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|Valentine's Day : History & Islamic Perspective|
|02/10/04 at 03:00:48|
|[slm] Here's an article from [url=http://www.everymuslim.com/] Al-Islaah Publications[/url] for your information, Insha Allah :-|
[font=comic SANS ms][color=blue][u]VALENTINE'S DAY - History and Islamic Perspective[/u][/color]
[color=brown]What is it and where did it come from?[/color]
[color=green]Consider Valentine's Day, a day that after dying out a well deserved death in most of Europe (but surviving in Britain and United States) has suddenly started to emerge across a good swath of Muslim countries. Who was Valentine? Why is this day observed? Legends abound, as they do in all such cases, but this much is clear: Valentine's Day began as a pagan ritual started by Romans in the 4th century BCE to honor the god Lupercus. The main attraction of this ritual was a lottery held to distribute young women to young men for "entertainment and pleasure"--until the next year's lottery. Among other equally despicable practices associated with this day was the lashing of young women by two young men, clad only in a bit of goatskin and wielding goatskin thongs, who had been smeared with blood of sacrificial goats and dogs. A lash of the "sacred" thongs by these "holy men" was believed to make them better able to bear children.
As usual, Christianity tried, without success, to stop the evil celebration of Lupercalia. It first replaced the lottery of the names of women with a lottery of the names of the saints. The idea was that during the following year the young men would emulate the life of the saint whose name they had drawn. (The idea that you can preserve the appearance of a popular evil and yet somehow turn it to serve the purpose of virtue, has survived. Look at all those people who are still trying, helplessly, to use the formats of popular television entertainments to promote good. They might learn something froi this bit of history. It failed miserably) Christianity ended up doing in Rome, and elsewhere, as the Romans did. The only success it had was in changing the name from Lupercalia to St. Valentine's Day. It was done in CE 496 by Pope Gelasius, in honor of some Saint Valentine. There are as many as 50 different Valentines in Christian legends. Two of them are more famous, although their lives and characters are also shrouded in mystery. According to one legend, and the one more in line with the true nature of this celebration, St. Valentine was a "lovers'" saint, who had himself fallen in love with his jailer's daughter.
Due to serious troubles that accompanied such lottery, French government banned the practice in 1776. In Italy, Austria, Hungry, and Germany also the ritual vanished over the years. Earlier, it had been banned in England during the 17th century when the Puritans were strong.
However in 1660 Charles II revived it. From there it also reached the New World, where enterprising Yankees spotted a good means of making money. Esther A. Howland, who produced one of the first commercial American Valentine's Day cards called--- what else--- valentines, in the 1840s, sold $5,000 worth--when $5,000 was a lot of money--the first year. The valentine industry has been booming ever since.[/color]
[color=red]The history of Valentine's Day serves as a powerful lesson for Muslims. St. Valentine became a Saint trying to resist free sex. Even though there was an attempt to Christianize it, today St. Valentine's day is gone back to its roots. No one even knows that the Church even tried to ban the St. Valentine's Day. Rather, most people think of romance, cupid and his arrow, which are vestiges of pagan Rome.[/color]
[color=brown]Pagan origins of Valentine's Day[/color]
The first information about this day is found in pre-Christian Rome, when pagans would celebrate the "Feast of the Wolf" on February 15, also known as the Feast of Lupercalius in honour of Februata Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage, and Pan, Roman god of nature.
On this day, young women would place their names in an urn, from which boys would randomly draw to discover their sexual companion for the day, the year, and sometimes the rest of their lives. These partners exchanged gifts as a sign of affection, and often married.
When Christianity came onto the scene in Rome, it wanted to replace this feast with something more in line with its ethics and morality. A number of Christians decided to use February 14 for this purpose. This was when the Italian Bishop Valentine was executed by the Roman Emperor Claudius II for conducting secret marriages of military men in the year 270.
Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, so he outlawed marriage for young, single men, who made up his military. Valentine defied Claudius and performed marriages for young couples in secret. When his actions were revealed, Claudius put him to death. Another version of the story says that Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who helped Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.
Valentine was arrested and sent to the prefect of Rome for this. He found that his attempts to make Valentine renounce his faith were useless, and so recommended he be beaten with clubs, and later beheaded. This took place on February 14, 270.
According to the Catholic encyclopaedia, there are at least three different Saint Valentines, all of whom are Christian martyrs of February 14. One of them is described as a priest from Rome (as mentioned above), another as bishop of Interamna (modern Terni), and the third from Africa.
