February 15, 2010

Don't celebrate Valentine's Day

GEORGE TOWN (Feb 7, 2010): This Feb 14, Muslim women have been urged to 'hold on to their panties' and not celebrate the day, universally known as Valentine's Day, because it is not an Islamic practice.

Urusetia Menangani Gejala Social Pulau Pinang (Unggas) coordinator Nurfitri Amir Muhammad said the National Fatwa Council had in 2005 passed an edict that Valentine's Day is not Islamic; that the celebration has Christian elements and thus, should not be celebrated by Muslim couples.

"What is even more alarming is when we read about the 'Bare your love, no panties during Valentine's' campaign being spread amongst university students now. So we have to do something to stop such campaigns which will lead to social ills like promiscuity," he said.

It is not known who is behind the 'Bare your love' campaign which is being promoted via SMS and through word-of-mouth to college and school students.

Nurfitri said Unggas, together with Persatuan Ulama Malaysia Penang Branch (Pumpp), Angkatan Pemuda Pemudi Islam (Api) and Komuniti Suara Kehidupan (Kosuke), have decided to launch a 'Valentine's Day Trap' campaign to warn Muslims against celebrating that day.

As part of the campaign, more than 200 of their members will be handing out flyers and talking to Muslim couples about Islamic values to advise them not to celebrate Valentine's Day. -- theSun

Original title: Don't celebrate Valentine's Day warning to Muslim couples