On Valentine’s Day – Why Oh Muslims?
Ibraaheem ibn Adham (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) was once asked, “O Abu Ishaaq, why are our supplications to Allaah The Exalted not answered?” He answered, “Because your hearts have died due to ten things.”They inquired, “What are they?” Ibraaheem bin Adham (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) said:
“because you know Allaah but you do not obey Him, and you know the Messenger but you do not follow his Sunnah, and you know the Qur’aan but you do not act in accordance with it, and you eat from the blessings of Allaah but you do not give thanks for them, and you know Paradise but you do not seek it, and you know Hell but you do not flee from it, and you know the shaytaan but you do not fight him rather you agree with him, and you know death but you do not prepare for it, and you have buried the dead but you do not learn a lesson from that, and you ignore your own faults and are preoccupied with other people’s faults.“
Source: Tafseer al-Qurtubi (2/312).
Coincidentally, when one of my students, who had put a red rose in the pocket of his shirt asked me, “Why doesn’t Allaah The Exalted accept our supplications?” I told him this narration. When I asked him about the red rose in his pocket he answered, “Don’t you know that today is Valentine’s Day? I am celebrating it by putting this red rose in the pocket of my shirt.”
Even during the worst periods and the lowest points in Muslim history, we were more attached to our Islamic ideals than we are in this age. The enemies of Islam may have conquered most of our lands by force, but they did not shake our belief in the Islamic Creed. Today, why do we willingly run to emulate their values and lifestyle, despising our own religion, creed and values?
Indeed, the disbelievers, the founders of Western culture of ignorance spare no effort in enforcing their way of life on Muslims aiming at controlling them, eradicating Islamic beliefs from their hearts and keeping them away from adopting the Islamic way of life; since Islam is the gravest peril that threatens their existence. Hence, they exert endless efforts in their attempt to achieve their goal, one of which is controlling the international media.
In fact, they have reaped the rewards of their efforts as Muslim sons and daughters blindly imitate the Western disbelievers paying no attention or care to their own religion, values and beliefs. The ramifications of this imitation can be seen in Muslim youth celebrating Valentine’s Day, which is a celebration originating in pagan Roman customs, during which they claim to celebrate a “divine love”. This celebration is still held until this day in European countries as a means of declaring loving feelings of friendship and renewing the covenant of love. (See – The History of Valentine’s Day for further information)
Unfortunately, we hear of some Muslim female students, who exchange candy and red roses and wear red clothes in order to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
I ask you why? Oh Ummah of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam)? Have you ever heard or seen a Christian or a Jew taking part in Eid ul-Fitr or Eid ul-Adha? No. But indeed you have surely heard and seen Muslims taking part in Christmas, Valentine’s Day etc.
Don’t you still see the plot of the Jews and the Christians, trying their best to drill past the pristine teachings of Islam?
Oh Muslim youth ! Oh Ummah of the blessed Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) !
● The disbelievers have allocated a specific day to celebrate ‘red love’ during which chastity, purity and bashfulness are profoundly violated, while praiseworthy jealousy i.e., proper manly zeal, dignity and honor are slaughtered, and you Oh Muslim youth, follow them in this evil !
● On this day, misguided people randomly spread repressed desires – rather, animal desires – both negative and positive, that clash with each other, and you watch our very own Mother, daughter and sister from amongst the Muslim Ummah become their victim !
● The disbelievers define things and you try and fit in their definitions?
In fact, they claim that you are not a man unless you act like one in terms of sins and vice, and you are not virile enough for them if you do not have a lover to whom you can give a ‘red rose’ and with whom you can spend a ‘red night’!
They say that you are not a refined ‘gentleman’ if you did not wish your lover, wife, or female colleague ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’.
And what do you do, Oh Muslim Ummah? You assume these definitions to be true and try and fit in them? You forget the characters of the like of Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam), Umar ibn al-Khattab, Khaalid bin Waleed (May Allaah be pleased with them all)?
● Do you know Oh Muslim youth, that Americans and Europeans render this day an open day for indulging in illicit sexual relations on a large scale. Their middle schools, high schools, mixed universities, parks and malls take the necessary measures for this day by providing condoms for men in public toilets and other places where couples are more likely to meet, for protection against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
How can Muslims allow themselves to celebrate this day that is the most heinous of the Christian festivals? Valentine’s Day is the worst feast of the disbelievers; it is the most erotic and prurient feast.
What has happened to Muslims: our brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and students who were raised to love the Prophet, (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam), and were imbued with bashfulness, dignity, pride and magnanimity? Why do they celebrate this?
Are they commemorating Saint Valentine‘s death for having sacrificed his life for the sake of Christianity? Or is it because he used to provide refuge for loving couples?
On one hand we are, praying in every Salah, Surah al-Fatihah, asking Allaah to guide us to the Straight Path, not of those who earned Allaah’s anger (the Jews) and not of those who have gone astray (the Christians), but on the other hand we follow them in all what they do.
Ask yourself Oh Muslim Ummah ! If Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) were to see us like this today, would he be pleased to see our situation?
He sacrificed his whole life for the sake of Allaah and his Ummah, so that we be guided by the true guidance to the Siraat al-Mustaqeem. Will we be able to open our mouth in front of him and say that we follow the teachings he taught?
Ask yourself, will you be able to stand firmly in front of a devout Muslim and say with surety that you practice Islam in the real essence?
Just imagine, Oh brethren, what would be the scenario when Allaah will be questioning you on the day of Judgment for all what you did. What excuse will you give to Him?
With tears in my eyes, I am compelled to say this, but sadly, we have become of those who do mere lip service to the verses of the Qur’an, the Sunnah and to Islam in totality.
I ask Allaah to protect the Muslims from the harm of temptations and from the evil of their own selves and the plots of their enemies, for He is the All-hearing Who answers prayers. May Allaah send blessings upon His slave and Messenger Muhammad, and upon all his family and companions.