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“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. jman says:

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

  2. 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?

  3. 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?

  4. Luc says:

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

  5. Rick says:

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