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04-02-2007 @ 6:57 PM    Notify Admin about this post
unspecified Aqeel ibn Leonard Walker (USA)
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Presentation of the question with the title: Celebrating ?Eid ul-Hubb (Holiday of Love, or Valentine?s Day)

In the recent times there has spread the celebrating of ?Eid ul-Hubb (Valentine?s Day) ? particularly among the female students. And it is a holiday from the holidays of the Christians, and the clothing will be completely in red garments and shoes, and they exchange red flowers with each other. We hope from your eminence an explanation of the ruling of celebrating the likes of this holiday. What is your advice to Muslims regarding the likes of these affairs, and may Allaah preserve you and protect you?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Giver of Mercy
Wa ?alaykumus-salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh
Celebrating the Holiday of Love (i.e. Valentine?s Day) is not permissible for various reasons.
The first: That is an innovated holiday that has no basis for it in the Sharee?ah.
The second: That it calls to passion and infatuation.
The third: That it calls to busying the heart with the likes of these affairs that are trivial and opposed to the guidance of the Righteous Predecessors (As-Salaf us-Saalih), may Allaah be pleased with them.
So it is not permissible to introduce on this day (i.e. Valentine?s Day) anything from the aspects of holiday celebrating, regardless of whether it is foods, or drinks, or clothing, or exchanging gifts, or other than that. It is incumbent upon the Muslim to be distinguished and noble with his religion, and that he not be a characterless person who follows everyone who cries out. I ask Allaah, the Most High, to protect the Muslims from all of the trials, whatever is apparent or hidden of them, and that He guards over us with His care and His aid.

Written by Muhammad Saalih Al-?Uthaymeen on 5/11/1420 hijri.
Al-Muftee: Muhammad bin Saalih Al-?Uthaymeen
Source of the Fatwaa: Majmoo? Rasaa?il wa Fataawaa Ash-Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-?Uthaymeen

Translated by Aqeel Walker

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Zayd Abu Ubayd (Peqin,Albania)
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Some people celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14 by exchanging red roses, dressing in red, and congratulating one another on that day. Some cake shops make heart-shaped cakes in red and draw hearts on them and other shops advertise special items on sale for this day. What is your opinion on:
First: Celebrating this day? Second: Buying from these stores on this day?
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Third: Shop owners who do not celebrate this day selling gifts to be given by those who do celebrate it?
May Allah reward you with the best!

A: The clear-cut evidence from the Quran and Sunnah, upon which the Salaf (righteous predecessors) of this Ummah (nation based on one creed) unanimously agreed, confirms that there are only two Eids (festivals) in Islam: Eid-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast) and Eid-ul-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice). Any other festival, whether peculiar to a person, a group, an event, or any other reason, is an invented festival that is not permissible for Muslims to celebrate, approve of, enjoy, or support in any way, because this is considered to be a transgression of the Limits of Allah. Anyone who transgresses the limits set by Allah has wronged themselves. If we add to this fabricated festival the fact that it is one of the festivals of the Kafirs (disbelievers), this heaps sin upon sin, because it entails resembling them and is a type of support of them. Allah (may He be Glorified) forbids the Mumins (believers), in His Ever-Glorious Book, from imitating or supporting the Kafirs. It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who imitates a people is one of them. Valentines Day falls under this heading, as it is one of the idolatrous Christian festivals. It is not lawful for a Muslim who believes in Allah and the Last Day to celebrate, approve of, or congratulate people on it; it is forbidden to them. Rather, it is obligatory for them to ignore and avoid it, in obedience to Allah and His Messenger and to keep away from that which will arouse Allah's Anger and incur Punishment.
It is also Haram (prohibited) for Muslims to support this festival or any other Haram festival by any means, whether by supplying food or drinks; selling, buying, manufacturing, gift-giving, correspondence, advertising etc., because all this comes under cooperating in sin and transgression and disobeying Allah and His Messenger. Allah (may He be Glorified and Exalted) says:Surah Al-Ma'idah, 5: 2 Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqw (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allh. Verily, Allh is Severe in punishment.
It is obligatory for Muslims to adhere to the Qur'an and Sunnah in all matters, especially in times of Fitnah (trial) when corruption is widespread. They must be sagacious enough and on their guard to avoid falling into the misguidance of those who have earned Allahs Anger, those who went astray, or the Fasiqs (those flagrantly violating Islamic law) who have no fear of Allah nor have pride in being Muslims. Muslims should resort to Allah, asking for guidance and steadfastness in Islam, as it is Allah Alone Who guides and keeps us steadfast.
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and his family and Companions!

Resources: Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta: Bakr Abu Zayd, Salih Al-Fawzan, `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan, `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah Al Al-Shaykh


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Zayd Abu Ubayd (Peqin,Albania)
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Shaykh Mahir Al Qahtani said :

One of the tricks of Shaytan that day is that he leaves the couples alone so that they go through a lovely day to make them think that Valentine is indeed the day of love.
So Shaytan has beautified that day to them.
We ask Allah for protection.

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