THE Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) has reminded Muslims to steer clear from celebrating Valentine’s Day as it is not a part of Islamic culture.
JAKIM, in a statement on its Facebook page, further pointed out that Valentine’s Day, which falls on February 14 every year, has never been endorsed by the religion and is not part of Muslim culture.
JAKIM also quoted Prophet Muhammad who said that anyone “who resembles a race, then he is part of them” claiming that Muslims who adhere to other communities’ traditions eventually adopt those cultures.
According to the department, love is not prohibited by Islam as long as it does not contravene with the laws of Shariah.
JAKIM’s perception on Valentine’s Day – originally a Christian festival honoring saints but is now heavily commercialised – has been conveyed before by local religious figures.
JAKIM has consistently opposed Muslim celebrations of Valentine’s Day over the years, claiming that it is based on Christian elements. – Feb 14, 2023
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