SAUDI CLERIC ENDORSES VALENTINE’S DAY AS ‘POSITIVE EVENT’
Prominent Saudi cleric endorsed Valentine's Day, long forbidden in the ultra-conservative kingdom, calling it a “positive social event” that was not linked to religion.
The comment from Ahmed Qassim al-Ghamdi, former chief of the religious police in the holy city of Makkah, comes as 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
pursues a far-reaching liberalization drive that has upended years of conservative tradition.
“It is a positive social event and congratulating people for it is not against sharia (law),” Ghamdi told Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television.
“It is an act of kindness to share greetings on Western national and social holidays, including Valentine's Day, exchange red roses with others, as long as it is towards
peaceful people who do not share animosity or are being at war with Muslims.”