Celebrating Valentine’s is haram in many Islamic countries, especially in Asia. Is it in the Quran that celebrating love is haram? No. So, what is it? It is all about control and it is inspired by Muhammad and his role with women. Love was rarely a reason of marriage in 7th century Arabia. In the few cases of love stories we see in the form of poetry between two.”crazy” people. Marriage was just a “contract to f**k”! Yes, “عقد نكاح” is contract to f**k! Women did not have a say and the marriage is not confirmed until she is nailed. So a celebration of love between two people suggests “she” has a part in this contract. The minute you legitimise it, she gets a right to say no! They don’t like that…
It is unfair to rely on Islamic sources to know how women lived before Islam. For history is written by the winners. But we do know something about women’s rights BEFORE ISLAM from the story of Khadijah, Muhammad’s first wife.
Khadijah was an independent business woman, she was the richest of Quraishi tribes, she had the largest convoy of camel who traded with Palestine and Syria, had married two men before Muhammad, she choose her own husbands, in fact she choose Muhammad who was HER OWN EMPLOYEE! She did not need a guardian, no. But Muhammad did require a guardian for himself to marry her!!!
Muhammad never dared to marry on her while she was alive. What Muhammad did after he took control? Women to stay at home, cover from head to toe, not allowed to engage in business on their own, have to ask male guardian to get married… Demolition of Women’s rights. But we need to buy the story that the pagans of Arabia buried baby girls alive… We, in Islam, bury them for life….Hamdullah.
Husbands may hit their wives if they merely fear arrogance:
The Qur’an in Surah 4:34 says:
….. Those from whom you fear arrogance, admonish them and desert them in the bed and beat them. Then, if they obey you, do not look for any way against them. Allah is High, Great.
The Qur’an in Surah 4:24 says:
And (forbidden to you) are married women, except those whom your righthand owns (slaves). Such Allah has written for you…