Sharing article from The Malaysian Insider with regard to Muslims celebrating Valentine's Day.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 14 — All Malaysians including Muslims should be
allowed to celebrate Valentine’s day, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said today.
“Why can’t it be celebrated? I disagree...it is not a form of prayer,” said the defacto law minister.
He was asked to comment on Islamic affairs minister Datuk Seri Jamil
Khir Baharom saying that Islamic religious authorities have launched
nationwide enforcement efforts to nab Muslims celebrating Valentine’s
“What is wrong with Valentines’ day? People just want to express their love to one another.
“How different is it from other days, where we can do the same thing?” Nazri asked.
He also criticised PAS for campaigning against Valentines’ Day, saying that such efforts were plain “ridiculous”.
Last Friday, official sermons also warned Muslims against celebrating
Valentine’s Day, which the federal Islamic authorities claimed was in
breach of the tenets of their religion.
In the text of a sermon provided by the Department of Islamic
Development Malaysia (Jakim) titled “Awas jerat Valentine” (Beware
Valentine’s trap), Muslims were told that asking someone to be his or
her “Valentine” could lead to idolatry.
PAS Youth has also been spearheading anti-Valentine’s Day celebrations in recent years.
It claimed that the celebrations would lead to greater vice among Muslim youths.
This year, the Islamist opposition party’s Youth wing urged the
federal government to exert greater control over Valentine’s Day
advertisements to curb social ills.
Valentine’s Day celebrations have been a solely commercial affair
since 1969, when the Roman Catholic Church dropped February 14 as a