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Islamic View of Halloween

By October 28, 2004

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This weekend, children throughout North America will dress in costumes and collect candy as part of the Halloween festival. How should Muslims view this holiday? What are the origins of Halloween, and is it permitted for Muslims to take part?
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November 1, 2006 at 2:59 am
(1) ShaHameed says:

Halloween is Pagan festival ,even Christian Religious people are opposing it as it is against teaching of Christ. No doubt This is a Jahliya according to Islam.

September 29, 2007 at 12:21 pm
(2) yasmin says:

hi i was just wondering if we muslims are aloud to go halloween trick or treating what if we dont wear a costume

October 8, 2007 at 6:45 pm
(3) sara says:

I think once again, many conservatives are reading too much into a holiday that has no connection to its pagan or Christian roots–whatever they may be. It’s this separateness which creates extremists and inhibits integration. I still hear stories from kids who resent that their parents never let them go trick-or-treating… and now they are in their 20s. People who take a hard-line against Halloween, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Birthdays, etc. just raise kids who resent their deen, not love it.

October 25, 2007 at 7:50 pm
(4) adal says:

what if we dont wher a costume

October 25, 2007 at 8:01 pm
(5) hiba says:

what if we dont wear a costume thank you

October 30, 2007 at 1:16 pm
(6) Hamed says:

Halloween is HARAM becuase it is considered the Birthday of the Devil (Shitan). therefore it is prhibited in ISLAM. GOD IS GREAT!

November 1, 2007 at 2:19 am
(7) M says:

I am a convert and I grew up here in the US where trick or treating was a huge part of my childhood and culture. I do know some Christians strongly apposed to Halloween, but I never understood that because it has nothing to do with religion. I think it is fine to go trick or treating, Muslim children already have enough to be left out on with Christmas.

Halloween has nothing to do with religion, it’s purely a cultural tradition. Just the costumes should not be something disturbing.

September 2, 2008 at 4:30 pm
(8) Rob says:

well like all things, take in the intent of the person doing it, if their intent is to celebrate the dead etc., then bad, if not then it’s just a simple party.

because i mimic something does not mean I belong to it.

October 20, 2008 at 3:54 pm
(9) Mrs. Mir says:

I am American, Muslim, convert, and I understand your concerns and read the article… But lemme say this. OK to cancel Christmas, you get a pass for that. But you don’t mess with Halloween. Just really really unfair to the immigrant parents to force their kids to be excluded from something because they simply don’t understand it. Anyway who says the Muslims are always right; we can’t even agree when and how to celebrate “our own” holidays – Ramadan and Eid started on like three different days this year across the world. Give me a break! Jesus PBUH also said something which I wish more Muslims would heed as he was also our Prophet: “Judge not lest ye be judged.” So stop judging please!

October 20, 2008 at 4:16 pm
(10) Mrs. Mir says:

p.s. those who live in walkable neighborhoods who don’t want to deal with trick-or-treaters remember to turn off your porch light. This is one of the codes of the event: trick-or-treaters will avoid your house if you leave the lights off at night. Simple solution but many forget to do this.

October 28, 2008 at 7:38 pm
(11) Zaina says:

I am 10 years old. I am in a muslim school doing a project on Halloween. So far halloween is haram.

October 30, 2008 at 3:31 pm
(12) siddeek says:

We are taught in Islam that we must question things at all times to find truth before we pass judgment. Halloween started over TWO thousand years ago in ireland with a group of people known as the celtics. The celtics were at first nature lovers but gradually moved into the realm of worshiping the dead. They had a god of death named samhain ( Islam teaches that we should only worship the one true creator of all things), participating in acts where you associate other gods unto the ALL-MIGHTY is strictly forbidden. Halloween is about celebrating the spirits (jinns) not the dead since we learn in islam that when we die we cannot return from the grave until the day of judgement. Therefore dressing up and participating in such activity is haram. Treating people with food is good and should be encouraged. However, when you give in charity (treats), give in the name of the ALL-MIGHTY creator and not in the name of false gods. Remember that your action is what is judged in this life.Thus halloween is haram because the entire theme of halloween is to worship and give charity as a form of worship of beings other than the ONE TRUE CREATOR.

