Q. What is the Islamic ruling on celebrating Halloween?
A. The celebration of Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.
In terms of Shariah, it will not be permissible to participate in the celebration of Halloween as it is based on un-Islamic practices and beliefs. As Muslims, we are required to preserve our beliefs and not imitate un-Islamic practices. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:
“Whoever imitates a nation will be amongst them” (Abu Dawood)
Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa