Valentine’s Day in Islam? When Great scholar Sh. Mohammad ibn Saleh Al-Othaymeen (may Allah have mercy upon him) was asked about celebrating and participating in Valentine’s Day. His answer was:
“Celebrating Valentine’s Day is not permitted because:
1. It is an innovated Eid that has no basis in shari’a. In Islam, the festivals are clearly defined and well established, and no additions or subtractions may be accepted.
2. It invites people to Haram love and passion.
3. It invites people’s hearts to be busy with these insignificant issues that are against the path of the previous righteous people, may Allah be pleased with them.
So it is forbidden to perform any ‘Eid rituals’ on this day – whether food, drinks, clothes, gifts, etc.
A Muslim should be proud of his/her religion, and should not by an imitator who follows every caller.
Now let us look at the state of affairs in Western Societies where Valentine’s Day is Celebrated:
1- In an American study done in 1407 AH/1987 CE, it states that 79% of men beat their womenfolk, especially if they are married…! (al-Qabas newspaper, 15/2/1988).
2- A study carried out by the National American Office for Mental Health states the following: – 17% of women who go to emergency rooms are victims of beatings by their husbands or boyfriends. – 83% of those who have previously been admitted to hospital at least once for treatment of injuries, were admitted as a result of beating. The study added that there are more women who do not go to hospital for treatment, but deal with their injuries at home.
3- In a report of the Central American Agency for Examination [FPT] it states that every 18 seconds there is a woman who is beaten by her husband somewhere in America.
4- American Time magazine stated that around 4,000 wives out of approximately 6 million who are beaten die as a result of that beating.
5- In a German study it said that no less that 100,000 women annually are exposed to acts of physical or psychological abuse on the part of their husbands or the men they live with. The real figure may exceed one million.
6- In France, approximately 2 million women face beatings.
7- In Britain, in an opinion poll in which 7,000 women took part, 28% of them said that they had been subjected to attacks by their husbands and boyfriends.
So how can we believe that Valentine’s Day is of any benefit to married couples? The truth is that it is a call for more permissiveness and immorality, and the forming of forbidden relationships. The husband who sincerely loves his wife does not need this holiday to remind him of his love. He expresses his love for his wife at all times and on all occasions.
The Fatwa of the Standing Committee:
The Standing Committee was also asked a question about this holiday: Some people celebrate the fourteenth day of February of each Christian year as the Day of Love (Valentine’s Day), where they exchange gifts of red roses and wear red clothes, and congratulate one another. Some the bakeries make sweets that are red in colour, with hearts drawn on them, and some stores have advertisements for their products that are especially for this day. What is your opinion?
The Committee replied: It is haraam for the Muslim to help with this festival or any other haraam celebration in any way, be it food, drink, buying, selling, manufacturing, corresponding, advertising or in any other way, because all of that constitutes helping one another in sin, transgression and disobedience towards Allah and His Messenger, and Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Help you one another in Al? Birr and At? Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in punishment” [al-Maa’idah 5:2]
A Humble Request to my Brothers and Sisters in Islam:
Valentine’s Day in Islam? We ask Allah to protect the Muslims from the harm of temptations and from the evil of their own selves and the plots of their enemies, for He is the All-hearing Who answers prayers. May Allah send blessings upon His slave and Messenger Muhammad, and upon all his family and companions.