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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Against Love: Hindu, Muslim right-wing groups have same stand on Valentine's Day


1. Huge billboards with messages like 'Are you sure that your daughter who goes out on Valentine's Day will return a VIRGIN', are put up across Northern India by Bajrang Dal, a rightwing Hindu organisation.

There are many such offending messages on these hoardings, posters and banners. The faces of couples will be blackened and all measures taken up to uphold Indian culture, thunders Devendra Rawat of Bajrang Dal.

2. Shiv Sena in Uttar Pradesh and many North Indian states is ready to take on lovers.

3. Dukhtaran-e-Millat, an organisation of Muslim women in Kashmir, burns Valentine's Day cards and calls it as un-Islamic.

So everybody is against love. The loonies on both sides have common cause, feeding each other. Great that both are exposed. Let the youth have the right to make their choice. The photographs of burqa-clad DeM activists barging in shops was in a bad taste. These women said Valentine's Day is immoral and against our values.

Agreed, market economy brings us the V-Day. But 'ishq' is our birthright. We have been great aashiques for centuries. Muslims are great lovers and they should continue to do so. The state government did well to register case against DeM activists. Similar action should be taken against Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena as well.

Meanwhile, I again read that foolish notion--Muslims don't condemn enough when religous sentiments of others are hurt. We all do. We do when embassies are attacked and when MF Husain paints nude goddesses again and again.

Just that you don't read, listen, show and bother to check. As an Indian Muslim I strongly criticise MF Husain, condemn his drawings. Just today in my little, humble way, I have done that at www.indianmuslims.in

13 comments:

SHUAIB said...

GOOD POSTING...

ح said...

This is a great post. I simply fail to understand these lunatics who are against anything which brings some color in the lives of common folk. Valentine's Day is about love not sex! but then the two seem synonymous to some idiots, what is more nobody asks these idiots "who made them God?"

history_lover said...

I differ with you .Valentines Day has pagan and Christian origins and is promoted by market forces.
As a Muslim should'nt our central vision be the development of Taqwa and preparation for the akhirah ?
Should'nt we try to control the baser instincts of our Nafs ?
Yes enjoyment and fun do have a place but..
I think the issue is that Valentines Day is seen as a legitimisation of a relationship which the Shariah does not condone.
Romantic love between people outside of marriage is constantly
glorified through the media and culture.Thus forsaking family and even religion for the sake of love is glorified.
Allah describes those people who only follow their desires
numerous times throughout the Qur'an. Let us not be
among those who Allah describes as most astray and let
those not become our ideals. "Who is more astray than
one who follows his own lusts, devoid of guidance from
Allah? For Allah guides not people given to wrongdoing" [28: 50]
“Then seest thou such a one as takes as his god his own vain desire? Allah has knowing (him as such), left him astray, and sealed his hearing and his heart (and understanding), and put a cover on his sight. Who, then, will guide him after Allah (has withdrawn guidance)? Will ye not then receive admonition?” [45:23]

Fahd Mirza said...

very interesting.

Fahd Mirza said...

Personally I am not terribly fond of V-Day.

indscribe said...

history_lover sahab, why support vandalism? If one has to celebrate one will, then Allah is the best judge of one's niyat, we can't force anyone. At best the elders can explain, teach or scold their children but why imposing your views on anyone forcefully? I don't celebrate valentine's day but if someone does, who gives me the right to stop anyone. In India Muslims have lot of problems, better do constructive things within than stopping anyone.

history_lover said...

Agreed that vandalism is unacceptable

Yasir Niaz said...

Both history_lover and indscribe are right. V-Day is bad but we shouldn't (and cannot) use force to stop it. What we should do is to improve the faith of the faithful. As faith is improved more and more, people will stop these things. Take the example of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). He didn't force anyone, rather improved faith of people. And he continued this for nearly a decade. Only after that did the forbidding commands from Allah came, mostly in Medina. Then the Prophet (pbuh) didn't have to use force; people stopped these evils volunteerily. Only a Muslim govt can use force to stop evil; not individuals. So, let's raise each other's faith.

Indian monica said...

I celebrate Valentine's day! And I love the day.Ok let me tell you what its all about.A king in Rome forbade his armymen to marry.This Saint Valentine used to marry couples secretly.And the day is marked the day of love The rest depends on you what ever one thinks of about the day.I enjoy this day a lot i go out with my friends.Most of the people do that only and even married couples celebrate wit with zeal.

Anonymous said...

I cant understand why Allah has to be brought in against Valentines Day! Let people do what they want and what they think is fit, they will be judged by the Almighty as well. Who are we to read the Koran to them and tell what is right what is wrong?!?!

Imtiaz

Poons said...

During the greater part of last week, Slate's sister site On Faith (it is jointly produced by Newsweek and washingtonpost.com, both owned by the Washington Post Co., which also owns Slate) gave itself over to a discussion about the religion of Islam. As usual in such cases, the search for "moderate" versions of this faith was under way before the true argument had even begun. If I were a Muslim myself, I think that this search would be the most "offensive" part of the business. Why must I prove that my deepest belief is compatible with moderation? Read more: Why are we so scared of offending Muslims? - By Christopher Hitchens

Anonymous said...

The VHP and other Hindu fundamentalists are equivalent to the Taliban and other Islamic fundamentalists. All these people are just violent and stupid. All they want to do is create chaos. They do not want social progress.

Nirmal Singh said...

i'm actually sikh, not either hindu or muslim, but i agree with both their sides, and for good reason. love is a wonderful thing, but needs to be promoted in the right context - the love of proper morals, and respect, and helping others be good. this is the kind of love that romance can enhance. however, today people r sex obsessed, materialistic...and many eastern cultures are looking to the very shameful and corrupted west for inspiration on 'moving forward'. this includes allowing praising eastern men to marry or romance western girls who r known to be sluts who seek money and attention and sex only, having no respect for elders, other people or even them self, etc. this also goes to allow people having sex in public, dressing like whores with their privates showing, etc. though a bit extreme, the two sides are trying to teach self control and respect, which is what the entire world needs very badly.