Jakarta – Valentine's Day has no value and therefore celebrating it should be forbidden, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has said.
"We should prohibit Valentine's Day because it is worth nothing. It will only cause a fuss and destroy norms and morality," MUI chairman Ma'ruf Amin said as quoted by tribunnews.com on Tuesday.
He encouraged every governor and mayor to examine the positive and negative impacts of Valentine's Day celebrations.
"Every ban has its own cause, and each region has a different level of vulnerability. Hence, not every region must ban Valentine's Day celebrations," Ma'ruf said.
Aceh is one of the provinces that has banned Valentine's Day celebrations. Aceh Besar Regent Mawardi Ali has issued a circular banning all Valentine's Day festivities.
"We have informed heads of districts, villages, schools and public institutions to help spread awareness on the importance of banning Valentine's Day celebrations in Aceh Besar. We must respect the people of Aceh and Aceh Besar, who abide by sharia," Mawardi said. (sha/ebf)