An Iraqi woman walks past a shop displaying preparations for Valentine’s day in Baghdad
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Meanwhile, in Indonesia, last Friday, regional governments and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) banned the celebration of Valentine’s Day, citing its potentially harmful effects on the morals of young persons.
That reinforces the notion that many leaders in the political and Muslim sphere have one-track minds focussed on (their) penises and the receptacles of (their) ejaculations.
If they weren’t so blinkered and did some minimal research by asking an internet search engine “Who was St. Valentine?”, they could well decide to promote the day which commemorates his execution.
In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to his jailer’s daughter, signing it, “from your Valentine.”
Ok, maybe Muslims don’t wish to see a Christian saint being commemorated. However, they should note that Valentine is the patron saint of married and affianced couples.
Furthermore, during the period known as the High Middle Ages, the period of European history around the 11th – 13th centuries which had a tradition of courtly love. (Think ‘King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table‘.) In essence, courtly love was an experience between erotic desire and spiritual attainment that now seems contradictory as “a love at once illicit and morally elevating, passionate and disciplined, humiliating and exalting, human and transcendent.”
That description can be equally be the raison d’être of the Muslim fasting month of Lebaran.
Isn’t it sad that the edict emphasises the profane rather than the profound?.
As for me, I don’t like the prosaic aspects, the crass commercialisation of St. Valentine’s Day which suggests that love can be bought for a meal, a night in a five star hotel, a pink greetings card or a red teddy bear.