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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 14th February 2008 20:50

Islam &Valentines

How did Valentine's Day originate?

Valentine's Day also known as the 'Festival of Love'of the pagan Romans dates back to the 17th century when paganism was on therise in Rome. TheChristian heirs of the era have associated many myths and legends with thisRoman festival based on 'spiritual love'. The most popular of thesemyths was about Romulus who was the founder of Rome. Romans believedthat once he was suckled by a female wolf.

Every year this event was celebrated by Romans in mid-February with abig festival in which a goat and a dog was sacrificed. The blood of thesesacrificed animals was then smeared on the bodies of two strong, muscularyouths and washed away with milk. After this ritual the two men would lead ahuge parade on the streets with pieces of leather in their hands. They used theleather pieces to hit anyone who came in their way. Roman women welcomed theseblows as they believed that it would cure or prevent infertility.

The link between St. Valentine and pagan Romanfestival:

The name St. Valentine is given to two of the ancient'martyrs' of the Christian Church. Some say there were two of themwhile others say there was only one who was martyred by the Gothic LeaderClaudius in 296 CE. Half a century later a church was built in the honor of St.Valentine on the site of his death.

The celebrating of the Feast of Love continued by the Romans even afterthey embraced Christianity, however the pagan concept of 'spirituallove' was now changed to 'martyrs of love'. This was done tocommemorate the massacre of St. Valentine who was a promoter of peace and loveand was supposedly martyred for the same cause. The festival was also called Feastof Lovers and Saint Valentine was considered to be a supporter of lovers.

A false belief connected with this festival was that the names of youngunmarried girls would be written on pieces of paper and placed in a dish on atable. A young man who wanted to marry would be called to pick a piece of paperto draw a name of a girl. He would then hangout with that girl for a year sothat the couple gets to know each other, and then get married. This process wasrepeated every year during the festival.

The Christian clergy abolished this tradition in Italy, as theybelieved it would cause corruption of the society. In the 18th and 19thcenturies it was revived again in some Western countries where they sold booksof love poems in shops. These books were called "Valentine books"and had suggestions for writing love letters.

Islam's stance on the celebration ofValentine's Day

Islam teaches us true love and cooperation for that which is good andrighteous. There are forms of love in Islam that are acceptable while others arenot. We must be aware that love for Allah and His Prophet (PBUH) must be giventhe highest priority over all other forms of love.

There are occasions in Islam that increase love between people and bring themcloser to each other. However, Islam prohibits us to blindly follow the West byadopting their customs and traditions such as the celebration of theValentine's Day. Therefore commemorating and promoting that specialoccasion of Valentine's Day is Biddah or innovation and has no place inour religion. Islam totally rejects all such innovations. Islam encourages usto love one another all the time throughout the year, and limiting the wholeyear to a single day is illogical.

There is evidence in Quran and Hadith that supports the statements mentionedabove:

"And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never beaccepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers [Aal'Imraan 3:85]

And the Prophet (PBUH) had said that groups of his ummah would follow theenemies of Allah in some of their rituals and customs, as it is stated in ahadith of Abu Sa'eed al-Khudri, who narrated that the Prophet (PBUH)said: "You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you,span by span, cubit by cubit, until even if they were to enter a lizard'shole, you would follow them." We said, "O Messenger of Allah, (doyou mean) the Jews and Christians?" He said, "Who else?!"

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari in al-I'tisaam bi'l-Kitaabwa'l-Sunnah, Baab Qawl al-Nabi (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)La tattabi'unna Sanan man kaana qablakum, 8/151; and by Muslim in Kitaabal-'Ilm, Baab Ittibaa' Sanan al-Yahood wa'l-Nasaara, 4/2054)

What the Prophet (PBUH) told us 1400 years ago has indeed come true in recenttimes. Many Muslims today follow the enemies of Allah by imitating some oftheir rituals, customs and that includes the celebration of Valentine'sDay.

