History and Islamic Perspective of Valentine’s Day

What is Valentine’s Day?

  • Valentine’s Day is a day which lovers wait to express their feelings to the opposite gender by writing it in a letter or by meeting and by a promise, that they will love each other endlessly.
  • They share presents, roses, and letters with each other on Valentine’s Day as a sign of affection.
  • Valentine’s Day is also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the feast of Saint Valentine.
  • This day is celebrated each year on the 14th of February. However, Valentine’s Day is strictly forbidden in Islam and also banned in Muslim countries.

Historical Background of Valentine’s Day

It is one of those mysterious antiquarian cases which is doomed never to be solved, but according to some historical books, St. Valentine was a holy roman man. The emperor banned all weddings and commitments in Rome and Valentine opposed the emperor decision and supported couples to meet in secret.

It is estimated that he himself was also involved with the jailer’s daughter and had some illegal and prohibited relations which are not acceptable by social norms, hence when Valentine’s actions were discovered by the jailer, he was arrested and put to death on 14th of February, but youth supported him and gradually, 14th February became a day to celebrate love, exchange love letters, poems, and gifts as a sign of showing their love for their partners and it was originally a “Pagan celebration”. Read more: History and Importance of Prophet’s (Peace Be Upon Him) First Visit to Taif

What Islam Says About Valentine’s Day (Islamic Point of View)

Islam has implemented all the festivals of which Muslims are compelled to participate and Valentine’s Day is not one of them. As a believing Muslim, we are not supposed to participate in the celebration of Valentine’s Day. Islam is against the supporting Pagans and Christianity regarding their celebration of love. Its Haram (prohibited) for Muslims to follow the culture of non-Muslims whether that support is of their worship or of their festivals,It is clearly defined in the Holy Quran and Sunnah that no addition or subtractions may be accepted in the celebrations of festivals.

There are only two festivals in Islam:

  1. Eid Al-Fitr and
  2. Eid Al-Adha.

Any other festivals that have to do with a person, a group, an occasion or any other festival are not acceptable in Islam. This was indicated by the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him) when he said: 

“Every people has its festival and this is our festival, “Best Way of Expressing Love is the love for the wife and husband.”

  1. We have the best practical example of the pure love of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and his first wife, Khadijah (رضى الله عنه), She loved him for his noble manners, loyalty, humility.
  2. He loved her for her beauty of character, understanding, and support and belief in him.
  3. He loved her deeply despite the age difference.
  4. She loved him unconditionally despite his poverty.

Therefore, the glorious and pure was their affection, that the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) continued to love Khadijah (رضى الله عنه) until the end of his life. Read: How to raise your children according to Islam

Pure Affection for Others in Islam

Islam encourages us to extend affection and love for each other at all times to maintain a great and pure bond in our society.

A man was with the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and a man passed by him, so he said, ‘you know, that one, I really love him.’ The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said, ‘tell him so.’ He caught up with the man and said, ‘I really love you for the sake of God.’ He replied, ‘I, too, love you as much as you love me, for His sake.

Clarification for Permission to Celebrate Holiday of Valentine

Many of the Muslims who are living in abroad usually get a bizarre thought of whether is it allowed in Islam or not, to have a vacation on Valentine’s Day so Egypt’s Dar Al-Ifta clears us as follows:

Such kinds of celebrations have become social occasions. Therefore, there is no objection to participating in them as they do not harm the Islamic teachings. Read more: The importance of Sadaqah in Islam

It is lawful in Islamic law to specify a day for renewing lawful love between spouses because there is nothing in Islamic law to prohibit this. But be careful as it is allowed for your Mahram only, however, this occasion must not be called “Eid” (feast) but “Day of Love” (Youm al-Hob).

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