The Reality of Halloween – Worshipping Satan the Accursed

HISTORICAL ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN 

Ancient  Celtic  Pagans

For many  centuries  before  Christianity,  the  pagan  Celts in  ancient  Britain  and  Ireland celebrated  the  eve  and  day  of  their  New  Year,  called the Samhain,  on  October  31st.  In the  Celtic  language,  Samhain  (or  Samain)  meant  “End  of  Summer”.  

During  Samhain  Eve,  it  was believed  that  the  world  of  the  gods  became  visible  to mankind,  and  that  they  played  many  tricks on  their  mortal  worshipers;  it  was a  time loaded  with  danger,  fear,  and  supernatural  episodes.  The  Celts made human sacrifices and offerings to  ward  off  the  perils of  the  season  and  the  anger  of  the  deities.

Samhain  was  also  the  Day  of  the  Dead.  During  it,  it  was  believed  that  the  souls of those  who  had  died  during  the  year  were  allowed  access into  the  “land  of  the  dead”.

Furthermore,  the  ancient Celts believed  that  on  that  evening  the  Lord  of  the  Dead called forth  hosts  of  evil  spirits,  and  the  souls of  the  dead  were  believed  to  revisit  their homes.  Thus,  Samhain  acquired sinister significance,  with  spirits,  ghosts,  witches, hobgoblins,  black  cats,  fairies,  and  demons said  to  be  roaming  about.  Huge  bonfires were set  on  hilltops to  frighten  away evil  spirits.

In  addition,  being  the  last  evening  of  the  year,  Samhain  Eve  was  regarded  as a  most favorable  time  for  examining  the  portents  of  the  future.  Divinations were  performed concerning  marriage,  luck,  health,  and  death;  and  the  devil’s help  was  invoked  for such purposes.

Romans  and Early  Christians

After the  Romans  conquered  Britain,  they added to  Samhain  features  of  the  Roman harvest  festival,  held  on  November  1st  in  honor  of  Pomona,  goddess of  tree  fruits.

The  pagan  practices influenced  the  Christian  festival  of  Halloween  (Hallow-Eve), celebrated  on  the  same  date  (October  31st),  and  elements of  the  Samhain  festival  were incorporated into  it.  Hallow-Eve  (or  All  Hallows’  Eve)  is the  Christian festival  of  the night  preceding  All  Saints’  (Hallows’)  Day,  celebrated  on  November 1st  in  the Western  churches.  

In  some  parts of  Europe,  the  people  continued to  believe that  on  this night  the  dead walked  among  them,  and  that  witches  and  warlocks flew in  their  midst.  Thus,  bonfires were lit  to  ward  off  those  malevolent spirits.

Therefore,  most  historians  consider  Samhain  the  predecessor  of  Halloween,  which  has preserved many of the practices and beliefs of its precursor: Samhain.

Contemporary  Europe and  America

By  the  19th  century,  witches’  pranks were  replaced  by  children’s tricks.  Immigrants to the  U.S.,  particularly  the  Irish,  introduced  Halloween  customs that  became  popular  in the  late  19th  century.  Boys and  young  men  performed mischievous acts on  this occasion,  often causing  severe  damage to  properties.

Halloween  thus  gradually  became  a  secular  observance,  and  additional  customs and practices  developed,  many  of  which turning  to  games  played  by  children and  young adults.  In  recent  years,  the  occasion  has come  to  be  observed  mainly  by  small children; they  go  from  house to  house,  often  in  costume,  demanding  “trick-or-treat”. The  treat,  often candy,  is generally  given,  and  the  trick  is rarely  played.

Many  traditional  beliefs and  customs associated with  Samhain,  however, continue  to be  practiced  on  the  31st  of  October.  Most  notably,  the  practice  of  leaving  offerings of food  and  drink  (now  candy)  to  masked and  costumed  revelers,  and  the  lighting  of bonfires.  A  common  symbol  of  Halloween  is the  jack-o-lantern,  which is  a  hollowed-out  pumpkin  carved  in  the  appearance  of  a  demonic  face  and  with  a  lighted candle fixed inside.

Satan Worship

Since  Halloween  was  largely  based  on  rituals  involving  dead spirits  and  demon  worship,  it  now  represents,  among  other  things,  a  most  sacred  day  for  the  devil worshippers.

Because  of  this sinister  nature,  many  devout  Christians condemn  the  Halloween festival.  They  realize  that  the  spiritual  forces  that  some  people  experience  during  this festival  are  indeed  real,  but  are  manifestations of  Satan. Thus,  they  reject  the  customs associated  with  Halloween,  including  all  symbols  of  the  dead  (ghosts,  vampires,  and human skeletons), the devil, and other malevolent and evil creatures.

