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Truth about Valentine's Day

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A detailed analysis of the pagan origin of Valentine's day and the reason why Muslims should not celebrate this day. …

A detailed analysis of the pagan origin of Valentine's day and the reason why Muslims should not celebrate this day.
(Note: It contains photos of pagan gods and goddesses)

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  • 1. St.Valentines Day Are you a blind follower? Are you being Manipulated?
  • 2. February 14th    Is it one of the days you celebrate? Are you a blind follower or do you know its relevance? Do you think there is no harm in celebrating it, since its just a festival of love?
  • 3. February 14th      Do you think its okay to celebrate this day, wishing your fiancé, spouse, family, friends and siblings, giving gifts and cards? Think Again! Know its roots, its origin. Knows its social impact You are answerable for your actions!
  • 4. Origins of St. Valentines Day
  • 5. Origins of St.Valentines Day   Origins of this day clouded by many legends Known Facts: – February, a month of Romance in Rome – Pagan Festivals from ancient Rome and Greece – Three saint valentines known from history
  • 6. Whitewashed!   Like Christmas, Easter, Halloween, New Year’s and other holidays of this world, St. Valentine’s Day is another attempt to “whitewash” perverted customs and observances of pagan gods and idols by “Christianizing” them. As innocent and harmless as St. Valentine’s Day may appear, its traditions and customs originate from two of the most sexually perverted pagan festivals of ancient history: Lupercalia and the feast day of Juno Februata both celebrated on the same day.
  • 7. Roman Festival: Lupercalia    Lupercalia : Ancient Roman festival held annually on Feb. 15. The ceremony of the festival was intended to secure fertility and keep out evil. Each Lupercalia began with the sacrifice of goats and a dog; two of its priests (Luperci) were then led to the altar and their foreheads were anointed with blood.
  • 8. Roman Festival: Lupercalia    After all had feasted, the Luperci cut pieces from the skins of the sacrificed animals called februa They ran around the Palatine hill, striking at any woman who came near them; a blow from the skin was supposed to bestow fertility. Because the youths impersonated male goats (the embodiment of sexuality), the ceremony was believed to be in honor of god Faunus / Lupercus
  • 9. Roman Festival: Lupercalia Faunus / Lupercus  A Roman god of flocks and shepherds. As the protector of cattle he is also referred to as Lupercus ("he who wards off the wolf").  He had the head and torso of a man, but the hindquarters and horns of a goat  He was considered a symbol of fecundity because of his lustful nature.  Lupercalia was his festival, as the Luperci depicted him wearing goat skins.  Later on in the day, the feast of Juno Februata was celebrated.
  • 10. Festival of Juno Februata      The month of February was sacred to Juno also known as Februa. She was the Roman goddess of fever of love, marriage, and women. Her feast day also fell on February 15. On this day, eligible young women wrote their names on slips of paper (called billets) and put them in a large bowl. Each single man drew one billet. The lady whose name was on the billet he drew was his partner for the day's erotic festivities.
  • 11. Christianizing Lupercalia   In AD 494, Pope Gelasius I suppressed the perverted ancient Roman festivals after a long contest. Gelasius' letter to Andromachus, the senator, covers the main lines of the controversy and incidentally offers some details of this festival combining fertility and purification.
  • 12. Christianization Lupercalia    However, Pope Gelasius I, to fill the void, replaced the pagan festivals with the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary. This feast is observed by the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches on February 15 This feast has many different names in different Christian sects. Feast off the Purification Candlemas)
  • 13. Christianizing Februata’s Festival    To get rid of the feast of Juno Februata, Pope Gelasius instead changed it from February 15 to the 14th and called it St. Valentine’s Day. It was then associated with various martyrs by the name of Valentine. Different stories and legends were attributed to these saints.
  • 14. St. Valentine the many!     According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the saint whose feast was celebrated on the day now known as St. Valentine's Day was possibly one of the three martyred men who lived in the late 3rd century during the reign of Emperor Claudius II a priest in Rome a bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) a martyr in the Roman province of Africa St. Valentine of Terni
  • 15. St. Valentine the many!    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 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.
  • 16. St. Valentine the many   Another legend suggests that Valentine was martyred for helping Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were beaten and tortured. Another accounts states the saint was the one who sent the very first valentine, he falls in love with the beautiful jailer's daughter who is blind, but one day during their prayer time she is miraculously cured of her blindness. The night before he was beheaded, he sends a note of affection singed “your Valentine”
  • 17. St. Valentine the many!     Pope Gelasius I included Valentine among those “…whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God." The creation of the feast for such dimly conceived figures proves that it was an attempt to supersede the pagan holiday of Lupercalia that was still being celebrated in fifth century Rome. As Gelasius implied, nothing is known about the lives of any of these martyrs. Many of the current legends surrounding them were invented in the late Middle Ages in France and England, when the feast day of February 14 became associated with romantic love.