It was in the year 496 that Pope Gelasius officially changed the February 15 Lupercalia festival to the February 14 St. Valentine's Day to give Christian meaning to a pagan festival. The holiday become popular in the United States in the 1800's during the Civil War.
As well, Pope Gelasius ordered a slight change in the lottery for young women that would take place during the pagan festival. Instead of the names of young women, the box would have the names of saints. Men and women were allowed to draw from the box, and the purpose of this was to copy the ways of the saint they had selected for the rest of the year.
[color=brown]Valentine's Day Customs[/color]
A number of the customs connected to Valentine's Day originate in the belief in England and France during the middle Ages, that on February 14, birds began to pair.
Fourteenth and 15th centuries' French and English literatures make indirect references to the practice. Those who chose each other as husband and wife on Valentine's Day apparently called each other their Valentines.
In terms of the Valentine's greeting "Your Valentine" which today you find on a number of Valentine's Day cards, the above-mentioned Roman priest Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself.
While he was in prison awaiting execution, he apparently fell in love with a young girl who would visit him. Before he died, he allegedly wrote her a letter, signed 'From your Valentine,' In terms of the virtually naked, arrow-shooting cupid character, which shoots people with its arrows to make them fall in love, this character is a vestige of Roman pagan times. Cupid was described as the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. You usually find Cupid's picture on Valentine cards and other paraphernalia .
We should avoid anything associated with pagan immoral practices - We do not need to honour or celebrate the death of a Christian "saint" - Islam does not encourage flirting or suggestions of romantic relationships before marriage - Love between families, friends and married people does not need to be celebrated on a day with such un-Islamic origins.
Question: In recent times, celebration of the Valentine Day has spread, particularly among female students. It is a Christian celebration, and it is (manifested) with fully red costumes, clothing and shoes, and exchange of red roses. What is the ruling on celebrating this holiday ?
Answer: Celebrating the Valentine Day is not permissible because:
Firstly, it is an innovated holiday that has no basis in the Sharee`ah.
Secondly, it calls to love and passion.
Thirdly, it calls to keeping one's heart busy with nonsense matters which contradict the guidance of the righteous predecessors, may Allah be pleased with them.
So it is not permissible that anything from the signs of that holiday takes place on that day, whether it relates to eating, drinking, clothing, giving gifts, or other than that. It is incumbent upon the Muslim to be proud of his/her religion and that he/she does not blindly follow every crier. May Allah the Exalted protect Muslims from every trial, apparent and hidden, and that He give them protection and guidance. Ameen.
Some people celebrate Yawm al-Hubb (Valentine's Day)on February 14 [the second month of the Christian Gregorian calendar] every year by exchanging red roses as gifts. They also dress up in red clothing, and congratulate one another (on this occasion). Some sweet shops produce special sweets - red in colour - and draw hearts upon them. Some shops advertise their goods which are specially related to this day. What is the Islaamic view [concerning the following]: Celebrating this day? Buying from these shops on this day? Selling - by shop-owners who are not celebrating - the things which are used as gifts, to those who are celebrating?
The clear evidence from the Qur.aan and Sunnah - and this is agreed upon by consensus (Ijmaa') of the early generations of the Muslim Ummah - indicates that there are only two 'Eeds in Islaam (days of celebration): 'Eed al-Fitr (after the fast of Ramadhaan) and 'Eed al-Adhaa (after the standing at 'Arafah for pilgrimage).
Every other 'Eed - whether it is to do with a person, group, incident or any other occasion - is an innovated 'Eed. It is not permissible for the Muslim people to participate in it, approve of it, make any show of happiness on its occasion, or assist in it in any way - since this will be transgressing the bounds of Allaah: " ...and whoever transgresses the bounds of Allaah, he has wronged his own self," [Soorah at-Talaaq, Aayah 1]
If we add to this fabricated 'Eed the fact that it is one of the 'Eeds of the disbelievers, it is sin upon sin. This is because it is Tashabbuh (imitation) of the disbelievers, and a type of Muwaalaat (loyalty) to them. And Allaah has prohibited the believers from imitation of them and having love or loyalty for them in His Mighty Book (Qur.aan). It is also confirmed from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) that he said: " Whoever imitates a people is one of them."
