Daylife/Reuters Pictures used by permission

“Beware the trap of Valentine’s Day”

Malaysia has stepped up a campaign to stop Muslims celebrating Valentine’s Day – labelling it a “trap” that could encourage immoral behaviour.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Monday’s celebration of romantic love was “not suitable” for Muslims.

Several Malaysian states are planning to carry out checks on hotels to stop young couples having premarital sex.

The anti-Valentine’s Day campaign by the country’s Islamic authorities goes back to a fatwa issued in 2005. Leaflets have been distributed to Muslim university students urging them to avoid Monday’s celebration.

The government-run Department of Islamic Development, which handles religious policies, has launched a publicity campaign called “Mind the Valentine’s Day Trap”. Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz, the department’s chief, told state media: “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.”

He said Islam had never rejected positive things from the West, noting that it had embraced Mother’s and Father’s Day.

Let’s hear it for love.

  1. Reagan says:

    I expect most Muslims respond to anti-Valentine’s Day warnings from the government in the same way most Americans respond to anti-marijuana warnings from the government.

  2. So what says:

    OK on this one I’m with allah. Not that I agree with the argument made vice etc. I just hate this overtly commercial “holiday”.

  3. moss says:

    Get your chocolate Jones on, dude!

  4. chris says:

    I think they don’t want people to form bonds with each other, because it detracts from the bond of individual to religion.

    Not that that is unique to the Islamic Department of Malaysia.

  5. bobbo, yes all governments are oppressive-there simply is however no alternative says:

    Hmmmm, why would an American Capitalist Created Holiday meant to sell Cards and Candies by recognized at all outside of the USA? Or broaden it to St Valentine and its an entirely Christian Holiday?

    So, crass American consumerism is assaulting these pure non-American countries and they are protecting their own cultures?

    How very French of them. Still–why does this oppression make my skin crawl more than the same attitudes about drugs as so insightfully referenced by Reagan? We put people in jail for it too.

    Amusing how we reject in other countries what we are blind to in our own.

    Ha, ha.

  6. Reagan says:

    I read an e-Card somewhere that suggested no woman is ever going to be happy on Valentine’s Day until men develop chocolate penises that ejaculate money.

    To which one of my male friends replied:

    “ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow”

    I did laugh out loud.

  7. Orion314 says:

    To embrace the philosophy of Islam is Luddite insanity embracing the idea that the stone age was the golden age, and yet, few who subscribe to this actually ponder how difficult farming sans machine is, let alone have the know how to actually do it…

  8. Angel H. Wong says:

    Islam is a religion of love and peace until their daughters smile at a white boy.

  9. JimD says:


  10. Grandpa says:

    Thank you #10. How right you are.

    Interesting, people think they don’t honor the teachings of their religion and their religious government. I don’t see them scrambling across the border to freedom of the North. We shouldn’t assume people want what we have, like Bush did.

  11. msbpodcast says:

    In #7 Reagan said something that made laugh out loud.

    Ow, ow, ow indeed.

  12. msbpodcast says:

    Religion is a fairy tale, bunk, hokum, BS, claptrap, idiocy

    You have got a bunch of people claiming that their fairy tale is better than any other fairy tale.

    Bull fuckin’ shit.

    They all start with:”There’s some guy, up in the sky…” and it all goes to hell from there, and so do you if you don’t believe in their guy.

    How fuckin’ credulous do you have to be?

    How feeble minded do you have to be?

    There is no guy!

    Get over it.

    Your lives are meaningless.

    Its nothing to be ashamed of.

    Its reality that when we go into the ground, burnt to a jar or not, we’re fuckin’ gone.

    That’s IT!

    Get over yourselves.

    Start living without any ridiculous fairy tale.

  13. Somebody says:

    What they need to celebrate is Bastille Day.

  14. Somebody says:

    bobbo, yes all governments are oppressive-there simply is however no alternative,

    Hmm.. How about:

    bobbo, the caponized commenter,


    bobbo, the will to bondage incarnate,

    Besides, there is an alternative to oppressive government if your brain is not hard-wired to accept slavery.

  15. Somebody says:

    In any totalitarian system, you are only allowed to feel hate and fear.

  16. bobbo, yes all governments are oppressive-there simply is however no alternative says:

    #15–Somebody living in their parents basement: what country do you fantasize you aren’t living in right now?

    Really, you juvenile LIEberTARDS on government sound just like Alfie.

    Just like.

  17. Dallas says:

    Muslims definitely compete strong with the Christians in keeping the high score on the loon-o-meter. However, on election years it’s too close to call.

  18. Rick says:

    Maybe thats why incest and homosexuality are RAMPANT in Malaysia. Its a dirty little secret in that country that the leadership doesn’t want you to know about.

  19. Motherf says:

    So when can we start fucking? Five mistresses god damn it!

  20. Definitely Maybe says:

    13 msbpodcast Your lives are meaningless.

    Your life, with or without beliefing in God, is only meaningless if you let it be. I’m sure yours is meanginless.

  21. jman says:

    that’s why they’re such an angry, “peace loving religion”, nobody loves them….

  22. Floyd says:

    How about dropping all the “guy in the sky” mythology, and just live whatever you people consider a decent life with your Significant Other?

  23. Somebody says:

    #16 – bobbo, The Don Juan of Partner-less Loving said:

    “Really, you juvenile LIEberTARDS on government sound just like Alfie.”

    As cogently and persuasively argued as usual, bobbo!

    I don’t get where your fear and hatred of freedom comes from. It can’t be based on experience.

    Perhaps glue-sniffing can account for it?

  24. Luc says:

    Wow. Those guys would hate Secretary’s Day in Brazil…

  25. Rick says:

    You know Malaysias incest problem is severe when it has its own blog…


Bad Behavior has blocked 19491 access attempts in the last 7 days.