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Saudi Religion Police Ban Valentines, Red

From those lovelorn defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

No Valentine’s: Saudi religious police see red

By Abdullah Al-shihri, Associated Press Writer

February 11, 2010

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The Saudi religious police are cracking down on stores selling items that are red or in any other way allude to banned celebrations of Valentine’s Day.

A Saudi official says policemen are inspecting shops for red roses, heart-shaped products or gifts wrapped in red, and ordering storeowners to get rid of them.

Such items are legal at other times of the year, but as February 14 nears they become contraband.

Saudi Arabia bans celebration of Western holidays such as Valentine’s Day, named after a Christian saint said to have been martyred by the Romans in the 3rd Century.

Most shops in Riyadh’s upscale neighborhoods have removed all red items from their shelves.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to reporters.

We get these stories each and every year about this time from the famously tolerant Religion Of Peace.

But what can we expect from a religion that considers love to be a psychological sickness — literally?

As we noted back in January 2007, we have this authoritative fatwa from those omniscient holy men at Islam Q&A:

Islam Question and Answer – Love


If a girl loves a boy from afar, has she committed a sin?


Praise be to Allaah.

Islam came to close the doors that lead to evil and sin, and is keen to block all the means that may lead to corruption of hearts and minds. Love and infatuation between the sexes are among the worst of problems.

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (10/129):

Love is a psychological sickness, and if it grows strong it affects the body, and becomes a physical sickness, either as diseases of the brain, which are said to be diseases caused by waswaas, or diseases of the body such as weakness, emaciation and so on. End quote.

And he (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (10/132):

Loving a non-mahram woman leads to many negative consequences, the full extent of which is known only to the Lord of people. It is a sickness that affects the religious commitment of the sufferer, then it may also affect his mind and body. End quote.

It is sufficient to note that one of the effects of love of a member of the opposite sex is enslavement of the heart which is held captive to the loved one. So love is a door that leads to humiliation and servility. That is sufficient to put one off this sickness.

Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (10/185):

Attachment to the opposite sex will not happen to a heart that is filled with love of Allaah; it only affects a heart that is empty and weak, so it is able to gain control of it, then when it becomes strong and powerful it is able to defeat the love of Allaah and lead the person into shirk. Hence it is said: Love is the action of an empty heart.

If the heart is devoid of the love and remembrance of the Most Merciful, and is a stranger to speaking to Him, it will be filled with love of women, images and listening to music.

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (10/135):

If the heart loves Allaah alone and is sincerely devoted to Him, it will not even think of loving anyone else in the first place, let alone falling in love. When a heart falls in love, that is due to the lack of love for Allaah alone.

[Yoosuf 12:24]

How many people have been careless at the beginning of this problem, and thought that they were able to rid themselves of it whenever they wanted, or that they could stop at a certain limit and not go any further, until the sickness took a strong hold and no doctor or remedy could help?

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Rawdat al-Muhibbeen (147):

If a person strives to keep away from the things that lead to this serious sickness, by lowering his gaze and not looking at haraam things, not listening to haraam things, and averting the passing thoughts that the shaytaan casts into his mind, then after that something of the evils of this sickness befalls him because of a passing glance or a transaction that is basically permissible, and his heart becomes attached to a woman, there is no sin on him for that in sha Allaah, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Allaah burdens not a person beyond his scope”

[al-Baqarah 2:286]

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Rawdat al-Muhibbeen (147):

If love occurs for a reason that is not haraam, the person is not to be blamed, such as one who loved his wife or slave woman, then he separated from her but the love remained and did not leave him. He is not to be blamed for that. Similarly if there was a sudden glance then he averted his gaze, but love took hold of his heart without him meaning it to, he must, however, ward it off and resist it. End quote.

But he must treat his heart by putting a stop to the effects of this love, and by filling his heart with love of Allaah and seeking His help in that. He should not feel too shy to consult intelligent and trustworthy people for advice or consult some doctors and psychologists, because he may find some remedy with them. In doing that he must be patient, seek reward, remain chaste and keep quiet, and Allaah will decree reward for him in sha Allaah

And Allaah knows best.

