Why is Halloween Haram in Islam?
Many Muslim scholars advise Muslims to avoid Halloween for the reasons listed below. Halloween is a pagan celebration with roots in a different religion and involves dark practices. Those practices include worshiping the lord of darkness and spirits. Its roots can be traced to Celtic traditions. In those traditions, the boundary between the living and the dead was weak, so spirits would seek revenge.
Trick or treating
Trick or treating is a pagan tradition that is prohibited in Islam. Scholars say that it encourages children to beg for candy and is therefore not allowed. The practice of trick or treating has many negative implications. It is often associated with large groups of teenagers who often do not dress appropriately for the holiday, take far more candy than is allowed, and do not act politely. Moreover, teens often subconsciously behave in a manner that intimidates young children.
Trick or treating is haram in Islam, but there are still many children who enjoy it. Children can visit a pumpkin farm or collect leaves from trees. This way, they can cultivate an appreciation for nature and Allah’s creation.
Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick talks about Halloween and Western Holidays, highlighting the pagan roots of these traditions. Here’s an excerpt from his longer talk titled, “The Truth About Holidays.” It’s a fascinating and educational talk that will leave you rethinking your own holiday traditions.
Despite the violence associated with Halloween, there are other ways to celebrate the season. For example, visit a local pumpkin farm, or collect leaves as they fall from trees. These activities will foster a love of nature, and allow you to focus on Allah’s creations.
The origins of Halloween date back to Celtic and European pagan beliefs. This annual festival celebrates the dead and summons demons to haunt humans. As it spread across the world, it grew darker and associated with the occult. Some people even went as far as worshipping the Devil on this day. They believed that the Devil would provide them with knowledge on matters such as marriage, health, and financial matters.
Many Muslims are wary of participating in Halloween because of the pagan roots of this holiday. Despite this, some scholars disagree and have issued fatwas against Halloween that do not support the holiday. Regardless, it is imperative for Muslims to educate their fellow Muslims and avoid taking part in it. If Muslims participate in Halloween, they are indirectly committing the sin of Shirk, which Allah will never forgive.
Revelry in the dead
The Quran mentions a period between death and resurrection, referred to as the Barzakh. During this time, some people remain alive, while others are already in hell. Some people believe that the dead will spread disease, although this is a misconception. In the case of Ebola, this belief has been proved to be unfounded.
Horror movies are a popular past time for many, but for Muslims, it is an unacceptable practice. Though some horror movies are fine, there are others with explicit sexual content and have become haram. The concept of horror is fine for some people, but many Muslims do not celebrate the holiday because of its association with the Western culture. Similarly, many Muslims consider Valentine’s Day haram. However, this is not the case for Halloween.
However, there are Muslims who celebrate Halloween by watching horror movies. One such festival is Halaloween, which is a Muslim film festival that features films with a Muslim ethos. The idea for this festival came from the question of whether horror movies were even made in Muslim countries.
Worship of the devil
The Devil is considered to be a harbinger of evil. In Islam, the worship of the devil is prohibited. This includes the practice of prostration. As the leader of fallen angels, Satan is also considered to be an enemy of God. According to the Qur’an, the devil entices people to commit sins.
Most Muslims believe that worshiping the devil is haram in Islam. However, there are varying levels of acceptance of this practice. In one survey, more than one-in-five respondents said that they had witnessed the exorcism of someone. In countries of sub-Saharan Africa, over half of respondents had witnessed an exorcism. In the Middle East and North Africa, firsthand accounts were rare, although 18% of Moroccan Muslims said they had witnessed an exorcism. In South Asia, however, only 7% to 21% of Muslims had witnessed an exorcism.