In Islam, celebrating Valentine’s Day is pretty much a no-n0, and this has once again been relayed to local Muslims in Malaysia by the country’s Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) on social media.
On Facebook, the body uploaded a graphic that reminded Malaysian adherents of the faith that “Valentine’s Day isn’t part of the culture of Islam”, and that the celebration has never been endorsed in any context of the religion.
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“Islam has never prohibited romantic love as long as it does not contradict religious law,” the graphic said, before going on to quote a saying by the Prophet Muhammad that “if anyone resembles a race, then he/she is part of that race”, a reminder for Muslims to refrain from getting too absorbed in cultures and practices outside of Islam.
Such warnings against celebrating Valentine’s Day — while seemingly overzealous — understandably stem from a strong belief that romantic love beyond the confines of marriage is strictly forbidden, hence why such an event such as Valentine’s day is frowned upon by ardent followers of Islam.