Muslims forbidden from participating in Valentine's Day celebration
Publish Date: Thursday,12 February, 2009, at 10:48 PM Doha Time

SOME people celebrate Yawm al-Hubb - Valentine's Day - on February 14 [the 
second month of the Christian Gregorian calendar] every year by exchanging red 
roses as gifts. They also dress up in red clothing, and congratulate one 
another (on this occasion). Some sweet shops produce special sweets - red in 
colour - and draw hearts upon them. Some shops advertise their goods which are 
specially related to this day.
What is the Islamic view [concerning the following]:

1. Celebrating this day?
2. Buying from these shops on this day?
3. Selling - by shop-owners who are not celebrating - the things which are used 
as gifts, to those who are celebrating?
May Allah reward you with all good!

The ruling
The clear evidence from the Qur'an 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 Ramadan) and Eid al-Adha (after the standing at Arafah for 

Every other Eid - whether it is connected to 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 Allah, he has 
wronged his own self. [at-Talaaq 65:1]

If we add to this fabricated Eid the fact that it is one of the Eids of the 
disbelievers, it is sin upon sin. This is because it is Tashabbuh (imitation) 
of the disbelievers, and a type of Muwaalaat (loyalty) to them. And Allah has 
prohibited the believers from imitation of them and having love or loyalty for 
them in His Mighty Book (Al-Qur'an). It is also confirmed from the Prophet 
(sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) that he said: Whoever imitates a people is one 
of them.

Eid al-Hubb (Valentine's Day) comes under the category of what has been 
mentioned here, since it is one of the pagan Christian holidays. Hence 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 Eid, 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 Allah! Verily Allah is severe in punishment. [al-Maa'idah 5:2]

Likewise, it is obligatory for every Muslim to adhere strictly to the Qur'an 
and Sunnah in every situation - especially in times of temptations and 
corruption. It is incumbent that he/she understand, be aware and be cautioned 
from falling into the deviations of those whom Allah is angry with (Jews) and 
those who are astray (Christians) 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. And the 
success is from Allah! May the praise of Allah - among the assembly of angels - 
and security from all harm and evil be granted to our Prophet Muhammad and his 
family and companions

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