently culturally aware, otherwise, they would have protected themselves from such deviated practices; yet, school and university students in particular, have fallen prey to the notion that it is a good thing to commemorate this day. 
 
· After what has been mentioned, we would like to approach our Muslim brothers and sisters who mark this holiday in any way. To any of them, I say: You observe it because of a certain reason that you conceal in your hearts, but I think that if you, with your innate creed of Tawheed (Islamic monotheism), knew the religious background of this celebration and the symbols of Bid‘ah and polytheism it incorporates, you would realize the gravity of your mistake.
· Among the principles established by scholars is that it is not permissible for Muslims to accept any present or food that was made for the celebration of any of the disbelievers' festivals. Thus, it is the duty of parents to observe if their children wear red clothing or ask them to buy flowers and cards that are particular to that day. Parents should explain to their kids why doing so is prohibited, in a persuasive and educational manner, based in the Sharee’ah.
· W e also blame Muslim traders, who deal in the icons of non-Muslim festivals, either by importing or manufacturing them, such as those in the floral business who ensure there is no shortage of flowers on that day. We also reproach the owners of gift shops and those who wrap presents, for, in selling such items [on that day], they are aiding people in celebrating the holidays of the disbelievers. Moreover, they cooperate in evil and transgression, as they share in propagating the ideas of non-Muslims, despite the fact that there are plenty of other goods not related to their festivals that they could have instead traded in, if they wanted.
·   It should be noted that Muslim thinkers and media personalities should also assume their responsibility in protecting Islamic intellectual domains from being corrupted by their counterparts, who scheme against Islam and Muslims.
 
 
We will conclude by mentioning a Fatwa (legal ruling) that was issued by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen  when he was asked about marking Valentine's Day or participating in it. He said:
 
“Celebrating Valentine's Day is prohibited for many reasons:
 
First, it is a Bid‘ah that has no basis in the Sharee’ah. Second, it calls for [unlawful] love and passion. Third, it keeps the heart busy with trivial matters, which runs counter to the guidance of the righteous predecessors .
 
Thus, it is impermissible to prepare any of the traditions of festivities on that day, either in relation to food, drinks, clothing, exchanging presents and so forth. Muslims should be proud of their religion and must not imitate anyone.
 
I ask Allaah The Almighty to help Muslims avoid all kinds of Fitnah (corruption, trials and tribulations) and to guide us by His blessings.”


 
According to what has been mentioned, it becomes evident that Valentine's Day does not belong to the guidance of Islam and the Sunnah of the Prophet, . But, [as evident from its commercialization], it is a result of social and educational decline in the disbelieving societies. Any Muslim who celebrates that day would be doing so, just because of a certain whim in his heart and because of psychological weakness, cultural corrosion and fragility of his adherence to the Sharee’ah. This is usually done by people whose souls are inclined to imitating the disbelievers, even with regard to trivialities and deviation





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