Valentine’s Day: Does Islam permit its observance?
Allah has chosen Islam for us as a religion or way of life and has clearly stated that He will never accept any other way of life. Allah says,
“And whoever desires a way of life other than Islam, it will never be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter, he will be one of the losers.” (3:85)
The destruction of this Ummah lies in following other religions
On the other hand, the Prophet (SAW) said that some people in this Ummah (in terms of the process of worship and social customs) will follow the enemies of Allah. Narrated Abu Sayed Al-Khudri: The Prophet (SAW) said:
“You must follow your predecessors. You will follow them in every distance and in the length of each arm. Even if they enter the reptile’s hole, you will follow them there.” We said, “O Messenger of Allah! Are the Jews and Christians we follow?” He said: “Who else but them?” (Bukhari, Muslim)
This is exactly what is happening in almost all parts of the Muslim world today. Muslims are abandoning their customs and traditions and following Jews and Christians in all respects. All the practices followed by the infidels in the global media like TV, newspapers, satellite channels, and the internet are reaching the homes of Muslims today and it is becoming easier for them to follow and imitate.
A recent addition to many of these subcultures that are prevalent in today’s society is Valentine’s Day, which has become popular among the youth of our society. Besides, various newspapers and business organizations are sponsoring the day.
So a small attempt in this article is to discourage the young men and women of the Muslim community from blindly following the infidels by evaluating ‘Valentine’s Day’ in the light of Islam. Surely following the culture of infidels, including Jews and Christians, will end in the fire of hell. So the purpose of this article is to turn our youth away from the path of Hell and call them to the peace of Paradise.
The origin and popularity of Valentine’s Day
The origin of Valentine’s Day is a celebration of spiritual love prevalent among pagan Romans before the seventeenth century. There were some myths associated with this pagan festival of the Romans, which later became popular among the Christian Romans. One of these myths is the belief that Romulus, the founder of Rome, drank the milk of a wolf on this day, which was the source of his power and knowledge. The Romans continued to celebrate the festival after their conversion to Christianity. But they changed its pagan shell to a Christian shell, associating the festival with a different event.
The event is dedicated to the life of a Christian monk named St. Valentine. Originally, there were two such stories of St. Valentine in history. One of them is claimed to have given his life for the vow of preaching peace and love. In his memory, Roman Christians continue to celebrate this festival. It was during this time that this festival of spiritual love was transformed into a festival of biological desire and sex. Added to the festivities was a one-year mate selection ceremony. In which a young woman was assigned to a man as a one-year mate. They would marry if they were interested in each other after a year of socializing, or they would go through the same process the following year.
The religious leaders of Christianity were against this practice. Because they realized that it was one of Satan’s many tricks to destroy society by spreading immorality and adultery and that it had nothing to do with religion. Even in Italy, the heart of Christianity, the practice was eventually abolished. However, it was reintroduced there in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
How Valentine’s Day became a matter of religion
Another theory about the origin of Valentine’s Day is that it originated during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius II in the 3rd century AD. At this time Claudius issued a decree that members of the army could not be married. In his view, marriage would hinder their persistence on the battlefield. But at this time a Pastor named St. Valentine broke the law and secretly arranged the marriage of the soldiers. As a result, he was imprisoned. Eventually, the emperor showed him greed for redemption and reward in exchange for apostasy. But he accepted the death penalty out of adherence to Christianity. The date of his execution was February 14, 270 AD, which came into effect on February 15. That is why this day is named after the Pastor.
The pope, then the supreme religious leader of Christians, designated February 14 as the day of celebration of love. See how one of the highest religious leaders of Christians introduced a new invention into society in a religious guise. And how Christians also welcomed it. That is why Allah says in the Quran:
“They have taken their scholars and monks (besides Allah) as their Lord.” (9:31)
Decision is yours
Now think, how can Muslims accept a festival that is customary as a religious festival for Christians? Where Islam forbids any extramarital affair, how can Muslim youths observe this obscene day in the name of love?
So, the decision is yours. Will you leave this day and follow the path of Paradise or will you prepare for the torment of Hell by observing this day?