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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: 3. Saves the lives of animals that would have died on their own or in kill shelters •Too many animals are going in and not enough are going out Parker, E. (2012). Pawprints in the sand. Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. Majority of pets are obtained from family- 26% from breeders, 20-30% from adoption, 2-10% from pet shops Unknown lineage Unsafe and inhumane conditions Unknown health conditions Over 56% of dogs and puppies entering shelters are killed “A dog is not a thing. A thing is replaceable. A dog is not. A thing is disposable. A dog is not. A thing doesn’t have a heart. A dog’s heart is bigger than any “thing” you can ever own.” ― Elizabeth Parker, Paw Prints in the Sand 5-7 million animals enter shelters every year, and 3-4 million are euthanized as a result of staying in the shelters for too long. 60% dogs, 70% cats. (aspca.org) 2. No regulation with breeders/ inhumane businesses •Inhumane practices by backyard breeders (tail docking, weaning too soon) Removed from mothers at seven weeks. Packed in unsanitary crates 10+ at a time for sale to pet shops. Many will be infected by contagious viruses, respiratory conditions, parasites, and other conditions caused by neglect and stress. What can you do? 1. Adopt animals from local shelters or give your support to them Why should you choose to adopt? 1. Shelter overpopulation/reduces amount of strays Too many animals being turned down by shelters or euthanized because of lack of space 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren't enough adoptive homes Stray animals are a danger to themselves and the world around them Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1. Monetary donations Supplies such as food and bedding Volunteer your time (walking, playing) Adopt animals into your family Advertise local shelters Why should you do anything at all? 5 million cats and dogs are killed in shelters each year. One about every six and one half seconds Retrieved from http://www.aspca.org/Home/About-Us/about-the-aspca Animals should be adopted because of the low shelter turn out rates and inhumane treatment of mill-bred pets. 1. Shelter overpopulation 2. Unregulated/inhumane breeding practices 3. Save lives of animals that would have died on their own Bill Foundation. The cold hard facts on pet overpopulation. Retrieved from http://www.billfoundation.org/html/cold_hard_facts.html Shelter animals are seen as 'dirty' Puppies have a higher chance of being adopted Older dogs are often left to the hands of the shelter until they "expire" Friends of Animals. (n.d.). Puppy mills, pet shops, and akc basic facts. Retrieved from http://www.friendsofanimals.org/programs/spay-neuter/puppy-mills-pet-shops-the-akc-basic-facts.html Do Something Foundation. 11 facts about animal homelessness. Retrieved from http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-animal-homelessness

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