This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Monday, February 15, 2016
MURIC CONDEMNS DISTRIBUTION OF CONDOMS ON VALENTINE’S DAY
16th February 2016,
DISTRIBUTION OF CONDOMS ON VALENTINE’S DAY
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AHF, on Sunday 14th February,
2016 distributed 500,000 units of condom across different locations of Abuja to
commemorate Valentine’s Day. The Foundation also organized concurrent distribution
in six states in Nigeria and 36 countries worldwide.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly condemns this action. It is not only misleading
but wrongly timed.
from the promotion of sexual licentiousness, public and indiscriminate distribution
of condoms to both married and single individuals (including secondary school
students) on Valentine’s Day is both a disservice to history and a dishonor to
St. Valentine himself.
wishes to straighten the records in view of this crude attempt to distort history.
The proper way to mark Valentine’s Day is to mount a
strong campaign against premarital sex in particular and sexual promiscuity in
general. This is based on the fact that St. Valentine himself died fighting
against these societal evils.
of history will recall that Emperor Claudius outlawed marriage in the 5th
century and forcefully conscripted young men into the army. Sexual recklessness
followed the issuance of this decree. St. Valentine confronted the emperor’s
draconian decree and joined young men and women in marriages in order to bring
sanity back to society. He was subsequently arrested and executed on 14th
February, 270 C. E.
is therefore an attempt to distort history for any group to mark the day by
distributing condoms. Valentine’s Day is not a day for encouraging young girls
to lose their virginity. It is not a day to promote fantasies and secretive datings.
All these lead to fornication, adultery and the attendant pains of abortion,
teenage pregnancy, single motherhood and irresponsible parentage.
Valentine can be better honoured and productively remembered by mounting a campaign
against premarital sex, encouraging preference for marriage to immoral
relationship, showcasing the beauty of the institution of marriage as opposed
to celibacy, promoting family values, and highlighting responsible parentage.
the same token, we opine that the distribution of condoms gratis to the public as a way of fighting HIV and AIDS is sheer
window-dressing. Those who are genuinely interested in stopping the AIDS
scourge are advised to strike at the roots. Indecent and provocative dressing
among women is at the root of sexual recklessness in society. Any country which
succeeds in controlling this phenomenon will find it easy to reduce the
transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases to their barest
conclusion, we remind Nigerians that every single habit in society is a
parameter for judging its people, its present as well as its future. We owe it
a duty to check today’s immoral practices to avoid descent into the abyss of
Sodom and Gomorrah. We charge religious leaders to focus on the reorientation of
moral values in general and the reengineering of sexual perceptions in
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)