‘Happy Valentine’s Day!’

“A world that becomes more Muslim, becomes less everything else.”
–Mark Steyn


‘Pakistan Bans Valentine’s Day’:
“Valentine’s Day has effectively been banned in Pakistan after the ‘Islamabad High Court’ (IHC) ruled on Monday to prohibit marking the occasion in public spaces and government offices across the country, effective immediately, regional media reported.

“The court ruling came as the result of a petition started by ‘concerned citizen’ Abdul Waheed, who complained that promoting the holiday in the media and across social networks is

“against Islamic teachings and should be banned immediately.”

“All print and online media outlets have been ordered to “stop all Valentine’s Day promotions”, and celebrating the occasion in public also has been banned.

“Justice Shaukat Aziz, who made the ruling, directed the ‘Federal Ministry of ‘Information’, the ‘Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’ (PEMRA) and the ‘Islamabad High Commission’ to start implementing the court’s decision.

“On social media, many Pakistanis reacted to the court’s decision with a mixture of sarcasm and dismay…

“Valentine’s Day has a mixed following in Pakistan. In big cities, restaurants, delivery services and bakeries often come up with Valentine’s Day promotions, but there are also “Haya Day” campaigns by conservative students which promote traditional Islamic modesty.


“Last year, President Mamnoon Hussain said that Pakistanis should avoid celebrating Valentine’s Day as it is a Western tradition that has nothing to do with Pakistan’s Muslim culture…”

–‘Pakistan court deems Valentine’s Day ‘un-Islamic,’ bans across country’,
RT, 13 Feb. 2017




‘Indonesia Bans Valentine’s Day’ (2016):
“Officials and clerics in the world’s most populous Muslim nation have banned young Indonesian Muslims from celebrating Valentine’s Day, arguing that the observance runs against Islamic teachings.

“In Banda Aceh, the capital of the devout Muslim province of Aceh, thousands of high school students held rallies rejecting the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

“Banda Aceh’s mayor, Illiza Sa’aduddin Djamal, and Shariah officials joined Saturday’s rallies, held in four locations in the city’s downtown area.

“The Valentine’s Day celebration has become a culture,” Illiza said.

“She added that the rallies were aimed at making young people aware that Valentine’s Day is not part of Islamic culture.


“The bans were imposed in many Indonesian cities. A similar rally by junior high school students was held in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city.

“In Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi province, a noted Muslim youth group, ‘Pemuda Muslimin Indonesia’, called on Muslims in the province to stay away from the celebration.

“The influential ‘Indonesian Council of Clerics’ has repeatedly declared the Feb. 14 celebration as an observance stemming from another faith, saying that celebrating it would be the same as promoting faiths other than Islam.

Nearly 90% of Indonesia’s 265 million people are Muslims…”

–‘Indonesia bans Valentine’s Day’,
Associated Press/Toronto Star, Feb. 14, 2016



‘Iran Bans Valentine’s Day’ (2016):
“Iran has announced it is banning Valentine’s Day celebrations in a bid to crack down on ‘decadent Western culture.’

“On Friday, Iranian news outlets reported police released a directive warning retailers against promoting ‘decadent Western culture through Valentine’s Day rituals.’

“Police told Tehran’s coffee and ice cream shops trade union to prevent any gatherings in which men and women could exchange Valentine’s Day gifts or they could be found guilty of a crime.

“Saudi Arabia has also sought to stamp out Valentine’s Day but it is widely celebrated in nearby Dubai…”

–‘Iran bans Valentine’s Day in crackdown on ‘decadent Western culture’,
Keiligh Baker, Daily Mail (U.K.),14 February 2016



‘Saudi Arabia Bans Valentine’s Day’ (2014):
“… Anti-Valentine’s Day patrols by the Muttawa religious police, formally known as the ‘Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice’, started on Wednesday.

“They began entering premises stocking chocolates, flowers and souvenirs to warn proprietors against selling anything red or heart-shaped and linked to the annual “infidel celebration” of matters romantic.

“Saudi Arabia applies a rigorous interpretation of Islam under which the sexes are strictly segregated and any public display of affection is completely taboo.

“It is also the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive…”

–‘Valentine’s Day is banned by the religious police in Saudi Arabia’,
The Journal (Ireland), Feb. 14th 2014



“In Malaysia, the assault on Valentine’s Day has been even harsher than in Iran, where the Islamic Republic has tried to stop sales of Valentine cards and gifts. The Malaysian religious authorities this month arrested more than 100 Muslim couples for defying a ban on any activities marking Valentine’s Day…”


“Muslim groups in Malaysia have again condemned Valentine’s Day as a form of cultural pollution that poses a threat to traditional values and which they claim leads to abortion, alcoholism, promiscuity, fraud and even baby-dumping…”



(2016) “Some Qatar restaurants were told to cancel their Valentine’s Day celebrations, according to ‘Doha News’.

“A number of hotels said they were contacted by the Ministry of Interior and instructed not to showcase any signs of Valentine’s Day in their rooms or restaurants.

“A five-star hotel representative told Doha News that the Ministry forbade the use of hearts, arrows, flowers, petals, heart-shaped dessert or Happy Valentine’s Day signs…

“While Qatari authorities did not give a reason to their Valentine’s Day limitations, they have previously stated that non-Islamic events should not be celebrated in Islamic countries.”



“A world that becomes more Muslim, becomes less everything else.”
–Mark Steyn




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