Saturday, 25 February 2012

Muslim World Perspectives On Valentine Day & Islamic Holy Book Qur'an Saying on Festivals

Islamic Perspectives of Valentine Day celebration:-
It is seen that almost all countries youth generation is starting celebrating valentine day.But Islamic mythology says that we should avoid anything associated with pagan immoral practices where it gives honour or celebrate the death of a Christian"saint".It is clear in Islam that it does not encourage flirting or suggestions of romantic relationships before marriage,Love between families,friends and married people does not need to be celebrated on a day with such un-Islamic origins.
Here a few queries Related to valentine day on Islamic perspective:-
Question 1:-In recent times,celebration of the Valentine Day has spread,particularly among female students.It is a Christian celebration, and it is (manifested) with fully red costumes, clothing and shoes,and exchange of red roses. What is the ruling oncelebrating this holiday? Answer:-Celebrating the Valentine Day is not permissible because:Firstly,it is an innovated holiday that has no basis in the Sharee`ah. Secondly,it calls to love and passion.Thirdly, it calls to keeping one's heart busy with nonsense matters which contradict the guidance of the righteous predecessors,may Allah be pleased with them.
Question 2:-Some people celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14 every year by exchanging red roses as gifts.They alsodress up in red clothing,and congratulate one another (on this occasion).Some sweet shops produce special sweets,red in color and draw hearts upon them. Some shops advertise their goods which are specially related to this day.What is the Islaamic view[concerning the following]: Celebrating this day? Buying from these shops on this day?Selling by shop-owners who are not celebrating the things which are used as gifts, to those who are celebrating?

Answer:-The clear evidence from the Qur'aan and Sunnah,and this is agreed upon by consensus (Ijmaa)of the early generations of the Muslim Ummah,indicates that there are only two 'Eids in Islam(days of celebration):'Eid al-Fitr (after the fast of Ramadhaan) and 'Eid al-Adhaa (after the standing at'Arafah for pilgrimage). Every other'Eid-whether it is to do with a person,group,incident or any other occasion - is an innovated'Eid.It is not permissible for the Muslim people to participate in it,approve of it,make any show of happiness on its occasion,or assist in it in any way - since this will be transgressing the bounds of Allah:"and whoever transgresses the bounds of Allaah, he has wronged his own self,"[Soorah at-Talaaq,Aayah 1]Allah has prohibited the believers from imitation of them and having love or loyalty for them in His Mighty Book (Qur’aan).It is also confirmed from the Prophet Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam that he said:"Whoever imitates a people is one of them." It is not permissible for any Muslim,who believes in Allah and the Last Day,to participate in it,approve of it,or congratulate (anyone on that occasion).On the contrary,it is obligatory to abandon it and stay far away from it - in response to Allah and His Messenger, and to distance oneself from the anger of Allah and His punishment."
Additionally,it is forbidden for a Muslim to assist or help in this Valentine's Day, or any other of the forbidden/illegal celebrations in any way whatsoever - whether by food or drink, selling or buying, production, gift-giving, correspondence, announcements, etc. All of these things are considered as co-operating in sin and transgression and disobedience of Allah and His Messenger.Allah,the Glorious and Most High, says:"and co-operate with one another in righteousness and piety, and do not co-operate in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah! Verily Allaah is severe in punishment,"[Soorah al-Maa.idah,Aayah 2]As regards the Islamic stance on this festival,Dr.Su`ad Ibrahim Salih,professor of Islamic Jurisprudence(Fiqh) at Al-Azhar University,states the following:-Indeed,Islam is the religion of altruism,true love,and cooperation on that which is good and righteous.We implore Allah Almighty to gather us together under the umbrella of His All-encompassing Mercy,and to unite us together as one man.Allah Almighty says:"(The believers are naught else than brothers.Therefore make peace between your brethren and observe your duty to Allah that haply ye may obtain mercy.)"(Al-Hujurat 49:10) He added "Focusing more on the question in point,I can say that there are forms of expressing love that are religiously acceptable,while there are others that are not religiously acceptable.Among the forms of love that are religiously acceptable are those that include the love for Prophets and Messengers. It stands to reason that the love for Allah, and His Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) should have the top priority over all other forms of love."Islam does recognize happy occasions that bring people closer to one another,and add spice to their lives.However, Islam goes against blindly imitating the West regarding a special occasion such as Valentine’s Day.Hence,commemorating that special day known as the Valentine’s Day is an innovation or bid`ah that has no religious backing.Every innovation of that kind is rejected,as far as Islam is concerned. Islam requires all Muslims to love one another all over the whole year,and reducing the whole year to a single day is totallyrejected.

We Muslims ought not to follow in the footsteps of such innovations and superstitions that are common in what is known as the Valentine’s Day.No doubt that there are many irreligious practices that occur on that day,and those practices are capable of dissuading people from the true meanings of love and altruism to the extent that the celebration is reduced to a moral decline. Likewise,it is obligatory for every Muslim to adhere strictly to the Qur'aan and Sunnah in every situation,especially in times of temptations and corruption.It is incumbent that he/she understands,be aware and be cautioned from falling into the deviations of those whom Allah is angry with and those who are astray and the immoral people who have no fear of punishment,nor hope of reward,from Allah,and who give no attention at all to Islam.It is necessary for the Muslim to flee to Allah,the Most High,seeking His Hidaayah (Guidance)and Thabaat(Firmness)upon the Path.Verily,there is no Guide except Allah and no One who can grant firmness except Him.Lastly I can say that It is not permissible for a Muslim to celebrate any of the festivals of the kuffaar.Valentines Day is an innovated festival for which there is no basis in Islam.However,Others would do well to remember the famous saying of the Prophet (صلي الله عليه وسلم):“Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”(narrated by Ahmad,2/50; Abu Dawood,4021 )May Allah the Exalted protect Muslims from every trial,apparent and hidden,and that He give them protection and guidance.Ameen.
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9.Festivals in Islam10.Indian Muslim population

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