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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: -Mass Crucifixions were commonly seen in situations like punishment for slave rebellions. -Soldiers did it so much that they would even experiment to come up with new different ways to crucify people, just because it was boring to do it the same old way every time -Eventually all of this led to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ Origins - Seen on celebrities all the time -As tattoos - Average decoration -Has become most recognizable symbol in the world - - Many musicians and movie directors have used it for shock value - Have also used the upside down cross for shock value - Upside cross is seen as a Satanic symbol to many Christians - Almost equally as recognizable as Cross Crucifixion Fun Facts - Crucifixion is an extremely painful way to die - First of all you're nailed to a board in three different places - Can't breathe - It could take up to three days to die in some cases, often of dehydration - Customary for victim to carry own cross, the average cross weighed around 300 pounds -Body left up for days, or even weeks as an example Pop culture Origins -First seen in ancient Egypt, Assyria, and Persia What it represents -To Christians, it represents the key point of their faith, that we are all saved from sin. It represents the power of God -To some Atheists, it can represent discrimination - To a member of ISIS, it can be a target. -Mormons believe that it represents just the death of Jesus, so they choose not to use it as a symbol in their churches -Was originally a single wooden stake - Tied to stake - Then eventually victims were nailed to the stake - Years later the cross piece was added -Japanese picked up on this, but never used nails -Romans learned about it around 600 B.C - Viewed as the most humiliating form of execution -Reserved for non Roman citizens, such as pirates, slaves, and foreign citizens The Cross Pop culture

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