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Posted on Thu, Jan 25, 2007 07:59

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. As we know there are some Muslims who celebrate Valentine's Day and make it a special day........ IS VALENTINE'S DAY ISLAMIC? Before we answer, its important to know the history of Valentines's Day. THE HISTORY OF VALENTINE'S DAY. To state the history of Valentine's day is quite long.......but I summarised which I extracted from article: **** Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. **** Today the Catholic Church recognizes at least 3 different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. **** One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. **** Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured. **** Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and most importantly, romantic figure. **** While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial. **** Others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to 'christianize' celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. **** Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. **** Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St.Valentine's Day around 498 A.D. **** Later, during the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that Feb.14 was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Feb - Valentine's Day should be a day for romance. **** It is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a Valentine note to Catherine of Valois. **** By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. **** Cupid, the child-like, winged deity often associated with modern Valentine's Day, is the son of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. In Greek mythology, Cupid is known as Aphrodite's son Eros. **** The gift, in a black and gold casket, can still be viewed every Valentine's Day at the Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin, Ireland. After knowing the History of Valentine's Day, is it fine for Muslims to celebrate and make Valentine's Day a special day.........so ask our KNOWLEDGE AND IMAN OR FAITH..........and try TO FOLLOW THE TRUE TEACHING OF ISLAM......... ALLAH KNOWS BEST.


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Posted on Sun, Jan 28, 2007 07:54

....It is haraam for a Muslim to accept invitations on such occasions, because this is worse than congratulating them as it implies taking part in their celebrations. Similarly, Muslims are forbidden to imitate the kuffaar by having parties on such occasions, or exchanging gifts, or giving out sweets or food, or taking time off work, etc., because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Whoever imitates a people is one of them." Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyah said in his book Iqtidaa? al-siraat al-mustaqeem mukhaalifat ashaab al-jaheem: "Imitating them in some of their festivals implies that one is pleased with their false beliefs and practices, and gives them the hope that they may have the opportunity to humiliate and mislead the weak." Whoever does anything of this sort is a sinner, whether he does it out of politeness or to be friendly, or because he is too shy to refuse, or for whatever other reason, because this is hypocrisy in Islaam, and because it makes the kuffaar feel proud of their religion..... Sadly many muslims just go with the flow of the kuffar. May Allah protect us from that and anything else that displeases Him, ameen.


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