Muslims should avoid celebrating this occasion by:

1- Not expressing joy and happiness on this occasion.

2- Not exchanging red roses, which represent the 'spiritual love'of the pagans or the 'love' of the Christians. Hence it is known tothem as the Feast of Lovers.

3- Not sending greeting cards as some of their cards have pictures of"Cupid" (a child with two wings carrying bows and arrows). This wasthe god of love of the pagan Romans.

4- Not exchanging words of love and desire in the cards or verbally. Some ofthe cards contain the words 'be my Valentine'. This is theChristian concept of this festival after they adopted from the pagan Romans.

5- Not attending dance parties with mixed gatherings.

Why Muslims should not celebrate this festival.

In Islam, the festivals are clearly defined and well established, andno additions or subtractions may be accepted. They have been prescribed for usby Allah and His Messenger (PBUH).

'To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way[al-Maa'idah 5:48]
'For every nation We have ordained religious ceremonies which they mustfollow' [al-Hajj 22:67]

Agreeing with the whole festival is like agreeing with kufr. Agreeingwith some of their minor issues is the same as agreeing with them in some ofthe branches of kufr. Festivals are the most distinctive things whichdifferentiate religions, so participating in their festivals is like agreeingwith the most distinctive rituals of kufr.

Imitating the non-believers in general -whether they are idol-worshippersor People of the Book is unlawful. This is indicated by the Qur'aan,Sunnah and ijmaa' (scholarly consensus):

"And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after theclear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awfultorment" [Aal 'Imraan 3:105]
From the Sunnah: 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)

Prohibition of imitation the Non-believers is one of the basic tenets of theIslamic law. Allah sent His Messenger with guidance and the true religion sothat it might prevail over all other religions, and Allah has perfected Hisreligion for mankind.

"This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favorupon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion"[al-Maa'idah 5:3].

Allah has made Islam perfect as it satisfies all human interests at all times,in all places and for all people. Why then do we need to adopt the ways of theNon-believers?

May Allah guide us all and protect us from evil.

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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 11th February 2011 23:07
1) Birthdays, Valentines Day, and Other Days!
2) Celebrating Valentine's Day

It is not permissible for a Muslim to celebrate any of the festivals of the kuffaar. Valentines Day is an innovated festival for which there is no basis in Islam.

The clear evidence of the Qur'aan and Sunnah - and the consensus of the early generations of this ummah - indicates that there are only two festivals in Islam: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Any other festivals that have to do with a person, a group, an event or anything else are innovated festivals, which it is not permissible for Muslims to observe, approve of or express joy on those occasions, or to help others to celebrate them in any way, because that is transgressing the sacred limits of Allaah, and whoever transgresses the sacred limits of Allaah has wronged himself.

Many Muslims these days indulge in this filthy festival. However, they would do well to remember the famous saying of the Prophet (صلي الله عليه وسلم): "Whoever imitates a people is one of them." (narrated by Ahmad, 2/50; Abu Dawood, 4021)


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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 11th February 2012 08:21
Muslims And Valentines Day

Shaykh Mumtaz Ul Haq

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOMrxP_mMO4&feature=channel_video_title


A clarrification and history about this day by Sheikh Mumtaz Ul Haq

It is not permissible for a Muslim to celebrate any of the festivals of the non-Muslims. Valentines Day is an innovated festival for which there is no basis in Islam.

The clear evidence of the Qur'aan and Sunnah - and the consensus of the early generations of this ummah - indicates that there are only two festivals in Islam: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Any other festivals that have to do with a person, a group, an event or anything else are innovated festivals, which it is not permissible for Muslims to observe, approve of or express joy on those occasions, or to help others to celebrate them in any way.


