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Muslim authority issues warning against Valentine’s Day

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February 11, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – An influential body of clerics in Sudan’s capital warned young Muslims to avoid celebrating the Western holiday called Valentine’s day, calling it a corrupting influence.

The Ulema Authority, an influential though not law-making body, cautioned youths that the holiday is a waste of time and money that could be better spent actually preparing for marriage rather than encouraging temptation by taking romantic strolls.

The Islamic body explained its call by the need for Muslims to avoid imitating Christians’ traditions.

As the economy has strengthened in Khartoum, fueled by an oil boom, Valentine cards have become available in Khartoum shops as students and young people took to adopting the Western custom.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated throughout the world on February 14 with exchanges of gifts, cards, candy or flowers. The day is associated with romantic love and originated as a Saint’s day, though its religious associations are largely lost.

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  • 12 February 2009 06:34, by Monye Jur

    Dear Ulema group,

    Don’t ever mix between Christianity and the Western world cultures or tradition. If you have a problem with the western people; then don’t try to complicate he matter by calling it as a Christian tradition.
    I have never heard or found in the Bible that Valentine Day (14th Feb) is a day to be considered as one of Christian tradition. You better advise your Muslim youth in Khartoum not to adopt or copy and paste theses western cultures and tradition rather than mentioning it as a Christian tradition. I know your are suffering from sickness brought to you by the western world.

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    • 12 February 2009 07:29, by Robert Amoko Ambrose

      My Dear Muslim community in Khartoum,Valentine is a day of big love,joy,harmony,peace all over the world it doesn’t belong to any domination,Muslim nor Christian it’s not Western culture or Christian tradition.This coming day is to exchange love with friend’s,lover’s,your family and everybody whom you think is so sweet like flower’s,you may also give a card to your friend.My Dear Muslim community in Khartoum don’t warn youth about the valentine day remember the issue of the ICC on your president,instead of praying to God to rescue Beshir from the ICC you the so call the Muslim authority is warning against Valentine,don’t you know that Luis Ochampo is a valentine lover? you shouldn’t anoid him to hurry up with the issueing of the arrest warrant to Beshir.If there is nothing for you the Muslim authority to do then iam sorryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

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  • 12 February 2009 11:45, by Dolobi Orimate

    Dear Ignorant Ulema,
    I am sorry to address you like i do right here. To christianity, Valentine day is a day of Love. It is memory of one of the Saints’ days. Not Immoral Act as you think. Your hatred for Christianity must not be mixed with Religious or it will be a mess for you. We Love our religion and the belif.

    Valentine is once a year. Valentine’s Day is celebrated throughout the world on February 14 with exchanges of gifts, cards, candy or flowers. The day is associated with love not romantic for that matter. It is Saint’s day.

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  • 12 February 2009 12:00, by wannawilla S M

    Waaaaaaaaw, wonderful. where were this Mr cleric before?
    or an angel appeared to him recently?
    Anyway, we are in a wonderland(Sudan) where people just come out for us with new personal ideas.
    may Allah Subhana wa Tahalla have mercy on him. Amen

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    • 12 February 2009 20:24, by Marial-chol

      Dear muslim youth,do not let yourselves being blinfool all the time, valent’s day is associated with love have to show to your lover. It has nothing with western world hatred muslim people, such ideologies and hatred will let people no where but death, every day. However, who wants to have a bright future has to cook his or her mind for this brigthest future rather than to allow to be mislead by fool people. Mind you of your bussiness, born and found, there world is there, and we left with nothing to carry with. Therefore, I do not see the reason why people working hard to against eath other. we better stay harmony and peace before we go.

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  • 12 February 2009 22:14, by Joseph

    Muslims,

    This is your chance to cooperate with Christian to make unity attractive. We love you because our God teaches as to love our enemies. However, if you continue with that behavior then you have no room in Southern Sudan even if you are black.

    HAPPY VALENTINE

    J Duol

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