Halloween is fast approaching in the West, and children and families often ask, “ Can Muslims celebrate Halloween?”
Every year in October, the Halloween festivities tend to become more tempting for the children. Shiny displays at stores are extensively decorated with Halloween-themed decorations and candies. Stuff ranging from spooky costumes, witches’ masks, ghosts, skeletons, lanterns, and special edition candies fill the place. Besides, Halloween adventures and entertaining events are advertised.
The media frenzy and commercial propaganda make it harder for our little children to resist the allurement. In the United States, Halloween accounts for the second most profitable holiday after Christmas. In 2018, the US retail spending on Halloween was $ 9 billion, of which $ 2 billion was spent on costumes.
For the sake of understanding why Muslims Shouldn’t celebrate Halloween. We need to be mindful that there’s more to Halloween than innocent fun.
The origin of Halloween
Halloween originated more than 2000 years ago from the ancient Celtic pagans. They lived in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, and Britain, also known as the Celtic nations. Halloween symbolized the beginning of the ancient Celtic New Year.
On October 31st, Samhain, which means ‘Summer’s end,’ was an important festival celebrated by the Celtic people. They believed that this festival – which marks the end of summer and the beginning of the cold season- honored the Lord of the death.
The Celtics believed that the Lord of death called the dead spirits to visit the world on that eve of the Samhain Festival. The Celtics offered the dead spirits treats and gifts to please them. It was a pagan belief that if the wicked spirits are pleased with their offerings, they will leave the Celtics to live in peace. However, if they are dissatisfied with their gifts, they will cast their spell on them.
Is it Haram to celebrate Halloween?
After the Romans conquered Britain, and with the spread of Christianity, ‘Samhain’ was changed to ‘Hallowmas’ or ‘All Saints day’ or ‘All Souls day.’ It is observed on November 1st to honor all saints in heaven.
Today people celebrate Halloween in a way that is hybrid to both celebrations, the Samhain and Hallowmas. By the time the corporate world has added its additions to turn it into a profitable commercial occasion.
Muslims and Halloween
As Muslims, we do not believe that the dead or their ghosts come back to life, visit the Earth, or have any power over us. We don’t believe that we should fear their spell or wear costumes and light bonfires to keep the wicked spirits away.
We believe in the unity of God and His power. There is no spiritual meaning behind Halloween, no matter how deep we dig. In fact, its message is all about witches and satanic worship.
It is extremely wrong to believe in supernatural things, even if it is for fun.
Allah says in the Holy Quran (Al-Furqan, 25:72): And those who do not witness falsehood, and if they pass by some evil play or evil talk, they pass by it with dignity.Al-Furqan 25:72
وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَشْهَدُونَ الزُّورَ وَإِذَا مَرُّوا بِاللَّغْوِ مَرُّوا كِرَامًا (الفرقان ٧٢
What do scholars say about Muslims that celebrate Halloween?
According to renowned Islamic scholars and Mufassireen like Ibn Kathir, the word “Falsehood” or “Zoor” (زور) in the above ayah can be of different types. Even though the highest level of (زور) Falsehood is Kufr and Shirk, other situations that also fall under this category of falsehood are places where Shirk, Kufr, dancing, music, drinking, ba3`ck-biting, false accusations, and celebrations of Mushrikeen is taking place.
The above Ayah explains that Allah’s true servants should try and refrain from such gatherings, and if they happen to be there, they should leave the scene right away with dignity coming out clean and pure.
Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: He who copies any people is one of them.Grade
: Hasan Sahih (Al-Albani)
حسن صحيح (الألباني)
: Sunan Abi Dawud 4031
Finally, it’s our duty as Muslims and parents to understand the origin behind Western celebrations. We need to be mindful to teach our children that we respect others’ traditions without compromising our own beliefs, values, and faith.