One way or the other, your articles always touch my heart
as much as they hit at the core of some key aspects of the Qur’anic message.
Your view of expanding the scope of Valentine commemorating the love between
the opposite sex to appropriate love for all those who are close to us and broader
humanity is intrinsic to the Qur’anic pronouncement to being kind and affectionate
to parents, relatives (qurba),
orphans, and the needy; to the neighbor you know (qurba) and the neighbor who
is a stranger, to the fellow by your side and the downtrodden (literally traveler
who has no means to survive), and to all your employees and staffs. Surely God
does not love the arrogant and the conceited” (4:36). It also bears with
the steep path of the Qur’an, notably feeding
during famine an orphaned relative, or the needy (lying) in the dust”
(90:14-16), and several other Qur’anic injunctions. I fully endorse your redefinition
of this term.