Valentine's Day in Islam - NikahExplorer
Love in Islam
Islam encourages sharing love between every relationship and Islam is the religion of peace and love. Since Islam is the religion of love then how is it possible that Islam could be against the celebration of love?
Islam promotes strong ties of love between Muslims and societies, community, and fellowship and togetherness, and does not limit the existence of this love of unity, sisterhood, marriage, or family to only one day a year. Thus, Islam says to celebrate love every day and ask Muslims to not restrict the expression of love to only one day.
Why Islam discourages Valentine’s Day?
Islam not discourages the celebration of love but since Valentine’s is more of towards the celebration of extramarital or non-marital relationships, thus this is why Islam has no concept of Valentine’s Day. However, Islam appreciates the beauty of halal relationships and Islam also appreciates the celebration of such relationships.
What Quran says about the celebration of Jews’ festivals?
Since Valentine's Day relates back to the roman, not Islamic times, this suggests that this is something that refers primarily to Christians, not even to Islam, and also that Muslims have really no involvement in it.
Allah has clearly said in Quran in Surah Maidah, verse number 51:
“O believers! Take neither Jews nor Christians as guardians—they are guardians of each other. Whoever does so will be counted as one of them. Surely Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people” [5:51].
The above verse is clearly declared that do not follow the customs, rituals, and festivals of Jews as they are the most misleading one. Allah has also said in the above verse that those who follow Jews and Christians will also be counted as among them.
Path of Believers
Quran has mentioned clearly that who are true believers and who are the people obeying the commands of Allah Almighty. Allah has ordered Muslims to follow the rules and commands which are encouraged in Islam and Allah has also advised Muslims to not follow the path of disbelievers. The following verse of the Quran is making this point clearer:
“Guide us to the straight path. The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray” [1: 6-7].
When we think of love other than the love of blood relations then the first relation which comes in our mind is of the relation between husband and wife. As this particular relationship is the foundation of all other relationships, thus this relation has the utmost importance indeed.
If we say that it’s okay to celebrate Valentine’s Day among husband and wife since it is an official relationship. Then the answer to this statement is that yes celebration of the marital relationship is halal but again here the question arises that why on only 14 February?
There is no particular day of love. Whenever a husband wants to give a surprise to his wife, he can without waiting for 14th February. Whenever the husband wants to love his wife or wants to take his wife out for some special dinner then he can do this without waiting for 14th February.
Similarly, whenever the wife wants to make her husband’s favorite dish to make him feel special then she can make it without giving a thought that I will make it on 14th February. Or whenever the wife wants to dress up beautiful and or whenever she wants to wear the best dress out of her wardrobe then she can wear and dress up like a princess for her husband. It is not important than whether it is 14th February or not.
Finding peace and love in spouses
There is no particular or special day for husband and wife to celebrate love. They both should celebrate love every day and every moment by praising each other’s good qualities.
Allah says beautifully in Quran in Ar-Rum, verse 21:
“And it is among His signs that He has created for you wives from among yourselves, so that you may find tranquility in them, and He has created love and kindness between you. Surely in this, there are signs for a people who reflect” [translated by Mufti Taqi Usmani].
Hence, a celebration of love is not forbidden in Islam but Islam wants Muslims to express love every day to other Muslim brothers and to spouses.