Fatwa: # 4964
Category: Character & Morals
Country: United States
Date: 14th February 2002


Kindly explain the Shar’ee ruling on exchanging gifts especially on Valentine’s day.


Every year before Valentine?s day - February 14 - the media kindles our emotions to express love to our dear ones. As a wife, my husband expects me to present him a gift on that day.


Valentine?s day has its roots in the Christian religion. It was established to mourn the death of a Roman priest, St. Valentine of the third Century AD. (Sunday Tribune 6/2/2000)

Since Valentine?s day was initially associated with Christianity, the expression of love in the form of exchanging Valentine?s gifts on that day will not be permissible. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ?Whosoever imitates a nation, is amongst them.? (Abu Dawud pg.559; HM Sa?eed)

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