I wasn't planning to submit anything for valentine's day. as a Muslim who does not celebrate it, I was going to just ignore it. until I got this sweet note from a Christian sister wishing me a happy valentine's day. then I really got to reply. But before that, I need to explain certain things.
REMARK: this article is not aimed to insult people's customs or practices. it is aimed to present the Islamic perspective on these customs for the purpose of better understanding of Islam.
Valentine's Day cards are exchanged between friends and lovers. In school students draw names to exchange gifts or just pass Valentines to classmates. Men usually present gifts of candy and flowers to their Sweethearts. Many couples today make a treat of Dark Chocolate and a fine Merlot Wine in the privacy of their Valentine's Day evening! In recent years, a new phenomenon has spread among the Muslim youth – males and females alike – which does not bode well. This is manifested in their imitation of the Christians in their celebration of the Valentine’s Day. so what is this Valentine's day?
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHERE THE VALENTINE'S DAY TRADITION STARTED?
Some authorities trace the origin of this Tradition to the Pagan Roman feast called Lupercalis celebrated on February 15th to ensure protection from wolves. The pagan celebration involved young men striking people with whips. Young women endured the blows because they believed this would enhance their fertility. According to the wrong Roman pagan beliefs, Cupid was the so-called god of love and according to myth was the son of Mercury, winged messenger of their so-called gods, and Venus, their so-called goddess of love. He was also the counterpart of the Greek so-called god Eros. He is usually portrayed as a winged infant with a quiver of arrows and a bow. His wounds are said to inspire love or passion in those who are struck.
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN SAINT VALENTINE AND THIS FESTIVAL:
It was said that when many Romans became Christian, after Christianity had become widespread, the Roman emperor Claudius II decreed in the third century CE that soldiers should not get married, because marriage would distract them from the wars they used to fight. Valentine, a Christian priest challenged this command and used to conduct secret marriage sermons. He was soon discovered and was sentenced to death. In prison, he (Valentine) fell in love with the jailer’s daughter, but this was a secret because according to Christian laws, priests and monks were forbidden to marry or fall in love. but the people overlooked his crime of falling in love since he remained steadfast on Christianity when the emperor offered to pardon him if he forsook Christianity and worshipped the Roman gods; then he would be one of his closest confidantes and he would make him his son-in-law. But Valentine refused this offer and preferred Christianity, so he was executed on 14 February 270 CE, on the eve of February 15, the festival of Lupercalis. Ever since then, it was called ‘Priest Valentine’s holiday’. After the spread of Christianity throughout Europe, February the 14th was re-named ‘Valentine’s Day’ in his memory because (they say) he sacrificed himself for Christianity and fostered those in love. In A.D. 496 Saint Pope Gelasius I outlawed the pagan festival Lupercalis and named February 14th as St. Valentine's Day.
ISLAMIC STANCE TOWARDS THIS FESTIVAL:
Every Muslim must know that this holiday was invented by the disbelievers (those who reject Islam) and it is therefore unlawful to celebrate it according to the religion of Islam. There is no difference of opinion among the Muslim scholars regarding this. In fact, even if this holiday was invented by the Muslims it would still be unlawful to celebrate it. The religion of Islam is complete, so there is absolutely no need for invented opinions, innovated desires or man-made legislation. The blessings and favours that have been given to us by Islam are all-inclusive and so we do not have any need for seasons and occasions to be invented so that we may celebrate them. Islam is a perfect religion. It combines the good of this life and the Hereafter; it addressed the soul and was not heedless of the body; it gave preference to the Hereafter but did not neglect our needs in this life. Islam is a moderate religion that is neither negligent of any matter, nor does it exaggerate any issue beyond its rightful status. There is no monasticism in Islam, nor blind-materialism.
Is it rational for a Muslim to go astray and become blind-imitators after being guided?
In Islam, the festivals are clearly defined and well established (Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Ad'ha), and no additions or subtractions may be accepted. In Islam, festivals have been prescribed for us by the God almighty -Glory be to him- and taught by his final messenger -peace be upon him-. Celebrating Valentine's Days is prohibited in Islam for the following reasons: 1. It is an innovated festival that has no grounds in Islam. 2. It invites to lust and encourages immorality and forbidden love. 3. It busies the heart with useless matters and attaches it to harmful matters, that only go against the teachings of our religion. Therefore, it is not permissible to practice anything associated with this festival, whether it is related to food, drink, clothing, gift exchange or anything else. Finally, a Muslim should be proud of his religion and should not be naïve to follow everything he sees around him. I ask the God almighty to protect the Muslim brothers and sisters from all evil temptations, visible and invisible, and to take care of us and give us strength.
To be continued in part 2:
I hope this was beneficial.
References: - Celebrating Valentine's Day [link] - Valentine's Day - Love or Lust? [link] - St. Valentine's Day! [link]
If I am right, it is from the God. if I am wrong, it is from myself.