November 1, 2008 at 11:15 pm
(13) g. a. salaam says:

So how many kids go out praising the devil when they trick or treat? If the celtics turned it from celebrating nature to celebrating the dead or the devil or what have you, then concerned Muslims and Christians should turn this into something positive i.e. celebrate heroes, nature you name it. Halloween will always be there so instead of turning away, become active and make a difference!!

September 13, 2009 at 11:40 am
(14) Muslim says:

I came to this website to find the answer to m y question which is Can muslim kids go trick or treating on halloween, and some people who are not muslim or who have converted are saying its ok because we have to pass on Christmas. So we should be allowed to trick or treating because its not fair. Well i DONT agree with this. Life is not supposed to always be fair. Im not going to go trick or treating just because you think its unfair not to. And i think it is haram but i am not sure. And by the way, some of u shouldn answer if u havent done research on it or have proof. Ur giving false answers and thats not good.

September 28, 2009 at 9:22 pm
(15) Yeah. says:

“Islamic View of Halloween” is just another OPINION of a Muslim. Don’t get me wrong but opinions tend to differ from others. Mine is, this is your life you only live it once. I didn’t mean you should go against God but do what you like for a change. Just don’t lose your faith.

October 18, 2009 at 11:06 am
(16) fARRAH says:

hALLOWEEN IS FOR IDIOTS.Why dress and beg for candy??

October 20, 2009 at 11:20 am
(17) ranya says:

I’m so sick of the argument that Halloween is haram because two THOUSAND years ago devil worshippers did so and so…

Does anyone who is trick-or-treating THINK about the devil or come even remotely lose to worshipping him???! Honestly now!

Remember that Allah graced us with intellect and reasoning, and asked us to use WISDOM in living our lives. Come on, now, use your brain: Is there anything wrong with kids dressing up and getting candy from their neighbors?? IS THERE???!

Don’t mention what happened 465894 billion years ago. Just answer the question: is there anything wrong with kids dressing up and getting candy from their neighbors??!

Nothing religious about it. Stop complicating every little detail and remember that Allah wants “Al Yusor” (Ease, simplicity) for us, not “Al 3osor” (Difficulty, Complication)..

October 28, 2009 at 2:29 am
(18) Allives says:

From my opinion, it’s not wrong to celebrate Halloween, or mother’s day, or father’s day. But this is not the same with Valentine’s day – because the name itself symbolize other religion’s celebration.

Just, we should know what is in our heart, what is the real intention of us doing that. If you think you might be worshipping devil on that day, then DON’T. And, as long as we don’t do something which is prohibited by Islam, it is ok.

For kids (or even adults) to have some fun, wearing costumes and getting candy, i think there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s fun, unique, and can enforce human relationship, am I wrong?

Wow, if Halloween is really a religion ritual, then, some hundred years ago, did the ‘religion’ suggest children or adults to go get some candy, and wearing costumes? LOL

You know, in my country, during EID, kids-in-the-neighborhood or kids-from-nowhere (whoever will do), go walk everywhere, “visiting” the neighbors, and will get some foods and coins. It’s fun, though. We laugh, and we enjoy each other. Any stranger, yeah, ANY STRANGER, that come to our house will be considered as guest, and will be served. It’s during Eid. :)

October 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm
(19) Farah says:

Asalamalikum everyone,

After having read everyones’ comments, I’m going to say that Halloween is absolutely HARAM!!

Everyone should read this article: http://www.exposingsatanism.org/halloween.htm

The jack-o-lantern, black cat, and witch are all symbols that are associated with Satanic rituals.

May Allah Keep us all on the straight path. Ameen.

