Frontpage Mag has a timely reminder that love is not an Islamic value with a great piece that looks at how Valentine’s Day has been banned in most of the world’s major Muslim countries.
Certainly, Valentine’s Day has its roots in Christianity as it was originally intended to be a Christian holiday to celebrate the life of St. Valentine. But, like so many other western holidays, its Christian roots have dwindled to nothing as people have made it a day to celebrate the love of one’s significant other or other loved one.
But in Islam, there is apparently no room for a day to celebrate the love one has for a spouse or other loved one for in most of the Muslim world the holiday has either been banned outright, or the activities surrounding the holiday have been criminalized.
Love is just not an Islamic value, it appears.
For Frontpage, Deborah Weiss reveals the fate of the holiday in several large Muslim nations.
Pakistan, for example, outlawed Valentine’s Day in 2017, when Islamabad’s High Court ruled that the holiday goes against Islamic teachings. The ruling came in response to a petition by Abdul Waheed, a Pakistani citizen, who believes that any Valentine’s Day promotions in the mainstream or social media are un-Islamic. His petition further argued that while Valentine’s Day is advocated in the language of love, this is merely pretext for the promotion of nudity, immorality and indecency. He won his case.
Even though the holiday was widespread in Pakistan before 2017, now the state says that “No [Valentine’s Day] event shall be held at the official level or at any public space.”
Worse, the Islamic police have taken to spreading out across the country on Valentine’s Day to enforce this hate-filled “law.”
In 2012, in Indonesia, the highest Islamic clerical council announced that Valentine’s Day is contrary to Islamic teachings. In 2017, nationwide rallies were held to bring awareness to the fact that the holiday is a western concept. Protestors held signs reading “Muslims say no to Happy Valentine’s Day.” Last year, police gathered and arrested couples that were publicly affectionate. Indonesian fundamentalists believe that Valentine’s Day encourages premarital sex, which is a crime in Indonesia.
In Malaysia, Islamic authorities issued a fatwa in 2006 which banned Valentine’s Day. In 2011, the JAIS (Islamic morality police) arrested 80 couples for celebrating the holiday. Officers raided hotels in major cities during an anti-Valentine’s Day crusade. Then, in 2017, the National Muslim Youth Association issued a statement the day prior to Valentine’s Day, advising women not to wear perfume on Valentine’s Day and to refrain from using emoticons in their text messages.
In Iran, though the holiday isn’t technically illegal, much of the associated activity is banned. The morality police order shops and restaurants to remove hearts, flowers, and decorations, including pictures of couples embracing. They are prohibited from selling heart-shaped balloons, red roses, heart-shaped boxes, or Valentine’s Day cards. If they have the audacity to sell Valentine’s Day gifts, they are threatened with prosecution. Despite this, numerous restaurants in Tehran defy the law, employing lookouts to give advance notice of inspectors on Valentine’s Day patrol.
Islam really is a blight on the earth.
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