Doing anything that is contrary to the tenets of Isam is unacceptable. Submission as the cornerstone of islamic belief includes staying within the confines of the religion, using the Quran and the hadiths as guide, no matter the pressure from the society.
The Prophet saw what the world would look like thousands of years after his death. He was accurate in his prophecy. A world where women will murder shame and expose their treasure to every Dick and Harry; a world where men would take the position of women and shamelessly turn the order of nature in marital relationship upside down and inside out.
Unfortunately, the path and customs of the kuffaar are now being packaged in such a way that is enticing. Nowadays, a new dimension has spread among the Muslim youths – males and females alike on the issue of Valentine’s Day. Some rationalising it as another way of showing love which they further submit that does not contradict the dictates of Islam.
The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) said: “You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you, span by span, cubit by cubit, until even if they were to enter a lizard’s hole, you would follow them.” La tattabi’unna Sanan man kaana qablakum.
Why Muslims should desist from such act is contained in the Quran and the hadiths. The fact that it is not our ways and Islam had been perfected for the ummah, we don’t need any other thing to become a good Muslim other than what is contained in the Quran and hadiths.
Allah has forbidden imitation of the kuffaar; He has described it as hateful and has warned against the consequences of that, in many aayahs. We also cannot follow our whims and caprises.
Allah has made Islam cover all human interests at all times and in all places and for all people. There is no area of life that the religion has not touched. So, one wonders what any Muslim would be looking for in the ways of the kuffaar. If you take to their ways and ideals, you are not only becoming part of them, you have also expressed a complex of inferiority, weakness and defeatism.
Love in Islam is more general and more comprehensive; it is not restricted only to a love between man and woman. A man who sincerely loves his wife does not need this holiday to remind him of his love. He expresses his love for his wife at all times.
Again, if you love Allah and His Messengers, you will have love for good and righteous people and the society will be better. Let us not be swayed by the propagation of the Val’s ideal of love especially as it is done today. Even in the Western world where this ideal is prominent, it has not helped the society. The incessant break-up of marriages, indicipline, gay issues and other social disorders are good examples. In essence, Val’s day does not have any positive impact on the society, rather it encourages permissiveness and immorality.
By Haroon Balogun