Selling things with Valentine's day themes on it: http://www.islam.tc/cgi-bin/askimam/ask.pl?q=8349&act=view

More detailed research on Valentine's day: http://www.central-mosque.com/fiqh/valentine.htm

Brought to you by the Hanafi fiqh channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/hanafifiqh#p/u/0/yOMrxP_mMO4

See also:

Celebrating Valentines Day - http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/books/83
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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 13th February 2013 09:48
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Ink Of Scholars:

"The way Shaykh talks about love of Allah, no Valentines Day is comparable.

With the 14th approaching people are being encouraged towards haraam, however love in itself is not haraam by nature. It's like a knife, it can be used for cutting fruit or killing people, it depends how it is being used. Allah has given us marriage to fulfil our desires in a permissible way, as for love for Allah it transcends mortality and lust.

Those who are fortunate enough to experience it will tell you of its ecstasy, yet for us listening to the Shaykh will Insha Allah inspire us to also traverse that path to him. So let us take this time to reflect and plan our journey to our beloved Allah."

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#5 [Permalink] Posted on 14th February 2013 00:23
Mufti Ismail Bin Musa Menk

Prove Your Love Daily

What's the point of trying to impress the women of the world and send them gifts with messages, emails, phone calls, cards, roses etc when the wife you chose and the "Queen" who bore your children is ignored. She deserves all that and more!

How can one day be set aside for love when the year has 365+ days? It's a cheap way to run away from responsibility and abuse women. A daily sacrifice is required to prove love, and the sweetest of statements which should be reflected in our behaviour should be routinely repeated - but to those who really deserve them!

The most deserving of our kindness, love and affection throughout our lives are our spouses, children, parents, siblings & family before everyone else. Don't jump the gun by going further at the expense of those closer.

Did you know that many homes are broken on Valentines over a rose! Where did it comes from, why was it sent, why was it not sent etc. What a great deception.

Blessed are those who are conscious of their Maker for indeed a true believer is transparent & avoids all sinful hidden private secret relations that only add stress in life after the short excitement.

Let's not be from those who "Fought-in February"

Sheikh Saud Bin Ibraheem Ash Shuraim

All praise is due to Allah alone, and may be the peace and blessings be upon His messenger after whom there will be no other messengers.

Oh Muslims! Fear Allah and know that from the things that makes one frustrated and worried is when you see certain patterns developing in segments of the Muslim communities where they have started to follow the fashion of the cultural, moral, and general lifestyle of those who are not from amongst the Muslims and not on the guided path of Islam. Those who defend the stance that we need to learn from other societies and cultures undoubtedly have a valid point. However, they only use this argument without any context, failing to understand the consequences of some of the things they bring in from foreign cultures.

This is most evident and harmful when we see the imported festivals and celebrations that are brought into our societies, whether it be in the name of Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, or Lovers' Day. When we see this happen and know the ignorance and damage it has caused in our communities. Only yesterday we had the so called Valentines' Day, and see the vice and the vile nature of this celebration. When we look at the history of Valentines' Day, we find that St. Valentine was a person who used to facilitate people getting married against the order of the community he or she was living in. On the day this Christian saint died, the people decided to celebrate this day by giving their lovers flowers. In this pretext we see much vice and nudity, and that which we consider vile in terms of illicit relationships between men and women as if this day removes the obligation to abide by that which moral and righteous. It is a day which people use an excuse to let their whims and desires go out of bounds.

Shaytaan deceives us by introducing matters and ways into this deen and making us think that it is good. It is most dangerous when a person goes a deed thinking it will gain him closeness to Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) when it is not a thing which the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has brought. Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) says: "Say (O Muhammad SAW to mankind): "If you (really) love Allh then follow me, Allh will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." [Surah Ale 'Imraan: Ayah 31] Truth and obedience to the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) lies in us strictly following the message which he has brought. If we sincerely wish to gain further closeness to Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) and be amongst those who qualify to be loved by Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala), then we need to follow the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) as is intructed in the Quraan.

