Halloween is around the corner – and while many of us probably will not participate in the day in terms of dressing up or decorating our houses (especially given we are in Muharram), it will be inevitable that our doorbells will be ringing with Trick or Treaters.
So how can we use this an opportunity to spread the beauty of Islam and still make those children happy?! Last year, somebody came up with a beautiful idea! Here is what she said: “My daughter and I sat together and chose hadith that were relevant to our neighbors and their rights in Islam. We talked about each hadith and explained it to my four year old princess. Then we did some cutting exercise and stapling exercise (something a four year old loves doing!!). Finally we sat outside and gave the treats to all the kids that came to our door step. With a smile and a Salaam.”
Another option is to go to the www.whoishussain.org website and print out the labels with quotes on non-Muslims on Imam Hussain and give them out with the treats – Inshallah through this simple act, awareness will spread! Tjannah.com did that! “This Halloween…We made packs of some candy and a water bottle, hoping to spread the name of I.Hussain (as). We used the Who is Hussain? water bottle sleeve and added a little message in each pack. Where possible we don’t participate in any Halloween festivities but felt this was a great opportunity to inform people about I.Hussain (as). Water bottle sleeve is easily downloadable from www.whoishussain.org.”
Received this from someone in America – another great idea for Halloween! “This year we decided to use Halloween as a platform to counter the misconception about Islam, put forward by the horrible acts of groups such as ISIS and others! We decided to look at the concept of “The acceptance of diversity, peace and tolerance in Islam”.
Hence with each bag of candy we added a little letter! The letter also had a Quranic verse proving that Islam beautifully acknowledges differences and celebrates diversity.
As for my children, I explained to them that as Muslims, we never let anyone come to our door and go empty handed! Despite us not celebrating Halloween, but if a child comes to ask for candy, as a Muslim we should give them some :)”
And how about this idea?
One great idea to help mark Ramadan is to have a countdown calendar. I will share specific ideas of what parents do every year on another post, but here i would like to compile some ideas of different types of calendars:
- Cloth calendars: These have boomed over the last few years – check out this very reasonable one: https://eidparty.co.uk/collections/ramadan-calendars – or you could just make your own!
2. Now there are also chocolate/candy calendars out for the month! Some are available through main stores, and others through individuals. I suggest you do a google search and see what comes up! Check out this one:
(For those in the UK interested in the above, contact Faiza on 07826 865 244 )
3. Check out this twist on an advent calendar – where the emphasis is on giving during the month.
Try and find a charity near you that is running one! If not, simply collect some items over the month in a box and hand it to a food bank.