Leaflets on the ills of V-Day

KUALA SELANGOR - The Selangor Mufti's Department has distributed thousands of pink-coloured leaflets advising Muslim youths on the ill-effects of celebrating Valentine's Day.

"Youths are responding well to our campaign and they are agreeing to what is stated in the 2006 ruling by the state fatwa council," said state department assistant head Mat Jais Kamos.

The ruling states that the practice of celebrating Valentine's Day was never organised by Islam, and hence, Muslims are forbidden from participating in the celebration.

Yesterday, Mat Jais and a team from his department distributed leaflets titled Hukum Valentine's Day to more than 500 students from Universiti ITM (UiTM) in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam.

The leaflets state that celebration is against the ruling by state fatwa council. Mat Jais said that this was the first time that the department was conducting such a campaign.

"This is our second day after handing out leaflets to students at SMK Seksyen 9, and so far everything is going well," he said.

Mat Jais added that the department would be doing similar "road shows" at several institutions of higher learning in Selangor, and that the campaign would last until after Feb 14.

Student Mohd Fariq Ishq, 20, said it was the first time he was seeing religious officers handing out leaflets outside the university since joining UiTM last year.

"Usually, salesmen would be standing outside but I think it is a good move," he said, declining to comment further on whether the campaign was of any good to Muslim youths.