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Transcript: What is Halloween? and What do people do on Halloween? Origins of Halloween Why we (as Ahmadi Muslims) should avoid celebrating halloween? What is Shirk? Do Muslims believe in ghosts and supernatural things? What is Halloween? Celebrated on the night of October 31st Traditional activities include: Trick-or-treating Carving jack-o-lanterns Costume parties Visiting "haunted houses" Origin of Halloween celebration of the end of the harvest season Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them. Why we should avoid celebrating Halloween? Halloween is a harmful innovation among Christians which takes one closer to shirk. The Bible forbids witches, satanic practices etc. but Halloween is generally regarded as fun. Hudhur said it should always be remembered that any ‘fun’ that is based on shirk or any harmful way is to be avoided. We must give up on worldly traditions like these to follow the right path Faith Matters These practices makes children do wrong things in the name of “fun” These practices makes children do wrong things in the name of “fun” Agenda Friday Sermon October 29th 2010 ... small Conclusion Even a hint of shirk is unacceptable to God What is Shirk? Associate anyone in the name, action, or worship of Allah constitutes shirk Condition of Baiat number 6 says that we “shall refrain from following ______________ Ahmadi muslims do not believe in ghosts and other supernatural things (witches, goblins...) Do Muslims believe in ghosts and supernatural being? Heaven is a better reward than the candy get from you get from trick or treat QUESTIONS? “Badness attracts and leads man to adopt it with intensity, while forgetting traditions and beliefs. Some Ahmadis, considering such matters trivial, also get inclined in this way, resulting in very bad consequences” Shirk causes man to sink morally and spiritually. Belief in Divine Unity is a seed out of which grows all virtues, and lack of which lies at the root of all sins Halloween and what do people do on halloween? What other holidays do we not celebrate? Originated from the ancient celtic festival known as Samhain It is extremely wrong to believe in things that are supernatural even if it is for fun We must give up on worldly traditions like these to follow the right path Halloween is a tradition when many people celebrate it with extravagant parties, elaborate costumes and spending more $$$ Hudhur’s Friday Sermon October 29th 2010 Why should Ahmadi Muslims avoid celebrating Halloween? Bringing of dead spirits is WRONG and it goes against what we believe as Muslims

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Transcript: Goals: What change needs to happen? Advocacy Capacity Benchmarks collaboration and alignment new champions organizational visibility or recognition more or diversified funding new donors partnerships or alliances new advocates organizational capacity Policy Change Benchmarks attitudes or beliefs media coverage awareness political will issue reframing public will Vision: What do we want to see? Examples: policymakers, -NGO -media -grassroots -business -candidates Examples: placement on policy agenda policy adoption policy blocking policy maintenance policy implementation Tactics/Activities: How will we get it done? Examples: economic climate elections issue competition. political climate potential partners/competitors/opponents prior experience/institutional knowledge Explain how these factors will impact your ability to succeed in your goals. Context: What else is happening? Inputs: What do you have? What do you need? Organizational Capacity Building fundraising staffing and leadership development - infrastructure development - skills development Preparation/Planning goal setting message development problem assessment landscape mapping partner development strategy development materials development policy assessment Achievable steps to take in the intermediate that work toward the aforementioned goal and reflect FCNL’s unique position to influence and shift current policy, procedure, attitude or service. This is attainable in a defined timeframe. Timely, measureable and realist action steps taken to move pieces of a strategy to achieve an objective. A world free of war and the threat of war. Objective: What steps will lead to the change? Policy and politics activities: lobbying relationship building with policymakers candidate education, issue/policy analysis and research policy proposal development Communications and Outreach: briefings/presentations coalition and network building conferences grassroots organizing and mobilization voter registration paid media social media earned media An identified outcome that reflects a shift in current policy, procedure, attitude or service that may or may not be attainable on its own in a given timeframe. FCNL Change Strategy Template Benchmarks: How will we know we’re on the right track? Audiences: Who can make it happen?

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