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October 29, 2010


Article: Halloween

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, this awful day is almost upon us.

These days, many Muslims take the matter of celebrating days like this very lightly.

This is a BIG mistake. Apart from the fact that we were ordered to only celebrate Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha, days like Halloween and Valentine’s Day have really ghastly origins. They’ve got kufr (disbelief) written all over them.

And please don’t say “It’s in the intention.”

When you know that these things contain things which displease Allah, then how can you do them and then say “My intention was good”? A good intention means that you were trying to please Allah, and obviously you cannot please Him with that which He dislikes!

It is not befitting for the one who believes in Allah and the Last Day to take part in such festivals. It’s as simple as that.

So, here’s a short article on the pagan origins of this day: Halloween by Muhammad Al-Jibaaly.

Here’s another one that explains the ruling on greeting the kuffar (disbelievers) on their festivals: Greeting the kuffar on their festivals by Ibn Uthaimeen (rahimahullah)

And here’s a rather ghastly looking poster that you can put outside your house to stop those kids from banging on your door and demanding that you give them some candy.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Faiza
    Oct 30 2010

    Thank You so much for the poster. I was thinking of making one myself this year, as we do not want the constant bell ringing.

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Oct 30 2010

      Assalamu Alaikum.

      You’re welcome (but I didn’t make that ghastly poster).

      Do they do the door banging in Dubai as well??? The poster was intended for those in North America, Europe, etc. I had no idea people did the trick and treat business here.

      Alhamdulillah, nobody has ever come to my doorstep.

  2. sumaiya
    Oct 30 2010

    mashallah..nice article..jazakallahu khairan…y’kno wen dhul hijjah is round the corner,we often have these emails about the virtues of the 10 days and the preferable deeds one can do..i looked around in my folder and unfortunately,i think i’ve deleted them…if any of you have good articles,that are concise with a good todo list,pls post it cos my freind is organising a talk for sisters in her area and she wants to print out some info to distribute to her guests.
    jazkallahu khairan,

  3. Farhah
    Oct 30 2010

    Salaam! Thank you so much for the info, Im 14 and the same thing happened. My neighbours come to our doorstep and trick & treat. i have no idea what to do so we gave them chocolate astaghfirullah but with the intention of only for our friendship. the posters great but i feel bad or rude to keep them out!

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Oct 31 2010

      Wa Alaikum Assalam Sister.

      You’re most welcome.

      Actually, when we do the right things (i.e. those which are pleasing to Allah), we should not worry what the people will say. This is a very common trick that Shaytan (the devil) uses so that we don’t obey Allah.

      So, you don’t have to feel bad about keeping them out. As for the intention, I explained in the post that the act itself should be correct if we have a good intention. We can’t do something wrong with a good intention.

      So, insha-Allah, try not to give them the chocolates if they come again. You can always pretend that you are not at home….

  4. Mydah
    Nov 4 2010

    asalam u alaykim,
    this poster was great i will remember that forever!!!!!

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Nov 7 2010

      Wa Alaikum Assalam.

      Alhamdulillah, I’m glad that it helped.


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