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‘Valentine’s Day – Shaykh Muhammad Bin Saalih Al-`Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah]

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

وَلْتَكُن مِّنكُمْ أُمَّةٌ يَدْعُونَ إِلَى الْخَيْرِ وَيَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ ۚ وَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ

Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful. 3:104

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‘Valentine’s Day – Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah]

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.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah]

Majmoo’ Rasaa’il wa Fataawaa Ash-Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen

Translated by Aqeel Walker (Posted on Salafitalk.net)

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