Malaysia's National Fatwa Council has banned Halloween celebrations for Muslims in the country, calling the festival un-Islamic. [channelnewsasia]
Brilliant. Well done to the Jordanian authorities. Well done to Malaysia's National Fatwa Council.
I know there is right wing criticism and ridicule directed towards Muslim countries based on this decision. However, the Islamophobes would do well to remember:
Many Christians refuse to participate in Halloween. Some are wary of its pagan origins; others of its dark, ghoulish imagery; still others are concerned for the safety of their children. [gty.org]
In fact, it maybe a case of fundamentalist Christians not having the courage of their convictions and/or the relevant authority to force their countries such as America to ban Halloween. So I would imagine many of these Christians will be looking quite admiringly towards Muslim countries that are against Halloween. Muslims are doing something that fundamentalist Christians want to do - banning Halloween!
There's no good reason to celebrate Halloween and many good reasons not to take part in Halloween. Muslim Matters states a few arguments against Halloween:
- Halloween has pagan roots
- It is associated with celebrating superstition, black magic, and devil worship
- Costumes are often inappropriate and immodest
- Trick or treating can be seen as either blackmail or begging and Muslims are not supposed to beg or extort people.
One would think many Christians would agree with the 4 points that Muslim Matters presents against Halloween. Christians and Muslims should watch this short presentation on Halloween
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