Omar Kuddus: Valentine's Day Not 'Haram'

Gay Muslim activist Omar Kuddus believes it is false for Muslims to view Valentine's Day as "Haram"
 
 
KUDDUS:  VALENTINE'S DAY NOT 'HARAM'
KUDDUS: VALENTINE'S DAY NOT 'HARAM'
 
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Feb. 15, 2013 - PRLog -- Gay Muslim activist believes it is false for Muslims to view Valentine's Day as 'Haram'

Omar Kuddus' commentary:


I find it disturbing that several Islamic groups are describing Valentines day as “haram” (forbidden) by Islam, as this is False and inaccurate.

Valentines Day is described by Wikipedia as:

"The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines")"

Having asked this question and tried to find out, why is it against Islam, I have realised that it is not.

On Face book groups are publishing photographs under such titles as:

“Say No to Valentine Day ! We Muslim Its Not Our Tradition ! (By:beyondmindeyesstudio.blogspot.com )

Women Rights In Islam (https://www.facebook.com/WomenRightsInIslam) have an poster that says “Celebrating Valentine’s is Haram for Muslims, And if you obey most of those upon the earth, they will mislead you away from the way of Allah. They follow not except assumption, and they are not but falsifying… (al-anaan 5.116),

The quote is taken totally out of context and does not refer to Valentines day.

Other pictures carry the caption “It is not permissible for Muslims to Celebrate Valentine's Day which has a Pagan origin” and Posts/ status by them also claim “Unfortunately, many Muslim sisters are preparing for "Valentine day" instead of preparing for "Judgement day" their love to their bf is stronger than their love to their Lord their hearts are attached to the creatures instead of their Creator plz dear sisters, say NO to V̶a̶l̶e̶n̶t̶i̶n̶e̶D̶a̶y̶ and advice others to not celebrate it either !! “

Questions put to them such as “It may not be what you like but its not haram. Show me where in the Quran it says word for word "no celebrating Valentines day its not our culture" as you have said” have gone unanswered.

Naturally Islam phobic groups like The truth about Islam have jumped upon these posting and posted their own picture asking, Muslims. Is there anything they don’t hate?

As this is FALSE I find it amazing that they then wonder why people do not consider Islam is a religion of love and peace.

It seems like some Muslims will believe anything they hear and say “amen” like it is gospel even though the information is totally wrong.
It is high time that the moronic sheiks making these fatwas based on incorrect information are made to justify their actions and held accountable and exposed for their errors, publicly.

On a liberal Islamic group of Face book (that is LGBT friendly) someone posted to my comment regarding this “This is more disturbing. It is shared by woman in Islam. The information these idiots provide to say why Valentine's Day is supposedly haram is completely historically inaccurate.”

This was in reference to Women In Islam claim that “Valentine Day Do you know what is it? Saint Valentine had loved a young girl and had sex with her before married (ZINA) and that's why UK government had hanged him on that day , 14
February and since then the non believer used to celebrate that day !!!

But the most sad and shameful thing is that ,Today the Muslims also began to celebrate that illegal sex day (Zina day). We are Muslims and We will never celebrate this day Again in shaa Allah !! Ya Allah save us from the Haraam.”
Ameen.

On contrast on Islamic groups on Face book like Imaan - Muslim LGBTQ Support (https://www.facebook.com/groups/31592730915/) , British Muslims for Secular Democracy (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BMSDOfficial/) and Muslims for Progressive Values (https://www.facebook.com/groups/MPVUSA/)
to mention but a few, the valentine messages are in abundance as liberal Muslims like myself can not see why it is forbidden or how our religion of peace and love could forbid us showing our affection to the person we love, even if they may they be of the same sex.

As pointed out, the information these fanatics provide to say why Valentine's day is supposedly haram is not only completely historically inaccurate but has no foundation in Islam.
There messages and teachings is misguiding and misleading British muslims that result in incidents such as when GSN reported the Metropolitan Police were investigating a ‘Muslim Patrol’ (http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/muslim-patrol-harrass-men-looking-gay-london220113) in London that has been harassing men for looking ‘gay’.http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/anti-gay-%E2%80%98muslim-patrol%E2%80%99-thugs-are-breaking-sharia-law250113

And the need to explain why Muslims should embrace same-sex marriage http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/why-muslims-should-embrace-same-sex-marriage060213
And why as gay Muslims we are not forbidden by Islam to celebrate Valentines Day.

The irony is also not lost on me as I have been monitoring today Asian TV channels and one of the Asian channels has been screening Valentines Day programs non-stop. They are celebrating it more than most of us here are in the UK!

The fact that people prioritise campaigning against Valentine's Day in a part of the world with so many problems is absurd and disturbinghttp://www.thecommentator.com/article/2716/the_war_against_valentine_s_day_in_south_asia
Marmaduke Pickthall, the British scholar of Islam and translator of the Koran, Over eighty years ago wrote: "It was not until the Western nations broke away from their religious law that they became more tolerant, and it was only when the Muslims fell away from their religious law that they declined in tolerance."
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