My valentine?…Certainly not Satan!

Day in and day out the ummah of the last but the most respected Prophet PBUH is falling into the trenches of this treacherous world. They are following the paths of all the religions other than Islam. Little they realize that all these paths other than Islam stand null and void and will be rejected by the Creator. Allah SWT says, “And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:85]                                                                                                                                                                                                

Nowadays Muslims copy the west in all forms. They believe there is logic and sense about what west follows. If this is the case then we are completely wrong at the very outset. Western societies are dominated either by the Jews or Christians. Allah says, “And the Jews will not be pleased with you, nor the Christians until you follow their religion. Say: Surely Allah’s guidance that is the (true) guidance. And if you follow their desires after the knowledge that has come to you, you shall have no guardian from Allah, nor any helper” [Baqarah 2:120]. This verse completely opposes following others and warns us that their methods will lead us to astray.

There is no substantive history about the emergence of Valentine’s Day. The Christian Church had two Saints named Valentine. There are two different ideas centering them. The Roman Emperor, Claudius II, forbade young men to marry in 200 A.D. He believed single men made better soldiers. A priest named Valentine disobeyed the Emperor and married couples in secret. This is one idea and the other is that Saint Valentine was a lover of children but, was imprisoned when he would not honor other Gods. The children missed him and wrote messages of affection to him. They threw their notes through the bars of his cell. This may have been the beginning of exchanging messages. He was executed on February 14, 269 A.D. Pope Gelasius in 496 A.D. named February 14th, Valentine’s Day, after him.

The modern day celebration of Valentines Day seems to have begun in France and England. On the eve of this day young lads and lasses meet and exchange gifts. Red is the colour chosen for this day hence all the cake shops, coffee shops and gift centers are filled with red colour.

All this has no relevance to the teachings of our great and beloved Prophet PBUH. Prophet PBUH had warned us about the group of his ummah that would follow the enemies of Allah in some of their rituals and customs. Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him), who narrated that the Prophet PBUH said: “You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you, span by span, cubit by cubit, until even if they were to enter a lizard’s hole, you would follow them. We said,  “O Messenger of Allah, (do you mean) the Jews and Christians? He said, “Who else?!”

Abdullah ibn Abdur Rahmaan ibn Jibreen was asked a fatwa concerning celebration of Valentines Day. The Shaykh replied Firstly; it is not permissible to celebrate such innovated festivals, because this is a newly-invented innovation which has no basis in religion Islam. Prophet PBUH said: “Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours (i.e., Islam) which is not part of it, will have it rejected” – i.e., it will be thrown back upon the one who innovated it.
Secondly, this involves imitating and resembling the kuffaar. Prophet PBUH said, “Whoever imitates the culture (of non-believers) is one among them.”
Thirdly, the things that result from this, such as partying, idle play, singing, music, insolence, impertinence, unveiling, wanton display, mixing of men and women, and the appearance of women before non-mahrams, etc., are all things which are haraam, or are means which lead to immorality. So it should not be justified as an excuse for relaxation and entertainment. The one who cares about himself should keep away from sin and all that leads to it.

Allah SWT says “O you who believe! Enter perfectly in Islam (by obeying all the rules and regulations of the Islamic religion) and follow not the footsteps of Shaitan (Satan). Verily! He is to you a plain enemy” [Baqarah 2:208].

Before concluding let us all seek refuge of Allah SWT from all the misguidance of Shaitan. May Allah SWT keep us steadfast in refraining from all that He dislikes? May the Muslim youth incept the virtues of Hassan and Hussain (may Allah be pleased with them) as both of them are the grand children of Prophet PBUH and the leaders of youth in paradise. May He grant us Paradise in the hereafter? Ameen

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11 thoughts on “My valentine?…Certainly not Satan!

  1. Dear Brother,

    “To have better understanding in humans who don’t believe unless they find any authentic document. Please attachment any link or proof of this paragraph”.

    There is no substantive history about the emergence of Valentine’s Day. The Christian Church had two Saints named Valentine. There are two different ideas centering them. The Roman Emperor, Claudius II, forbade young men to marry in 200 A.D. He believed single men made better soldiers. A priest named Valentine disobeyed the Emperor and married couples in secret. This is one idea and the other is that Saint Valentine was a lover of children but, was imprisoned when he would not honor other Gods. The children missed him and wrote messages of affection to him. They threw their notes through the bars of his cell. This may have been the beginning of exchanging messages. He was executed on February 14, 269 A.D. Pope Gelasius in 496 A.D. named February 14th, Valentine’s Day, after him.

  2. We have many important and sensitive topics to discuss and think about rather than wasting time on these stupid topics of festivals and functions….

    In short when Music,Dance,Party,liquor,gathering of male and females are haram in Islam then any festival containing anyone of these acts are haram -even the marriage where music is played.
    so where the question of V-day,mothers day,Christmas and bla bla…comes from?

