Allah describes Himself in Quran as “Al Wadud” (The Loving), in Surah Al Buruj.
But does this grant Muslims permission to celebrate a day supposedly associated with “love”?
Valentine’s Day is usually associated with “lovers” and celebrates the open exchange of many types of affection between sexes, mostly unmarried (fornicators).
It’s halal (permissible) – Right?
NOT SO FAST…
- Do not be so certain.
- Do not assume anything.
- Do not even take this article’s word for it.
Go to history books and encyclopedias.
Go to the Quran and Hadeeth of the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
Then take time to closely examine the encyclopedia and you will know the real truth behind St. Valentine’s Day. And you will know what Islam expects you to do about it!
Like Christmas, Easter, Halloween, New Year’s and other holidays of this world, St. Valentine’s Day is another attempt to “whitewash” perverted customs and observances of pagan gods andidols by “Christianizing” them.
As innocent and harmless as St. Valentine’s Day may appear, its traditions and customs originate from two of the most sexually perverted pagan festivals of ancient history: Lupercalia and the feast day of Juno Februata.
Celebrated on February 15, Lupercalia (known as the “festival of sexual license”) was held by the ancient Romans in honor of Lupercus, god of fertility and husbandry, protector of herds and crops, and a mighty hunter—especially of wolves.
The Romans believed that Lupercus would protect Rome from roving bands of wolves, which devoured livestock and people.
Assisted by Vestal Virgins, the Luperci (male priests) conducted purification rites by sacrificing goats and a dog in the Lupercal cave on Palatine Hill, where the Romans believed the twins Romulus and Remus had been sheltered and nursed by a she-wolf before they eventually founded Rome. Clothed in loincloths made from sacrificed goats and smeared in their blood, the Luperci would run about Rome, striking women with februa, thongs made from skins of the sacrificed goats. The Luperci believed that the floggings purified women and guaranteed their fertility and ease of childbirth. February derives from februa or “means of purification.”
To the Romans, February was also sacred to Juno Februata, the goddess of febris (“fever”) of love, and of women and marriage. On February 14, billets (small pieces of paper, each of which had the name of a teen-aged girl written on it) were put into a container. Teen-aged boys would then choose one billet at random. The boy and the girl whose name was drawn would become a “couple,” joining in erotic games at feasts and parties celebrated throughout Rome. After the festival, they would remain sexual partners for the rest of the year. This custom was observed in the Roman Empire for centuries.
In A.D. 494, Pope Gelasius renamed the festival of Juno Februata as the “Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary.” The date of its observance was later changed from February 14 to February 2, then changed back to the 14. It is also known as Candlemas, the Presentation of the Lord, the Purification of the Blessed Virgin and the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.
After Constantine had made the Roman church’s brand of Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire (A.D. 325), church leaders wanted to do away with the pagan festivals of the people. Lupercalia was high on their list. But the Roman citizens thought otherwise.
It was not until A.D. 496 that the church at Rome was able to do anything about Lupercalia. Powerless to get rid of it, Pope Gelasius instead changed it from February 15 to the 14th and called it Saint Valentine’s Day. It was named after one of that church’s saints, who, in A.D. 270, was executed by the emperor for his beliefs.
Catholic Valentine “Saints”
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in early martyrologies under the date of 14 February. One is described as a priest at Rome, another as bishop of Interamna (modern Terni), and these two seem both to have suffered in the second half of the third century and to have been buried on the Flaminian Way, but at different distances from the city…Of the third Saint Valentine, who suffered in Africa with a number of companions, nothing is further known.” Several biographies of different men named Valentine were merged into one “official” St. Valentine.
The church whitewashed Lupercalia even further. Instead of putting the names of girls into a box, the names of “saints” were drawn by both boys and girls. It was then each person’s duty to emulate the life of the saint whose name he or she had drawn. This was Rome’s vain attempt to “whitewash” a pagan observance by “Christianizing” it, which God has not given man the power or authority to do. Though the church at Rome had banned the sexual lottery, young men still practiced a much toned-down version, sending women whom they desired handwritten romantic messages containing St. Valentine’s name.
Over the centuries, St. Valentine’s Day cards became popular, especially by the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. These cards were painted with pictures of Cupid and hearts, and meticulously decorated with lace, silk or flowers.
First Man Called Valentine
But who was the original Valentine? What does the name Valentine mean?
Valentine comes from the Latin Valentinus, which derives from valens—“to be strong, powerful, mighty.”
As mentioned, the Romans celebrated Lupercalia to honor the hunter god Lupercus.
To the Greeks, from whom the Romans had copied most of their mythology, Lupercus was known as Pan, the god of light.
The Phoenicians worshipped the same deity as Baal, the sun god.
Baal was one of many names or titles for Nimrood, the king of Ibrahim’s time, who argued with him about being “god” and even had Ibrahim thrown into a roaring fire.
