Valentine’s day, Is It Haram or Halaal?

Islam is the religion of love, mercy, piety and maintaining relations. It promotes all kinds of love but we must follow the limits and boundaries set by the Islam.

One of the most important obligations upon Muslims is to become the ambassadors of Islam, showing its beauty through their manners, words, and actions. Islam encourages strong bonds of love, community, and brotherhood and sisterhood among Muslims, and families, and does not restrict the expression of this brotherly, sisterly, marital, or familial love to just one day a year.

Giving gifts has also been encouraged in Islam, and once again, not restricted to just one day but we must implement the conditions of Islam.  Any wise person, even a non-Muslim, who has witnessed life and its trials, will willingly and objectively attest to the absolute absurdity and superficial, flimsy foundation of Valentine’s Day. It is a very big mistake for Muslims to celebrate Valentine’s.

Origin of Valentine’s Day

If you look into the history and origins of Valentine Day, plus the values this celebration promotes today, the answer to your question will be very clear. Muslims should not blindly follow the crowd when it comes to celebrations of any kind.

Valentine’s Day is a celebration that has no basis in anything worthwhile or noble. Its origin lies in Roman history, purportedly connected to a “saint” called “Valentine”, who was sentenced to death on 14th February 270 CE. It began as a pagan ritual started by Romans in the 4th century BC to honor their false god Lupercus. The main attraction of this ritual was a lottery held to distribute young women to young men for “entertainment and pleasure” until the next year’s lottery.

Romans continued to celebrate this until after they became Christians. In this way, Valentine’s Day promotes adultery and promiscuous relationships, which undermine and jeopardize the sanctity of marriage and the stability of the family unit. It leads to unnecessary expenditure and promotes fornication, drinking, and immorality. This day compounds a sense of deprivation, loneliness, and low self-worth among those people who are single. Islam prohibits dating and sex outside marriage, both of which Valentine’s Day encourages. It is obvious, then, that a Muslim should not celebrate it.

Keeping all of the above in mind, it becomes clear that a Muslim does not follow the crowd when it comes to celebrations of any kind: he or she follows the Quran and the Sunnah (way) of Prophet Muhammad(PBUH).

“Whoever imitates a people he is one of them”. (Abu-Dawud)

Consequently, Muslims shouldn’t celebrate any days, festivals, or seasonal celebrations that were not celebrated by the Prophet and his companions. Hadith in Islam means record of the words, actions and things which got approval of Prophet Muhammad. There is no evidence or verse in the Qur’an or even in the life of the Prophet Muhammed(PBUH) that supports the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Islam support Marital Love

Love between a man and a woman is the first thing that comes to mind when we speak of love. Rather than prohibiting this kind of love, Islam encourages it within the sanctity of marriage. The foundation of marriage; love, compassion, respect, forgiveness, and understanding is found in the Quran.

“And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and he placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed, in that are signs for a people who give thought” (Quran 30: 21).

Valentine’s Day promotes activities between two unmarried people, spending time with each other, drinking vines and performing sex. This day is strictly prohibited in Islam as it promotes evil and bring disgrace to the societies. It give rises to Haraam and immoral activities leading towards “Zina” which is a big sin according to Islam.

I urged our readers to stop celebrating Valentine’s Day and share this message with fellow Muslims. May Allah guide all of us.

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