    I would like to suggest you people to talk about education,science and islam,Islam followed in Saudi and Afghan,Acts of Taliban and other lashkars who ruins Islam,Thosands of muslims dying in Pakistan,Iraq and other countries becoz of SHia-Sunni fights.

    1. Brother true is what u are talking about..I do agree and wish to write on what you have said.
      But on the other hand many muslims are ignorant about this. They feel they can do away with these kind of celebration which is wrong. What i intend to do is stop people from following the paths that lead to hell and try to divert them to the blessed paths of heavens. If my writings help atleast one and urges him to shun from these little evils then i think i have succeeded. These little evils would make a large difference on the day of resurrection.

      Regards
      SHOAIB

  3. Assalamo alaikum,

    On the comming occasion of V-day, it is better beginning to warn muslim (boys and girls). It’s good to ask them to forbid all these un-islamic act. Yes our society has other bigger problems but we must not ignore smaller one. And if any tradition contradicts islamic sunnah , it can’t be small issue.
    O! Allah save us.

    Regard

    Fazlur Rahman
    Zakir Nagar,Delhi

  4. First of all, I would like to quote a berief hystory of V-Day.
    Its historical back ground is that a priest Valentine was living in the end of third century AD under the kingdom of Roman Emperor Claudius II. The Emperor sent him to Jail due to some disobedience where he got an illicit relationship with the daughter of watchman and started to love her even the girl has embraced Christianity along with her 46 relatives and began to visit him with a red color rose. When the king came to know it, he ordered for his execution. So when he realized it, he thought that he must should spend his last moment with his lover so he sent a rose to her written on which “From a faithful Valentine” and then he had been executed on 14th February 270 AD. After that, it began the costume of sending red color rose from lads to lasses in several regions of Europe and after a decade, they changed the mentioned text with “From the name of Clergyman Valentine” in order to safe their remembrance for ever.
    To participate, therefore, it is a similarity of enemies of almighty and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has said to us informing its bad result “whosoever has taken any similarity of a nation, he would be considered from them”. (Abu Daood)
    According to Hafiz Bin Kathir, this Hadith cites prohibition and threatening after having followed the words and works, garments, festivals and worships of dis- believers and except it all which are not allowed in our Shariah. Also to celebrate this festival spreads shamelessness, indecency and sindulness (Ibn-e-Katheer, Part 1, page No. 328) and Allah sais in the Holly Qur’an “Those who love to spread evils in Believers, there is a pitiable torment for them in both this world and Hereafter. Allah Almighty knows and you people don’t know. (AnNoor,19)
    In this verse, there is a great and frightening threat for those who will to spread bad deeds in the Muslim society, so what about those who do it themselves or preside it.
    The Ulema of recent era have issued a Fatwa on its prohibition (being Haram) and asked Muslims to keep themselves away from it. On the top list of them is Committee of research and Ifta Saudi Arab. (Fatwa No.21203, dated 23/11/1420 H.).

  5. Dear Shoaib sahib,

    First of all Assalamualaikum.

    I think you have risen up very important issue, and I think nothing which is harming Muslim Umah’ path and ideology is small issue. Actually following these small acts of unbelievers taking us far away from the right path.
    Wouldn’t it be better to show our deep and heartily love with our beloved prophet (Nabi) Rahmatul-lil-Alamin, Hazrat Mohammad Mustafa PBUH and his teachings, and make alive Sunnah acts in our daily lives instead of running after rubbish and useless acts which has no history and no obvious positive impact on human lives; then why to waste our time in following such events and nuance stuff.
    Therefore Shaikh brother it is suggested that, you remind all such kind of useless subjects to brothers and sisters in Islam to prevent their selves from these acts and practice Sunnahs and examples of Suhaba-e-Karam’s actions in their lives.

    Please remember me in your prayers,
    Your brother Sayed Ahamd.

  6. I would like to go give you a brief history of Valentines Day.

    First lets look into what is so special about February. In Ancient Rome,The Romans celebrated a festival called. Lupercalia,Which comes from the Word Lupa, Which refers to a Female Wolf. In Ancient time There were two people by the name of Romulus and Remus and there Father was supposedly the God of War. There Great Uncle, “Grand Fathers brother” Who took the power of the kingdom by force. He took his Niece forced to become a Vestal Virgin meaning making her swear not to have kids. His Niece was already pregnant, When the Great Uncle herd of the twins Romulus and Remus brith, Their Great Uncle took them, put them into a basket and set them into the Ocean hopping they would drown, so that no Family member would be alive to come back and take revenge. The two Romulus and Remus were saved by a Female Wolfe. The Female Wolf brought them to land, took care of them and fed them. As time went on a farm found and cared for

    Romulus and Remus. Once they became older and learned the truth they over took the throne from their Great Uncle. Thus they were founders of Rome. Along the time line. Romulus killed his brother Remus and he was sol king. At one point in Rome there were more men than women. What Romulus did he would steal the Women from the Sabines and bring them into his palace. Where men would enslave and rape them. The Sabines got furious and they went to war, but in the end they called a truce. This man Who over took the Kingdom of his Grandfather, winds up killing his brother and stealing women for his own purpose. When Romulus disappeared/died it was said that he had been raised to heaven and given the status of a god.

