Why Celebrating Valentines Is Prohibited In Islam

The religion Islam has its events and festivals which are celebrated by every Muslim like Eid-ul-Adha, Eid-ul-Fitr, and Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAW), etc. But there are some events and festivals which are not part of our religion but are still celebrated even by Muslims. Valentine’s Day is one of the festivals which is celebrated by different people belonging to different religions.

Everyone is climbing on the bandwagon and celebrating this day, even Muslims these days have also started to celebrate these festivals without knowing that this event does not have any roots in Islam and our religion strictly prohibits the celebration of such events which promotes immorality.

HISTORY OF VALENTINES

The celebration of Lupercalia, which was held in the middle of February to honor fertility and love, is said to be the precursor to Valentine’s Day. Later, the event was given the name of Saint Valentine, a Christian martyr who was beheaded in ancient Rome for secretly marrying couples. But as time went on, the holiday’s connection to love and passion changed, and it is now mostly linked to marketed presents and displays of emotions.

In this blog we will discuss thoroughly why Islam has prohibited Muslims to celebrate this day:

AGAINST ISLAMIC RULES

Valentine’s Day customs are at odds with Islamic teachings. While there is no such concept, the day encourages male and female relationships before marriage. Islam does not support a male and female connection before marriage. There is no such thing of love between a male and female prior marriage. Our religion is solely in favor of marital love. On this day, girls and boys spend time together, exchange gifts, and occasionally engage in immoral practices that are strictly forbidden in Islam and go against the Sunnah and teachings of the Holy Qur’an.

FESTIVAL OF CHRISTIANS

Valentine’s Day was first a Christian holiday. The holidays of other religions should not be observed by Muslims. A person’s festivals and events might be used to assess their beliefs. Muslims celebrate Eid, which is not observed by Christians or Hindus, whereas Hindus observe Diwali and Holi, which are not observed by Muslims. Similar to Valentine’s Day, which is a Christian holiday that Muslims are not permitted to observe since it can lead them astray.

The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:

“Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” (Abu Dawood)

IT PROMOTES MATERIALISM AND COMMERCIALISM

Today’s Valentine’s Day is incredibly materialistic. People send pricey gifts to their loved ones on Valentine’s Day. Some people can buy expensive gifts with ease, while others struggle to do so and feel compelled to conform to the media’s and social media’s perception that the day can only be honored by exchanging pricey gifts like jewelry, dresses, mobile phones, and other luxury items.

Islam, however, rejects all forms of materialism. Islam claims that spending time together, sharing meals, and playing games are all examples of expressing love and affection.

As a symbol of affection, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) also made time for his wife and assisted them with household duties which teach us that love is not always showering each other with luxurious gifts.

THERE IS NOT A SINGLE DAY FOR SHOWING LOVE

Islam is the religion of love and peace. There is no specific day for showing love to your loved ones in Islam. Love and kindness should be shown every day. The love between spouses, mother and child, brother and sister should not be confined to a single day. It should be done every day. Muslim children should look at their parents with love and respect, brothers should be a support system for their sisters and vice versa, and spouses should respect each other and be kind towards each other every day. Hence Islam does not believe in the concept of showing affection on one specific day

CONCLUSION

Valentine’s Day is prohibited in Islam because it is against our cultural and religious values. Islam promotes respect and morality. The commercialization and sexualization of love and relationships that are often associated with Valentine’s Day go against these Islamic principles and teachings. Even though it is celebrated in many countries and still many Muslims are celebrating this day but that does not mean it is a part of our religion. Valentine’s Day is not a part of our religion because Islam does not believe in any event which can give birth to immortality and vulgarity.

Quran says:

Indeed, those who like that immorality should be spread [or publicized] among those who have believed will have a painful punishment in this world and the Hereafter. And Allah knows and you do not know.” (24:19)

The Prophet Muhammad taught that the best way to show love is through good deeds, such as helping others, being kind and considerate, and spreading peace and kindness. Islam promotes love and adoration in all kinds of relationships, especially those involving spouses, parents, and kids. However, Islamic beliefs and principles, such as modesty, respect, and abstaining from sinful or excessive behavior, regulate how these partnerships are expressed and honored

“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.” (3:85)

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