Letter: Minahil Asif, Ashburn

Editor: As October 31st approached, many Americans prepare by purchasing costumes, candy, and decorations. Halloween has evolved into a day filled with activities like trick-or-treating, parties, dressing up and eating sweet treats. Although, the holiday was not always based around these enjoyable variables but was a dark and frightening time. The background of Halloween roots to 2000 years ago when it was celebrated as a Celtic festival. People would wear costumes such as masks and leave food offerings at their homes to dismiss evil spirits that roamed around. The attitudes of Islam towards the celebration of Halloween is heavily discouraged.

The celebrations of Muslims should be ones that honor and uphold the faith and beliefs of Islam. The religion is strictly monotheistic and the celebration of Halloween goes completely against the unity of God as it is rooted in paganism. Furthermore, the belief that the dead can come back to life or in any way frighten humans is not an ideology in Islam. The Islamic belief is that once a person dies they cannot return to Earth in any form especially not as a supernatural force.

According to Forbes, around 9 billion dollars were spent on the festivities of Halloween. The tremendous amounts of money spent on this holiday could easily be donated to charity or to help the needy. The candy and costumes that are bought can all equal the huge amounts of food that can be given to hungry people and Islam supports charity. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be on him) said. “The best charity is to fill a hungry stomach”. The idea of giving instead of receiving is a wonderful value to practice and to teach kids at a young age. This idea can carve the way children will be raised and treat others as they mature and grow older. Giving instead of receiving allows one to obtain great blessings from God and overall just puts us in a content state of mind.

Halloween is a holiday that can be altered and changed in many ways to help the majority of people rather than just a day of useless festivities and wasteful spending. Children can have fun through many different ways and I believe this holiday is a great opportunity to teach them gratefulness and selflessness rather than the opposite, which is, greed. I hope the change in the mindset of the celebration of the holiday occurs as people begin to become aware of the true meaning and celebrate it correctly and righteously.

Minahil Asif, Ashburn 

2 thoughts on “Letter: Minahil Asif, Ashburn

  • 2019-11-11 at 11:11 am

    I’m teaching my kids to be selfless and grateful for all of the freedoms and joys that America offers every single day of the year. I think they’ll survive one night off.

    Save the religious superiority lectures for your house of worship.

  • 2019-11-11 at 11:26 am

    Or, instead of telling your fellow Americans, the people of a country that consistently ranks as one of the most charitable and generous in the world, both as a percentage of GDP and in terms of volunteering, you could let everyone spend the money they take home however they see fit.

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