Muslims must not celebrate Valentine's Day because it can lead to social ills, said Federal Territories mufti Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri.
To support his argument, Zulkifli cited government statistics which claimed that there were 526 cases of baby dumping between 2000 and 2015 and 16,270 teenage pregnancies between 2012 and 2015.
He added that there were 532,158 births out of wedlock between 2005 and 2015.
"According to health ministry statistics, 3,980 or 28.8 percent out of 13,831 teenagers conceived out of wedlock.
"Whether you agree or not, we cannot disagree that Valentine's Day, among others, encourages youths to commit immoral acts," he said in a statement today.
While Islam does not forbid the displays of affection, it must be done in the proper way and ultimately manifested in marriage, said Zulkifli in a statement today.
He added that the celebration of one's love should not be assigned to special days.
In Islam, every day is the day to show affection to parents, spouses, children, relatives, neighbours and humanity, albeit within social and religious norms, he said.
"So, we do not need to focus on specific days, what more when it can encourage social ills among the youths," he argued.
Zulkifli added that Malaysia needs well-behaved youths "of quality" to become future leaders.- Mkini