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Ruling on Celebrating Valentine’s Day


Presentation of the question with the title: Celebrating ‘Eid ul-Hubb (Holiday of Love, or Valentine’s Day)

 

Question:

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?

 

Answer:

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

http://www.islammessage.com/islamww/alfatwa.php?id=8792&PHPSESSID=6b8ab0ab863a0e7961c0

Translated by Aqeel Walker

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