The Mith of Saint Valentine’s Day

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 daub 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. …

Celebrating Valentine’s Day
Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of
the Worlds, and blessings and
peace be upon our Prophet
Muhammad and upon all his
family and companions.
Allaah has chosen for us Islam as
our religion and He will not accept
any other religion from
anyone, as He says
(interpretation of the meaning):
“ And whoever seeks a religion
other than Islam, it will never be
accepted of him, and in the
Hereafter he will be one of the
losers [Aal ‘Imraan 3:85]And the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him)
told us that groups of his
ummah would follow the
enemies of Allaah in some of
their rituals and customs, as it
says
in the hadeeth of Abu Sa’eed al-
Khudri (may Allaah be pleased
with him), who narrated that
the Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) said: “You
will certainly follow the
ways of those who came before
you, span by span, cubit by cubit,
until even if they were to
enter a lizard ’s hole, you would
follow them.” We said, “O
Messenger of Allaah, (do you
mean) the Jews and Christians?”
He said, “Who else?!”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari in al-
I ’tisaam bi’l-Kitaab wa’l-Sunnah,
Baab Qawl al-Nabi (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon
him) La tattabi ’unna Sanan man
kaana qablakum, 8/151;
and by Muslim in Kitaab al-‘Ilm,
Baab Ittibaa’ Sanan al-Yahood
wa’l-Nasaara, 4/2054)
What the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him)
spoke of has indeed come to
pass and has become widespread
in recent times, in many of the
Muslim countries. Many of
the Muslims follow the enemies
of Allaah in many of their
customs and ways of behaving,
and imitate them in some of
their rituals and in celebrating
their holidays.
The matter has been made even
worse by the opening up of mass
communications between
peoples, whereby the rituals and
customs of the kuffaar are now
transmitted with the
glamorous adornment of sound
and image from their countries
into the Muslim countries,
via satellite TV and the World
Wide Web (Internet). Many
Muslims have been deceived by
their glamour.
In recent years, a new
phenomenon has spread among
the Muslim youth – males and
females alike – which does not
bode well. This is manifested in
their imitation of the
Christians in their celebration of
the Valentine ’s Day, which has
led the scholars and
daa ’iyahs to explain the rulings
of sharee’ah concerning that, out
of sincerity towards
Allaah, His Messenger, the leaders
of the Muslims and their common
folk, so that Muslims
may have a clear understanding
of this issue and so that they will
not fall into that which
will undermine the belief
( ‘aqeedah) with which Allaah has
blessed them.
This is a brief discussion of the
origins, development and
purpose of this holiday, and what
the Muslim should do with regard
to it.
The story of the Festival of Love
(Valentine ’s Day)
The 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 daub 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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qlue
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Well researched! :up:.

DANBUZU
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:happy: THANKS!

Aliyumashood
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May Allah(swt) increase u in knowledge and wisdom

DANBUZU
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AMEN :happy:

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florin writes:ma numesc florin mihai, am 15ani sunt din busteni, si vin cu o mare rugaminte la dumneavoastra. vin sarbatorile de paste, iar noi nu avem ce pune pe masa . tata nu lucreaza doar mama, si lucreaza la matura pe strada in frig si ger pentru 500 de lei pe luna.tata este operat la picior.din banii acestia mama trebuie sa plateasca datoriile la magazin , datoriile la oameni care ne mai dau bani imprumut, si noi numai ramanem cu nimic.va cer ajutorul ca sa ne ajutati si pe noi cu ce puteti ca sa punem cate ceva de sarbatori pe masa. va trimit acest mesaj de la calculatorul unui vecin care ne mai ajuta si dansul din cand in cand.va rugam din tot sufletul sa ne ajutati cu ce puteti ca sa ne facem si noi sarbatorile de paste ca orice om.Am vrea si noi ca orice om sa avem si noi un cozonac si un ou rosu. dar daca nu avem nu putem face nimic. Dintr-un singur salariu, adus de mama, nu ne putem permite absolut nimic, pentru ca avem datorii la magazine care ne dau pe datorie, si trebuie sa dam inapoi si banii celor ce ne… Read more »
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