Respond to greeting wishes pagan festival.
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Bother Burhan the festivals like valentine day Non Muslims wish us for the day how should we respond to them. Kindly bring light on this so that we know about such occasations.
(There may be some grammatical and spelling errors in the above statement. The forum does not change anything from questions, comments and statements received from our readers for circulation in confidentiality.)
Respond to greeting wishes pagan festival
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Every people have their own civilization, their culture and days of celebration. Allah and His Messenger (saws) have appointed the two Eids for celebration in Islam, and have made every Friday a day of Eid and celebration for the believers. For a true believer, every day that dawns is a Sign from our Merciful Lord, and every day that Allah gives us life, can be a day of celebration for us.
There is absolutely no harm if one celebrates or congratulates ones non-muslim friends on their personal accomplishments and happy occasions like their marriage, the birth of their baby, or their childrens graduation, or a promotion in their job, etc. But it would neither behove nor befit a believer who believes in Allah and the Last Day to greet or celebrate any of their religious occasions with them like Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Holi, etcfor that then would be to intentionally witness a falsehood.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 25 Surah Furqaan verse 72:
72 (The true slave-servants of Allah are) Those who witness no falsehood (intentionally), and if they pass by futility they pass by it with honorable (avoidance)
In light of the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, the jurors in Islam have listed four categories which would make any celebration or gathering forbidden:
- The celebration should not be a pagan religious festival.
- The celebration should not involve any shirk.
- The celebration should not involve or encourage fahisha or indecency or any of the things absolute forbidden in Islam (alcohol, gambling, etc.)
- The celebration should not indulge in excess spending.
The pagan beliefs and religions and thus their religious festivals are based on absolute falsehoods, and it does not behove one who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day as Truth to indulge in celebrations of falsehood. To greet or celebrate pagans on their pagan and religious days of festivals would be to justify their false beliefs.
Ref: the origin of St. Valentines Day
There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some reports state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine". Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honor St. Valentine.
Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date was marked by sending poems and simple gifts such as flowers. There was often a social gathering or a ball.
Some other reports on the origin of Valentines Day state
that it started in the time of the
Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in
many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult
time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason
was that Roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result,
Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in
The pastors of the early Christian Church in
Thus regardless of which story is accurate or which legend one wishes to accept, it is certain that Valentines Day has its origin based on a pagan culture, and paganism has absolutely no basis in Islam. It does not behove a believer, who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day to celebrate or commemorate pagan rites and rituals and festivals, thus it would be best and purest if the believers feared Allah and absolutely rejected this pagan celebration and abstained from commemorating or celebrating it.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4020 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar
The Prophet (saws) said: He who copies any people is one of them.
Your Question: Bother Burhan the festivals like valentine day Non Muslims wish us for the day how should we respond to them
If one is greeted or wished by their disbelieving brethren on their pagan occasions like St. Valentines Day, or Christmas, or Easter, or Diwali, or Holi, etc..the best response a believer can give in return is make a supplication for them by saying Allah Yah-deek or Hadaak-Allah, meaning May Allah Guide you (to the Truth).
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,