Published on February 14th, 2013
Leaders in some Muslim countries do not like their citizens to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Officials in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Iran try to discourage people from following Valentine’s Day customs.
Here are some of the reasons given by strict Muslim leaders for not allowing the customs.
- Muslims say that Valentine’s Day is an invented celebration, not found in Muslim law.
- Christians celebrate Valentine’s Day, so Muslims should not.
- Some Muslim officials say that Valentine’s Day causes youth to keep their minds on foolish things.
- ”It promotes love,” complain some Muslim leaders.
But many youth in Muslim countries celebrate Valentine’s Day anyway. Very strict Muslims often have many rules that are difficult to follow. They believe that following the rules might help them earn their way to heaven.
“At age 16, I no longer wanted to be a Muslim,” said a youth in Malaysia. “There were too many rules.”
Some Muslims who are weary of all the rules are seeking truth outside of Islam. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) Pray they will find Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life. (See John 14:6.)
The story behind Valentine’s Day is told in The Story of St. Valentine: More than Cards and Candied Hearts available from The Voice of the Martyrs.
Read the post Learn About Valentine to learn more about the history and legends that inspired Valentine’s Day.