October 30, 2009 at 4:50 pm
(20) tired says:

All of you , get off your stupid high horse of haaram and haalal.. Raise your children as human beings and teach them to respect life all people insted poisining thier minds with prejudic, bigotry and hatred. There is nothing superior or special about any religion, matter of fact no religion has any thing to do with God. If you want to celebrate , go ahead celebrate and if you choos not to then fine. but dont act holier than thou because you definitley are not. By the way all my muslim friends and my muslim in laws celebrate eid, christmas, diwali, holi, baisahki and any other festival that celebrates human beings . World is alredy a mess , dont need your haram and halal theories, Killing people and spreding nonesense is haram.

October 31, 2009 at 5:28 am
(21) Nadr Mossttfa says:

al slam a’lykom my dear br & sis in Eslam and humanity.
First, to mr. “TIRED”, its past your bed time, go to sleep, and please do not venture out telling Muslims what they can or cannot do, even Muslims themselves cannot tell others what they can or cannot do. By that I mean, only people of clear and vivid religious knowledge are in the position of passing decrees and explanations on matters of Hhlal & Hhram. So, for a non Muslim to tell me live your life, you only live it once, enjoy it while you can, is nothing but an invitation to misguidedness and total loss in this life and the hereafter. Don’t get me wrong “TIRED”, you are entitled to your opinion for as long as it involves only you, but when it comes to others livelihoods and their religious obligations toward their creator, you have no room there. And for all others who think and suggest that immulating and copying other non Islamic practices are no big deal, you are very wrong, because Prophet Mohhmd peace and blessings of Allh be unto him had warned us from blindly copying others, and had also said if you do as non muslims do, then you are one of them and he further said muslims should not invent matters and practices into their lives that might be thought of as part of the faith.

I conclude by affirming what some have said, that before you pass judgment, or accept someone elses approval to jump in and not care, please, consult your religion, your Emam’s, your Qoran, and the life of your beloved prophet peace and blessings be unto him. Eslam is not about woship only, it incompasses all aspects of life and conduct, so, be good muslims and research your faith and apply it in your life, get rewarded for looking into it and for following through with the right action. Do not be led astray, now that Allh (God) has blessed you with Eslam.
PEACE.

October 31, 2009 at 7:02 am
(22) aadam says:

hi im aadam im 12 yrs old i no that trick or treating is haraam its celerbrating shaitaans birthday but all i want to no is if some 1 else comes knocking on our door is it haraam to give them sweets relpy back quick
thnx

October 31, 2009 at 12:52 pm
(23) kareem says:

i do not think it is adam because that is just being a good neighbor

October 31, 2009 at 2:57 pm
(24) Hana says:

i think it is wrong to celebrate halleween for muslims because you are begging for candy and you are praising the satan (shaytan)

October 1, 2010 at 7:59 pm
(25) nat says:

ok seriously guys halloween is a commercial holiday…a way to sell…either u partake cuz u like it or u dont. its not a religious holiday in any way shape or form. note:in latin america halloween is actuaally called dia de los ninos or childrens day and they use nice costumes not scary ones, the scare factor is not there at all. the trick or treat part remains the same with emphasis on just giving kids treats.

October 8, 2010 at 2:54 am
(26) benito ciccone says:

Halloween is a religious festival.

It is All Hallows Eve. The Eve of All Saints Day.

Not only is it a religious festival, it has PAGAN ROOTS.

That is why parents who do not allow their children to take part in this abomination ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING.

The day after All Saints Day is All Souls Day (The Day of the Dead).

As innocuous as Halloween may seem, there is darkness behind it — ghosts, zombies, witches (witchcraft is a sin according to God.

Even pretending is a sin.

So SEE HALLOWEEN IN ITS TRUE LIGHT! And do not partake in this, this ???????