  • 18. Christianizing Februata’s Festival     The lottery system of Lupercalia was Christianized as well. Instead of putting the names of girls into a box, the names of “saints” were drawn by both boys and girls. It was then each person’s duty to emulate the life of the saint whose name he or she had drawn. Though the church at Rome had banned the sexual lottery, young men still practiced a much toned-down version, sending women whom they desired handwritten romantic messages containing St. Valentine’s name. The St. Valentines day today has returned back to its original pagan roots, with no relevance to lives of saints, but a day of love, romance, dating and all immoral indecent activities.
  • 19. Pagan Symbols Cupid  It comes from the Latin verb cupere, meaning to desire  In Roman mythology, Cupid is the god of erotic love.  Cupid is often portrayed as a nude winged boy armed with a bow and a quiver of arrows.  The Hindu Kama also has a very similar description.
  • 20. Cupid & Eros     Greek equivalent to Cupid was Eros. In Greek mythology, Eros was the primordial god responsible for lust, love, and sex. He was also worshipped as a fertility deity. His name is the root of words such as erotic.
  • 21. Negative Social Impact of St. Valentines Day
  • 22. Negative Impact of Valentines Day  Depression  Stress & frustration  Suicide  People forced to spend to prove their love despite their means
  • 23. Depression  “It's a shame that people are made to feel bad because they don't have a love in their life, and all because of FAKE holiday. People feel so much pressure that they propose on Valentine's Day, get married on Valentine's Day, etc.”
  • 24. Depression and Suicide
  • 25. What people say  “If someone truly cared about you, I think you'd hear it more often than once a year , presented with a heart shaped cardboard box picked up from CVS filled with cheap chocolates made with oils and lard and a card picked up for $2.95.”
  • 26. Urban Dictionary: valentine's day  1)holiday maliciously created to make lonely people extremely depressed.  2)a corporate conspiracy conceived by candy makers, rose growers and jewellers to get people to spend money on junk Urban Dictionary Online: http://www.urbandictionary.com
  • 27. Urban Dictionary: valentine's day    Celebration of spring fertility (spring is only really happening around the same latitude as Southern Italy, where this holiday was technically invented, but whatever) as celebrated by the Romans. Later overlapped with the feast of St. Valentine, and was accordingly Christianized in a way that made little to no sense Some d** Hallmark holiday that was designed to make men, no matter what their situation (dating, married, single, playa, whatever) miserable. Single men are depressed, dating men are stressed, and married men are teetering on the brink of suicide. Yup, its Valentine's Day.
  • 28. Urban Dictionary: valentine's day  Tries to create the image of love when the day is really about money, greed and materialistic objects. It also makes single people feel miserable. Suicide rates are known to go up during this time of year.  "Hallmark and Fannie May all cash in on Valentines Day while making single people feel miserable in the process."
  • 29. Urban Dictionary: valentine's day  A 'holiday' that makes pretty much everyone feel miserable, either because they're single, or have a 'significant other' who expects or demands to be showered with gifts and affection to make up for the other 364 days of the year that receive next to no attention
  • 30. Anti-Valentines Day   Valentine's Day depression is so common, it has even spawned it's own Web sites. Google returns 1,830,000 results for anti valentines day!
  • 31. Anti-Valentines Day Cards
  • 32. Anti Valentines Day Cards
  • 33. Money Making Business What people are saying :  “ Saint Valentine worked for Hallmark. He decided the best way to succeed was to CREATE a holiday. Boom, Valentine's Day! It tortures the couple-less and fattens the pockets of flower peddlers and greeting card companies”
  • 34. Money Making Business
  • 35. Valentine’s day average spending      The average male plans to spend $135.67. The average female plans to spend $68.64. Combined male and female consumer spending is expected to average $100.89 Consumers aged 45-54 plan to spend more than any other age group, at $128.78 each. Consumers aged 18-24 plan to spend $81.89 this year
  • 36. Money Making Business      Consumers purchased an estimated 180 million roses for Valentine's Day in 2005 with 74 percent of rose purchases for Valentine’s Day being made by men, Valentine's Day is the number one floral market holiday, capturing 35 percent of holiday transactions. Approximately 180 million cards are exchanged industrywide, making Valentine’s Day the second largest holiday for giving greeting cards, according to Hallmark. More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day is the fourth biggest holiday of the year for confectionery purchases, after Halloween, Easter and Christmas, according to the National Confectioners Association.
  • 37. St. Valentines Day Revealed        Not a Christian Festival Not associated with Saint. Valentine Originally from two most sexually perverted pagan Roman festivals: Lupercalia and Feast of Juno Februata Celebration of fertility, lust, desire, sex and erotica. Nothing to do with displaying platonic love! Treatment of women as objects of lust, desire and fertility. In honor of Roman gods and goddesses
  • 38. St. Valentines Day Revealed        A day of Love which becomes a day of distress for many! A day of depression and loneliness for many A day which makes people suicidal! Promotes a commercial, shallow display of love People forced to spend despite their means causing anxiety for many! It’s a Marketing ploy! Money making business for cards, flower companies!
