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It is Valentine's Day and if you are a Muslim, you are not likely to get flowers, greeting cards or contraceptive gifts from anyone today.

So, you mean as a Muslim sister, I won't be getting gift items from Muslim brothers? YES and don't feel hated if you're not "loved" today.

365 days make a year but February 14 is the world's recognized day for expressing and showing love to the loved ones to make them happy and assure them of their  love for them, but Islam does not encourage this.

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This is not because Islam frowns at sharing of gift items with loved ones but because Islamically, Valentine's Day is not a day Muslims look forward to to celebrate their lovers. As a Muslim, you've got everyday to celebrate your family and friends.

Islam encourages Muslims to give out gifts generously to promote love and harmony. Prophet Muhammad said: "Give gifts to each other and you will love each other". But this is not to be done because of a festival or holiday.

Apart from the fact that lovers day has a zero value in Islamic Calendar, its celebration is believed to have lost its essence and has synonymously become a festival of lust, deception and casual sex because the celebration is now predicated on romantic love largely outside the framework of marriage.  The ripple effect of this is the spread of fornication and immoralities. Little wonder condoms are one of the best gifts items for expressing love on Valentines' Day.

A Muslim is informed that casual sex is not permitted in Islam and any event or festival that promotes it is regarded as  haram- highly prohibited.

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Festivals in Islam  are part of laws and religious ceremonies about which Allah says "'For every nation We have ordained religious ceremonies which they must follow" Q 22:67.

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) also stressed this point when he said : " Every nation has its own ‘Eed and this is our ‘Eed” (Eed means festival)

Valentine's Day is not one of these religious ceremonies and festivals. It is not in Islam that Muslim should engage in any practice that is not established in their religion.

This explains why a lot of Muslim dominated countries are campaigning against Valentines Day while some have prohibited the citizens from observing the holiday

In a bid to discourage sexual activities valentines day promotes, a  court in Pakistan has placed a ban on the lovers day celebration and also banned the country's media from covering valentines related events.

Also, in Indonesia, students  between 13-15 age bracket have protested against Valentine's day in the country because they believe it promotes casual sex.

In Malaysia, Association of Muslim Youths have also discouraged muslim youths from wearing Valentine themed dress and avoid the use of emoticons and fragrance in the name of celebrating lovers day.

Islamic views on what is halaal (permisible) and haram (prohibited) is crystal clear. Valentine's Day according to the Quran, Sunnah and the consensus of Muslim scholars all over the world is prohibited and Muslims are not expected to participate or partake in the festival.

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