The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has said "Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours that does not belong to it shall have that action rejected." [Saheeh Bukhari and Muslim] This is one of the most fundamental beliefs of our deen and imaan that we only follow that which is in conformity with the Quran and Sunnah. This Ummah has its source of knowledge and reference in the Quran, Sunnah, and the works of the ulama who have spent their life in understanding, expanding, and explaining the Sunnah. This makes us not needy of following other cultures and traditions or seeking other forms of knowledge.

When we look at the moral fabric of our society, we see that Islam provides us the strongest foundation to build the best society upon moral and ethical principles. When we look at the morals we pick up from other cultures, we see that it has brought us nothing but doom and misery in our societies. Many from amongst us have imported Western ways, culture, ideas, and attitudes, and that which does not conform to the Sunnah. It has only brought upon us shamelessness, lewdness, and vice. A major role and responsibility for this confusion and pollution of the Muslim societies is held by the television and media corporations who whole sale import things which who are in contradiction to the guidance of Allah and His Messenger (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam). They bring in everything they find which satisfy their whims and desires, sometimes under the pretext of creating controversy or showing people what exists out there in the world. We have only seen the result to be nothing but negative, with it really introducing backwardness and decadence to our societies.

The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has said "You will follow the ways of those nations who were before you, span by span and cubit by cubit so much so that even if they entered a hole of a mastigure (a kind of lizard), you would follow them." We said, "O Allah's Apostle! (Do you mean) the Jews and the Christians ?" He said, "Whom else?" [Saheeh Bukhari] The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) went on further to expound on the story of the Banee Israeel who were told to worship Allah and not associate any other with him. They were told to sacrifice a cow, and they decided to mock the command, until they turned to worshipping a calf. When we leave the guidance of Allah and the Sunnah of the Messenger (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam), and decide to blindly follow other nations, we will definitely land in the abyss and decadence that they live in. Only the enemies of Allah ally with other enemies of Allah. Allah is a sufficient guardian for the believers and in Him do they find solitude.

As Muslims we know that love is not confined to one day of the year. Love between a husband and wife is require all throughout the year. However, additionally in Islam love is not confined to a husband and wife, but it is a blessing of the Muslim community where it extends to the parent and child, two brothers, and a person of the community with another person of the community. Every member of the community is obliged to love one another. The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has said "You will not enter Jannah until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I guide to that which would make you love one another? Spread greetings of salaam abundantly amongst yourselves." [Saheeh Muslim]

The Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam came to Madeenah and they had two days in which they would (relax and) play'. He said, "What are these two days?" They said, 'We used to play (on these two days) during the Jaahiliyyah.' The Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam said: "Allaah has given you something better instead of them: Yawm al-Duhaa (Eid al-Adha) and Yawm al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr)." [Abu Daawood, Nisai, and Ahmad] And the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayahi Wasallam) also said "Every people has a festival and this (Eid) is ours." [Saheeh Bukhari and Muslim] The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also narrated in a hadith "Whoever resembles a community, he is from them." (Ahmad and Abu Dawud)

When Muslims fall into the trap of Shaytaan and follow foreign ways which does not conform to way of Islam, we are then following our whims and desires. Allah says: "And thus have We sent it (the Qur'n) down to be a judgement of authority in Arabic. Were you (O Muhammad SAW) to follow their (vain) desires after the knowledge which has come to you, then you will not have any protector or defender against Allh." [Surah R'ad: Ayah 37]


http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?102106-Valentines-Day-February-14th-Advice-By-Sheikh-Saud-Ash-Shuraim-And-Mufti-Ismail-Menk
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#6 [Permalink] Posted on 14th February 2013 09:33
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#7 [Permalink] Posted on 14th February 2013 09:34
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#8 [Permalink] Posted on 14th February 2013 09:36
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#9 [Permalink] Posted on 14th February 2013 09:43
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#10 [Permalink] Posted on 7th February 2014 06:53
(salaam)

