So Halloween’s a weird one, isn’t it?
It’s basically become a cultural holiday thing rather than holding any religious significance. Having said that, Halloween is based on a Pagan celebration of the occult, and the Quran tells us to stay well away from all that stuff. After all, devil worship, black magic and superstition are not exactly what Islam encourages us to delve into – quite the opposite!
Here in the UK, we’ve adopted a lot of how our American friends across the pond celebrate Halloween. There are countless films and TV shows that depict Halloween trick-or-treating and kids dressing up as witches and demons. Even Starbucks rolls out pumpkin spiced lattes at this time of year and shops everywhere put up window displays of cobwebs and witches.
The good news is that there are lots of ways you can celebrate the season as a Muslim without entering into a dark world of ghosts and ghouls. Here are a few of our suggestions:
Invite your friends over on Halloween
Invite your friends over to scare them silly with your favourite films. Here are a few of the scariest movies available this month on Netflix which might inspire your night of jumps!
Make some pumpkin-based food and drinks.
Here’s Eco Muslim’s recipe for ‘Pumpkin Soup for The Prophet’, which looks delicious. Eco Muslim also says that ‘our beloved Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him … loved pumpkin so much that he would eat it over the meat in a stew or he ate it first, as is the correct way to help digestion’. Hey, you might as well make some amazing pumpkin rolls to go with it. Here’s My Halal Kitchen’s recipe.
Eat lots of chocolate and candy!
Halal-Ween is a great excuse for indulgence. We saw this recipe for making your own ‘Most Wanted Chocolate Cake’ and started salivating in seconds.
Go Enjoy yourself
Get out there and enjoy what Britain has to offer this Halloween weekend. The Telegraph has a good list of events happening around the country, from murder mystery nights in Glasgow to spooky aquariums in Cheshire. Just be careful to filter them so that you can enjoy a truly ‘halal’ Halal-Ween!