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Muhammad IbnFaqih
02-14-2008, 11:01 AM
AsSalaam 'alaikum my loved ones,

This morning, during the golden hours of the day, I had a very interesting conversation with a brother from my local community. This conversation triggered many golden thoughts, or gems according to our AlMaghrib lingo.

One particular gem has to do with the topic of the day, LOVE.

Needles to say that we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, nor I condone the silly practices associated with the observing of this highly commercialized day. While many find the idea of dedicating a day to show appreciation and express one’s passion for his or her loved ones a “sweet thing”, I find it to be quite disturbing.

What’s so special about someone doing something because everyone else in the world is doing it?

What happened to spontaneity and continuity?

Besides, the ‘ulmaa’ have given their verdict on this issue… ask google!

One more thing, how could anyone... never mind, check out the history behind this Day for yourself…


As early as the fourth century B.C., the Romans engaged in an annual young man's rite to passage to the God Lupercus. The names of the teenage women were placed in a box and drawn at random by adolescent men; thus, a man was assigned a woman companion for the duration of the year, after which another lottery was staged. After eight hundred years of this cruel practice, the early church fathers sought to end this practice... They found an answer in Valentine, a bishop who had been martyred some two hundred years earlier.

According to church tradition St. Valentine was a priest near Rome (http://www.theholidayspot.com/valentine/history_of_valentine.htm) in about the year 270 A.D. At that time the Roman Emperor Claudius-II who had issued an edict forbidding marriage (http://www.theholidayspot.com/valentine/history_of_valentine.htm).
This was around when the heyday of Roman empire had almost come to an end. Lack of quality administrators led to frequent civil strife. Learning declined, taxation (http://www.theholidayspot.com/valentine/history_of_valentine.htm) increased, and trade slumped to a low, precarious level. And the Gauls, Slavs, Huns, Turks and Mongolians from Northern Europe and Asian increased their pressure on the empire's boundaries. The empire was grown too large to be shielded from external aggression and internal chaos with existing forces. Thus more of capable men were required to be recruited as soldiers and officers. When Claudius became the emperor, he felt that married men were more emotionally attached to their families, and thus, will not make good soldiers. So to assure quality soldiers, he banned marriage.
Valentine, a bishop, seeing the trauma of young lovers, met them in a secret place, and joined them in the sacrament of matrimony. Claudius learned of this "friend of lovers," and had him arrested. The emperor, impressed with the young priest's dignity and conviction, attempted to convert him to the roman gods, to save him from certain execution. Valentine refused to recognize Roman Gods and even attempted to convert the emperor, knowing the consequences fully.
On February 24, 270, Valentine was executed.

"From your Valentine"
While Valentine was in prison awaiting his fate, he came in contact with his jailor, Asterius. The jailor had a blind daughter. Asterius requested him to heal his daughter. Through his faith he miraculously restored the sight of Asterius' daughter. Just before his execution, he asked for a pen (http://www.theholidayspot.com/valentine/history_of_valentine.htm) and paper (http://www.theholidayspot.com/valentine/history_of_valentine.htm) from his jailor, and signed a farewell message to her "From Your Valentine," a phrase that lived ever after.


Valentine thus becomes a Patron Saint, and spiritual overseer of an annual festival. The festival involved young Romans offering women they admired, and wished to court, handwritten greetings of affection on February 14. The greeting cards acquired St.Valentine's name.

The Valentine's Day card spread with Christianity, and is now celebrated all over the world.

From: www.theholi (http://www.theholidayspot.com/)day (http://www.theholidayspot.com/)spot.com (http://www.theholidayspot.com/)

To be continued…

nihma333
02-14-2008, 01:35 PM
SubhanAllah, the fact that Muslims are incresingly starting to participate in this foolish holiday is absolutely repugnant. You don't even need a fatwa to tell you that celebrating Valentine's Day is haram, just by becoming remotely familiar with the history behind it should speak volumes.

QTbklynmuslimah
02-14-2008, 06:36 PM
Valentine's day seriously iz just pointless. If u luv sum1........ everyday shud be valentine's day, not just Feb 14!

Sr.Anam
02-14-2008, 07:20 PM
As it says in the hadeeth of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him), who narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) 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 Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and Christians?”

He said, “Who else?”

Sweet Muslimah
02-14-2008, 07:36 PM
or gyms according to our AlMaghrib lingo.

One particular gym has to do with the topic of the day, LOVEBrother it is not GYM but GEM*-->
Great Enlighting Moment (Something like that!)
Please don't be offended by this correction...
We learn new things everyday...
You just learned something new
UNLESS it was a typing error.

Sweet Muslimah
02-14-2008, 07:42 PM
While many find the idea of dedicating a day to show appreciation and express one’s passion for his or her loved ones a “sweet thing”, I find it to be quite disturbing.

What’s so special about someone doing something because everyone else in the world is doing it?

What happened to spontaneity and continuity?


I agree. When you love someone, you show your affection everyday...no need to make up a special day for that.