Happy Christian Love Day!

14 Feb

As the whole world gears up to celebrate Valentine ‘s Day, Sudanese people face the oh-so-troubling task of upsetting the Muslim clerics of Sudan. Sudan Ulema Authority has issued a statement encouraging Sudanese folks to boycott this evil tradition of celebrating love, because it’s a Christian tradition, and we all know how horrendous it is to imitate those poopy infidels.

Sheikh Hassan Hamid, in a statement released to Reuters news agency, said: “Valentine’s Day comes from Western countries. I call on Muslims not to imitate Christians.” Members of the Ulema Authority encouraged young couples to save money for ‘better uses’ such as saving up for a wedding.

Yeah, because that overpriced wedding with a multitude of un-Islamic cultural traditions is more Sharia-adherent  than an exchange of flowers and chocolate. Right.

5 Responses to “Happy Christian Love Day!”

  1. Eu February 15, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    What is so surprising about a group of Sudanese clerics (or Muslims at that or even Conservative Christians or Jewish clerics or Hindus) in criticising Valentine’s Day where chastity is seen as a religious obligation and Valentine’s Day and all its trappings being a potential obstacle to it?

  2. sudaneseoptimist February 16, 2009 at 8:30 am #

    There’s no surprise element there really, but I still think it’s ironic and hypocritical. I mean to suggest that Valentine’s day actually encourages clandestine lovers to do anything more than what they do on a regular basis is funny to me. I don’t think Valentine’s Day has any ‘trappings.’

    The only thing Valentine’s day adds is cheesy cards, and cliché gifts like a dozen roses and a box of chocolate. Other than that, any couple that wants to do something haram is going to do it whether its valentine’s or not, thus adding to significant value to this call for boycott. The fact that they can’t think this through is what I find to be pathetic at best and disturbing at worst.

  3. Eu February 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    Maybe to your urbane, exposed mind Valentine’s Day doesn’t represent much – but due to many existing factors including the urban pull that brings thousands of young women to Khartoum every year, economic hardships and the relatively high expense of life in Khartoum and boys being boys I personally think that Valentine’s Day is a big event in the minds of a sizeable number of Khartoum’s young courting couples.

  4. Sirius Ra February 16, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    First of all Valentines day is not a Christian holiday, the original Valentines day had nothing to do with “Love” it was a memorial day, just like MLK Memorial day, the currently celebrated valentines day is a Pagan Roman Holiday known as the day of Lupercalus originally celebrated on the 15th, the whole red dresses and rose theme is adobted from the Lupercalian day and the “LOVE” thing as well..beside Valentines day applies pressure on teenages and to most people it turns out to be a terible day anyways, thanks god i wasn’t expecting anything special… Love doesn’t need a day!

  5. sudaneseoptimist February 17, 2009 at 4:37 am #

    Eu–
    True, but I think Valentine’s Day is more prevelant in the middle/upper middle class rather than the rural cohort. I agree with you that Valentine’s day is a big day for a lot of courting couples, but from the clerics point of view, everyday for a courting couple is Valentine’s day (i.e. a chance to engage in mu7aramat.) I don’t see the harm in letting people love each other a tad bit more on V-Day, it’s not like they’re going to go wild just on that one day.

    Sirius Ra–
    Looks like somebody spent their Valentine’s day reading history books😛 I always thought Valentine’s day was in fact a Catholic celebration in recognition of St. Valentine’s?

    Oh well the history behind it is besides the point. The reason I said “christian love day” is because the clerics of Sudan called on people not to “imitate Christian traditions.” Talk about ignorance.

    All I’m saying, I’m sure they have more important matters to tend to than calling for a Valentine’s day boycott. Or at least I hope they have more important things on their minds!

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