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Saudi Arabia Valentine’s Day in 2020 – Love is in the air

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Yes, you read it right, we are also amazed by the preparation of Valentine’s day in Saudi Arabia 2020. The day didn’t use to exist before in the Kingdom but this year preparations are at a peak. Florists, gift shops and sweet shops offering special gifts. More details below:

Official News from Arab News on Valentine’s Day

A breakthrough came in 2018 when former Makkah CPVPV President Sheikh Ahmed Qasim Al-Ghamdi declared that Valentine’s Day did not contradict Islamic teaching or doctrine. Celebrating love was universal, and not limited to non-Muslims, he said. (Arab News, 2020)

In the past, people use to get arrested for wrong behavior and manners. Please be careful to not disrespect anyone and do something against the law. There will still be some respect and adoption of Arab culture during the celebrations.

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  1. Almighty Allah has completed Islam 1400 years ago. The commands of Allah do not change according to the whims of people.

    When it comes to imitating the disbelievers or worse, participating in their celebrations, the origins of which are in paganism, the rules are very clear. A sheikh or molvi or professor or mufti or anybody for that matter has no right to change the laws of Allah.

    Having said that, it is important to note that the origin of Valentine’s day. Here is what appears in an article about Valentine’s day on NPR website:

    “From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.

    The Roman romantics “were drunk. They were naked,” says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile.

    The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be, um, coupled up for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was right.”

    So now a celebration based on shirk and zina has become permissible?

    I would like to point this out to the author and to the readers:
    If you think you will be absolved of the sin saying that “the sheikh told us it is halal” then think again. Allah has given you the power to think. Will you take poison because the doctor relabeled it as a nutritional item? Even of the information about mislabeling is unconfirmed, will you take the risk? Why not show same caution in the Deen of Allah, upon which your eternity will be decided?

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