'Eed al-Hubb (the celebration of Valentine's Day) comes under the category of what has been mentioned here, since it is one of the pagan Christian holidays. Hence it is not permissible for any Muslim, who believes in Allaah and the Last Day, to participate in it, approve of it, or congratulate (anyone on that occasion). On the contrary, it is obligatory to abandon it and stay far away from it - in response to Allaah and His Messenger, and to distance oneself from the anger of Allaah and His punishment.
Additionally, it is forbidden for a Muslim to assist or help in this Valentine's Day, or any other of the forbidden/illegal celebrations in any way whatsoever - whether by food or drink, selling or buying, production, gift-giving, correspondence, announcements, etc. All of these things are considered as co-operating in sin and transgression and disobedience of Allaah and His Messenger. Allaah, the Glorious and Most High, says:
"... and co-operate with one another in righteousness and piety, and do not co-operate in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah! Verily Allaah is severe in punishment," [Soorah al-Maa.idah, Aayah 2]
Likewise, it is obligatory for every Muslim to adhere strictly to the Qur'aan and Sunnah in every situation - especially in times of temptations and corruption. It is incumbent that he/she understand, be aware and be cautioned from falling into the deviations of those whom Allaah is angry with and those who are astray and the immoral people who have no fear of punishment - nor hope of reward - from Allaah, and who give no attention at all to Islaam.
It is necessary for the Muslim to flee to Allaah, the Most High, seeking His Hidaayah (Guidance) and Thabaat (Firmness) upon the Path. Verily, there is no Guide except Allaah, and no One Who can Grant Firmness except Him.[/font]
[i]Prepared by AL-Islaah Publications ( www.everymuslim.com ) from sources:
1. Al- Balagh
3. The Catholic Encyclopedia
4. Catholic Online Saints.
5. http://www.lovestories.com/cupid/history.htm, the History Channel, and wilstar.com and the video Holiday Myths.
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|02/11/04 at 11:54:26|
|[center][size=3]Roses are red, violets are blue, and Valentines day is not for you![/center][/size]|
Throughout much of the globe the expression "let the season of love begin" is being heard. It's that time of the year again when roses abound, trinkets are exchanged and confessions of love and promises (which are rarely kept) are declared. February 14th, also known as St. Valentine's Day, is the time of year that for centuries has been dedicated to honour love and the pursuit of romance.
On this day the postal services will be inundated with cards and letters, bearing the responsibility of playing 'cupid', forwarding messages of 'true love'. Youngsters will be making Valentine's cards, or if they're in Wales, they will be making love spoons which they will be encouraged to give to their valentine in the playground. Moreover, the Valentine's Day rituals of anonymous cards, chocolates and gifts are expected between secret admirers.
So what's the harm in all this some may ask? After all, is it not a day to remind your spouse of how much you love them, or for the children to indulge in a bit of fun? Valentine's Day is not simply about showing your affection to your partner or spouse, but it is in fact a day to remove all inhibitions and show your feelings to the person you secretly desire, a colleague, classmate, next door neighbour, relative etc, but someone to whom on any other day of the year it would not be easy to approach.
THE STORY OF ST VALENTINE
During the fifth century the Catholic Church wanted to end a pagan fertility rite that the Romans had practised every year since the 4th century BC. During the month of February a lottery would be held to celebrate a young man's rite of passage to the "god" Lupericus. Young teenage girls participated in this lottery, with their names being placed in a box and drawn at random by young men. Through the lottery these young girls would be assigned to the man who picked them out, in order to enjoy 'mutual pleasure' for the duration of a year until the next year's lottery.
The Church was unhappy with the promiscuous nature of this ritual and tried to end it by selecting a "Lover's Saint", who would be honoured as a replacement of the ritual of Lupericus. They chose a bishop by the name of Valentine who had been executed in the 3rd century AD. His punishment was as a result of his defying the Emperor Claudius who had banned marriages saying that married men made poor soldiers, as they did not want to leave their families during battles. Valentine invited lovers to come to him to be married in secret, a crime for which he was executed. However, before he died he is said to have sent a farewell message to the jailer's daughter with whom he had fallen in love while in prison. It read "From your Valentine."
VALENTINE'S DAY-A celebration of promiscuity
The modern day ritual of Valentine's Day has developed into something quite different from the intentions of Valentine. Indeed, it is ironic to think that what the Church tried to achieve so long ago was the preservation of the institution of marriage, in the guise of St Valentine's Day. The reality of Valentine's Day and what is associated with it is quite different; the return of promiscuity to society, relationships built upon and that result in fornication, unwanted pregnancies, back street abortions and all things that lead to the degradation and loss of honour in society.
