________________________________________________________________________ | w w w |\ | || || | || |\ | o_,_7 _|| . _o_7 _|| 4_|_|| o_w_, |\ | ( : / (_) / ( . |\ | |\ | || || | || |T | | || | |\ | . _, _8 |_D_|| . _,_,_,_D_|| 4_|| q ]_o_7_o _|_c 4_|_|| _|,_p q |\ | (_): / (_): . : / (_S (_S / |\ | |\ | In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the All-Merciful |\ | Greeting of Allah be upon Muhammad and the pure members of his House |\ |_______________________________________________________________________|\ Salaamun 'Alaykum The following question was kindly answered by Shaykh Hasnain. Fee Amaanillah, Akil Karim Moderator - 'Aalim Network ----- Forwarded Message ----- QUESTION: Is it Haram for our children to dress up in costumes and partake in trick or treating on Halloween if the intent is harmless fun and to get candy? ANSWER: Please note that only those things are Haram which are either clearly indicated as forbidden in the Qur'an and Hadith (e.g. lying, cheating, dealing in usury, backbiting, etc), or which can be classified under certain principles which cause them to become haram (e.g if the harm is more than the benefit, if it takes you away from Allah, etc). The application of such principles is done by the learned mujtahidun (juri-consults) who look at a particular issue from all aspects and decide whether it can be considered Haram or not. Coming to your question whether we can allow children to dress up in costumes and partake in trick or treating on Halloween even if the niyyah is to derive fun and gather candies, I would say that it is SURELY WRONG. Several reasons can be cited, three of which are: 1)It is believed that the ritual of Halloween was started by satan-worshippers and adapted by some Christians. Participating in a ritual associated with satan worshippers is abominable and unIslamic. The Holy Prophet (s) was always concerned about Muslims having their own identity in their appearance and practices-- different from pagans, Christians and Jews. The Noble Prophet abhorred following the ways of non-Muslims. 2)Islam is a complete way of life. God perfected it in the final days of the Holy Prophet (Qur'an 5:3). We do not need to copy the ways of satan worshippers and Christians to have fun. Alhamdu lil.. the followers of the Ahlul Bayt (a) have many happy occasions to celebrate and make their children happy. 3) Muslims are a minority in North America and Europe. If we are not firm in establishing and holding to our values, then God-forbid a time may come that our children would melt in "the American melting pot" such that it will be difficult to differentiate between Muslim and non-Muslim children. God knows the best. Hasnain Kassamali Humble servant of the Ahlul Bayt (a).