Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day

Seriously, one of my first (and the only that I treasured most) memory of Valentine's Day was in 1992, when Saedah (what a classic name!) distributed handmade heart shape card to all of us. She was a new student from SMK Methodist.

We giggled, knee- jerk reaction, but of course we appreciated her effort. Valentine's Day or not, it's good to feel loved and remembered. Don't you think so?

The truth is, few weeks prior to Feb 14th, our ustaz and ustazah back then had reminded us that the origins of Valentine's Day, without failed!. Not going to repeat it, nothing beats wikipedia these days. (here)

I felt uneasy reading news lately, regarding how non-muslim complained about PAS and Ustazah Nur Bayah ( rasa macam salah eja je ni) stand on Valentine's Day. I believe their advice are strictly for muslim in this country. Why all the fuss? If you don't understand, ASK. Never jump to conclusion.

Anyway,
I am glad someone had been sensible enough to publish this news.

Malaysia warns Muslims of Valentine's Day 'trap'

Women shout slogans for the anti-Valentine's Day Campaign, near Kuala Lumpur on 11 February 2011Muslims make up nearly two-thirds of Malaysia's 28 million population

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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.

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Valentine's Day is synonymous with vice activities”

Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul AzizDepartment of Islamic Development

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.

But not all Malaysian Muslims agree with the campaign, with some saying Valentine's Day is harmless.

Other faiths are not affected by the boycott in a country where Muslims make up nearly two-thirds of the 28 million population.


4 comments:

Citarasa Rinduan said...

good night kengkawan..

dari zaman anak dara hingga kini, kak ayu tak pernah sambut hari kekasih.,

dah kawin...hari2 sambut hari kekasih dengan makan beradap...hehhehe

Kengkawan said...

itulah yg lebih afdhal!!

heheh

Miss Mirror a.k.a Sam said...

Kami pernah TERsambut beberapa tahun lepas... bukannya apa, time tu suka je makan kat hotel sbb time Valentine la diorg punya menu special sikit, dpt bunga dll. Bila dah tau ni... terus tobat tak nak sambut lg.

Kengkawan said...

TEr x pe MM
x sengaja tu hehehe