Valentine : To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate?

Today, humans all over the globe celebrate what has to be THE [‘duh’] most bizarre but common thing ever done to another human. L.O.,L.O.,L.O.,L.O.V.E.! This is the day where a man treats his lady for dinner. I am sure that restaurants are fully packed with couples booking their desks prior to the celebration.

Here in Malaysia, where Islam is enacted according to the Article 11 of the Malaysian Federal Constitution, it is “celebrated” through anti-vice operation against khalwat [Arabic for close proximity].

Apparently, there is a dispute of Christian group vs a Muslim scholar over it. Which side should Muslims trust? Should we follow fatwa that bans such celebration?

So, with Muslims divided over Valentine ban, as a Muslim, I shall remain neutral on this.

Valentine : To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate?

One thought on “Valentine : To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate?

  1. Rajesh Calais says:

    Today, Malaysia made the headlines again in the international scene. I view this with growing concern as intolerance escalates within our shores. Let me try to put perspective into this whole issue.

    Firstly, to reject any religious view (whether Islam or other religions), or any other worldview, equates that one prefers another view of reality. We always make judgements about almost everything, in contrary with our views. Nobody in this world may dictate, “I don’t know if my views are right but I certainly know that you are wrong.” This is because we believe that other person’s view is wrong and ours is ultimately correct.

    Secondly, no one can claim to provide an end on the explanation of the nature of reality. However, not knowing everything about reality should not be used as an excuse to believe anything we want to. No views in this world provide any comprehensive answer. All of us harbor some biases believing in what we do, but that is not a valid reason to believe it’s truth claims.

    Thirdly and most important of all, all beliefs are not equal. Tensions between differing religious views have existed since the dawn of time. But here the need to exercise tolerance towards others’ beliefs does not mean that one has to champion the illogical idea that all views are equally true. Every religion, like all belief systems, are exclusive in the manner that it asserts its claims are true. There is nothing wrong in believing with what is true and false.

    We should understand by now that real differences exist between all Malaysians (and the rest of the world) that tolerance is necessary and also a virtue. The definition on tolerance that we belief in is ‘being tolerance of all views’. To me, real tolerance is equated with ‘putting up with errors’. We should also come to terms that all beliefs are not made to be equal.

    My fellow Malaysians, it is your call now.


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