Islam Against Extremism Conference 22nd July 2017

Islam Against Extremism Conference 22nd July 2017

Celebrating Valentines Day – Shaykh Uthaymeen

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah] said: Celebrating Valentine’s Day is impermissible due to [several] reasons: -Firstly: It is an innovated Eed [holiday]. It has no basis in the Sharee’ah. 

-Secondly: It calls to passion and infatuation. 

-Thirdly: It is a means of preoccupying the heart with the likes these insignificant affairs and it is in opposition to the guidance of the Salafus Saaleh [The Pious Predecessors].

Therefore, it is impermissible to initiate anything on this day [i.e. specifically on Valentine’s day] related to [celebration], whether it is foodstuffs, drinks, clothing, and exchanging gifts or other than these [actions]. It is obligated on a Muslim to nobly [adhere to his (or her)] religion and he [or she] should not be one who goes with the flow- following everyone who calls to something. 
[Source: (Majmoo Fataawaa 16/199). Abridged & slightly paraphrased] 

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