October 8, 2010 at 8:28 pm
(27) Rehana says:

Assalam Aleikum,

Mine is simple as we all know Islam is a Complete way of Life and all we have to do as muslims is follow the Quran and the Sunnah of Rasul (saw) We have also been warned not to emulate “others”. Leaving it at that…………. Halloween is not part of Islam it is a foreign thing whether candies is given out or not participating it as a receiver or a giver is simply NOT right. There are many orphanages around the world take the candies there on any other day other than Oct 31st…..
Allah u Aalam

October 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm
(28) Hafeez says:

Salam to every one
we all arguing that, Is halloween halal or haram?
As being muslims we should look at simple and easy answer for that. And it is just to look at the life of our beloved Porophet peace be upon him and his blessed companian.
If we don’t find this celebration in their livies that’s mean it’s innovation in Islam, means Bida’t introduction of new things in islam.
As Prophet peace be upon him have said” every innovation in Deen (islam) is a evil ,sin, misguided and missguiding leads to hell”.
so this not islamic celebration, this is the celebration of other people or religion.
About that prophet peace be upon him have said” whoever fallows the practice of other people or religion, they will be among them (on the day of judgement)”. Reported by Imam Bhukhari and Muslim.
I think it’s sufficient and enough for wise people to understand.
May Allah give all of us the understanding of Religion Islam.

October 26, 2010 at 8:00 am
(29) Aidil says:

In the quran is there anything god say about the halloween? Yes I agree with you that it is not an islamic celebration.
You can participate the event but remember that allah create all this event and for He create everything that exist. You can enjoy it in a good and clean way. As long as you don’t make any gross sin. Alway remember Him and be grateful to him. If you believe in Allah and the hereafter, insyallah.. allah will protect you from the accursed satan. May allah bless us..

October 31, 2010 at 12:32 pm
(30) Stacey says:

I try to teach my kids not to want to be like them. They are not us. The question is not what can we do when my kids see people dressing up getting candy, etc explain to them whats going on and how its unacceptable then inshaAllah they’ll e…xplain it to their kids inshaAllah then your great grandkids, inshaALlah. Saying something is harmless is something Shaitan would say to get us to do certain things. Follow Quran and Sunnah and we all should be okay. Who is going to teach our kids Quran and Sunnah if we dont start at home first. Dont let them teach our kids or they will be sure to be messed up. Don’t let what they do have any influence on what we do. If anything that should make us want to hold on to the rope of Allah even tighter and ask Allah to protect us from all thats not good for us. May Allah guide us and protect us all and lead us to do things that are pleasng to him and that will get us closer to him, ameen and Halloween surely isn’t it! Alhamdulillah this is a beautiful time for the muslims no matter what else may be going on around us. You can start a count down to EID for the kids inshaAllah, do an activity or project about EID al adha or Hajj inshaAllah. Too many other things we can focus on . We need to teach our kids to say estagfirallah to other things inshaAllah. I plan on buying the candy while its on sale and bagging them up for EID goodie bags, why because I am muslim and I try to do acts that will please Allah and bring me closer to him.

October 31, 2010 at 4:15 pm
(31) hellourgay says:

all ppl against halllowweeen r idiotz and need 2 get a llifee// i just had my day ruint cuz am a muslim n am sik of it SO PISSSS OFFFFFF

October 31, 2010 at 7:07 pm
(32) Omar says:

Asalamalikum,
I have cousins that just go out during halloween just to get candy. As of my parents, they tell me that it is very wrong to even do that. So I keep asking people (that are muslims) if it ACTUALLY IS OKAY to celebrate it. I keep getting different answers. Most say it is okay to get candy and stuff, but not to dress up. I am ABSOLUTELY sure that us Muslims should NOT dress up. But I just want to know about the “getting candy from neighbors” is okay.

P.S. I am 12 years old.

October 31, 2010 at 11:23 pm
(33) Awesome says:

I think that halloween is not haram unless you actually where a costume. For the people who say you are begging for candy, u are not really begging for candy you are just saying Trick or Treat that is not saying oh please give me candy

P.S. I am 11 years old

November 1, 2010 at 12:57 am
(34) Monica says:

I am a convert as well and I think that to make an informed decision we have to look at a few things.

