Bismillah, Walhamdulillah, Was Salaatu Was Salaam Ala Rasool Allah.
I remember in elementary school our entire class spent Valentine’s Day making valentine’s cards for the opposite gender in class and passing around gifts that we made(cant remember the specific grade but it was before 5th grade for sure). Like most youth at that age, unsuspecting and naive, I participated in a boring and seemingly harmless ritual that was valentines day in class. By the time I reached 5th and 6th grade, classes were no longer dedicated to valentine’s day gifts exchange but it was not uncommon to see a guy buy his girlfriend a gift or vice versa. I thank Allah for Protecting me from many of the evils at that time, even though I really didnt understand a lot of what was going on.
Now that I’ve grown up (though my parents insist there is still ikhtilaaf on that:) , I think it is important that we educate our youth from a very young age on the potential dangers of this day. There is a ton of peer pressure that is placed on youth when it comes to the issue of gender relations already, and this can be one of those days where a child who doesnt know better can easily say ‘everybody’s doing it’ and just fall prey to societal pressure. For anyone who teaches youth, has children, or younger siblings you should try to take some time to talk with them about it, especially if they go to a school where valentine’s day is promoted/practiced.