Haul-loween - Behind the Traditions of Haul

History of Halloween

The Roman Catholics typically celebrate the anniversaries of their saints. Saints who have been officially recognised by the Church are people who are considered purified or holy and is therefore believed to be in Heaven.

According to their beliefs, the worship of saints is a show of devotion so that they can be asked to intercede or pray for those still on earth.

Calendar of Saints
Early Christians commemorated the day of the death of their Saints by having an annual feast. The number of recognized Saints increased until eventually every day of the year had at least one saint who was commemorated.

To deal with this increase, some dates were moved while others were completely removed from the calendar. These Feast Days were also ranked in order of importance of the respective Saints where some commemorative feasts became obligatory while others remained optional.

All-Saints' Day

With the huge deluge of Saints, a day was selected to commemorate all the Saints (the remainders who were not afforded a day to call their own) in a single swoop. This day was named All-Saints' Day and falls on the 1st of November.

All-Saints' Day was also known as All Hallows' Day ("Hallow" means "Saint") and is considered a Holy Day of Obligation for the Roman Catholics.


The term Halloween was derived from "Hallows' Eve" which is the eve of All Saints' Day (All Hallows' Day).

The celebration was basically adopted from Pagan rituals called "Festival of the Dead" when it is believed that the border between this world and the other world becomes passable to spirits of the dead.

Please refer to this earlier post for Islam's view on non-Islamic celebrations:
Greeting Non-Muslim Celebrations


We received an email containing purported evidence of such a practice from the Prophet via a narrator called al-Waqidi.

The Scholars' View on Muhammad Ibn 'Umar Ibn Waqid al-Waqidi, author of "al-Maghazi"

Imam an-Nasa'ie رحمه الله said:
"His hadith compilation is not preserved while the tests (of authenticity) are sourced from there." (Ad-Dhuafa wa al-Matrukin, Imam ad-Dzahabi)

Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani رحمه اللهرحمه الله said:
"He is matruk (abandoned in his opinions) even though his knowledge is vast." (at-Taqrib, Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani), which means that he is extremely unreliable in narrating ahadith.

According to the research of Shaykh al-Albanee رحمه الله, al-Waqidi had also been criticized by Imam as-Shafi'ie, Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, Imam Abu Dawud and Imam Abu Hatim رحمه الله.

Wallahu a'lam.

May Allah give us His Taufeeq and Hidayah so that we may be among those who seek knowledge to ascertain which matters are closer to the truth, and be the defenders of the true practices of the religion, not those whose sole purpose of research is to defend the status quo.

Verily gaining the Pleasure of Allah is dearer to us than gaining the pleasure of His creations.


May Allah reward you for the post.

After reading it, I am better able to reflect on the words of the Prophet Sallallhu Alaihi Wasalam,

Narrated Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri:

The Prophet said, "You will follow the ways of those nations who were before you, span by span and cubit by cubit (i.e., inch by inch) so much so that even if they entered a hole of a mastigure, you would follow them." We said, "O Allah's Apostle! (Do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?" He said, "Whom else?"
Volume 9, Book 92, Number 422

May Allah keep safe us and our family safe from this.

Barakallahu feek. A very appropriate hadith indeed!

May Allah give us understanding of His religion and enable us to discern between the wise scholars and the simple-minded showmen.

Barakallahu feekum brothers,
Semoga segala info yang kita perolehi dapat memberi panduan untuk membezakan - ikut agama atau ikut selera, cari kebenaran atau cari alasan, amal agama Islam atau 'agama' orang Islam.

Bayangkan jika umat Islam sambut 'hauloween' untok setiap ulama yang mereka hormati dari zaman sahabat sampai sekarang? - kalender umat Islam akan dipenuhi dengan majlis 'hauloween' setiap hari sepanjang tahun, mungkin setiap hari ada 10 majlis 'hauloween' kalau termasuk kenangan ulama bid'ah - upacara yang tak pernah di anjur oleh 4 Imam yang mulia Hanafi, Maliki, AsySyafii, Hanbali r.h, atau ulama salafussoleh.

Maka mereka yang sambut majlis haul itu sebenarnya ikut mazhab Syafi'i atau ustaz Syafi, mazhab Hanafi atau mazhab Briyani, mazhab Ahmad Hanbali atau ustaz Ahmad songkok tinggi, mazhab Imam Malik atau ustaz Barubalik dari Overseas Univ, manhaj salafussoleh yang Tradisi Halaqah mengaku, atau manhaj asalboleh? (lihat yang tersirat kakinota Tradisi Halaqah )

This shows that there are some who claim to follow AlQuran & Hadith (thus hoodwink the masses), who claim to be manhaj salaf adherents, and yet practise what the ulama salafussoleh abhorred.

Can give us some rough guidelines to discern the genuine manhaj salaf from the salaf imposters, sufi stooges, syirik proponents or bid’ah carriers ?

Jazakallahu Khairan.

A famous English proverb says:
"The devil is in the details"

There's no easy way to discern except by seeking knowledge. And always keep in mind that even scholars make mistakes. But we do not abandon them as long as we know they have made ijtihad upon true knowledge and using the correct process of ijtihad.

Nevertheless, one of the key characteristics of those who purposefully contradict the Sunnah or purposefully engage in "intellectual deceit" is their reluctance to engage in an open discussion to ascertain the truth.

We shall see some examples soon, insha Allah.

wallahu a'lam.





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