1) The meaning of “Halloween”. Hallowed is: holy or made holy by religious practices. Eve: the night before.

2) All saints day is November 1st which has it’s roots in Christianity. Halloween was a celebration to ring in the Holy day. In other parts it was the day in which the Summer was brought to an end.

3) current view of Halloween. The day is no longer a celebration of saints, pagans or the end of the summer. It is now a national holiday made to be fun and celebrate with the children. I think that in this day and age, it is important to stress that costumes that depict bad things are not to be worn or the fact that we should celebrate this as a time for family fun.

4) In Arabic nations there is a similar practice called Qarq’an which is celebrated during the month of Ramazan in which children go from home to home carrying baskets to receive sweets and treats.

In the same way that Islam negated pagan rituals, it changed many of those pagan holidays to Islamic ones or familial ones. There are several holidays which has now changed from what it was originally and no longer celebrated in the same way or in the way they were meant. I think that this goes to show that people have left pagan roots and decided to take the day and make it their own. Making it known that evil acts and deeds done on this day are condemned.

Dressing on the day may be acceptable if it is done in a more traditional regional costume. Just a thought.

November 1, 2010 at 12:40 pm
(35) Rana says:

As a Muslim, it’s one thing to let your kids go trick or treating on halloween with the intention of their pleasure and happiness. But this year, as a 33 yr. old mother, I’ve been personally invited to a Halloween party (our kids our not allowed) by a practicing muslima! All in the name of “fun”! Now where do you draw the line? How are our great grandchildren going to be practicing Islam in America 100 years from now? Based on such trends, God help us!

November 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm
(36) Curious says:

OK I have read through all the comments throgh Rana’s comments and I really like Awsome (#33) and Omar (#32) comments. I mean really is it bad to celebrate Halloween? I mean what do we know?? Maybe some random Christan can come on here and say, “Halloween rocks!!” From what I have read, I think it is okay to go trick or treating but not to dress up. Some people just hate Halloween. IDK why but they do. Im really curious and want to find ou more about Halloween. So If anyone has more information for me my email is: haneefmussa@gmail.com Thank you and Shurkran

PS: I am 12 yrs old and muslim all my life and son of an Imam.

October 26, 2011 at 10:30 am
(37) Walid says:

Halloween is the most wicked satanic day of the year, and this was bestowed upon us by the freemasons!!! Stay away from satan, he will trick you, but you are worshipping him without you even knowing!!! Halloween’s day is Satan’s favorite day!!!

October 29, 2011 at 1:01 am
(38) Fatma says:

Its stupid just go by your own candy! (:

October 30, 2011 at 7:18 am
(39) Hanif says:

I’m amazed and astounded by the level of ignorance by some Muslims just so they don’t feel left out. Halloween is a pagan tradition. Muslims do not follow the Pagans, the Sabians, the mushriks, the kaafirs. We follow Islam. If it isn’t stated in islam or by the Prophet SAW to go out dressed as witches, dead people or Astagfirullah the Devil, then we shouldn’t be following it. I’m afraid it that simple. There’s no harm in giving trick or trickers sweets if they come to your house but for us to go out and get involved would be against islam as it’s a innovation or something that isn’t stated. It’s that simple, and it’s that easy to understand, unfortunately the ignorant among us will state something different. And that is one of the signs of Qiyamat.

October 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm
(40) Abdullah says:

@39. Mr.I-Know-It-All-You-Ignorant, under Islamic Law, not all innovations (bid’a) are unlawful. Nobody claimed this is now a tradition added to Islam. The burden of proof is on you to provide a reason why celebrating Halloween in its simple, classic and pure form of wearing a lawful costume and exchanging candies is deemed as a violation to Islamic teachings. Many people made points above that clearly indicates the historical significance of this day to Pagans has no relevance or connection in our modern time. If that is not convincing, you may want to look up the origins of many things today nobody questions anymore such as a necktie (e.g. origins to cross in Christianity, so what? Wearing necktie is unlawful now?)

