Islam and Valentine’s day

Islam and Valentine’s day

Islam always promotes sharing love between every relationship. A religion of peace and love, how is it possible that it would be against the celebration of love?

Islam promotes building ties of love between Muslims and societies. We do not limit the existence of this love of unity, marriage, sisterhood, or family to only one day a year. Hence, Islam says to celebrate love every day and ask Muslims not to restrict the expression of love to just a single day.

Islam and Valentine’s day – Why Islam discourages Valentine’s day?

While Islam does not discourage the celebration of love, Valentine’s day is more of a celebration of an extramarital or non-marital relationship. This is why Islam has no concept of Valentine’s day. However, Islam appreciates the beauty of halal relationships and also appreciates the celebration of such relationships.

What does Quran say about the celebration of Jews’ festivals?

Valentine’s day dates back to Romans and not Islamic times. Hence, it refers primarily to Christians and not Islam. Also, Muslims have really no involvement in it.

The Almighty Allah, said in Quran in Surah Maidah, verse number 51:

“O, believers! Take neither Jews nor Christians as guardians – they are guardians of each other. Whoever does so will be counted as one of them. Surely Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.” {5:51}.

The above canto clearly says that true believers are those who obey the commands of Allah. Allah has ordered Muslims to follow the rules and commands encouraged in Islam and not to follow the path of disbelievers.

Another following verse of the Quran makes the point even clearer.

“Guide us to the straight path. The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray.” {1:6-7}.

Marital love

Apart from the love of blood relations, the first relation that comes to the mind is that of husband and wife. Because this is the particular relationship that forms the substance of all other relationships, and hence is considered utmost importance.

If we say that it’s okay to celebrate Valentine’s day among husband and wife as they are legally married, then the answer is Yes, they can. But again, why only February 14?

There is no specific day for love. As a husband, you can give a beautiful gift to your wife anytime. You don’t have to wait for February 14. Similarly, if he wants to take her out to dinner, he can do that without waiting for February 14. This goes to the wife as well. If she wants to cook her husband’s favorite dish or gift him something special, she doesn’t have to wait for February 14.

Finding love and peace in each other

There is no need for a special day for husband and wife to enjoy each other’s company or celebrate love. They both should celebrate love daily and enjoy each moment by praising each other’s good qualities.

Allah says in Quran in Ar-Rum, verse 21:

“And it is among His signs that He has created for you wives from among yourselves, so that you may find tranquility in them, and He has created love and kindness between you. Surely in this, there are signs for a people who reflect” {translated by Mufti Taqi Usmani}.

Do understand that Valentine’s day is not forbidden or prohibited in Islam but Islam wants Muslims to express love every day to other brothers and spouses.

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