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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: What Lies Beyond Our Universe? By: Derek Dermott Part of Orion What lies beyond our universe? Stars! Sure, everyone knows about stars, but do we really? I'm going to teach about three Astrisms and how the are important. I am also going to teach you a little about yourself. Introduction Intro Orion's Belt or the Belt of Orion, also known as the Three Kings or Three Sisters, is an asterism, a group of stars, usually having a popular name but is smaller than a constellation. Orion's Belt consists of the three bright stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. Looking for Orion's Belt in the night sky is the easiest way to locate Orion in the sky. Source: Wikipedia Orion's Belt Orion's Belt The name of the asterism comes from a Greek hunter that was placed among the stars by Zues. Orion's Belt was placed in the sky to symbolize many gods and mythical figures across ancient civilizations from around the world. What Does It Mean? What Does It Mean? Picture The Big Dipper is one of the most easily recognizable asterisms in the night sky, found in the constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear. The Big Dipper is well-known in many cultures and goes by many names, among them the Plough, the Great Wagon, Saptarishi, and the Saucepan. The stars that form the Big Dipper are the seven brightest stars in Ursa Major: Alioth, Dubhe, Merak, Alkaid, Phecda, Megrez, and Mizar. Big Dipper Big Dipper The Big Dipper is actually just part of a bigger constellation called Ursa Major, or the Great Bear. In Greek mythology, the god Zeus had fallen in love with the maiden Callisto, and got her pregnant. When the child was born, as revenge, Zeus' wife Hera turned Callisto into a bear. What Does It Mean? What Does It Mean? Picture Little Dipper The Little Dipper The asterism is often confused for the whole constellation, much like the Big Dipper is sometimes confused for Ursa Major, the Great Bear, but it is only the brightest part of the constellation. The handle of the Dipper is formed by the stars of the Bear’s tail, while the Dipper’s cup is formed by the bright stars forming the Bear’s flank. What Does It Mean? What Does It Mean? The North Star (Polaris) marks the end of the Little Dipper’s handle, or the tip of the Little Bear’s tail. One of the star’s ancient names, Cynosūra, is derived from the Greek phrase meaning “the dog’s tail.” In Greek times, the constellation Ursa Minor was taken to represent a dog. The star has been known by many other names, including Alruccabah, Navigatoria, Mismar, Yilduz, and Star of Arcady. Picture Astrological Signs What Are The Astrological Signs? There are 12 astrological signs, also known as signs of the zodiac. In order, they are - Aries (January), Taurus (Febuary), Gemini (March), Cancer (April), Leo (May), Virgo (JUne), Libra (July), Scorpio (August), Sagittarius (September), Capricorn (October), Aquarius (November) and Pisces (December). Some people believe that different signs of the zodiac reveal a person's different characteristics and talents. What is your Atrological Sign?

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