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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: Originally the french people in Belgium are called Walloon and Dutch are called Flemish. Flemish is used by 58% of the population, Walloon is 31% and German and others is 11% The official languages of Belgium are Walloon, Flemish and German. Famous Landmarks Gentse Festeen: is a 10-day music and theatre celebration in July and is the third largest festival in all of Europe. Christmas: Christmas starts off with the feast of saint Nicholas which is on December 6th. On the eve of Christmas, families gather in their homes for a meal with a serving of the La Buche de Noel, And on Christmas Day Belgians go to church with their families and continue their celebrations together with their friends the whole day. New years Eve: parties are thrown and at twelve everyone kisses, wishes good fortune and toasts. On New Year’s Day children read greetings and wishes for a good year to their parents and godparents. Antwerp:Known for its vibrant nightlife, bars, restaurants and numerous festivals. Spa: the city of Spa, a Belgian town referred to “Pearl of the Ardennes,” is in a wooded valley surrounded by rolling hills and countless rivers and springs. Having given its name to all spas, visitors from across Europe have traveled to Spa for its healing hot spring water treatments since the 14th century. Cinquantenaire Arch: The Cinquantenaire Arch is a sculpture anchoring the large park in Brussels known as arc du Cinquantenaire or Jubelpark. Runners-Up: is Belgium's largest Gothic-style cathedral, with seven naves and several outstanding pieces of art by the Belgian master painter Rubens. Capital: Brussels Location: Western Europe, bordering France 620 km, Germany 167 km, Luxembourg 148 km, Netherlands 450 km Area:11,780 square miles (30,510 square kilometers) Belgium chocolate is referred to Pralines; Pralines are made from nuts and sugar syrup, whether in whole pieces or a ground powder. They consist of a hard chocolate shell with a softer filling inside. Belgian Society Belgium For buisness meetings men should wear suits with black ties and women should wear suits, dresses or skirts and blouses. Most Belgians live in the same town they grew up in. Men are expected to stand when a women enters the room. and also on a public transportation (city bus) until the women is seated. if dining with company the hosts sit on opposite sides of the table, never together. when you are meeting or greeting someone you would shake hands with everyone present, this is mostly during a buisness or social event. when invited to someones home bring flowers for the hostess, it is also appriciated to bring a small gift or candy for children. (if they have any) Get to know Belgium Belgian Chocolate Languages Holidays/Festivals The End!

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