Question No: 1] Was he [Prophet Mohammad upon whom be peace] A Liar? Answer = Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) could Not be a liar because  even his enemies at the time/The non-Muslims of his time used to call him al-Amin (the trustworthy) & as-Siddiq (meaning the truthful) as Mohammad [peace be upon him] would keep their trust, their secret even when they wanted to assassinate him due to their hatred for Islam  He was not after money or fame as he was offered the wealth of the Arabs at the time and women & was offered a kingdom on the condition that he abandons his mission to promote Islam. He refused & responded by saying "by Allah, if you place the sun in my right hand & the moon in my left hand, I will never give up this message until I perish therein".
Question No: 2] Was he [Mohammad upon whom be peace] deluded? Answer= There was a solar Eclipse the day his son (named Ibrahim) died & people were saying look the day is being darkened due to respect for the son of the Prophet but. Instead of using this situation to promote himself or elevate his status with the people he instead said while pointing up to the sky "This is the sun and this is the moon, they're from the signs of Allah, & they do not rise or set or eclipse for the death or birth of any man, so when you see this, pray to your Lord" & he taught us the prayer of the eclipse. So he could Not have been Deluded. Because a deluded person will use any opportunity to justify his/her cause i.e. “see I told you so!!”
Question No: 3] Was he both liar & deluded? Answer = This a Logical contradiction. It is like square triangle, a square has 4 sides & triangle has 3. It is like confusing or rationalising Monotheism with Multiple gods yet calling it “One God”!
Question 4] Was he [Mohammad, upon whom be peace] speaking the truth? Answer = This is Logically, Rationally & Reasonably the only plausible option as he [Mohammad upon whom be peace] WAS SPEAKING THE TRUTH. Even The Book [Qur’an that was given to him confirms this fact as) If Prophet Mohammad (God-Forbid) was the author of Qur'an, how come the Qur'an is promoting/elevating other prophets like Adam, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses & Jesus (peace be upon them) instead of himself? Why would Prophet Mohammad say that the mother of Jesus (Virgin Mary (peace be upon her)) was the chosen woman above all nations? If he was the author, surely he would have chosen his own mother, wife or any Arab woman. Why did he mention a Jewess? And why would he say that The Children of Israel [The Jewish Community] were chosen people at one stage instead of the Arabs or his native Quraysh Tribe? And even being unlettered/illiterate in schooling, he produced the most amazing fruitful society that many prominent & elite Eastern & Western writers have praised his achievements.
Rational Arguments!!! How to “GORAP” LOGICALLY>>> G = God’s Existence= “..were they created by nothing, or were they the creators [of themselves]? Or did they create the heavens and the earth? (Qur’an 52:35-36)  = Nothing comes from nothing  = we did not create ourselves  let alone creating the Universe, hence, God Alone created the expanding Universe. O = Oneness of God = “In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. “Say: He is God, The One. God, The Absolute, Eternal. He Neither Begets, Nor is Begotten, And There is Nothing like unto Him” 114:1-4 ...had there been more than one creator there would not be creation as one creator would be asking another creator & so on & so forth and there would NOT be creaTION but rather creators creating creators....[Qur’an ..."If there were, in the heavens and the earth, other gods besides Allah, there would have been confusion in both! But Glory be to Allah, the Lord of the Throne: (High is He) above what they attribute to Him!" Al-Quran 21:22 R = Revelation= Preservation = [No: 1] “Indeed it is We [God] Who have sent down the Dhikr [Qur’an], and it is We who will preserve it [guard it from corruption]” [Same Qur’an in Original Arabic from more than 1400 years, millions of people have memorized it in different parts of the world even many being small children & of many Arabic not even being their language! so no loss to the text for over 1400 years even by the dot let alone word or a sentence. No:  Scientific phenomena/miracles/Facts: including embryology, The ‘Big Bang’ , etc… Some people allege that prophet Mohammad copied from their religious books regarding the scientific verses but they fail to realise that had this been the case, why then is there not a single scientific error in the Qur’an? Given that these other religious texts contain numerous scientific errors, how could Mohammad (pbuh) have known which parts were scientifically accurate and which were not? Thus these allegations are illogical! In fact God admonishes their false claims in the following Qur'anic verse 2:79 " Woe to those who write the book with their own hands, and then say: This is form Allah, to traffic with it a miserable price! Woe to them for what their hands do write and woe to them for what they earn!" [No:3] Historical Facts: = Amongst many one being preservation of the body of pharaoh, which we refer to as mummy of Merneptah that Dr. Maurice Bucaille has unveiled in detail in his book called: “The Quran and Modern Science” [All these books are available on request from www.idci.co.uk , www.iERA.org.uk , www.thedeenshow.com & irf.net + peace tv sky channel 820
A = And P= Prophethood = Proof of Prophethood: 4 Logical Arguments or Options [Was Mohammad, upon whom be peace] A liar? Delude? Both (Liar & Delude)? Or was he Speaking the truth?
um... Could you please write all this in your page. I mean, this looks like a long article that's unrelated to the subject of my artwork/article, and it's much better if you were to write it as a journal and post it in your page for people to read. Jazaakum Allaahu khayran.
