Mumbai: Members of Girls Islamic Organization (GIO) Kurla opposed the celebration of Valentine's Day, calling it against Islam. Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14 every year. Muslim girls celebrated 'Haya Week’ to show the perspective of Islam on the evilness of Valentine's Day. They have called it a day of shame.
In Mumbai, the GOI members propagate the teachings of Islam against Valentine's Day. The Urdu world 'Haya' means shame. They wrote quotes criticizing Valentine's Day on planks and posted their photographs on the social media.
Valentine's Day is a Christian feast day celebrated across the world, mostly in Christian countries. Back in 3rd century AD, under Roman Emperor Claudius II, marriages were banned. The Emperor, who had to keep a strong army, believed that single men were better soldiers. Valentine – a clergyman – didn't agree with the Emperor's view. He covertly helped Christian couples in love solemnize their marriages.
After the Emperor learned of this, he ordered that Valentine be imprisoned and beheaded. The sentence was executed on February 14. The date of Valentine's beheading coincided with the feast of Lupercalia, a pagan fertility ritual. As years passed by and Rome became Christian, the Catholic Church scrapped Lupercalia and declared February 14 Valentine's Day. Gradually, February 14 became a date for expressing love and admiration. This custom, with time, spread throughout Europe and then to several parts of the world.