| posted on 2.8.2010 at 10:34 AM
Celebrating Valentine's Day
Fatwa no. 21203
Q: Some people celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14 by exchanging red roses, dressing in red, and congratulating one another on
that day. Some cake shops make heart-shaped cakes in red and draw hearts on them and other shops advertise special items on sale for this day. What is
your opinion on:
First: Celebrating this day?
Second: Buying from these stores on this day?
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Third: Shop owners who do not celebrate this day selling gifts to be given by those who do celebrate it?
May Allah reward you with the best!
A: The clear-cut evidence from the Qur'an and Sunnah, upon which the Salaf (righteous predecessors) of this Ummah (nation based on one creed)
unanimously agreed, confirms that there are only two 'Eids (festivals) in Islam: 'Eid-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast) and 'Eid-ul-Adha
(the Festival of the Sacrifice). Any other festival, whether peculiar to a person, a group, an event, or any other reason, is an invented
festival that is not permissible for Muslims to celebrate, approve of, enjoy, or support in any way, because this is considered to be a transgression
of the Limits of Allah.
Anyone who transgresses the limits set by Allah has wronged themselves. If we add to this fabricated festival the fact that it is one of the festivals
of the Kafirs (disbelievers), this heaps sin upon sin, because it entails resembling them and is a type of support of them. Allah (may He be
Glorified) forbids the Mu'mins (believers), in His Ever-Glorious Book, from imitating or supporting the Kafirs. It is authentically reported that the
Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who imitates a people is one of them. Valentine's Day falls under this heading, as it is one of the
idolatrous Christian festivals.
It is not lawful for a Muslim who believes in Allah and the Last Day to celebrate, approve of, or congratulate people on it; it is
forbidden to them. Rather, it is obligatory for them to ignore and avoid it, in obedience to Allah and His Messenger and to keep away from that which
will arouse Allah's Anger and incur Punishment.
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It is also Haram (prohibited) for Muslims to support this festival or any other Haram festival by any means, whether by supplying
food or drinks; selling, buying, manufacturing, gift-giving, correspondence, advertising etc., because all this comes under cooperating in sin and
transgression and disobeying Allah and His Messenger. Allah (may He be Glorified and Exalted) says:Surah Al-Ma'idah, 5: 2 Help you one
another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah
is Severe in punishment.
It is obligatory for Muslims to adhere to the Qur'an and Sunnah in all matters, especially in times of Fitnah (trial) when corruption is widespread.
They must be sagacious enough and on their guard to avoid falling into the misguidance of those who have earned Allah's Anger, those who went astray,
or the Fasiqs (those flagrantly violating Islamic law) who have no fear of Allah nor have pride in being Muslims. Muslims should resort to Allah,
asking for guidance and steadfastness in Islam, as it is Allah Alone Who guides and keeps us steadfast.
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and his family and Companions!
Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta'
`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah Al Al-Shaykh
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan
Bakr Abu Zayd
Faizal ibn Muhammad Al Ussen