Nimrood was also the founder and first lord of Babel (mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 10:10-12). Defying God, Nimrood was the originator of the Babylonian Mystery Religion, whose mythologies have been copied by the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans and a multitude of other ancient peoples. Under different names or titles—Pan, Lupercus, Saturn, Osiris—Nimrood is the hunter-warrior god of the ancients.
But what does the heart symbol have to do with a day honoring?
The title Baal means “lord” or “master,” and is mentioned throughout the Bible as the god of the pagans (mushrikeen). The Bible says, God warned His people not to worship or even tolerate the ways of Baal (Nimrood).
In ancient Chaldean (the language of the Babylonians), bal, which is similar to Baal, meant, “heart.” This is where the Valentine heart symbol originated.
Now notice the name Cupid. It comes from the Latin verb cupere, meaning “to desire.”
Cupid was the son of Venus, Roman goddess of beauty and love. Also known as Eros in ancient Greece, he was the son of Aphrodite. According to myth, he was responsible for impregnating numerous goddesses and mortals. Cupid was a child-like archer (remember, Nimrod was a skilled archer). Mythology describes Cupid as having both a cruel and happy personality. He would use his invisible arrows, tipped with gold, to strike unsuspecting men and women, causing them to fall madly in love. He did not do this for their benefit, but to drive them crazy with intense passion, to make their lives miserable, and to laugh at the results.
Many of the gods of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Assyrians and others were modeled after one man—Nimrod.
But what does this have to do with us today? Why should we be concerned with what happened in the past?
Allah Calls Them Mushrikeen (those who associate partners with Allah)
Throughout the Quran and hadeeth, Allah and His messenger describe “mushrikeen” as those who worship things that He had created (animals, the sun, the moon, stars, trees, etc.), or man-made idols, or anything but the one true God. He calls such people and their practices mushrikeen.
True Christians understand that God hates any customs, practices and traditions that are rooted in paganism.
But just how serious is Allah against the pagans and their false gods?
God cursed Egypt—a nation of nature-worshippers—with ten plagues and freed the Children of Israel from slavery. He rescued the Children of Israel from Pharaoh’s army by parting the Red Seaand leading His people to safety. He fed the Children of Israel manna (salwa)—special bread from Allah— sent down from heaven. He protected them from battle-tested Gentile armies, delivered them into the Promised Land and drove out their enemies.
Why Paganism (shirk) Is Wrong?
Read Quran, chapter 4, verse 48
Imagine. Israel committed a sin so vile, so disgusting, that it even brought out the Anger of Allah!
But that was then. What about today?
Surely, parents do not sacrifice their children to pagan gods today—or do they?
Do not be so certain. Perhaps their lives are not being sacrificed—but what about their innocence?
Parents today expect their little ones to “fall in love” and have boyfriends and girlfriends.
They think it is “cute” when little boys and girls hold hands and act like a couple, sneaking a kiss or two when no one is watching.
Some parents get worried when their kids do not show romantic interest in the opposite sex. They constantly ask them, “Do you have a boyfriend yet?” or “Who’s your girlfriend?”
Yet these same parents are surprised when their teen-aged “little girl” gets pregnant.
Or catches a sexually transmitted disease.
Or gets an abortion behind their back.
The Devil Sacrifices Children
St. Valentine’s Day is just one of many tools the Shaytan (the devil) uses to get parents to sacrifice the innocence of their children.
When little boys and girls draw each other’s names in a lottery and send Valentine cards and gifts to each other, declaring their “love,” they are learning the first stages of intimate relations that the Creator God designed specifically for emotionally mature adults.
Instead of embracing the carefree innocence of youth, growing up without the headaches and heartaches of adulthood (finding a job, paying bills, marriage, raising a family, etc.), children today are taught to lust after each other.
They are caught up in a daily drama of “If-you-loved-me-you’d-sleep-with-me; I’m-pregnant; It’s-not-mine, she-had-an-abortion.”
By the time they reach adulthood, virtually every shred of innocence, sincerity and moral decency has been stripped from them. Emotionally drained, they have world-weary, “been there, done that” attitudes. And their lives are just beginning.
This is why we live in a world where a teen-aged virgin is a rare find.
Where what used to be called “shacking up” and “living in sin” is now simply “living together.”
Where sex is nothing more than meaningless physical recreation, no emotional attachments, no cares, no concerns.
Where people change sex partners as conveniently as they change clothes.
Where unmarried twenty- or thirty-something, have had at least five sexual partners—and that is considered a low number, especially in the United States.
Where men are not referred to as “my husband,” or “my fiancé,” but as “my second baby’s father.”
Satan has deceived the world in multiple ways, especially when it comes to intimate relationships. St. Valentine’s Day is just one of his tools for deception.
St. Valentine’s Day originates from the ancient paganism of this Satan-influenced world. It is designed to deceive mankind by appealing to fleshly, carnal desires—
Believers – Do Not Celebrate This Pagan Celebration!
…Abide by the truth even though your mind deserts you.