“ST. VALENTINE’S DAY” —
THE DAY OF ZINA
OF ALL THE kuffaar days of festival and money-making such as Christmas day, mother’s day, father’s day, ghost’s day, shaitaan’s day, etc., the worst and most immoral is the festival day called St. Valentine’s Day. It is the most immoral occasion because it is a festival of zina (fornication) from beginning to end – in idea, words and actions. The very conception of this occasion is deification and idolization of zina.
In addition to this accursed festival of zina being an act of fisq and fujoor, it is an act of kufr. Believing haraam to be halaal is kufr which eliminates Imaan. The basis and the edifice of this immoral kuffaar festival day which has been given greater impetus by its commercialisation, are the promotion of zina of the heart, zina of the mind, zina of the tongue, zina of the eyes, zina of the hands, zina of the legs and even the ultimate act of actual fornication/adultery.
The most lamentable development of this festival of zina in regard to Muslims is the degree of Muslim indulgence in it. Muslims flagrantly participate in the zina acts and paraphernalia of this satanic festival as if it is a ‘blessed’ occasion permitted by Islam. The wide-scale participation in this day of zina has so thoroughly desensitised the Imaani conscience of Muslims that even the learned ones who are supposed to guide the community have grown accustomed to it. Parents observe and allow their children at secular schools to totally immerse themselves in the satanic aura and effects of the zina culture of this particular day of fornication.
It is indeed lamentable in this era to explain to Muslims, in an attempt to make them understand that Islam does not permit zina in any form whatsoever. Many Muslims who have completely lost their Imaani bearings regard this day of zina to be a day of ‘innocent’ and light-hearted ‘fun’. Zina has now become acceptable to numerous Muslims. While modernist Muslims still have some, not much, inhibition for the actual act of zina (fornication / adultery), they have no qualms and no reservations about the multitude of introductory stepping stones which lead to zina proper. Yet the Qur’aan Majeed prohibits, not only zina but all acts leading to zina. Thus the Qur’aan Shareef warns: “Do not approach zina”. The approaches of zina which are all haraam, are all such acts which have the potential of inciting sexual passion. Thus, intermingling of sexes, speaking to the opposite sex, looking at the opposite sex, solitude with the opposite sex, saying even Assalamu Alaikum to the opposite sex, thinking or fantasizing of the opposite sex, lustful communication with the opposite sex, be it by letter, phone, etc., and every act which incites sexual passion and inclines one to the opposite sex are all described as the ‘approaches of zina’ which the Qur’aan declares haraam. In fact a woman applying perfume and passing in proximity of males is termed an adulteress in the Hadith. Similarly, a man who intentionally derives sexual pleasure from the putrid zina ‘fragrance’ of a perfumed woman passing by him commits zina of the nose and of the heart..
Despite all strictures of the Shariah on every shadow of zina, it has become difficult for even supposedly practising Muslims to understand the villainy, immorality and zina of the shaitaani St. Valentine’s Day.
The satanic zina cards and other trimmings and trappings associated with this day of fornication on which large sums of money are squandered down the drain are the prime approach to the avenue zina on this haraam immoral festival day. The occasion is utilized to foster zina relationships. People – Muslims – are becoming increasingly brazen and flagrant in their exhibition of acts of zina. Added to the indulgence in zina of a variety of kinds, is the added hurmat (prohibition) of Tashabbuh Bil Kuffaar (Emulating the Kuffaar). This factor by itself prohibits participation in this evil occasion. Even if it be assumed that the occasion is devoid of zina. It is haraam to imitate the festivals and superfluous acts, practices and customs of the kuffaar. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Whoever emulates a people, he is of them.”
The contact with the opposite sex becomes more brazen on this shaitaani day. In fact, there is no tinge of conscience; no vestige of fear for Allah Ta’ala and no regard whatsoever for Islamic norm and culture to deter the fussaaq perpetrators of acts of zina on this day of zina.
Even an ignorant Muslims needs no Qur’aanic aayat nor any hadith to understand the immorality of the zina day called St. Valentine’s Day. There cannot be a Muslim – one who has even a flickering of Imaan in his/her heart – who fail to understand the prohibition and immorality of this immoral kuffaar festival. But desensitization of Imaan and total abandonment of the whole Hijaab culture of Islam have eliminated every inhibition, hence the brazen and shameless indulgence in the zina activities of this evil festival.
