A Muslim at Halloween

I'm no fanatic, but Islam is strictly monotheistic--and, for me, any holiday having to do with worshipping other gods is wrong.

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Then came Roman Catholicism, which made Nov. 1 All Saints' Day--also called All Hallows. The people, however, did not abandon their old customs, and on the eve of All Hallows, Oct. 31, they continued to celebrate Samhain and Pomona Day. The customs of all three holidays would become mixed into what we now know as Halloween.

True, there is no harm in having little children dress up in costumes and get candy from their neighbors. Still, because of its pagan origin, my family and I will not participate in Halloween festivities. Thank God, my daughter goes to an Islamic school--so there will be no Halloween activities there. I very much like the idea of schools, churches, mosques, and synagogues holding events on Halloween as an alternative for the children, especially those in public schools, so they do not feel left out.

Lord, forgive me, but I make this stance on Halloween with a hint of sadness. Some of the fondest memories of my childhood have been the numerous Halloweens I have lived through. I have dressed up as Darth Vader, an Arab, and a soccer player, among many other creatures. All I really wanted was the candy--the bags and bags of candy.

Yes, I concede that I am no worse off for having participated in Halloween as a child. Still, abstaining from Halloween festivities is the essence of the submission Islam calls for. The Lord God has blessed me with so much. The least I can do is not commemorate a holiday that honors other gods.

Besides, if I want to give my daughter candy, I'll just wait for All Saints' Day. All the Halloween candy goes on sale then.

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