Muslim religious leaders hold Valentine's Day against the Prophet's code of life
In many Muslim countries Valentine Day celebration by the followers is seen as defying the faith. Many Muslim clerics issue fatwas against the celebration for promotion of virtues and prevention of vice in countries like Saudi Arabia, Malayisa, Indonesia, etc.
Muslim clerics hold that in Islam, festivals are
clearly defined and well established as essential part of our worship
and there is no room for personal opinion since they have been
prescribed for the followers by Allah and His Messenger.
Therefore, for Muslims, the participation in
festivals like Valentine's Day is considered against their faith by
the religious leaders and riled. By staunch Muslims, romantic love
outside the framework of marriage is treated as fornication and
immorality. Valentine's Day promotes permissiveness and immorality by
ignoring forbidden relationships.
One Muslim Cleric had gone to the extent of saying
that Valentine's promoted 'universal permissiveness, amorality and
nihilism'. For example in Malaysia, Islamic religious leaders and
officials have warned Muslims against celebrating Valentine's Day,
linking it with vice activities and unsuitable for Muslims.
In Saudi Arabia, the religious police have banned
the sale of all Valentine's Day items making shopkeepers to remove
any red items, because the day is considered a Christian holiday.
There, Muslims are not allowed to celebrate the holiday, and
non-Muslims can celebrate only behind closed doors.