Question: Our Shaykh, may Allaah reward you and treat you well. We are in need of you commenting on this affair as there is a time drawing near for the disbelievers in our land and many of the Muslims fall into participating in it and allowing their children to do so. It is as follows:
The disbelievers have a holiday called Halloween
It is also called:
It is known that all of the holidays of the disbelievers are impermissible for the Muslims; however, this holiday has origins in Shirk and worship of the devils. It is said that the ancient Christians used to believe that on October 31st or around this day, the devils and demons were released from Hell and would cause havoc upon the lands. The only people whom they would not harm were those who made sacrifices by placing cakes and milk on the graves of the dead for the purpose of keeping the dead at ease.
Today, the people, on this day, dress up in costumes as monsters and devils and other things, some frightening and some not frightening, to simulate the dead and the devils coming out on this night. They dress their children up in these costumes and they walk about in the neighborhoods and knock on the people’s doors and say: “Trick or treat”. The meaning is: “Either you give me a treat or I will do a trick (i.e., some type of evil to you or your home.” And the occupants of the home usually buy candy to give the children who are dressed in the costume. This is a connection to the giving of cakes and milk to the inhabitants of the grave that the ancient Christians would do. The people also decorate their homes to look like scary haunted houses in celebration of this Satanic day.
This holiday is very big in these lands, yet I have not found, in my research, any of the scholars speaking about it. My dear Shaykh, is it possible for you to comment on this in a recorded statement on Whatsapp, which I will translate and spread before the day of October 31st to warn the Muslims from participating in this day and allowing their children to do so. May Allah reward you and beautify you with Tawheed and the Sunnah.
Read the response from the Shaykh Fu’aad Al-‘Amree here:
Who is Shaykh Fu’aad al-‘Amree?
Member of the Committee for the Enjoining of Good and the Forbidding of Evil.
He graduated from the Islamic University of Madeenah, Faculty of Hadeeth.
He obtained a diploma in Higher Education from Umm al-Quraa University.
From his Teachers:
ash-Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz
ash-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen
ash-Shaykh Muhammad Ammaan al-Jaamee
ash-Shaykh ‘Abdul-Muhsin al-‘Abbaad
ash-Shaykh Rabee’ ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee
ash-Shaykh ‘Ubayd al-Jaabiree, and others.