Sadly, the corruption that ensues from this celebration of immorality affects all levels of society. Far from being a harmless activity, Valentine's Day is big business in Western society. Television and newspapers will publicise Valentine's Day through their promotion of special programmes, articles and events. Department stores, gift shops, the Post Office and clothes shops will be fully decorated with red roses and heart shaped balloons, enticing customers to purchase all that they will need to make their Valentine's Day dreams a reality.
Throughout the country in the month of February countless numbers of schools, universities and clubs are in preparation for balls and parties, inviting the unsuspecting populace. Regrettably, some Muslims will inevitably be amongst them lured into the havens of free mixing, alcohol, drugs, and illicit sexual encounters.
At school girls and boys will compete with each other to see who received the most Valentines cards and boast about the number of secret admirers they have. Others will be hiding their faces with humiliation in the realisation that nobody wants to show an ounce of romantic interest in them. Teachers and pupils will be organising the annual Valentines party, which for many youngsters will be their first encouragement to partake in the temptations of the opposite sex.
At university students will use 14 February to indulge in all manner of obscene activity. Young men and women will spend the day preparing a repertoire of 'chat up lines', which they will use as a tool for enticing complete strangers in to having 'one night stands' with them. Many may even be competing with each other in the number of people they can seduce in one night so that they can 'kiss and tell' the next day.
On Valentine's Day Student Unions will be issuing free condoms, college bars will be subsidising exotic cocktails, and drug-pushers will be stocking up on the latest line of 'date rape' pills. This is all part of the package that goes along with the illicit relationships, fornication and adultery that is celebrated around Valentine's Day.
BITTEN BY THE LOVE BUG? No, it's just another STD
The consequences of the activities that many will take up on 14 February and beyond are clear to see. In a report made by the 'Roofie Foundation', named after the slang use for the commonly used date-rape drug Rohypnol, the number of people who claim to have been sexually assaulted after drugs were put in their drinks rose to 1,000 this year. Their latest breakdown of British survivors of the crime of drug related rape and sexual abuse through having their drinks spiked reached a total of 6,008, including 5278 female and 730 men.
In August 2002 the Observer Newspaper published the findings of an Observer / ICM poll on sexual attitudes and behaviour of Britons. A total of 1,027 people aged 16 and above were questioned about their views of sex in the 21st Century. It found that more than half of Britons have had a 'one night stand' and that the average number of sexual partners in the UK stands at 10.
The promiscuous activity within society has led to astronomical rises in the diagnoses of acute sexually transmitted diseases (STD). So much so, that the NHS has been thrown into an STD crisis. According to statistics compiled by the Brook Advisory clinic and Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinics in England and Wales, in 2002 they diagnosed 81,680 cases of Chlamydia, 69,417 cases of genital warts, 24,953 cases of gonorrhoea, 18,392 cases of genital herpes and 1,193 cases of syphilis. The same year saw the largest annual number of newly diagnosed HIV infections, with 5,338 reported cases. It is now estimated that some 41,200 people are living with HIV in the United Kingdom around a third of whom are undiagnosed.
The Brook Advisory clinic also found that in 2000, 185,375 abortions took place in England and Wales with the abortion rates being highest amongst women between the ages of 16 and 24. The UK has the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Western Europe and the second highest rate in the developed world. Figures published by the Office of National Statistics, based on the 2001 Census revealed that over the last decade there had been a 10 per cent rise in births outside of marriage, from 30 per cent in 1991 to 40 per cent in 2001.
THE PATRON SAINT OF SEXUAL FREEDOM
The reality of Valentine's Day reflects a problem that does not end with 14 February. For the same concept, which drives people to stretch the limits of conventional morality on that day, is the same concept that Western society functions on every day of the year - sexual freedom.
The notion of 'sexual freedom' is central to the core values of secularism that the Western world has built as the foundation of its viewpoint in life. By separating religion from life's affairs, all values of morality and self-restraint have been subjugated to the whims and desires of individuals. While freeing people from the oppressive subjugation of the leaders of the 16th Century European Church, secularism has enslaved mankind into an even more disastrous predicament - the relentless pursuit of personal pleasure.
