Muslims are angry about something again, this time the evils of Valentine’s Day, with governments moving to stamp out the celebration lest their people be tempted by the evils of pre-marital sex.
Even relatively liberal (at least by Islamic standards) Malaysia is running a campaign to stamp out Valentine’s Day, with their Deputy Prime Minister saying it is “not suitable” for followers of the religion of peace.
A 2005 fatwa condemns the practice, and several regions have reportedly instituted Valentine’s Day hotel inspections to ensure no young people are able to sneakily have sex prior to being told they can by a man with a beard.
Muslim students have been told they should avoid the wicked event, and Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development is running an unfortunately named “Mind the Valentine’s Day Trap” campaign, urging the faithful to reject the perfidious ways of the infidel.
The department’s leader, Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz, is adamant Valentine’s Day is nothing but a way for unmarried couples to show affection for each other:
“In reality, as well as historically, the celebration of Valentine’s Day is synonymous with vice activities.
Islam would reject anything, even from the Eastern culture, if it contravenes the Islamic teachings.”