"I find the idea of having a special day to celebrate love is ridiculous since we should love every day of our lives. I would rather celebrate our anniversary with my husband if I want to specify a special day for love." - Haifa Salim, a Saudi woman commenting on Valentine's Day, Arab News, 2006
Muslims celebrate two major holidays each year, both connected in some way to Islamic faith and worship. Generally, Muslims do not participate in other celebrations, particularly those with pagan roots. You may be surprised to learn that Valentine's Day (which is named after a Christian saint) has its origins in a February 14th pagan Roman celebration, honoring love and fertility. My colleague Austin Cline explains.