#Happy Valentine’s Day for those who are celebrating this day. Celebrate it with safe, peaceful and respectful manners.

Happy Valentine’s Day

#Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 every year. This day is dedicated to celebrate love, friendship, and admiration. It is the most awaited day of the year for any couple who believe in Valentine’s Day. It is a #Christian festival where people dress completely in red, including clothes and shoes, and they exchange red flowers. At this day love is in the air, Red color resonating the feeling of love, affection, warmth.

This day filled with the most love and affection with people for celebrating the popular festival of love, Valentine’s Day. The occasion not only allows people to shower their loved ones with love but also gives a perfect opportunity to confess one’s true feelings.

Although the occasion has far more #historical significance than most people know, it is heartily celebrated in the modern world famously with chocolates, flowers, gifts and romantic dinners.

Let us look at the historical background of Valentine’s Day before diving deeper into the issue and its reality.

Valentine’s Day (Islamic guidelines):

Is it permissible to Muslim for celebrating Valentine’s Day?”  A debate arises over the permissibility of celebrating Valentine’s for Muslims.

As Muslims, we are supposed to love one another and to wish and inculcate love among people regardless of their color, race, religion, or identity. However, this does not mean dissolving our identity or blindly pretend and imitating other religions’ traditions and practices. Most people believe that it is prohibited to celebrate this Day because of these three reasons.

  • Firstly, they believe that according to Islamic law, there is no logic or reason to celebrate this Day.
  • Secondly, they say that it is a celebration of love and passion but in a wrong manner such as, without getting married or not supposed to getting married, but acting as if the marriage is already done.
  • Lastly, it fills the heart with matters which are prohibited according to proper Islamic guidance.

Love in religion of Islam:

Islam is the religion of love, righteousness, mercy, and maintaining relations. Islam encourages all kinds of love. One of the most essential duties for Muslims is to become the ambassador of Islam by showing its beauty with their manners, actions, and words.

Also convey and portray that Islam is not a religion of revulsion and conservativeness but its beliefs are the most respectable that empowers the women as well as it also beautify the relationships in accordance with shariyah and Islamic Laws.

 Love between Spouses:

When we speak of love, the first thing which appears to mind is love between a man and woman. Islam promotes it within the holiness of marriage rather than prohibiting this kind of love. The foundation of marriage is love, compassion, understanding, forgiveness, and respect is found in the Qur’an and is stated as;

Perhaps nowhere is this more summarized than in love between Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his wife,   Khadijah. He loved her deeply despite the age difference, and she loved him despite his poverty. She loved him because he was filled with Nobel manners, trustworthiness, perfect character, humanity, and loyalty and was also graceful. He loved her beauty of nature, nobility, understanding, and believing in him. Their love was so great that the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) continued to love Khadijah until the day he died.

It was reported that once Aisha asked him, was Khadija the only woman worthy of this love? After that, he replied that she was the only one who believed in me while no one else did. She accepted Islam while people display me, and she was the only one who helped and comforted me when none could help me.

Love for Others, Whether Muslims or Non-Muslims

Muslims are encouraged to treat everyone with kindness and purity, including non-Muslims. God does not prohibit us from keeping good ties with non-Muslims. You can treat them kindly and exchange gifts with them. Our religion is the most patient and peaceful one as it gives the message to be kind and gentle not only with the humans but animals as well….

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. –Mother Teresa

Dr. Alia Nawaz, Other Blog

Credit: Some lines and history of Valentine’s Day is taken from media and internet, if there is any error or mistake, please ignore it. Thanks Alia

Historical Background of Valentine’s Day:

Let us look at the historical background of Valentine’s Day before diving deeper into the issue and its reality.

The general story is that it was originally unconvinced celebration, but legends vary on the Day’s origins. However, the most famous story revolves around the Roman prince called Valentine, who was martyred during Emperor Claudius 2.
For reasons over which there is a difference of opinion, all the marriages and engagements were banned by Rome’s emperor. Valentine defied the emperor and married couples in secret for the defense of the divine union. Valentine was arrested after his actions were discovered and were put to death on the 14th of February. Legends say that a farewell note was left by valentine for the jailer’s daughter. She was his friend before the execution. The letter said, “From your Valentine“. Eventually, the 14th of February became a day to celebrate love exchange love poems, messages, and gifts.
There is another story regarding the background of Valentine’s Day.  The Origin of “Valentine Day” or “Festival of Love” was one of the festivals of the pagan Romans when paganism was the prevalent religion of the Romans more than seventeen centuries ago.
 In the pagan Roman concept, it was an expression of “spiritual love”.
 There were myths associated with this pagan festival of the Romans, which persisted with their Christian heirs.
 Among the most famous of these myths was the Roman belief that Romulus, the founder of Rome, was suckled one day by a she-wolf, which gave him strength and wisdom.
The Romans used to celebrate this event in mid-February each year with a big festival.
One of the rituals of this festival was the sacrifice of a dog and a goat.
Two strong and muscular youths would duab the blood of the dog and goat onto their bodies, then they would wash the blood away with milk.
After that, there would be a great parade, with these two youths at its head, which would go about the streets. The two youths would have pieces of leather with which they would hit everyone who crossed their path. The Roman women would welcome these blows, because they believed that they could prevent or cure infertility.
The Connection between Saint Valentine and This Festival Saint Valentine is a name which is given to two of the ancient “martyrs” of the Christian Church. It was said that there were two of them, or that there was only one, who died in Rome as the result of the persecution of the Gothic leader Claudius, c. 296 CE. In 350 CE, a church was built in Rome on the site of the place where he died, to perpetuate his memory.
When the Romans embraced Christianity, they continued to celebrate the Feast of Love mentioned above, but they changed it from the pagan concept of “spiritual love” to another concept known as the “martyrs of love”, represented by Saint Valentine who had advocated love and peace, for which cause he was martyred, according to their claims. It was also called the Feast of Lovers, and Saint Valentine was considered to be the patron saint of lovers.

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