In lovely Pakistan:
A Pakistani High Court on Monday banned Valentine’s Day celebrations across the country and its promotion on social media after accepting a petition which argued that it was ‘un-Islamic.’
Apart from the government, the print and electronic media have also been warned to stop all Valentine’s Day promotions immediately.
This is a country where honor killers can ask for "forgiveness" from their family and get zero jail time as a result. Literal murderers walk free. But what's really important is that those celebrating or promoting Valentine's Day be put behind bars.
Also, in moderate Malaysia:
IN a bid to prevent gestures that lead to pre-marital sex, a Muslim youth group in Malaysia has called on Muslim women to avoid using emoticons and using fragrance in an anti-Valentines day message.
Apart from the use of emoticons and “excessive” fragrance, the women were also told not to talk to men in a sweet voice and to be appropriately clothed in the presence of “non-mahram” men.
And, finally, the largest and, of course, the most moderate Muslim nation:
Muslim school students staged a protest against Valentine’s Day on Monday, denouncing what they said was a Western celebration that encourages casual sex.
It was the latest expression of anger at Valentine’s Day in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, where Islamic clerics and some pious Muslims typically use the occasion to target what they see as Western decadence.
“This protest was organised as we have seen on television that Valentine’s Day tends to be associated with free sex,” said Pandu Satria, organiser of the demonstration that was attended by scores of students. “That makes us afraid.”
Don't be afraid, Satria. That sex ain't free.