Last year I wrote a detailed article called “Valentine’s Day and Us” on the History and Origin of St. Valentine’s day and the reasons why Muslims and even Christians should not celebrate this festival as it is pagan in origin and its pagan rituals highly perverted and an insult to women.
Some people still objected and insisted that there is nothing wrong with celebrating this festival as it is not our intention to follow the Romans and the pagans. Some related this with using cars and mobile phones insisting that if Islam is so rigid about following non muslims then we should also not use stuff developed , discovered or made by the non muslims.
I would just like to clarify that there is a huge difference between following the culture/ religious festivals and using “technology”. Islam is not like what the Amish people are taught that technology is bad and therefore they are forbidden to use telephones and electricity.
Prophet Muhammad saw himself used material and stuff which was made by non Arabs. Just like camels and horses were used for transportation in those days, we are using cars trains etc.. just like leather was used for writing and communicating, we are using cell phones. Islam does not forbid using technology developed by non muslims. Islam only asks Muslims to maintain their identity and not adapt culture and traditions of non muslims.
Here I would briefly like to remind everyone of the origins of St. Valentine’s Day and the consequences of following pagans and Christians.
Valentine’s Day Revealed:
· Not a Christian Festival
· Not associated with Saint. Valentine
· Originally from two most sexually perverted pagan Roman festivals: Lupercalia and Feast of Juno Februata
· Celebration of fertility, lust, desire, sex and erotica.
· Nothing to do with displaying platonic love!
· Treatment of women as objects of lust, desire and fertility.
· In honor of Roman gods and goddesses
Whose Sunnah are you following?
Sunnah means a trodden path. If you are celebrating St. Valentine’s Day, you are actually following the Sunnah of the Roman pagans and the Sunnah of the Christians since it is considered to be a Christian festival.Every time we offer our salat, we recite Surah Al Fatiha and pray to Allah to show us the straight path.
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, The Beneficent, the Merciful
Owner of the Day of Judgment,Thee (alone) we worship; Thee alone we ask for help.Show us the straight path,The path of those whom Thou hast favored. Not (the path) of those who earned Thine anger nor of those who go astray.”
Don’t you think Roman idol worshippers are those who earned the anger of Allah? Don’t you think the Christians are those who went astray?? What path are we trying to avoid?
Sign of the Last Day: Muslims following Persians, Romans, Jews and Christians
Prophet Muhammad saw said, “You will follow the ways of those nations who were before you, span by span and cubit by cubit ( i.e., inch by inch) so much so that even if they entered a hole of a mastigure(a kind of lizard), you would follow them.” We said, “O Allah’s Apostle! (Do you mean) the Jews and the Christians ?” He said, “Whom else?”
(Bukhari: Vol 009, Book 092, Hadith 422.)
The Prophet said, “The Hour will not be established till my followers copy the deeds of the previous nations and follow them very closely, span by span, and cubit by cubit ( i.e., inch by inch).” It was said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Do you mean by those (nations) the Persians and the Romans?” The Prophet said, “Who can it be other than they?”
So now its upto you to risk following the path of those people who earned Allah’s anger and who went astray.
Just remember there are 365 days in a year…so why insist on 14th Feb?