Muslim’s attitude towards Valentine’s Day/Kafir’s festival

He should not celebrate it, or join others in their celebrations of it, or attend their celebrations, because of the evidence from Quran and Sunnah which shows that it is forbidden to celebrate the festivals of the Kuffar.

 

Al-Hafidh adh-Dhahabi, may Allah have mercy on him, said:

“If the Christians have a festival and the Jews have a festival, which belongs only to them, then the Muslim should not join them in that, just as he does not join them in their religion or their direction of prayer.”

(Tashabbuh al-Khasees bi Ahl al-Khamees, al-Hikmah magazine, 4/193).

 

 

Because one of the basic principles of the pious predecessors was al-Walaa’ wa’l-Baraa’ (loyalty and friendship vs. disavowal and enmity), it is obligatory for everyone who says Laa ilaaha ill-Allah Muhammad Rasool Allah to follow this principle. So he should love the believers and he should hate the disbelievers, oppose them, and be different from them. He should know that that will bring immeasurable benefits, just as imitating them causes far greater harm. In addition to that, when the Muslims imitate them it makes the Kuffar happy and fills their hearts with joy, and it leads the Muslims to love the Kuffar in their hearts. If any Muslim girl who celebrates this holiday because she sees Margaret or Hilary or whoever doing so, this undoubtedly reflects the fact that she is following them and approves of their behavior. But Allah Says (what means):

{O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Awliyaa’ (friends, protectors, helpers), they are but Awliyaa’ of each other. And if any amongst you takes them (as Awliyaa’), then surely, he is one of them. Verily, Allaah guides not those people who are the Thaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers and unjust).}

[Quran, 5:51]

 

One of the bad effects of imitating them is that this makes it look as if there are more of them, as if they have more supporters and followers. How can it be appropriate for a Muslim who recites in every Rak’ah: {Guide us to the Straight Way, The way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray.} [Quran, 1:6-7], to ask Allah for guidance to the Straight Path of the believers and to keep him away from the path of those who have earned His anger and of those who went astray, then go and follow their path by choice and willingly?

 

Statistics indicate that Valentine’s Day is second only to Christmas in popularity. So it is clear that the Feast of Love is one of the festivals of the Christians and that it is second only to the festival of Christmas, the celebration of the birth of the Messiah. So it is not permissible for Muslims to join in the celebrations of this date, because we are commanded to differ from them in their religion, customs and other things that belong exclusively to them, as is stated in the Quran and Sunnah and scholarly consensus.

 

 

He should not help the Kuffar in their celebrations, because it is one of the rituals of Kufr, so helping them and approving of what they do is helping them to manifest Kufr and make it prevail, and approving of it. The Muslim’s religion does not allow him to approve of Kufr or help others to manifest it and make it prevail.

Hence Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah have mercy on him, said:

“It is not permissible for the Muslims to imitate them in anything that is specifically part of their festivals, whether it is food, clothing, bathing, lighting fires, or changing a custom of daily life or worship… To sum up, they should not do any of the specific rituals of their (the Kuffar’s) festival on that day; rather the day of their festival should be just another ordinary day for the Muslim.”

(Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 25/329)

 

 

He should not help any Muslims who celebrate it. Rather it is obligatory to denounce them, because for the Muslims to celebrate the festivals of the Kuffar is an evil action which must be denounced. Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“Just as we should not imitate them in their festivals, so too we should not help a Muslim to do that; rather he should be told not to do that.”

(al-Iqtidaa’, 2/519-520)

 

Based on the statement of Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah have mercy on him, it is not permissible for Muslim businessmen to deal in gifts for Valentine’s Day, whether they are particular kinds of clothes, red roses, or whatever. Similarly, it is not permissible for the one who is given a gift on this occasion to accept it, because by accepting it, he is showing approval of this holiday.

 

 

We should not accept congratulations on Valentine’s Day, because it is not a holiday or an ‘Eed for the Muslims. If the Muslim is congratulated on this occasion, he should not return the congratulations.

 

Ibn Qayyim, (may Allah have mercy on him), said:

“With regard to congratulating others with the congratulations used by the Kuffar on such occasions, it is Haram by scholarly consensus, such as congratulating them on the occasion of their festivals or fasts, wishing them a blessed festival, etc. Even if the one who says this is free of Kufr, it is still Haram. It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross.

 

It is even worse with Allah and more hated by Him than congratulating someone for drinking alcohol, or committing murder or adultery, etc. Many of those who have no respect for religion do that, and they do not realize the abhorrence of their actions. Whoever congratulates a person for sin, innovation (bidah) or Kufr exposes himself to the hatred and wrath of Allah.”

(Ahkam Ahl ad-Dhimmah, 1/441-442)

 

 

We must explain the true nature of this holiday and other festivals of the Kuffar to those Muslims who have been deceived by them, and explain to them that it is essential for the Muslim to be distinguished by his religion and to protect his belief (‘Aqeedah) from anything that may damage it. This should be done out of sincerity towards the Ummah and in fulfillment of the command to enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil.

 

[From the book: Celebrating Valentines day, page 22-31, by Sh. Salih al-Munajjid]

 

 

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