Too bad they don’t condemn hate like they do love.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 11th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Saudi Religion Police Ban Valentines, Red”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Love is a weakness and hatred a strength.
    One more reason why they see a hand outstretched in “friendship” as a sign of a weak enemy.

  2. jobeth says:

    It all makes sense in a dark perverted way.

    First Valentines day is a day based on a Christian saint, plus love is, it seems according to above, to be a Christian concept. Or at least not an Islamic one.

    Islam is a religion that takes a direct opposite view of nearly everything in the Judeo/Christian religions. Even atheists don’t take complete opposite views. They simply don’t believe in a God.

    Consider…Judeo/Christian vs Islam

    Christianity-Love of fellow man, especially spouse and family, even enemies VS Islam-No love for anyone or anything except Mohammad. Love is seems to be viewed only as a distraction from your worship

    Love of your wife is commanded of a man in the Bible (Ephesians 5:22-24) VS you are told to never love a woman in Islam as love only enslaves a man by a woman…and of course you may only love Mohammad and a woman is never to be viewed as equal to a man.

    The Bible even tells us to love our enemies. Try to find anything like that in the Koran. What you will find is encouragement to maim and kill anyone who doesn’t yield to your religion or to you in the name of your religion.

    The Bible speaks of Music being pleasing to God VS Music being considered as ha-ram in Islam by many fundamentalist. Music may speak of love for a person so it must be highly discouraged. Only during weddings is music sometimes allowed which is odd considering you are not to love your wife.

    The Bible speaks of study to show yourself approved…(In Christian practice, even girls)…2 Timothy 2:15 VS Many fundamentalists in Islam discourage girls and women from an education, even to the point of throwing acid in their faces etc. although this is not actually mentioned in the Koran, the general treatment of women in Islam give rise to this tradition for some.

    These are only a few…I’m sure there are many more opposites.

    So we have Light VS Darkness
    In my view…God’s Goodness VS Satan’s Evilness.

    If you view Islamist behavior in that light…it all makes perfect sense that they can’t abide Valentine’s day.
    Satan is God’s opposite. Islam is Judeo/Christian’s opposite.

    How this religion can be tagged as a “Religion of Peace” is also easy to understand.
    It’s a lie. And lies are just fine if used to further Islam.

    Not so with the Bible which commands us not to lie.

    Judeo/Christian religions are so polar opposite to Islam it just shows that Islam is a religion owned and operated by Satan.

    And as an afterthought…After reading the story above, it’s no wonder why the Christmas panty bomber was having trouble with his relationships with sexual thoughts, a point, if I remember correctly, Proreason once put forth a while back…Hats off for a great call Pro.

  3. Right of the People says:

    In Islam only love between a man and his camel is allowed, Praise Allah.

  4. canary says:

    NoNeoCommies, excellent point as to Obama’s love they neighbor approach. Nancy Pelosi gushed after election that Obama was right in that muslims believe in loving their neighbors.

    JoeBeth, good point, and Hasan was focused on wanting a wife. I was alert
    last Valentines day, knowing the muslims hate Valentines Day. I would think they stay out of stores, so if I see one dressed in robes around the valentines I will see if any bulges under their robes.

    Right Of the People, Goats are okay too. Women have to sit behind them on buses.

    Sooo, I wonder if osama bin laden uses frozen sperm.

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    Word is, camels prefer softer and more earthy colors. You know .. like tan, brown …..

  6. joeblough says:

    They do this repulsive crap every year around this time.



    You’re a mohammedan. Your daughter gets a bunch of red roses on Valentine’s. You kill her.

    Valentine roses … bad bad bad.

    Killing daughter … no problem.

    We keep hearing about how the mohammedans are dedicated to their superior morality … how daintily horrified they are by our alleged moral laxity.

    Horse crap!

  7. Chuckk says:

    Can you send a Valentine to a camel who won a beauty contest?

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