November 1, 2011 at 2:19 am
(41) Bouchta says:

Salamu alaikom,
very interested subject here about the Islamic point of view towards Halloween and Trick-or-treating. I’m a muslim, born and raised in Morocco within a concervative family. in other words I know what Islam is. Now, when I saw the trick-or-treating game among kids, it just reminded me of one thing back home when i was a kid called: Hagouza. When I was a boy, I and other kids used to go from house to house asking for candy and what not, singing a sentence that I can hardly remember. This was during the 1980s. Hagouza’s time in Morocco is usually mid January of each year. For some reason, Hagouza has lost its popularity in Morocco. So, if we draw a comparison between Trick-or-treating and Hagouza, they actually represent the same concept: kids’ fun.Do we have to judge it or link it to religion? Then we should question Hagouza as well… However, Halloween might be a questionable feast or whatever it is. If it is for kids to play and have some fun, ok. But if it is for adult to dress ghosts and what not, I guess that’s just too much.. And Allah knows best.
For any question email me: b.bouabid@hotmail.com

February 22, 2012 at 4:56 am
(42) C.T.Riley says:

Contrary to what some have claimed Samhain/Halloween has nothing to do with Satanism. In fact, no equivalent of the devil exists within Druidry while Satanism is a corruption of Christianity.

The festival symbolises good defeating evil, while eyewitness accounts from Christian missionaries show that the festival involved children spending much of the day listening to the elderly telling their life stories. This was done to make children aware of their mortality and teach them how to deal with bereavement in a manner which is psychologically safe.

Children then played games involving controlled degrees of risk, to give them the confidence to take risks in life and develop trust in others, after which they dressed up as ghosts, etc, and collected food and fuel for a night fire at which scary stories were told. This was done to teach them how to deal with and overcome fear.

The festival used play and scary stories as a subtle means of giving children the knowledge and confidence needed to live life to the full. This is its real purpose and why Christian missionaries adopted the festival, but its real purpose has become distorted through bigotry, ignorance, commercialisation and horror movies.

February 22, 2012 at 5:03 am
(43) C.T.Riley says:

But one interesting part of the festival is that the ghosts of the dead were allowed to enter this world. This allowed some to visit family or friends. Others who had been wronged in their life could get justice against those who had wronged them but had not been punished.

Whilst those who had committed wrongs during their lifetime could visit those or the families of those they had wronged and seek forgiveness for the wrongs they committed. By obtaining forgiveness even the damned can optain redemption and get out of Hell, which one powerful idea. However, the festival is part of the tribal beliefs of the Gaels and unless you’re descended from one of the Gael tribes you shouldn’t have anything to do with it as you have no right to do so.

September 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm
(44) Allowed says:

Im a muslim, I have went trick or treating before and got lots of candy. Most people are saying halloween is not a holiday, they are basing it on the past. Dont look back, look right now and to the future. All this holiday is about is kids in costumes and they get candy and can visit neighbors

October 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm
(45) Lol says:

I am so confused someone just tell me is it haram to trick or not don’t tell me u think this or that tell me the answer By the way I’m 11

October 26, 2013 at 12:24 am
(46) shoo says:

Way at the very top, I read that the kids are missing out on a lot with christmas? this comment is not fair in anyway because we, as muslims, also have two big holidays that we celebrate (Eid-ul-Fatha & Eid-ul-Adha) which have kind of the same the same traditions as christmas (getting eidi). And no Christians stay home or take days off work for Eid, “because they are missing out”.
Back to the topic on hand; as a kid, I did go trick-or-treating whether as a fairy or a witch, and i never thought of it as ‘worshiping’ the dead or whatnot…honestly, my only goal was the candy. But now that i think about it, no matter what intention, you are initially condoning the behaviour of the creators of this religion by following them in their traditions. Just bring some candy from the store and have a creepy movie night or something, theres always alternatives :)

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