Today is Halloween, and there are a lot of Muslim-American kids who are not trick-or-treating tonight – because they are Muslim.
My daughter’s first-grade class has two Muslim, Arabic-named kids; both very nice children that are well-behaved and friendly. Yesterday her school had a Halloween Parade where the kids could wear their costumes, and 18 of the 20 students participated.
I came to see the kids have all the fun every six year-old should have on day made for fun, and when I asked my daughter’s friend why she wasn’t all dressed up, she said, “cuz my parents don’t believe in Halloween.”
Muslims Believe Celebrating Halloween is Sinful
Apparently, many Muslims believe celebrating Halloween would be sinful and haram, or prohibited.
I’ve never understood immigrants that move here and don’t embrace American customs and culture. I am not saying abandon your culture, but embrace the culture your children are growing up in. Sure, I can understand if you are an ex-pat and here for a few years, you can stay in your cocoon, but if you don’t want to handicap your kids, let them join the fun and blend in.
When a parent excludes their children from the fun the other kids experience it makes them stand out and get attention that you will likely complain about as they get older – such as, he was teased because of his name, or she was called names because of her clothes.