There Is No Fun In Islam* Alert: “Iran shops banned from selling Valentine gifts,” from AFP, January 2:
TEHRAN — Shops in Iran have been banned from selling Valentine cards and gifts, the ILNA news agency reported on Sunday, as the traditional lovers’ day gains increasing popularity in the Islamic republic.
“In the run-up to Valentine’s Day on February 14 the printing works owners’ union issued a directive banning the printing and distribution of any goods promoting this day,” ILNA news agency reported.
“Printing and producing any goods related to this day including posters, boxes and cards emblazoned with hearts or half-hearts, red roses and any activities promoting this day are banned,” the union said in the directive.
“Outlets that violate this will be legally dealt with,” it warned….
Every year gift shops in large cities are festooned with Valentine’s Day paraphernalia and restaurants in Tehran are packed with young men and women out on a date.
However, the trend has been harshly criticised by conservatives who see no room in Islamic culture for such celebrations….
“Conservatives.” Memo to AFP: Conservatives generally do not forcibly suppress Valentine’s Day.
* The Ayatollah Khomeini said that.