It is a popular scene; especially in the western world to see children, adolescents etc. dressed in devilish, scary costumes & masks; knocking at doors for “TREAT OR TRICK” on the 31st of October thinking we are all having “FUN”. That, is the layman’s understanding of “HALLOWEEN”.

Halloween originated among the ancient Druids, who believed that on that evening, SAMHAIN, the lord of the dead, called forth hosts of evil spirits. The Celts also believed that the spirits of the dead revisited their earthly homes on that evening. The Druids customarily lit great fires on Halloween, apparently for the purpose of warding off all these spirits. The Celtic tradition of lighting fires on Halloween survived until modern times in Scotland & Wales, & the concept of ghosts & witches is still common to all Halloween observances.  Halloween was the evening of OCTOBER (31st) & was regarded as a good time for examining the portents of the future. After the Romans conquered Britain, they added to Halloween features of the Roman harvest festival held on November 1st in honor of Pomona, goddess of the fruits of trees. Traces of the Roman harvest festival survive in the custom, prevalent in both the United States & in Great Britain, of playing games involving fruit, such as ducking for apples in a tub of water, the use of hollowed-out pumpkins carved to resemble grotesque faces & lit candles placed inside.

In 1834 C.E in Europe, the church having significantly been influenced by the idolatry of the time, succumbed to devil worship by moving ALL SAINTS OR ALL HALLOWS DAY from May 13th to November 1st which coincides with Pomona, goddess of the fruits of trees day .The church also chose the night preceding this day i.e. 31st of October to be called ALL SAINTS OR ALL HALLOWS evening. Indeed, a marriage of convenience. What the Satanists do annually as Halloween day is exactly what Christian’s do on all saints day every year around the world today. The components of the rituals are same i.e. lighting up graves, expecting the departed souls back in their earthly homes etc. with slight modification & modernization e.g. Christians light up candles in glasses, Satanist light it up in Pumpkins. Mexico which is largely Catholic, has a similar celebration at the same time, called day, “El Da De Los Defuntos” (THE DAY OF THE DEAD).This concept has been made into a cartoon by Disney animation cartoon titled “The Book of Life“instilling this belief of day of the dead in our children.

From the view of IsIam; it is completely based on rituals involving  worship & honoring of  the  devil & dead spirits.Halloween represents the DEVIL WORSHIPPER’S NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION. Therefore, Muslim commemoration of such a day is absolutely HARAM; AS IT INVOLVES THE WORST ELEMENTS OF SHIRK & KUFR. Indeed, participation in it is similar to one promoting Gregorian New year, Christmas or Easter. Muslims world over should strongly educate & advise their children, relatives & friends (Muslims & Non-Muslims) against participating in any shape, form or fashion in this modernized form of devil worship e.g. giving or accepting souvenirs/gifts, wearing devil masks, congratulating etc.

The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam): “Whosoever resembles a people is from them.”(Ahmad & Tabarani).Any Muslim, who participates with the non-Muslims in their celebrations, particularly those which involve clear shirk & kufr— is asking for the wrath of Allah.

Abdullah ibn ‘Umar said, “One who settles in the lands of the non-Muslims, celebrates their New Year’s Days, and behaves like them until he dies, will be raised with them on the Day of Resurrection.”

“And those who do not witness falsehood, and if they pass by some evil play or evil talk, they pass by it with dignity.” [Q25:72]

Mujaahid, Rabi‘ ibn Anas & Adh-Dhahhak,(may Allah be pleased with them): the word “falsehood” used in above verse refers to “the holidays of the mushrikeen.” Muhammad ibn Sireen  is more explicit, stating that the verse defines “the people of shirk practicing their shirk, & (the verse admonishes us) not to participate with them.” Thus the believers are those referred to in the verse as “not witnessing falsehood.


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