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Salaam To All Friends,

By Hazrat-e-Aqdas Maulana Shah Mehboob Elahi Sahab Damatbarkatuhum

VALENTINE DAY, ACCORDING TO ISLAM

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Card with hearts and sweet poems, chocolates, flowers given to someone you

love and images of winged cupids shooting arrows mark St. Valentine’s Day

celebrations. “Be my Valentine” is a phrase that conjures up many different

images associated with the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

For young and old, February 14 is a day to express their affection to their

sweethearts. In the past this was a holiday for Christians to remember and

to celebrate the life and death of a martyr, St. Valentine. He was a priest

who lived near Rome

around 270 AD. Excerpts from: Sunday Tribune Herald 6/02/2000

It is quite evident from the above excerpt that Valentine’s day has its

origination and significance in the sacrifices of a Christian personality.

This in itself will quite clearly illustrate to any Muslim with even an iota

of Imaan how repugnant and against the spirit of Islam any involvement or

recognition of such a day is. It has always been the Christian and Jewish

aim to get Muslims to forfeit their identity and take to heart un-Islamic

practices, as elaborated in the words of Allah, “The Christians and Jews

will never be happy with you until you follow their ways.” (Baqarah 120)

The Islaamic viewpoint and reaction to such practices is clearly and

unequivocally outlined in the following Aayat, “O Believers do not take as

friends the Christians and Jews . he amongst you who will adopt closeness

and friendship with them is of them (and not of us Muslims)” (Maaidah 51)

Aligning ourselves with their occasions of celebration will fall well within

the purview of the warning contained in the above Aayat. Consider the grave

warning given to us by none other than our Noble Master Himself Sallallaahu

Alayhi Wasallam, “He who will imitate a nation will be raised up amongst

them on the Day of Qiyaamat.” (Mishkaat)

May Allah Ta’ala give us all the Tawfeeq and guidance to recognise all the

media attention and advertisement surrounding this occasion for the Shaytaan

plot that it in fact is and may He enable us to shun such practices, Aameen.

Darul Ifta – Madrasah In’aamiyyah, Camperdown