Halloween is a recognized holiday celebrated majorly in the Western world on October 31st. It’s a day when people engage in activities, like dressing up in costumes going trick or treating, and attending parties.
So, Can a Muslim Celebrate Halloween?
It is obligatory for every Muslim to study what Islam says regarding celebrating Halloween before participating in it. Below are reasons why celebrating Halloween is considered haram (forbidden) in Islam.
The Origins of Halloween
Halloween finds its roots in European pagan beliefs. Initially, it was celebrated on the evening of October 31st known as All Hallows Eve. This festival marked the start of the year the end of harvest season and the beginning of winter.
Over time Halloween became associated with traditions like All Saints Day and All Souls Day, which are observed on November 1st and 2nd respectively.
Why Celebrating Halloween is Considered Haram in Islam
The majority of scholars of the deen ruled that Halloween is considered haram or forbidden in Islam due to its connections with pagan and Christian customs.
This is because participating in Halloween activities involves imitating non-Muslims and their traditions, which goes against the core principle of tawheed or the belief, in the oneness of Allah.
They also claim that Halloween incorporates rituals associated with worship and other activities that are considered prohibited in Islam, such as paying tribute, to the deceased.
وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِى كُلِّ أُمَّةٍۢ رَّسُولًا أَنِ ٱعْبُدُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَٱجْتَنِبُوا۟ ٱلطَّـٰغُوتَ ۖ فَمِنْهُم مَّنْ هَدَى ٱللَّهُ وَمِنْهُم مَّنْ حَقَّتْ عَلَيْهِ ٱلضَّلَـٰلَةُ ۚ فَسِيرُوا۟ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ فَٱنظُرُوا۟ كَيْفَ كَانَ عَـٰقِبَةُ ٱلْمُكَذِّبِينَQuran 16:36
We surely sent a messenger to every community, saying, “Worship Allah and shun false gods.” But some of them were guided by Allah, while others were destined to stray. So travel throughout the land and see the fate of the deniers!Translation of Quran 16:36
Hadith on Halloween
Ibn ’Umar (RAA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
“He who imitates any people (in their actions) is considered to be one of them.”Related by Abu Dawud and Ibn Hibban graded it as Sahih. Book 16, Hadith 35
Avoid imitating non-Muslims when it comes to their customs and traditions. Celebrating Halloween involves mimicking non-Muslims and their practices, which contradicts teachings.
Frequently Asked Question
Is it Haram to Celebrate Halloween for fun?
It is Haram for Muslims to celebrate Halloween for fun or to strengthen friendship bonds. Let the people who celebrate know that you’re a Muslim.
Can a Muslim Give out Candy for Halloween?
Giving out candies is part of the custom of Halloween, doing so means you’re participating in Halloween which is Haram.