  • 39. Manipulated You are being manipulated to spend in the name of love!
  • 40. Deceptive Justifications?     Do you still think its okay to celebrate St. Valentines day? Do you say “Why should we be concerned with what happened in the past?” Do you say “ we believe in one Allah, so our intention “nee-at” is not to worship pagan gods? Do you say “ we only greet our spouses, friends and relatives, nothing obscene or immoral about it”
  • 41. Whose Sunnah?     Sunnah –a trodden path Whose Sunnah (path) are you following? If you are celebrating St. Valentines day, you are actually following the Sunnah of the Roman pagans and the Sunnah of the Christians since it is considered to be a Christian festival
  • 42. The Straight Path
  • 43. Sirat Al Mustaqeem – The Straight Path In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, The Beneficent, the Merciful: Owner of the Day of Judgment, Thee (alone) we worship; Thee alone we ask for help. Show us the straight path, The path of those whom Thou hast favored; Not (the path) of those who earned Thine nor of those who go astray." anger
  • 44. Sirat Al Mustaqeem – The Straight Path  Allah clearly tells us NOT to follow the path of people who earned his anger  Allah also tells us NOT to follow the path Of those who went astray.  Don’t you think Roman idol worshippers are those who earned the anger of Allah? Don’t you think the Christians are those who went astray? 
  • 45. Whose Sunnah?    Do you want to follow the sunnah of Rasool (saw) and his sahaba who earned the favor of Allah. OR Do you want to follow the sunnah (path) of pagans and earned the anger of Allah? Do you want to follow the sunnah of Christians who went astray?
  • 46. True concepts of Love      Love being a Muslim – Be proud of your religion Love Allah Love His Rasool Allah saw Love your family and friends for the sake of Allah Love humanity
  • 47. Love Allah  Allah (swt) is our Creator, Sustainer and Cherisher. Everything comes from him. He alone deserves our love, Allah says in the Qur’an: Yet there are men who take (for worship) others besides Allah as equal (with Allah); they love them as they should love Allah. But those of faith are overflowing in their love for Allah . If only the unrighteous could see behold they would see the penalty that to Allah belongs all power and Allah will strongly enforce the penalty. Qur'an (2:165)
  • 48. Love Allah and his Rasool Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “ Love Allah because he nourishes and sustains you. Love me because Allah loves me ” [Tirmidhi] Allah says in the Qur’an: Say: ‘ If you do love Allah follow me , Allah will love you and forgive your sins for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.) Qur'an (3:31) Surely those who believe and do righteous deeds, to them will God Most Gracious bestow His Love. Qur'an (19:96) It is very clear that if we follow the traditions (sunnah) of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Allah (swt) will love us. Allah’s Messenger (swt) invited people to have faith in Allah and work deeds of righteousness, which he himself practiced with much devotion.
  • 49. Seek Allah’s Love  Abu Hurairah (ra) narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “ If Allah loves a person , He calls Gabriel saying, 'Allah loves so and-so; O Gabriel! Love him.’ Gabriel would love him and make an announcement amongst the inhabitants of the Heaven. 'Allah loves so-and-so, therefore you should love him also,' and so all the inhabitants of the Heaven would love him, and then he is granted the pleasure of the people on the earth ." [Bukhari and Tirmidhi]
  • 50. Spend for Allah  Spread true love by serving humanity  Give zakat and charity and bring a smile to the poor, needy and sick  Treat everyone with respect, kindness and love and give gifts  Do this 365 days a year!  Celebrate Eid, a true day of Love!
  • 51. Gifts  Vol 003, Book 047, Hadith Number 758. Narated By 'Aisha : Allah's Apostles used to accept gifts and used to give something in return. Vol003, Book 047, Hadith Number 767. Narated By 'Aisha : I said, "O Allah's Apostle! I have two neighbors; which of them should I give a gift to?" The Prophet said, "(Give) to the one whose door is nearer to you.“   Vol 003, Book 047, Hadith Number 756. Narated By 'Azra bin Thabit Al-Ansari : When I went to Thumama bin 'Abdullah, he gave me some perfume and said that Anas would not reject the gifts of perfume. Anas said: The Prophet used not to reject the gifts of perfume.
  • 52. True Love for Allah True Love seeks sacrifice and I’ve given it all This, this is the true love in its purest form I turn my face towards You now The Lord of my world and the heavens above I am yours and yours alone My prayer, my sacrifice are only for You My life and death are Yours to take A promise I make To lay my life for You An oath that I worship No-one but You
  • 53. Further Reading  The truth about valentines day:http://www.thercg.org/articles/ttbsvd.html  Roman god Faunus:http://www.pantheon.org/articles/f/faunus.html  Lupercalia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupercalia Feast of purification of virgin:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feast_of_the_Purification  History.com:http://www.history.com/minisites/valentine/minisites/valentine/vi ewPage?pageId=883  St. Valentine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine  Retail Forecast0 : http://retailindustry.about.com/od/sales_holiday/ 

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