Saudi Arabia prepares for Valentine’s Day

Source: Arab News

Hearts and flowers are everywhere as Saudi Arabia prepares to celebrate the once ‘haram’ Valentine’s Day tomorrow. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah). The Muslim Times is promoting secularism in every country of the world

Hearts and flowers are everywhere as the Kingdom prepares to celebrate the once ‘haram’ Valentine’s Day tomorrow

Saudis are buying extravagant gifts, flowers, cheesy balloons and even the cliched teddy bears for that special person

JEDDAH: Love is in the air and hearts and flowers are everywhere as the Kingdom prepares to celebrate the once “haram” Valentine’s Day tomorrow.
As recently as three years ago it would have been unthinkable — Saudi Arabia’s feared religious police saw to that.

Florists and confectioners used to hide their red roses and heart-shaped chocolate in fear of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV). Restaurant owners even banned birthday or anniversary celebrations on Feb. 14 for fear of arrest or closure.

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11 replies

  1. Yes, it is a little bit of progress in KSA. We should appreciate it , it is the freedom of expression —

    I believe that Ahmadiyyah will ban Valentine —in its area.
    Ahmadiyyah still follow the old sunnah — back ward !

    • Ahmadiyya is not ‘banning it’. Humanity First is selling flowers. But we are saying the whole thing is silly. Just business… (sorry, my wives did not get any special treatment. I am trying to be nice with them any day, not only on Valentine’s day).

      • Rafiq, as a polygamy I believe that you often lie to your wives, in Islam ( hadith) a husband is permitted to lie —whereas in Islam and orher religion is HARAM to lie—polygamy destroy faith and family. Very sad indeed -feel sorry to you

      • NO ! I do not. Why do you assume ? (Truth always comes out, so why bother?) Lies are for those who do not practice polygamy and have lovers ‘by the side’. Polygamists are honest and stand by their action>

  2. Not so long ago we hardly knew of St.Valentine’s Day, it was pretty low key and a pleasant gesture to receive a bunch of flowers from your loved one. But like many things, it has become ‘Americanised’ and commercialised. Most people don’t even know that it is a day to celebrate a Christian Saint, Saint Valentine and all that he stood for. In fact, the St. seems to have more or less disappeared. But I can’t see how it will work in Saudi Arabia, they seem to be full of contradictions. If they don’t yet celebrate Easter, perhaps they soon will, and why not, it is celebrating Spring and new life, which applies to all. Chocolate Easter Eggs are now the norm. The same applies to Christmas (the Winter Solstice), it’s all about the American Santa Claus, family get-togethers and partying, and spending lots of money for presents. Jesus is mainly forgotten, apart from by the religious. I don’t know if it’s progress, but it’s certainly good for business.

  3. May the Allah guide the Ummah of the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him to the right path. It could be progress in the eyes of people who see it as progress but according to the teachings of our religion it is not the right thing to do.

    • No one impose some one to do— but do not ban people wants to do— as simple is that

      The problem comes if some scholars demand police or government to ban people to sell valentine’s things— that is not good—

      • Things generally are not banned but since Allah has given the scholars this duty to guide people they keep on reminding them from doing things that are not a part of this deen or anything that is wrong in the sight of Allah and His messenger.

        There’s an exception in few Islamic countries where they do impose several rules and regulations.

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