THE DAY OF ZINA

Of all the kuffaar days of festival and money-making such as christmas day, mother's day, father's day, ghost's day, shaitaan's day, etc., the worst and most immoral is the festival day called St Valentine's Day. It is the most immoral occasion because it is a festival of zina (fornication) from beginning to end - in idea, words and actions. The very conception of this occasion is deification and idolization of zina.
In addition to this accursed festival of zina being an act of fisq and fujoor, it is an act of kufr. Believing haraam to be halaal is kufr which eliminates Imaan. The basis and the edifice of this immoral kuffaar festival day which has been given greater impetus by its commercialization, are the promotion of the zina of the heart, zina of the mind, zina of the tongue, zina of the eyes, zina of the hands, zina of the legs and even the ultimate act of actual fornication/ adultery.

The most lamentable development of this festival of zina in regard to Muslims is the degree of Muslim indulgence in it. Muslims flagrantly participate in the zina acts and paraphernalia of this satanic festival as if it is a `blessed' occasion permitted by Islam. The wide-scale participation in this day of zina has so thoroughly desensitised the Imaani conscience of Muslims that even the learned ones who are supposed to guide the community have grown accustomed to it. Parents observe and allow their children at secular schools to totally immerse themselves in the satanic aura and effects of the zina culture of this particular day of fornication.

It is indeed lamentable in this era to explain to Muslims, in an attempt to make them understand that Islam does not permit zina in any form whatsoever. Many Muslims who have completely lost their Imaani bearings regard this day of zina to be a day of `innocent' and light-hearted `fun'. Zina has now become acceptable to numerous Muslims. While modernist Muslims still have some, not much, inhibition for the actual act ofzina (fornication/adultery), they have no qualms and no reservations about the multitude of introductory stepping stones which lead to zina proper.Yet the Qur'aan Majeed prohibits, not only zina but all acts leading to zina.Thus the Qur'aan Shareef warns:"Donot approach zina".The approaches of zina which are all haraam, are all such acts which have the potential of inciting sexual passion.

Thus, intermingling of sexes, speaking to the opposite sex, looking at the opposite sex, solitude with the opposite sex, saying even Assalamu Alaikum to the opposite sex, thinking or fantasizing of the opposite sex, lustful communication with the opposite sex, be it by letter, phone, etc., and every act which incites sexual passion and inclines one to the opposite sex are all described as the `approaches of zina' which the Qur'aan declares haraam.

In fact a woman applying perfume and passing in proximity of males is termed an adulterous in the Hadith. Similarly, a man who intentionally derives sexual pleasure from the `fragrance' of a perfumed woman passing by him commits zina of the nose and of the heart.

Despite all strictures of the Shariah on every shadow of zina, it has become difficult for even supposedly practising Muslims to understand the villainy, immorality and zina of the shaitaani St.Valentine's Day.

The satanic zina cards and other trimmings and trappings associated with this day of fornication on which large sums of money are squandered down the drain are the prime approach to the avenue zina on this haraam immoral festival day. The occasion is utilized to foster zina relationships. People - Muslims - are becoming increasingly brazen and flagrant in their exhibition of acts of zina. Added to the indulgence in zina of a variety of kinds, is the added hurmat (prohibition) of tashabbuh Bil Kuffaar (Emulating the Kuffaar). This factor by itself prohibits participation in this evil occasion. Even if it be assumed that the occasion is devoid of zina. It is haraam to imitate the festivals and superfluous acts, practices and customs of the kuffaar.

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:"Whoever emulates a people, he is of them."

The contact with the opposite sex becomes more brazen on this shaitaani day. Infact, there is no tinge of conscience; no vestige of fear for Allah Ta'ala and no regard whatsoever for Islamic norm and culture to deter the fussaaq perpetrators of acts of zina on this day of zina.........
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#12 [Permalink] Posted on 7th February 2014 09:58
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#14 [Permalink] Posted on 10th February 2014 19:56
Short message on Valentine's...
by Shaykh Hasan Ali
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