The Biggest question every year we face is the ruling of Celebrating Halloween In Islam?. Halloween is the coming soon and many Muslims struggles to explain to their kids why we should not celebrate. While we are waiting for Christmas to come, it seems impossible to ignore Halloween in the meantime. It is full of fun and excitement which is why it is so popular among many people around the world. But, have you ever thought about why you are celebrating this day? Or, as a Muslim is it compatible with your Islamic values?
Before we go into why Muslims is not allowed to celebrate Halloween.lets look at what is the origin of Halloween and why do Christians celebrate Halloween.
- The end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter”  for the pagan Celts of Samhain
- They also believed that on this day “spirits from other worlds (such as the souls of the dead) were able to visit earth
- Halloween is an old pagan holiday of the witches and the dead. Later some Christians tried to Christianize it by calling it “All Saints Day“
- The purpose of halloween has change down the line from harvesting to believing in ghost and collecting candy.
However, there are still many Christians who resent it and consider it a bad holiday. Some of them even call it a “helliday.”
What Islam says about celebrating Halloween.
The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) made it very clear that in Islam there are two festivals or holidays. These are the Eid festivals. The celebrations and holidays of a people are among the actions that most distinguish one people from another. In a Hadith in Sunan Abu Dawud, the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Whoever imitates (or resembles) a people is one of them.” Therefore, it is not allowed for Muslims to participate in the holidays or celebrations of the non-Muslims.
Sheikh al-Islam ibn Taimiya wrote in Iqtidha al-Sirat al-Mustaqeem (vol.1, p.470),
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad issued a stern warning in this regard by stating: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” [Abu Daawood]
From an Islamic standpoint, Halloween is one of the worst celebrations due to its origins and history. It is Haraam (forbidden) to partake in such a practice, even if there may be some seemingly good or harmless elements in it, as evidenced by a statement from the Prophet : “Every innovation (in our religion) is misguidance, even if the people regard it as something good.” [Ad-Daarimi]
Its mention in the Hadith that Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, arrived in Medina during two days in which they were celebrating. The Prophet said, “What are these two days?” They said, “We would celebrate these two days in the time of ignorance.” The Prophet said, “Verily, Allah has replaced these two days with two better days: Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.”
Guidance From the Quran
On this point, the Quran says:
“When it is said unto them, ‘Come to what Allah has revealed, come to the Messenger,’ they say, ‘Enough for us are the ways we found our fathers following.’ What! Even though their fathers were void of knowledge and guidance?” (Qur’an 5:104)
“Has not the time arrived for the believers, that their hearts in all humility should engage in the remembrance of Allah and of the Truth which has been revealed to them? That they should not become like those to whom was given the Book aforetime, but long ages passed over them and their hearts grew hard? For many among them are rebellious transgressors.” (Qur’an 57:16)
Muslim parents must teach their children to refrain from practicing falsehood and to not imitate the non-Muslims in their customs and festivals. If the children are taught to be proud of their Islamic heritage, they themselves will, if Allah wills, abstain from Halloween and other non-Muslim celebrations, such as birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, Valentines Day, etc.
Prophet Muhammad said: “The Final Hour will not come until my followers imitate the deeds of the previous nations and follow them very closely, span by span, and cubit by cubit (inch by inch).” [Al-Bukhari]
I Don’t Go out But I give out Candy.
It must also be mentioned that even Muslims who stay home and give out treats to those who come to their door are still participating in this festival. In order to avoid this, leave the front lights off and do not open the door. Educate your neighbor’s about our Islamic teachings. Inform them in advance that Muslims do not participate in Halloween, and explain the reasons why. (Give them a copy of this article if needed.) They will respect your wishes, and you will gain respect in the process. The Prophet said: “A person who calls another to guidance will be rewarded, as will the one who accepts the message.” [At-Tirmithi]
Finally, we must remember that we are fully accountable to Allah for all of our actions and deeds. If, after knowing the truth, we do not cease our un-Islamic practices, we risk the Wrath of Allah Who warns us in the Quran with the verse (which means): “…So let those beware who dissent from his [i.e., the Prophet’s] order, lest a grievous trial strike them or a painful punishment.” [Quran: 24:63]
This is a serious matter and one not to be taken lightly. May Allah guide us, help us to stay on the right path, and save us from all deviations and innovations that will lead us into the Hellfire.