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What is the history behind Valentine’s Day? How do we explain why we shouldn’t be celebrating it to our kids?

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Why is it wrong for a husband to express his love to his wife by giving her flowers on this day?


If a husband gives his wife flowers on this day to express his love, he should ask himself that why did I choose this one day for expressing love termed as ?valentines day? and not any other of the 365days. Why did I decide to express it on the very day every other Christian and kafir celebrates by doing similar acts of giving flowers etc. In Islam we should express our love everyday and not just in one particular day in which non-muslims specify for expressing love.

Here is a piece of information on the history of valentines day written by those who celebrate it:

Every February we celebrate Valentines Day by giving flowers, candy and cards to those we love. We do this in honor of Saint Valentine. You may be wondering, “Who is St. Valentine”?

Legend has it that Valentine was a priest who served during third century Rome. There was an Emperor at that time by the name of Claudius II. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those that were married. With this thought in mind he outlawed marriage for young men in hopes of building a stronger military base. Supposedly, Valentine, decided this decree just wasn’t fair and chose to marry young couples secretly. When Emperor Claudius II found out about Valentine’s actions he had him put to death.

Another legend has it that Valentine was an imprisoned man who fell in love with his jailor’s daughter. Before he was put to death he sent the first ‘valentine’ himself when he wrote her a letter and signed it ‘Your Valentine’, words still used on cards today.

Perhaps we’ll never know the true identity and story behind the man named St. Valentine, but this much is for sure…February has been the month to celebrate love for a long time, dating clear back to the Middle Ages. In fact, Valentines ranks second only to Christmas in number of greeting cards sent.

Another valentine gentleman you may be wondering about is Cupid (Latin cupido, “desire”). In Roman mythology Cupid is the son of Venus, goddess of love. His counterpart in Greek mythology is Eros, god of love. Cupid is often said to be a mischievous boy who goes around wounding both gods and humans with his arrows, causing them to fall in love.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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