    The Romans started to celebrate this festival Lupercalia Which Began at the Ides of February 13-15 which was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well to the Roman Founders Romulus and Remus. This Holiday also is associated with other Pagan gods and rituals.

    This is where it gets really interesting The ritual involved the sacrifice of goats and a dog in the Lupercal by priests called Luperci, 1 who smeared the foreheads of two noble young men with the blood of the sacrificed animals and then wiped it off. At this point, the youths were required to laugh. Then the luperci,clothed in loincloths, ran about the area, lashing everyone they met with strips of skin from the sacrificed goats. Young wives were particularly eager to receive these blows, because it was believed that the ritual promoted fertility and easy childbirth. These ceremonies were accompanied by much revelry and drinking. Through out the day the young women in the city would place their names in the big bowl. The City’s Bachelors would then each pick a name out of the bowl and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. It would often led to marriages. Thus from this we also get the Valentine’s Card This is what the Romans celebrated around this time.

    From a Christianity standpoint it is believed that throughout time there was servile Priest by the Name of Saint Valentines. There was how ever one particular priest who lived in the 3 rd century A.D under Roman Emperor Claudius II. Claudius was a very Ambitious ruler. Claudius ordered that young men remain single because the married men didn’t make good soldiers and he grew his army believing this. Now Saint Valentines would go and secretly marry off the young men. When Claudius heard of the news, he told the guards to bring this Saint Valentine to him. When Valentine was brought to Caludius and tried to covert him into Roman Paganism so that he would stop getting people married. When Claudius saw that this wasn’t working he locked Valentine up. Thus sentencing him to death. It was also believed that while Saint Valentines was locked up people would bring letters and flowers to him. While in jail Saint Valentine fell in love with a girl, and on the day he was to be executed he passed a letter to the girl he loved. At the end of this letter it was signed “From your Valentine” the babies who have wings and carry bow/Arrow that they call Cupid. The word Cupid itself means Desire or Love. They are believed to be Roman pagan gods.

    Some where along the line in the late 4 th century in order to Christianize the Romans they took this Festival of Lupercalia and the Death of Saint Valentine along with Mariam (May Allah be pleased with her) and turned it into one Holiday. They still practiced what they were practicing but just gave it a different Name. Instead of calling it Lupercalia they called it Saint Valentines Day, which we now know as Valentines Day. In today’s society it has evolved into something greater. The practices are still the same, just business has been added to it. It’s a multi-billion dollar business just like Christmas. Statistically this is a $14-$17 billion dollar business anually. Go and do the research, everyone knows it is haram, even the Christians know that it has nothing to do with Christianity and that it is all based on paganism. For the non-Muslim it’s all about the money.

    People now ask or say well what if I give it a Day before or a day later. I ask you my brothers and sisters had this Valentine day never existed would you still give something to your loved one in this month on this particular day. Would you still do the same every year?The bigger question is what is your intention?You can fool me, you can fool everyone around. But who are you truly fooling?Allah knows your intention!

    Islam is a like an unstoppable army marching to its final destination. The more they try to stop it the more it grows. When people go into the army, they have to obey their higher rank officers, they have to obey the rules and regulations whether they like it or not. The same is with-in Islam, whether your born a Muslim or you come willingly to accept Islam you have to obey the rules and regulations. You have to Obey Allah and his Messanger Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam.

    Sahih International And obey Allah and the Messenger that you may obtain mercy.

    Between the time of Musa A.S and Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasllaam) the Jews were not allowed to go fishing or hunting on Saturday. This was forbidden upon them. In there Village area they had a river and Saturday was the best day for them to go fishing because that’s when most of the Fish would come, Ex: For those who are taxi Drivers we know that Friday and Saturday is one of the best days to work, Why?Because that’s when most of the business is. Why airlines, hotels, and malls are busier on weekends and holidays. Well it was the same for the Jews but they were forbidden to do so. Now you can imagine what they were going through. So thank Allah, that Allah has not forbidden such things on us. AllahuAkbar….so a group of them got together and decided, to come up with a loophole. What they did was, they made paths from the river to a little pond so that when the fish came through they would go into this little path and end up in the pond. When Sunday came around they would capture the fish. Well some might say what a great plan, Genius huh that is what many would say. SubahnAllah, All praises belongs to Allah, Allah knows best.

    This is what Allah said about time

    Yusuf Ali And well ye knew those amongst you who transgressed in the matter the Sabbath: We said to them: “Be ye apes, despised and rejected.”

    I ask you my brothers and sister so you want to do what the Jews did and find a loophole in celebrating these holidays. Think about it. Allah knows all.

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