[By :Majlisul Ulama of South Africa]
Of all the kuffaar days of festival and money- making such as christmas day , mother ’s day , father’ s day , ghost’s day , shaitaan ’s day , etc., the worst and most immoral is the festival day called Valentine ’ s Day. It is the most immoral occasion because it is a festival of zina (fornication ) from beginning to end – in idea , words and actions . The very conception of this occasion is deification and idolization of zina .
In addition to this mal’oon (accursed) festival of zina being an act of fisq and fujoor , it is an act of kufr. Believing haraam to be halaal is kufr which eliminates Imaan. The basis and the edifice of this immoral kuffaar festival day which has been given greater impetus by its commercialization , are the promotion of zina of the heart, zina of the mind, zina of the tongue , zina of the eyes, zina of the hands, zina of the legs and even the ultimate act of actual fornication /adultery .
The most lamentable development of this festival of zina in regard to Muslims is the degree of Muslim indulgence in it . Muslims flagrantly participate in the
zina acts and paraphernalia of this satanic festival as if it is a ` blessed’ occasion permitted by Islam .
The wide- scale participation in this day of zina has so thoroughly desensitised the Imaani conscience of Muslims that even the learned ones who are supposed to guide the community have grown accustomed to it. Parents observe and allow their children at secular schools to totally immerse themselves in the satanic aura and effects of the zina culture of this particular day of fornication.
It is indeed lamentable in this era to explain to Muslims, in an attempt to make them understand that Islam does not permit zina in any form whatsoever. Many Muslims who have completely lost their Imaani bearings regard this day of zina to be a day of ` innocent’ and light- hearted ` fun ’. Zina has now become acceptable to numerous Muslims. While modernist Muslims still have some , not much, inhibition for the actual act of zina (fornication / adultery ), they have no qualms and no reservations about the multitude of introductory stepping stones which lead to zina proper . Yet the Qur’ aan Majeed prohibits, not only zina but all acts leading to zina . Thus the Qur’aan Shareef warns : “ Do not approach zina “. The approaches of zina which are all haraam, are all such acts which have the potential of inciting sexual passion. Thus , intermingling of sexes , speaking to the opposite sex , looking at the opposite sex , solitude with the opposite sex, saying even Assalamu Alaikum to the opposite sex , thinking or fantasizing of the opposite sex, lustful communication with the opposite sex, be it by letter, phone, etc., and every act which incites sexual passion and inclines one to the opposite sex are all described as the ` approaches of zina ’ which the Qur’aan declares haraam . In fact a woman applying perfume and passing in proximity of males is termed an adulteress in the Hadith. Similarly , a man who intentionally derives sexual pleasure from the putrid zina ` fragrance ’ of a perfumed woman passing by him commits zina of the nose and of the heart.
Despite all strictures of the Shariah on every shadow of zina , it has become difficult for even supposedly practising Muslims to understand the villainy , immorality and zina of the shaitaani evil Valentine ’ s Day.
The satanic zina cards and other trimmings and trappings associated with this day of fornication on which large sums of money are squandered down the drain are the prime approach to the avenue zina on this haraam immoral festival day . The occasion is utilized to foster zina relationships . People – Muslims – are becoming increasingly brazen and flagrant in their exhibition of acts of zina. Added to the indulgence in zina of a variety of kinds, is the added hurmat (prohibition) of Tashabbuh Bil Kuffaar ( Emulating the Kuffaar). This factor by itself prohibits participation in this evil occasion. Even if it be assumed that the occasion is devoid of zina . It is haraam to imitate the festivals and superfluous acts , practices and customs of the kuffaar . Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam ) said: “ Whoever emulates a people, he is of them . ”
The contact with the opposite sex becomes more brazen on this shaitaani day . In fact , there is no tinge of conscience; no vestige of fear for Allah Ta ’ala and no regard whatsoever for Islamic norm and culture to deter the fussaaq perpetrators of acts of zina on this day of zina .
Even an ignorant Muslims needs no Qur’ aanic aayat nor any hadith to understand the immorality of the
zina day called St . Valentine ’s Day. There cannot be a Muslim – one who has even a flickering of Imaan in his/ her heart – who fail to understand the prohibition and immorality of this immoral kuffaar festival . But desensitization of Imaan and total abandonment of the whole Hijaab culture of Islam have eliminated every inhibitor, hence the brazen and shameless indulgence in the zina activities of this evil festival.
When the moral condition of Muslims degenerate to such an evil ebb that vice and immorality – fisq, fujoor and zina – are flagrantly committed and even regarded as being acceptable, it reveals the signs of the impending universal (aam ) punishment of Allah Ta’ala. The silent Ulama who condone with their silence and misunderstood hikmat (wisdom) , all the acts of fisq and fujoor which have become rife in the community, should reflect of the Qur’aanic warning :
“ Beware of a fitnah ( punishment) which will not overtake only the transgressors among you . “