Forgiveness of Sins: “ ‘O My servants who have transgressed greatly against themselves through sins! Do not despair of the Mercy of Allah. Indeed Allah forgives all sins to those who repent. Indeed He is the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful." (39:54), “Allah does not forgive that anything is associated in worship with Him, but He forgives whatever is lesser than shirk to whomever He pleases(4:48)
No excesses: In Islam, Muslims are not allowed to beat around the bush e.g. Even at the time of Prophet Mohammad, the non-Muslims would come to him with their idols & say: “Why don’t you worship our gods for a time & we will worship yours’ [Allah] for a time” [or play games like you scratch my back & I scratch yours’ or just make way around it like some halal for me but haraam for others or vice-versa] but Allah revealed the following verses of chapter 109: In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. “Say: "O’ you who disbelieve! "I will not worship that which you worship, "Neither will you worship That Which I worship. "Nor will I worship that which you have been worshipping, "Neither will you worship That Which I worship. "To you your religion and to me mine." This is enough that we will tolerate each other but I won’t make fun of my religion by celebrating paganism when Truth has been manifest to us. As Prophet Mohammad even prayed Salah even the day he died so no compromise in following the religion to the fill. Yes, in Islam there is No Extremism in any form even adding some things to the rituals or deducting things from it as well as harming one’s own self & harming others as that is completely prohibited.
Equal Rights: Unlike the Bible that specifically talks about men, Qur’an however includes women, e.g. Qur’an 33:35 says: “The submitting men, the submitting women, the believing men, the believing women, the obedient men, the obedient women, the truthful men, the truthful women, the steadfast men, the steadfast women, the reverent men, the reverent women, the charitable men, the charitable women, the fasting men, the fasting women, the chaste men, the chaste women, and the men who commemorate GOD frequently, and the commemorating women; GOD has prepared for them forgiveness and a great Reward”. Qur’an 3:195 “Their Lord responded to them: "I never fail to reward any worker among you for any work you do, be you male or female - you are equal to one another”. Qur’an 4:124 “As for those who lead a righteous life, male or female, while believing, they WILL enter Paradise; without the slightest injustice”.
Now I'm Orthodox Christian and I like how you disprove many things that give Islam a bad light, but here is where I disagree with some things you say.
From what I've been seeing, it's forbidden in Islam to do or try anything of a different religion which isn't being open at all. Despite being a Christian, I've been in a mosque, I even read the Q'uran. I even volunteered at an Islamic festival and I was welcomed there. You're making Islam seem very closed off from the world.
And please don't get mad at me for having an opinion. But still, I see women being put in a lower position than men. Islam is not a perfect religion. Nor is any religion for that matter. Every religion has it's flaws. But in many aspects, Islam has been put in the light of being a very primitive and backwards religion.
"Ok I disagree with this." With all due respect, I'm afraid this is an Islamic matter. your disagreement, as a non-Muslim, doesn't matter to us in our own religious matters. You say you disagree. what are you gonna do? force us to celebrate Valentine's day?
"it's forbidden in Islam to do or try anything of a different religion which isn't being open at all." By definition, being open-minded means being receptive to new and different ideas or the opinions of others. it doesn't mean adopting every single foreign practice. Indeed we Muslims are very receptive to new ideas and opinions. but we do not accept what contradicts our religious teachings. It's our right not to compromise. this is what preserved Islam up to today.
Despite being a Christian, I've been in a mosque, I even read the Q'uran. I even volunteered at an Islamic festival and I was welcomed there. Well, if you are bringing this argument implying that Muslims neither read the Bible nor visit the Church then I believe you are wrong. some do. But if your idea of being open-minded means necessarily participating in others' religious practices, then I'm afraid you are wrong. Why should we adopt your personal understanding of open-mindedness?
You're making Islam seem very closed off from the world. No. I'm not. I'm afraid you are the one who want to see Islam that way.
But still, I see women being put in a lower position than men. Well, it's a sad fact that women are being discriminated everywhere in the world, regardless of religion. But that's not part of Islam. if you saw women being put in a lower position than men, then you certainly aren't seeing Islam in practice.
Islam is not a perfect religion. Why do you go to someone's page and tell him "your religion isn't a perfect religion." when you haven't been asked? I didn't ask your opinion about my religion. I don't care to hear it. I remind you that You are free to believe whatever you want. but I don't think coming to my page to voice such opinions in such a way is very polite. This is an opinion I have no interest to hear. Your opinion about Islam is yours to voice in your own page.
I appreciate if you have anything to complain about Islam, do so in your page. or go to debate with people who like to debate. I'm not one of them.
I know Xmas, Easter, Valentine started out as pagan holidays but as Christianity got spreading those holidays were used to spread the same love of the same God You and I follow and i am a old earth christian who accepts evolution as 1 of God's tools for his plans and still consider all of the big 3 Abrahamic religions 1 in the same just different versions. I hope i did not offend you, just sharing my beliefs as you are good sir.
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