Muslim clerics in Sudan calls for Valentine's Day boycott

"I call on Muslims not to imitate Christians," said preacher Sheikh Hassan Hamid.

Muslim clerics in Sudan calls for Valentine's Day boycott

Senior Muslim clerics have called on Sudanese youngsters to boycott Valentine's Day, saying it is a Western institution that could lead couples astray.

Members of the Sudan Ulema Authority, an influential body of religious leaders, called on young men and women to ignore the event on Feb. 14 and resist the temptation to mark it.

St. Valentine is a figures of Chritian culture which has been imposed to Muslim country amid capitalist system that call on couples to buy more gifts for their lover.

"Valentine's Day comes from Western countries. I call on Muslims not to imitate Christians," said preacher Sheikh Hassan Hamid in a statement released to Reuters on Wednesday.

"The money that is spent on Valentine's Day would be better spent encouraging young people to marry," he added.

Muslims believe the affection between men and women -- kissing and holding hands in the street are unheard of is banned by religious to prevent the adultery and save family structure.

Sudan's north is almost entirely Muslim, and is ruled by Islamic sharia law since the 1980s.

Authority member Al-Muhalab Barakat said Sudan's young people should not waste their time wandering through city parks on Valentine's Day.

"This is just part of Western culture that should not be followed in Sudan," he said in a statement seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

"Youths who go to parks with young girls up to midnight can make mistakes."

Statements from members of the Ulema Authority are respected by Muslims, but they are not legally binding.

Reuters

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