The season and the day are once again here and we hope that whatever you choose to do, you have a safe and wonderful day.
Hallowe’en continues to gain traction and popularity globally and has become a main stream event in modern day society.
In North American millions of children will wear their favorite character or some sort of costume in pursuit of sweet treats.
Lawns will be decorated, music will be played, candy and treats will be distributed by neighbours to children who dare venture up their walkway and ring the doorbell.
For many people, it’s their favorite time of year and corporations with business dress code even allow dress down/dress up days, to allow employees to essentially cosplay at work for day!
Public Schools, College, and University Campuses will be decorated and no matter where you look, someone will be enjoying this day and evening in communities around the world.
We asked Kelvin Ali last year about this holiday and what his thoughts were on giving dawah about this day to others.
“Man, here we go again, last year I mentioned some of the pagan root influences that have inspired this day coupled with the fact that it’s an unbelievable time of consumption and product marketers dream as we gear up for Black Friday and Christmas spending.
As a man who experienced both sides of the fence, I personally don’t tell people what to do unless they ask for my advice. You asked me about dawah, most Masjids will have a Khutbah on the topic and there are several online lectures I can recommend. Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick a dear teacher and scholar in Islam has some wonderful speeches on the history of this event and wisdom for all about why you should avoid partaking in events.
I can stop people from doing anything and what do you do if you are a Muslim teacher in a public school where it’s actually part of some curriculums?
Well, you do your job and you make the best of it giving subtle dawah as you can.
I can tell you Jinn stories that would make your skin crawl but it would also make mine and if I want that kind of rush, I’d rather enjoy some kind of visual effects fictional movie to heighten my senses.
Have fun if this is something you enjoy or wish to experience but be weary of getting closer to the roots of this day. A fascination with dark arts can be awakened and bad energy can be attracted to you, so don’t take any of it seriously is what I am getting at.
Enjoy your sugar rush and get ready to spend your hard-earned dollars because if the marketers have gotten you to buy in, then chances are the next ‘big thing’ will also be your thing.
Use your time wisely, you’ll be rewarded if you abstain by Allah (swt) and if you participate, simply ask for forgiveness for any harm you may have done to yourself by eating a ton of sugar or others or to others, the slogan is, ‘trick or treat?’ So, be careful and don’t hurt anyone with pranks, there are plenty of scary things to consume online all year round so space your time out and give yourself a healthy dose of fear by doing or watching something exciting a couple times a year.”
Do you have a specific cultural practice or is Halloween a part of your community? We’d love to hear about what happens in your part of the world today.
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