Saudi Arabia bans all things red ahead of Valentine's Day

@whywiki (6070)
Canada
February 12, 2008 2:10pm CST
Saudi Arabia has asked florists and gift shops to remove all red items until after Valentine's Day, calling the celebration of such a holiday a sin. What do you think about this? I say to each his own and if people want to celebrate this holiday it should be their choice no matter which religion is the majority in a country.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
12 Feb 08
well yes, this makes perfect sense to me its what islam does. Anything that pre dates islam is seen as idolatory what you have to realise is that islam is intollerent because it is insecure, moslims secretly doubt the legitimacy of their faith so they m ake such a noise when it is questioned
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
12 Feb 08
It sure does seem that way sometimes doesn't it?
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@the_ruler (1446)
• Turkey
12 Feb 08
no, It is not because islam is insecure. As you already might now the issue is among the people, not the religion and Allah. If people are expressing wrong actions and try to cover it with the name of islam, then it is the fault of goverenements and the community of such people who try to put islam beyond a religion or belief.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
12 Feb 08
People who do things that are not good and true shouldn't hide behind any religion. It just makes the rest of the faith look bad. I know many Muslims and they are great moral people, it is just the ones that do bad things and try to blame it on their religion thus making the whole faith look bad.
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@balasri (26554)
• India
13 Feb 08
"Sometimes we deliver the bouquets in the middle of the night or early morning, to avoid suspicion," one florist said. This is from a news channel.Ultimately this only happens.Or else you can see the green flowers all over there on that day.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
13 Feb 08
I think they should find another way to celebrate like with yellow balloons and green streamers.
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@balasri (26554)
• India
13 Feb 08
Not a bad idea.Suits them well.
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@the_ruler (1446)
• Turkey
12 Feb 08
This is just a shame for them! I am a muslim too and I don't see any problem with celebrating valentine's day with my girlfriend. Well, religion is a personal thing but those arabic people won't understand that. In the nature of islam, it is prohibeted to pressurize other people but they are doing just that and they are using the name of islam as a cover. This is just to make people blind and prevent them to think. They will even say thinking different things is a sin and will be punished heavy, and this way they will create an unhealthy belief culture which effects others as well. Islam is too good for them actually. I am also reading Quran in my language. Most of the people read it in arabic even if they don't understand and they believe it is the holy way! What a pity! If you don't know what it says inside then what's special with the language and rhyme? This is why there are so many people who are just like fans of Islam but not using their brain and their will (that Allah gave to us to use it for good things) to learn most of the time.
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@the_ruler (1446)
• Turkey
12 Feb 08
In addition, even if someone's going to commit a sin, then it is his, or her problem if the sin is not effecting you. This takes a very important place in many discussions and between the branches of islam.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
12 Feb 08
I think everyone of every faith reads holy scriptures and each has their own interpretation of said teachings and thus forms their religion. I just wish that everyone the world over no matter what they believe or where they are could just accept each others ways and allow everyone the freedom to choose for themselves. Choice should always be allowed and respected.
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@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I don't understand what is sinful about expressing love to the special person in your life. It's just another reason I am glad to live in a place where we are free to express ourselves.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
12 Feb 08
I too am thankful I live in a nation where we have great freedoms and rights.
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@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
12 Feb 08
hi whywiki, im here in saudi arabia im working here and thats true they banned anything like rose, cards, its very strict thats why its very hard for some not muslim people here like me i want to send some card but i dont find anywhere even before when its christmas i cannot find any card here so i just send my husband with e-card and better to just call him on valentines.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
12 Feb 08
It is so hard to believe that there are countries where this happens when I walk into a store anytime after Christmas and am surrounded by red. I personally think a phone call is much more personal anyways. I hope you have a happy Valentine's day in spite of the ban.
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@joyce959 (1562)
• Philippines
21 Feb 08
I didn't know about this until I read your discussion. Is this ban just recently or this year only or this is happening several years ago? My husband worked in Saudi Arabia long time ago, about more than 15 years ago and he didn't mention something like this. Anyway, it is good that my husband doesn't work there anymore. He just worked there for about 3 years. I am happy too that I live in a country where we can celebrate valentines, christmas, new year, birthdays, and any occasions.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
22 Feb 08
I'm not sure if it just started this year or not but it seems a little repressive. I guess you are happy to have him out of there.
• United States
21 Feb 08
I think this is a matter of personal opinion. I don't think it should be enforced just because a religion is the religion that is practiced mainly there. I feel that it is not a sin. All it is doing is just having a day to celebrate the people that we love. I do firmly believe that the choice should be left in the hands of the florist and gift shop owners.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
21 Feb 08
I think it should be too. I guess this is why Saudi Arabia is one of the last countries on my list of places I want to live!