Editor: As October 31st approached, many Americans prepare by purchasing costumes, candy, and decorations. Halloween has evolved into a day filled with activities like trick-or-treating, parties, dressing up and eating sweet treats. Although, the holiday was not always based around these enjoyable variables but was a dark and frightening time. The background of Halloween roots to 2000 years ago when it was celebrated as a Celtic festival. People would wear costumes such as masks and leave food offerings at their homes to dismiss evil spirits that roamed around. The attitudes of Islam towards the celebration of Halloween is heavily discouraged.
The celebrations of Muslims should be ones that honor and uphold the faith and beliefs of Islam.The religionis strictlymonotheisticand thecelebrationof Halloween goes completely againstthe unity of Godas itis rooted in paganism.Furthermore, the belief that the dead can come back to life or in anyway frighten humans is not an ideology in Islam. TheIslamicbeliefis that once a person dies they cannot returntoEarthin anyformespecially not as a supernatural force.
According to Forbes, around 9 billion dollars were spent on the festivities of Halloween. The tremendous amounts of money spent on this holiday could easily be donated to charity or to help the needy. The candy and costumes that areboughtcan all equal the huge amounts of food that can be given to hungry people and Islam supportscharity.The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be on him) said.“The best charity is to fill a hungry stomach”. The ideaofgivinginstead ofreceivingis a wonderful value to practice andto teach kids at a young age. This idea can carve the way children willbe raised and treat others as they mature and grow older. Giving instead ofreceivingallowsoneto obtaingreat blessings from God and overall just putsusin a content state of mind.
Halloween is a holiday that can be altered and changed in many ways to help the majority of people rather than just a day of useless festivities and wasteful spending. Children can have fun through many different ways and I believe this holiday is a great opportunity to teach them gratefulness and selflessness rather than the opposite, which is, greed. I hope the change in the mindset of the celebration of the holiday occurs as people begin to become aware of the true meaning and celebrate it correctly and righteously.
Minahil Asif, Ashburn