Having Fun on Halloween?

This “debate” happens every year, and I put it in quotes because I don’t think it is much of a debate in terms of the fiqh. But beyond the fiqh and usul, over the years, I have come to realize that for me, personally, I never felt the urge to go to Halloween parties or go trick or treating with friends as a youngster, or dress up in costumes, etc., meaning that if doing these things were permissible, I still probably wouldn’t do them. That’s just my personality. I’m a bit introverted, not the most outgoing, and so on, and Halloween is almost entirely about social function.

But for other people, socializing is really important and they just have that personality type where they need to be a part of these things and maintain connections with people and plug themselves into the overall social-cultural ethos. It’s who they are, and there is certainly nothing wrong in itself with being that kind of person. That being said, I’m not trying to say that that personality type overrides what God wants of us and what pleases Him and that we don’t all have a mandate to struggle against our selves to do the right thing, ESPECIALLY when the nafs craves what it craves.

However, I can understand that, for this particular issue, I have it easier than others and that is something for me to be grateful for. For those who are not like me and have that extroverted personality type and have that certain connection with everyone around them at work, in the neighborhood, at school, etc., and they still manage to sit out such cultural traditions for the sake of Allah, may Allah bless you and keep you firm.

 

Daniel Haqiqatjou

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