Valentine’s Day: The Unethical Celebration

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aint”Religion is changeless; corruption of the people is never the corruption of the religion”.

According to history Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery.

We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.image

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men.

Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is allege that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.

Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasise his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. Therefore, it can be deduced from this historical background that the action and ideology of this saint is against the law of the then Roman empire.

Though he was a Christian but yet his actions were against the Christian laws because he promoted what his religion has ruled against. Such as fornication and adultery which are against the ethical and moral standard of every religion, culture and tradition. Because, from all indications ethics is God based, that is, it originated from God.

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Moving on, in 1 Corinthians 6:18– flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. And in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor abusers of themselves with mankind…

The biblical verses cited above connotes that fornication is against the ethical values of Christianity. Thus, why do Christians celebrate February 14? This had paved a way for fornication in the Christendom.

Similarly, in Surah An-Nisa verse 15-16 if any of your women are guilty of lewdness, take the evidence of four (reliable) witness from amongst you against them; and if they testify, confine them to houses until death do claim them, or Allah ordain for them some (other) way.

If two men among you are found guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and amend, leave them for Allah is oft-returning, most merciful.

Also in surah Al-Israh, verse 32 nor come nigh to adultery: for it is a shameful (deed) and an evil, opening the road (to other evils).
Understanding the above Quran verses. It can be infer that fornication is also against the ethical and moral standard of Islam.

Yet some Muslims do celebrate valentine by sharing flowers, gift and printed card amongst themselves. Leaving aside the injunction of their religion.

Furthermore, Africans are known to have the best culture. And the ethical value of their culture is against fornication and adultery. But by celebrating Valentine’s Day which had encouraged fornication. They had gone against their norms and customs. In order to behold our culture we must say No to Valentine’s Day celebration.

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Finally, I will conclude by urging the celebrators of this day to think logically about what the celebration of Feb. 14 stand for. The colour they use to represent this day ‘RED’ logically colour red means danger. So, we should know that celebration of Valentine represents danger.

Thanni Mustakeem Adebayo is a member of TRNG Writers Club.

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