Will you be my valentine?


We often hear this phrase when February 14 is approaching. Maybe not here, but still, this celebration is not from Islamic teachings. I'm not promoting this kufr celebration, I just want to share the fatwa regarding the matter. Some might say, they are just giving out chocolates to their friends and family members on this day. My advice, you can always give stuffs to them some other day, their birthday perhaps. Not necessarily on this particular day, right? 

For those who don't know about this until now, please try hard to stop doing it altogether, will you? If you still want to continue doing it on this day, try search for the origin of this celebration on the net and see if  it is from any of Muslim celebration. I've found some articles. Do read them. 

We should avoid anything associated with pagan immoral practices - We do not need to honour or celebrate the death of a Christian "saint" - Islam does not encourage flirting or suggestions of romantic relationships before marriage - Love between families, friends and married people does not need to be celebrated on a day with such un-Islamic origins. Read more here
Islam does also recognize happy occasions that bring people closer to one another, and add spice to their lives. However, Islam goes against blindly imitating the West regarding a special occasion such as Valentine's Day. Read more here

Fatwa no. 21203

Q: Some people celebrate Valentine ’s Day on February 14 by exchanging red roses, dressing in red, and congratulating one another on that day. Some cake shops make heart-shaped cakes in red and draw hearts on them and other shops advertise special items on sale for this day. What is your opinion on:

First: Celebrating this day?

Second: Buying from these stores on this day?

Third: Shop owners who do not celebrate this day selling gifts to be given by those who do celebrate it?

May Allah reward you with the best!

A: The clear-cut evidence from the Qur’an and Sunnah, upon which the Salaf (righteous predecessors) of this Ummah (nation based on one creed) unanimously agreed, confirms that there are only two ‘Eids (festivals) in Islam: ‘Eid-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast) and ‘Eid-ul-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice). Any other festival, whether peculiar to a person, a group, an event, or any other reason, is an invented festival that is not permissible for Muslims to celebrate, approve of, enjoy, or support in any way, because this is considered to be a transgression of the Limits of Allah. Anyone who transgresses the limits set by Allah has wronged themselves. 

If we add to this fabricated festival the fact that it is one of the festivals of the Kafirs (disbelievers), this heaps sin upon sin, because it entails resembling them and is a type of support of them. Allah (may He be Glorified) forbids the Mu’mins (believers), in His Ever-Glorious Book, from imitating or supporting the Kafirs. It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Anyone who imitates a people is one of them". 

Valentine ’s Day falls under this heading, as it is one of the idolatrous Christian festivals. It is not lawful for a Muslim who believes in Allah and the Last Day to celebrate, approve of, or congratulate people on it; it is forbidden to them. Rather, it is obligatory for them to ignore and avoid it, in obedience to Allah and His Messenger and to keep away from that which will arouse Allah's Anger and incur Punishment.

It is also Haram (prohibited) for Muslims to support this festival or any other Haram festival by any means, whether by supplying food or drinks; selling, buying, manufacturing, gift-giving, correspondence, advertising etc., because all this comes under cooperating in sin and transgression and disobeying Allah and His Messenger. Allah (may He be Glorified and Exalted) says:

"Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwâ (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is Severe in punishment". (Surah Al-Ma'idah, 5: 2)

It is obligatory for Muslims to adhere to the Qur’an and Sunnah in all matters, especially in times of Fitnah (trial) when corruption is widespread. They must be sagacious enough and on their guard to avoid falling into the misguidance of those who have earned Allah’s Anger, those who went astray, or the Fasiqs (those flagrantly violating Islamic law) who have no fear of Allah nor have pride in being Muslims. Muslims should resort to Allah, asking for guidance and steadfastness in Islam, as it is Allah Alone Who guides and keeps us steadfast.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and his family and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

Member Member Member The Chairman
Bakr Abu Zayd Salih Al-Fawzan
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan
`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah Al Al-Shaykh

source: alifta'
via LT

note: May Allah grant us with the knowledge and the truth.


4 Responses to "Will you be my valentine?"
  1. good info..i read about this before (14Feb in previous years..long time ago) so it is good to be reminded again and again until we (Malay and Muslim) get rid of this celebration from being apart of our lifestyle..

    I was just thinking to get some sweet or candy or anything from the sweetshop at KL sentral on 14 Feb (I will be back on 14) for my little sisters and siblings at home..is it ok? just thought it was valentines day and the sweet must be in the cute shapes..so they (my siblings) would love it when their big sis come home with something in hands..

    how? is it ok? or better get something else?

  2. i'm not so sure but I think that's still supporting V-day.

    I think you ordinary shaped sweets still taste the same on other day.I'm really not sure. Maybe you can tell your siblings that it isn't because of Valentines, you're giving them chocs. Wallahua'lam.

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