THE  ISLAMIC STANDPOINT ON SATANIC ACCURSED HALLOWEEN

Islam  Is the  Perfect  Deen 

By  Allah’s  blessing  and  grace,  Islam  contains the  complete  and  perfect  guidance  for humanity:  

“This day  I have  perfected your religion for you, have  completed  My  favor upon you,  and  have  chosen for you Islam as your  religion.”  [Al-Ma’idah  5:3]  

Islam  does not  neglect  any  information  that  the  people  need to  achieve happiness and avoid  harm,  in  all  aspects of  their  lives.  It  directs them  to  all  that  would  save  them from  the  Fire and  admit  them  into  the  gardens of  Paradise.  

This  was  the  mission  of  all  of  the  prophets,  including  the  Final  Messenger  (sallallahu alayhi  wassalam)  who  said:  

“There is  nothing  that  would  bring  you  closer  to  Jannah and  farther  from  the  Fire  but  it has  been  clarified [by  me]  to  you”.
[Musnad Ahmad]  

Because  of  this,  it  is a  major  atrocity  to  seek  guidance  (whether  partially  or  totally)  in any  religion  other than  Islâm.  Allah says (what  means):  

“He who  seeks  a  religion  other than Islam,  it  will  not  be  accepted  from  him;  and  he is among  the losers in  the Hereafter.”  [Surah Aal ‘Imran 3:85]

The Islamic  Concept  of  Festivities

Part  of  the  perfection  of  Islam  is the  Islamic  festivals.  The  Muslims have  only  two annual  festivals:  al-Fitr  and  al-Adha.  They  are  both  Allah’s  choice  for  this  Ummah. Anas (radhiyallahu anhu)  reported that  once  the  Prophet  (sallallahu alayhi wassalam)  said:

“When  I came  to  al-Madinah,  its people  had  two  days that  they  celebrated  from  the times  of  Jahiliyyah;  indeed,  Allah  has  substituted them  for  you  with  two  better days: the  day  of  Sacrifice  and  the  day  of  Fitr.” 
[Musnad Ahmad, Abu Dawud]  

This indicates  that  festivals are  religious  occasions that  Allah  granted for  the  Muslims. Furthermore,  Allah  alone  has  the  right  to  prescribe  festivals and  set  their  dates and  the manner  of  celebrating  them.  Thus,  festivals and  their  celebration  in  Islam  carry  a special  meaning  and  spirit.  They  are  totally  different  from  the  celebrations of  other nations and  cultures.  

Differing  from  the  Non-Muslims  

A true  Muslim  associates  with  the  believers  and  adheres  to  their  ways.  He  strives to  be distinctive  and  different  from  the  non-believers. The  Messenger  (sallallahu  alayhi wassalam)  said:  

Differ from  the  Jews  and  the  Christians.  [Al-Bukhari and  Muslim]

“Differ from  the  disbelievers”
 [Al-Bukhari and  Muslim]

“Whoever imitates  a  people  is one  of  them.” [Ahmad  and  Abû  Dâwûd ]  

The  Muslims are  blessed with  the  best  guidance.  The  disbelievers  are misguided,  and their  ways  are  based  on  wrong  views.  Their  actions frequently  reflect  their  deviant views.  Why,  then,  would  one  wish  to  imitate  them?  Yet,  sadly,  some  Muslims imitate them,  even  in  meaningless acts!  

The  Messenger  (sallallahu  alayhi  wassalam)  said:  

“You  will  follow  the  ways of  the  nations  who  preceded  you  so  closely  that  even  if they entered  a  lizard’s  hole  you  would  enter  it.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Indeed,  outwardly  resemblance leads to  harmony  of  the  hearts.  Resembling  the disbelievers is Satan’s  first  step in leading  the  Muslims to  behave  and  believe  like them.  The  worst  form  of  imitation  of  the  non-Muslims is in  practices  that  involve shirk or are based on their deviant religious beliefs.

