Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentines Day....= Shirk.

Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatu,
The proof is clear and speaks for itself. 
Therefore why do we still go against the Laws of Allah to please our petty superficial desires?

 Celebrating ‘Eid ul-Hubb (Holiday of Love, or Valentine’s Day)
Shaykh Muhammad Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah)
In the recent times there has spread the celebrating of ‘Eid 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, and may Allaah preserve you and protect you?
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Giver of Mercy.
Wa ‘alaykumus-salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.
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 Sharee’ah.
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.
Written by Muhammad Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen on 5/11/1420 hijri.
Al-Muftee: Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen
Source of the Fatwaa: Majmoo’ Rasaa’il wa Fataawaa Ash-Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen
Fatwa from Permanent Committee :
Question :
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?
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!
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 Mumins (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(Abu Dawud, Sunan, Book on clothing, no. 4031; Ahmad, Musnad, vol. 2, p. 50). 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.
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:  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 Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment.(Surah Al-Ma'idah, 5: 2)
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’
Bakr Abu ZaydSalih Al-Fawzan`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah Al Al-Shaykh

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Suḥaymī on the Impermissibility of Muslims Celebrating Valentine’s Day
Translated by Abū al-Ḥasan Mālik Ādam al-Akhḍar
“Indeed tomorrow corresponds with the fourteenth of February which is recognized as Valentine’s Day in the West, and some of our young men and women have been tempted by this holiday. So do you have a word of advice concerning this?”
Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Suḥaymī (hafidhahullaah):
“This was the topic of last Friday’s khutbah (sermon), and perhaps someone from the students of knowledge recorded it, and I do believe that it was recorded in Masjid Amīr Ṣultān. I elaborated on this in detail. In brief, I mentioned that this Valentine’s Day contains seven objects of caution.
First: Its origin goes back to the Romans; it was originally called Cupid’s (Roman god of love) Day; so recognizing it is recognition of idolatry because it is imitation of the idolaters.
Second: It is blind following of the Jews and Christians, and the Messenger of Allāh (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) informed us of this, ‘You will follow the ways of those who came before you…’ it was said, ‘The Jews and Christians?’ He said, ‘And what other nation [could I mean] besides those?’[2] and in another wording, ‘The Persians and the Romans.’[3]
Third: It is imitation of the disbelievers in general. The Messenger of Allāh (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) stated, ‘Whoever imitates a people, he is from them.’[4]
Fourth: It is an innovation that has been newly introduced by the people, and whoever innovates in this affair of ours that which is not from it, it is rejected.[5]
Fifth: It is an abomination, and everything that takes place in its observance is an abomination from the meeting up of young men and women, the correspondence that takes place between them, the sending of heart-shaped Valentine’s and what is similar to this of nonsense. All of this is imitation of the West, and we have been prohibited from imitating [the disbelieving people].
Sixth: Even those who are sensible among them (i.e. the disbelievers) have prohibited celebrating this holiday, until—I believe I heard that the Vatican, the distorted Christian Church, is stern in their prohibition of this matter.
Last: It is based upon a great myth—concerning what is called love and what it leads to from corruption. So love, in their view, is merely fornication and what leads to it. Thus, it is upon us to be wary of imitating these disbelieving people. I believe this answer is adequate, and as I have previously mentioned, I have elaborated on this in the khutbah (Friday sermon). So we will suffice with this, and I commend you [to Allah’s protection] until tomorrow’s lesson. May the prayers and peace be upon the our Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam), his family and companions.”
Footnotes :
[2] Collected in the Ṣaḥiḥ of al-Bukhārī (no. 3195 and 6897) and Muslim in his Ṣaḥiḥ (no. 4800) on the authority of Abū Sa’īd al-Khudrī (radhiAllaahu anhu)
[3] This refers to the narration collected by al-Bukhārī in his Ṣaḥiḥ (no. 6896) and narrated by Abū Hurayrah (radhiAllaahu anhu) that the Prophet (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The Hour will not be established until my Ummah imitates the generations that preceded it handspan by handspan.” It was said: “O Messenger of Allah, like the Persians and Romans?” He said: “And what other nation [could I mean] besides those?”
[4] This refers to the ḥadīth collected by Abū Dāwud in his Sunan (no. 3494) on the authority of ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Umar  (radhiAllaahu anhu). It was authenticed by al-Albānī in Ṣaḥiḥ al-Jāmi’ (no. 6149)
[5] Here the Shaykh (hafidhahullaah) is alluding to the ḥadīth collected by al-Bukhārī in his Ṣaḥiḥ (no. 2498) on the authority of ‘Aishah, may Allāh (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) be pleased with her, who said that the Prophet (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) stated: “Whoever innovates in this affair of ours that which is not from it, it is rejected.”

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