Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone in love no matter where you are.

Today is recognized as Valentine's Day around the world as a day when lovers everywhere send cards and flowers or candy to someone special they happen to love. Unfortunately, everywhere does not include most Islamic countries because government officials have either condemned it or outlawed it and Islamic scholars have issued religious Fatwas condemning this holiday and stores are not even allowed to sell cards and candy on the days before.
As reported by CBS News:
February 12, 2011
Malaysia Campaigns Against Valentine's Day
Officials Mount Campaign Insisting Such Romantic Valentine's Gestures Might Tempt Young People into Premarital Sex
(AP) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian Muslims debated Sunday whether to shun Valentine's Day after the government warned that the celebration was a "trap" that could trigger indecent behavior.
Although no laws prevent Malaysia's Muslim majority from marking the occasion with dinner dates and roses, officials have mounted a campaign insisting that such romantic gestures might tempt young people into having premarital sex.

Read more on CBS News.
And from the BBC in London.
Malaysia warns Muslims of Valentine's Day 'trap'
Malaysia has stepped up a campaign to stop Muslims celebrating Valentine's Day - labelling it a "trap" that could encourage immoral behaviour.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Monday's celebration of romantic love was "not suitable" for Muslims.

Several Malaysian states are planning to carry out checks on hotels to stop young couples having premarital sex.

The anti-Valentine's Day campaign by the country's Islamic authorities goes back to a fatwa issued in 2005.

Leaflets have been distributed to Muslim university students urging them to avoid Monday's celebration.

The government-run Department of Islamic Development, which handles religious policies, has launched a publicity campaign called "Mind the Valentine's Day Trap".

Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz, the department's chief, told state media: "In reality, as well as historically, the celebration of Valentine's Day is synonymous with vice activities.

"Islam would reject anything, even from the Eastern culture, if it contravenes the Islamic teachings."

He said Islam had never rejected positive things from the West, noting that it had embraced Mother's and Father's Day.

But not all Malaysian Muslims agree with the campaign, with some saying Valentine's Day is harmless.

Other faiths are not affected by the boycott in a country where Muslims make up nearly two-thirds of the 28 million population.
In the immortal words of the Ayatollah Khomeini, "Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious."


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