Sometimes we deliver the bouquets in the middle of the night or early morning, to avoid suspicion," one florist said.
Ah, to be young and in love and in jail.
But seriously, a tip of the Atlas hat to those men that risk it all for love. I raise my glass to the men that get it, the ultimate gift from the universe. You have my deepest respect.
Saudis clamp down on valentines Prices for black market roses are reported to be risingReligious police in Saudi Arabia are banning the sale of Valentine's Day gifts including red roses, a local newspaper has reported.
The Saudi Gazette quoted shop workers as saying that officials had warned them to remove all red items including flowers and wrapping paper.
Black market prices for roses were already rising, the paper said.
Saudi authorities consider Valentine's Day, along with a host of other annual celebrations, as un-Islamic.
In addition to the prohibition on celebrating non-Islamic festivals, the authorities consider Valentine's Day as encouraging relations between men and women outside wedlock - punishable by law in the conservative kingdom.
UPDATE: And here in the States: (hat tip Liam)
In American Muslim households, the concept of Valentine’s Day brings about mixed emotions.
"Valentine’s Day is just another day of the year [on] my calendar," says Rida Hamida.
For Hamida, the parent of an elementary school-aged child, celebration of Valentine’s Day is not something she would even consider.
"I teach my son that it has no relevance other than the idea that it is nice to pass out cards with treats to classmates," she says. "Thankfully, for the past two years, I have not dealt with the issue of ‘to pass or not to pass cards’ because he attends an Islamic school."
Nothing is sacred. This is pathetic
Among the American Muslim community, opinions vary on the celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Some Muslims celebrate Valentine’s Day, while others shun it.
"I don’t think there’s anything inherently un-Islamic about celebrating Valentine’s Day," she says. "But I do feel signs of public affection can be culturally insensitive to many Muslims."