Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS) has urged all quarters not to make Valentine's Day a “sinful sexual gratification” date, reported the Malaysian Star.

Federal Territory PAS information chief Mohamad Suhaimi Abdul Aziz said Valentine's Day should not be promoted.

“It is sinful to promote Valentine's Day as it could lead to moral decadence, especially among youths,” he said.

The National Fatwa Council had in 2005 decreed that Muslims should not celebrate Valentine's Day as it had sinful elements forbidden in Islam.

“Free mixing of males and females has led to adultery, prostitution and other social menace including rape and baby dumping.

“Therefore, the media, restaurant operators, hotels and motels should not promote Valentine's Day or Lovers' day,” he said.

Previously, PAS Youth deputy chief Nik Abduh Nik Aziz had called on the Government to place advertisements on television ahead of Feb 14 to create awareness that it was against Islamic syariat to celebrate Valentine's Day.