Differing  from  the  Non-Muslims in  Celebrations  

A true  Muslim  holds a  correct  Islamic  understanding  regarding  celebrations.  He  only celebrates  the  festivals  that  have  been  legislated by  Allah.  Festivals  are  religious occasions characteristic  of  every  nation’s religion  or  beliefs.  Thus,  it  is  compulsory  on the  Muslims to  avoid  imitating  the  disbelievers in  their  festivals or  join  in  any  of  the practices that  are  associated with  them.  This  includes  answering  their  invitations, congratulating  them,  giving  them  presents,  displaying  their  symbols,  or  doing  any other  act,  regardless  of  how small  it  might  appear,  that  indicates  approval  of  their festivals.  Allah  says (what  means):  

“And  those  (the servants  of  Allâh)  who  do  not  witness  falsehood,  and  when they pass  by  vain  practices,  they  pass with dignity.” [Surah Al-Furqan 25:72]

Many  of  the  companions and  scholars of  the  salaf  explain  that the term “falsehood”  in  the above  ayah  refers to  the  holidays  of  the  disbelievers.  A  Muslim  should  never  join  the non-Muslims in  their  celebrations,  particularly  those  that  involve  clear  shirk  and  kufr. Knowingly  doing  this subjects one  to  Allah’s  anger and  punishment. ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu  anhu)  said:  

“One  who  settles  in  the  lands  of  the  non-Muslims,  celebrates  their  festivals,  and behaves like  them  until  he dies, will  be raised  among  them  on  the  Day  of Resurrection.”

Celebrating  Halloween Is  a  Major  Sin

Since  Halloween  carries  a  strong  pagan  symbolism,  observing  it  is an  endorsement of its historical  diabolical  origin.  Furthermore,  the  Halloween’s seemingly  innocent practices still  carry  a  good  deal  of  its pagan  roots.

Therefore,  taking  any  part  in  celebrating  it  is greatly  prohibited in  Islam.  It  is worse than joining  with  sinners in  their  sins or  congratulating  them  for  drinking  wine, fornication  and  so  on.  Celebrating  Halloween  is similar to  celebrating  Christmas  or Easter, or  congratulating  the  Christians  for  their  prostration  to  the  crucifix.  The Muslim  parents should  caution  their  children  and  prevent  them  from  participating  in any  of  its practices.  Despite  its clear  prohibition,  it  is sad to  see  some  Muslims participate  in  Halloween, purchase  and  wear  silly  Halloween  costumes,  and  send  their kids “trick-or-treating”.  They  try  to  justify  this by  that  they  want  to  make their children  happy.  But  what  is the  duty  of  the  Muslim  parents?  Is it  to  follow  the  wishes of  their  children  without  question  or  to  mould  them  within  the  correct  Islamic framework  as outlined  in  the  Qur’an  and  Sunnah?  Is it  not  the  responsibility  of  the Muslim  parents to  impart  correct  Islamic  training  and  instruction  to  their  children? How can  this  duty  be  performed if,  instead  of  instructing  the  children in  Islam,  their parents allow  and  encourage  them  to  follow  the  ways  of  the  unbelievers?  

If  the  children  are  taught  to  be  proud  of  their  Islamic  heritage,  they  themselves will abstain  from  Halloween and  other  non-Muslim  celebrations,  such  as  birthdays, anniversaries,  Christmas,  Valentine’s  Day,  etc.  Islam  is a  pure religion  with  no  need for  accommodating  any  custom,  practice  or  celebration  that  is not  a  part  of  it.  The question  arises as to  what  to  do  on  Halloween  night.  The  Muslim  parents must  not send  their  kids “trick-or-treating”.  Our  children must  be told  why  we  do  not  celebrate Halloween.  Simplifying  the  above  material  may be  very  suitable  for  this purpose. Most  children  are  very  receptive  when  taught  with  sincerity.

It  must  also  be  noted  that,  even  the  Muslims who stay  home  and  give  out  treats to those  who  come  to  their  door  are  thereby  participating  in  this festival.  In  order to avoid  this,  they should  leave their  front  lights off  and  should  not  open  their  door. Furthermore,  they  should  educate  their  neighbors about  the  Islamic  teachings and inform  them  in  advance  that  the  Muslims do  not  participate  in  Halloween.  

Finally,  we  must  remember that  we  are fully  accountable  to  Allah  for  all  of  our  deeds. If  we insist  on  rejecting  the  Truth  and  joining  Halloween  or  other  non-Islamic practices,  we  would  be  liable  to  Allah’s anger,  as  He  warned  in  the  Quran:  

“Let  those  who  reject  his  (the Messenger’s)  command  beware  lest  a tribulation or  a severe  punishment  be  inflicted upon them!” [Surah An-Nur 24:63]

May Allah  guide  us,  help  us to  stay  on  the  right  path,  and  save  us from  all  deviations and  innovations that  would  lead  us into  the  fires  of  Hell.  

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