In the name of 'freedom', hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost through wars that have purported to spread it, such as recent the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. As a result of 'freedom', people throughout the Western world are subjected to an increasing danger and fear of robbery, attack, and rape, by people who have been brought up in the belief that freedom to pursue ones desires is a license to relieve their needs at the expense of innocent bystanders .When the concept of freedom is applied to the relations between men and women, then this 'sexual freedom' inevitably leads to chaos, anarchy and misery in society.
ISLAM REJECTS SEXUAL FREEDOM
In light of the above issues the Muslim Ummah must be vigilant and recognise the mechanisms deployed by the enemies of Islam to reshape our understanding of the Islam. When Muslims are encouraged to engage in St. Valentine's Day they are being asked to discard the Islamic morals, standards of behaviour, respect and dignity that is commanded from men and women.
It is essential for Muslims to realise that Islam demands that the point of reference is exclusively the Ahkham Shari'ah (divine rule). This is the only valid source of the rites, traditions or practices that Muslims are permitted to follow. Islam is in complete opposition to the secular concept of separation of religion from life. Nor does it give any credence to the false notion of individual freedom. Instead, Islam came to completely organise the affairs of humans in all aspects, liberating mankind from subjugation to other people, or their own base desires, and guiding them to the perfect laws of their Creator (swt).
It is reported that Anas Bin Malik (ra) said; "When the Prophet (saw) came to Medina, the people had two holidays from the days of Jahiliyyah. He (saw) said, "When I came to you, you had two holidays you used to celebrate in jahiliyyah. Allah has replaced them for you with better days, the day of Fitr and the day of slaughter (Adha)."
From this basis it is clear that Islam prohibits the celebration of festivals, whether they are Easter, Christmas or Shrove Tuesday. From its origin St. Valentine's Day is a pagan festival that encourages sexual relationships in society and is far away from anything a Muslim could contemplate. Therefore, observing its rituals and anything associated with it is prohibited for the Muslims and is rejected by Islam.
RELATIONSHIPS IN ISLAM
In Islam the relations between a man and woman are clearly regulated and their interaction is not built upon arousing the sexual instinct in each other or viewing each other as a form of sensual gratification. Hence activities that permit the mixing of the sexes or encourage the close proximity to each other are stopped. Involvement in or attendance of Western style pubs, club, parties, or any other such social function is completely prohibited to Muslims.
Any signs of intimacy and passion are confined to the correct form of relationships between men and women, which is through marriage.
Ibn Mas'ud narrates that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said; "Oh you youngsters. Whosoever amongst you can afford to marry should marry, because it will help you to lower his gaze, and guard his modesty (i.e. private parts from unlawful sex). And whosoever is not able to marry he should fast, because it will be protection for him."
The implementation of Islam ensures that the society established upon it will be free of promiscuity and will exhibit a high level of moral awareness. The Shari'ah recognises the needs and instincts of both man and woman. The family is protected and strengthened by the prohibition of fornication, adultery, free mixing of the sexes and the regulation of the dress code. By these injunctions, Islam prevents the possibility of its society being plagued by the same sexual ailments as those seen in the West.
Allah (swt) says
'Nor come nigh to adultery: for it is a shameful (deed) and an evil, opening the road (to other evils)' [TMQ Al-Isra: 32].
Abd Allah ibn Umar said, 'The Prophet (saw) came to us and said, 'Oh Muhajireen, you may be afflicted by five things; God forbid that you should live to see them. If fornication should become widespread, you should realise that this has never happened without new diseases befalling the people which their forbears never suffered. If people should begin to cheat in weighing out goods, you should realise that this has never happened without drought and famine befalling the people, and their rulers oppressing them. If people should withhold zakat, you should realise that this has never happened without the rain being stopped from falling; and were it not for the animals' sake, it would never rain again. If people should break their covenant with Allah and His messenger, you should realise that it has never happened without Allah sending an enemy against them to take some of their possessions by force. If the leaders do not govern according to the Book of Allah, you should realise that this has never happened without Allah making them into groups and making them fight one another' [Ibn Majah].
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|02/12/04 at 01:15:41|
i really find this hilarious! :D :D :D
a cupid that shoots you and you supposebly fall in love! ::)
" In terms of the virtually naked, arrow-shooting cupid character, which shoots people with its arrows to make them fall in love, this character is a vestige of Roman pagan times."
i couldn't stop laughing when i heard this for the first time.....so pathetic. ;D
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|02/15/04 at 01:57:58|
|I feel sorry for those who wish to stop the practice of Valentine's Day. You |
possess a naive and narrow perspective of the world. You have much to learn in life.
