GULF-TIMES.COM -- A Qatari scholar has warned Muslim youth against celebrating the Valentine Day saying that it is an un-Islamic holiday which has nothing to do the with true meaning of love.
“Under Islam, any forms of celebration of the Valentine Day are prohibited. It is a pagan holiday when the Western youth give free rein to their sexual urges and indulge in promiscuous activities,” Sheikh Ahmed al-Buainain said at the Al-Wakrah mosque in his Friday sermon.
Al-Buainain has also criticised what he called the shopping spree and propaganda which he held responsible for creating such festive atmospheres accompanying the holiday. “It is the shopping spree of the Valentine items which promotes such holidays and make it more popular among people,” he said.
Al-Buainain also warned against being deceived by such fake festivals saying that Muslims have only two festivals, namely Eid al-Fitr and the Sacrifice Eid.
“Muslim dealers should not participate in such holidays which are always rife in adultery and promiscuous acts,” he said.
The scholar said that “There is no other religion which encourages people to love and be friendly with one another like Islam. But Muslim are prohibited to share with the infidels their holidays. This holiday is only meant for promoting profanity among Muslim youth,” he added.
Staff Reporter // Published: Sunday, 11 February, 2007, 08:27 AM Doha Time
(My friend living in Qatar tells me that all the shops are decked out all festive-like in red and selling Valentine's Day products)