Students Celebrating Valentine, wearing Red garments, shoes & exchanging Flowers:
Shaykh 3Utaymeen was asked: “In the recent times there has spread the celebrating of 3Eed ul-Hubb (Valentine’s Day) – particularly among the female students. And it is a holiday from the holidays of the Christians, and the clothing will be completely in red garments and shoes, and they exchange red flowers with each other. We hope from your eminence an explanation of the ruling of celebrating the likes of this holiday. What is your advice to Muslims regarding the likes of these affairs?
He Replied: In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Giver of Mercy. Celebrating the Holiday of Love (i.e. Valentine’s Day) is not permissible for various reasons.
The first: That is an innovated holiday that has no basis for it in the Sharee3ah.
The second: That it calls to passion and infatuation.
The third: That it calls to busying the heart with the likes of these affairs that are trivial and opposed to the guidance of the Righteous Predecessors (As-Salaf us-Saalih), may Allaah be pleased with them.
So it is not permissible to introduce on this day (i.e. Valentine’s Day) anything from the aspects of holiday celebrating, regardless of whether it is foods, or drinks, or clothing, or exchanging gifts, or other than that. It is incumbent upon the Muslim to be distinguished and noble with his religion, and that he not be a characterless person who follows everyone who cries out.
I ask Allaah, the Most High, to protect the Muslims from all of the trials, whatever is apparent or hidden of them, and that He guards over us with His care and His aid. (1)
Participating & Buying from shops that sell special sweets & gifts on Valentine’s Day:
The clear evidence from the Qur’aan and Sunnah and this is agreed upon by consensus (Ijmaa3) of the early generations of the Muslim Ummah – indicates that there are only two 3Eeds in Islaam (days of celebration): 3Eed al-Fitr and 3Eed al-Adhaa.
Every other 3Eed – whether it is coto a person, group, incident or any other occasion – is an innovated 3Eed. It is not permissible for the Muslim people to participate in it, approve of it, make any show of happiness on its occasion, or assist in it in any way.
If we add to this fabricated 3Eed the fact that it is one of the 3Eeds of the disbelievers, it is sin upon sin. This is because it is Tashabbuh (imitation) of the disbelievers, and a type of Muwaalaat (loyalty) to them. And Allaah has prohibited the believers from imitation of them and having love or loyalty for them in His Mighty Book (Qur’aan). It is also confirmed from the Prophet sal-Allaahu 3alayhi wa sallam that he said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”
3Eed al-Hubb (the celebration of Valentine’s Day) comes under the category of what has been mentioned here, since it is one of the pagan Christian holidays. Hence it is not permissible for any Muslim, who believes in Allaah and the Last Day, to participate in it, approve of it, or congratulate (anyone on that occasion). On the contrary, it is obligatory to abandon it and stay far away from it – in response to Allaah and His Messenger, and to distance oneself from the anger of Allaah and His punishment.
Additionally, it is forbidden for a Muslim to assist or help in this ‘Eed, or any other of the forbidden/illegal celebrations in any way whatsoever – whether by food or drink, selling or buying, production, gift-giving, correspondence, announcements, etc.
All of these things are considered as co-operating in sin and transgression and disobedience of Allaah and His Messenger. (2)
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References:(1) written by shaykh Muhammad Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen on 5/11/1420 hijri. Source of the Fatwaa: Majmoo3 Rasaa’il wa Fataawaa Ash-Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen/Translated by Aqeel Walker (2) Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa’imah lil-Buhooth al-3Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. (Fatwa No. 21203) Taken from efatwa.com