Those of you who allow your faith to interfere with ideas that spread goodness and love
throughout the world (in this case Valentine's Day) are truly lost. You need to look within
yourself and do a reality check of your belief system.
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|02/15/04 at 12:10:58|
Anon (sis/bro) are you a member of the board? If not then plz register as i liked the unique concept that u've brought up.
Coming back to the topic. You know anon, my grandpa and nan, they never celebrated the 'VD', although each new day might have served the same purpose for them but not any specific day, like they showed love every other day so they dint bother for 'VD'. Another reason is that there was no hype about VD in their age.
It got me thinking that we buy whatever media has to sell, they drive us, we get driven. We dont think, we dont realize, we dont understand as we just 'follow'. They call it being 'lakeer ka fakeer' in my native lingo (trans. anyone?)
One thing that might seem logical is that by using media and getting everyone on the face of the earth to show love to their spouse or 'beloved ones' on 'one' particular day, they are trying to synchorize things! Hm.. thats interesting, so its 'them' (media) who'll tell us when to show love collectively! But if i follow them today what'll they ask me to do next? Like if they start a new day named 'Lets do it day' and ask all the married peeps to 'do it' collectively on that day wouldn't it sound so pathetic?
Like its my personal life, dont make me synchronize with rest of the world coz if i'll synchorize with others in showing love today, i'll be asked to synchorize for other stuff too (on lets do it day maybe). Thats why i reject this 'order' from media and dont get driven by them. They'll only grow more in confidence this way and come up with more 'synchronizing' ideas.
I know this post lacks 'adab' which is due to my present state of imaan. I hope it doesn't make me a hypocrite.
ps: Five days left till my bro returns from hajj, he'll surely beat some adab into my head.
pps: BroHanif is back and is safe, he 'sounds' good too :)
pppppppss: I haven't read the articles above, dont have that much reading stamina ::)
|02/15/04 at 12:16:00|
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|02/15/04 at 12:33:37|
| [slm]..about valentine day yah i agree there is no need to make such a big fuss over it its just like christmas or easter for the non muslims and as v don't celebrate those days v ought not to bother with this day also as long as v know its against our religion dont follow its customs and anon bro / sis ...if u r a muslim i don't think u should say that ppl r adpoting narrow mindedness ok for the lawful relations this day might not b harmful the mite as well do watever they want any day but Y SHOULD THIS DAY ..and i mean specififcly THIS day be allowing muslim boys and gurls go out together and do their thing..and stuff ..ithink no day in islam allows us unless well ..if one is married ...i know it might not sound convincing enough but coz i have a test i can't think much about anything else.....sorry |
o and bro nomi those articles above ......God they r long i read every word and later i had to take a disperine .... :-/ok kidding but seriously its a lot ..
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|02/16/04 at 03:27:30|
|[quote author=Anonymous link=board=library;num=1076400048;start=0#3 date=02/15/04 at 01:57:58]I feel sorry for those who wish to stop the practice of Valentine's Day.[/quote]|
My faith does not IMMITATE. We do not have to justify to anyone that cannot understand up to that point why i choose not to be shepherded into a day of farce which is nothing more than a commercial viablitity for a few. BY the way, if the Islamic way of LIfe shuns such ideas it does not mean we are atempting to STOP anything. We cannot presmue to dictate to people how to lead their lives. Human Beings were given the power of reasoning which they must use to make decisions for themselves.
[quote]You possess a naive and narrow perspective of the world. You have much to learn in life.[/quote]
Life is not to be lived superficially. It is to be regarded as a journey, the ultimate
goal of which is to return to your maker to account for yourself.
[quote]Those of you who allow your faith to interfere with ideas that spread goodness and love throughout the world (in this case Valentine's Day) are truly lost. You need to look within yourself and do a reality check of your belief system.
My faith teaches me to love and hold all of God's creation sacred in every breath i take and for every heartbeat. Love and showing appreciation to God and His creation is not for ONE day, but for everyday. The roses would be wilted and the chocolates will be eaten, what's left is a beau with a hole in his pocket and a lady who is not gonna be impressed when the affection stopped at midnight on the 14th.
Surely if you had read the articles in their entirity they would have been more than sufficient and self explanatory......we choose to be independant of such paganistic rituals. Well, to each his own.
|02/16/04 at 03:36:11|
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