When the moral condition of Muslims degenerate to such an evil ebb that vice and immorality – fisq, fujoor and zina – are flagrantly committed and even regarded as being acceptable, it reveals the signs of the impending universal (aam) punishment of Allah Ta’ala. The silent Ulama who condone with their silence and misunderstood hikmat (wisdom), all the acts of fisq and fujoor which have become rife in the community, should reflect of the Qur’aanic warning:
“Beware of a fitnah (punishment) which will not overtake only the transgressors”.
I am a florist. Is it permissible to take orders for weddings, parties, anniversaries, valentine’s day, funerals, etc.?
Selling flowers is permissible just as it is permissible to sell grapes, cloth, sugar, knives and numerous other items which are used for halaal as well as sinful and haraam activities. If the only use of an item is in sin, vice and evil, then it will be haraam to sell such an item even if the intention of the buyer is unknown and even if the buyer does not state the reason for buying. For example, televisions. Since pictures of animate objects is inseparable from television, dealing in it is haraam. On the other hand, the functioning of a radio is not dependent on pictures. It can be used for lawful and unlawful purposes. Thus to sell radios is permissible. The sin of misuse is on the buyer.
If it is known that the product will be used for haraam activity, then it will be haraam to sell it even if it is a halaal item, e.g. grapes. It is not permissible to sell grapes to a winery. It is not permissible for a farmer to even grow grapes to supply a winery. But if a manufacturer of wine comes to a Muslim’s market and buys all his grapes, then it will be permissible for the Muslim to sell him the grapes because he had no intention to sell grapes for making wine and also he did not expect the winery to buy his grapes. But to take an order from a winery for grapes, is not permissible. The buyer who buys grapes at the market from the general stock, in this case, is just as all usual clients are, who walk into the shop and buy.
These same principles govern the selling of flowers. If anyone comes into your shop and buys flowers for whatever purpose, it is permissible to sell to him/her. But it will not be permissible to take an order for making flower arrangements for specific haraam purposes. It is sinful to aid and abet in sin. The Qur’aan Majeed forbids this. Thus Allah Ta’ala states: “Do not aid one another in sin and transgression.”
On the basis of the aforegoing rules of the Shariah, the ruling for the specific acts mentioned by you are as follows:
(1) If a Muslim places an order for flower arrangement for a wedding in a hall or at any place where un-Islamic activities such as intermingling of sexes will take place, then it will not be permissible for you to take such an order. But if the same Muslim steps into your shop and selects flowers from your general stock, it will be permissible to sell to him/her. But it is not permissible to take an order for this specific purpose. If a non-Muslim orders flowers for a wedding, it will be permissible to take his/her order. Non-Muslims are not bound by the laws of the Shariah.
(2) If Muslims buy flowers for Eid occasions, it will be permissible to sell to them. But it is not permissible to take orders for making any specific flower arrangement because there is no flower-custom in Islam for Eid. But they may come and buy flowers. It is permissible to adorn one’s home with flowers.
(3) It is permissible to sell flowers and make flower-arrangements only for non-Muslims for their occasions of mother’s day, etc. But it is not permissible to do so for Muslims. But if a Muslim steps into your shop and buys flowers from your general stock for mother’s day, then he/she is guilty of the sin of misuse, not you.
(4) It is not permissible to take orders specifically for valentine’s day, whether the clients are Muslims or non-Muslim since this is a day of zina.
(5) Flower orders may be taken from only non-Muslims for birthdays and parties, not from Muslims.
(6) Flower orders for anniversaries and funerals may be taken from only non-Muslims, not from Muslims. It is bid’ah for Muslims to place flowers on the quboor.
(7) Flower orders may be taken from both Muslims and non-Muslims for occasions of illness and hospitals. Since the aim is to cheer up the patients, this is permissible.
(8) Flower orders may be taken if the customer does not specify the reason. He/she simply orders flowers and does not state the purpose. It is then permissible.