Halloween... do Muslims celebrate it?

From: Bernie D.
Sent on: Sunday, October 10, 2010 12:11 PM
Hi to those in the Vancouver Science & Religion discussion group.

Our topic on Sun. [masked] is "Thoughts on Halloween" at 6:00 pm at Peoples Church in Vancouver. All details are here:
http://www.meetup.com/Vancouver-Science-Religion-Discussion-Group/calendar/12123210/

To spark some interest, I thought I'd write about a few topics. You can discuss it at the discussion board here:
http://www.meetup.com/Vancouver-Science-Religion-Discussion-Group/messages/boards/

Do Muslims celebrate Halloween? I saw an article with an Islamic viewpoint (Muslim author Christine Huda Dodge):

?Halloween in Islam: Should Muslims Celebrate?
http://islam.about.com/od/otherdays/a/halloween.htm

Here?s the relevant excerpt:

Islamic Teachings

Virtually all Halloween traditions are based either in ancient pagan culture, or in Christianity. From an Islamic point of view, they all are forms of idolatry (shirk). As Muslims, our celebrations should be ones that honor and uphold our faith and beliefs. How can we worship only Allah, the Creator, if we participate in activities that are based in pagan rituals, divination, and the spirit world? Many people participate in these celebrations without even understanding the history and the pagan connections, just because their friends are doing it, their parents did it ("it's a tradition!"), and because "it's fun!"
So what can we do, when our children see others dressed up, eating candy, and going to parties? While it may be tempting to join in, we must be careful to preserve our own traditions and not allow our children to be corrupted by this seemingly "innocent" fun. When tempted, remember the pagan origins of these traditions, and ask Allah to give you strength. Save the celebration, the fun and games, for our 'Eid festivals. Children can still have their fun, and most importantly, should learn that we only acknowledge holidays that have a religious significance to us as Muslims. Holidays are not just excuses to binge and be reckless. In Islam, our holidays retain their religious importance, while allowing proper time for rejoicing, fun and games.

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)

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For more info on the author, click these two links (her bio., and info on a book she wrote):
-> http://islam.about.com/bio/Huda-6223.htm
-> http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Understanding-Islam-Book-practices/dp/1598698672/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1286737052&sr=8-1-fkmr0

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