The Holiday Season

Ammar Alshukry


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The upcoming Halloween party offers non-uman holiday events and socializing, while the importance of dressing up and avoiding socializing during holidays is emphasized. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the economy and the overall economy, and the speakers emphasize the need for financial support and avoiding party hamper during the holiday season. The speakers also discuss the potential for treatments to be developed over the coming weeks and months, and emphasize the need for everyone to stay safe and stay healthy. The uncertain future of the pandemic and the potential treatments for COVID-19 are discussed.

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A cinematic one, I have to love what I got to

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welcome everybody for a very important session tonight, the holiday season. So as soon as October hits, you start seeing orange and black everywhere you start seeing your neighbors putting up ghosts and all sorts of things. And then immediately Halloween transforms into Thanksgiving, and then Thanksgiving transforms into Christmas. And then Christmas transforms into a new year. So there's a lot of social expectations as well as obligations.

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Weather, whether it's from family, whether it is from friends, whether it's organizations, whether it's at your school, whether it's your work. And so it's something that can be quite challenging to navigate. So we wanted to have a discussion tonight in sha Allah to Allah as well as with everybody. And so feel free, please to share your questions as well and your comments. Because this is something that is very wide in its variety and in its scope, but we want it to begin in sha Allah to Allah with the one that's in, you know, this weekend, which is Halloween. Halloween, I was just driving to the message right now. And as I was walking or driving by a gas station, and I saw some

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sort of celebration and all these little kids walking around. And so we'll begin with Chef Come on, and Charlotte, I know you have some thoughts on on Halloween, and maybe a little bit of its origins and what you believe with regards to or what our stance should be with regards to it. And before we even begin I want to encourage everyone to remember that inshallah Tada we have this weekend, click and treat at the masjid. So that's going to be interesting, showing how we have a Halloween non event, a non Halloween event at the same time.

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Okay, hamdu lillah wa salatu salam, also Allah my bad.

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I think it's somewhere in the in the late 90s. They were it was Halloween was on a Friday. And I was dressed to go to Juma back then it put on a throwback turban and the whole deal. And there was this old lady walking her dog. And when she saw me, she's like, Oh, you're starting early there.

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I just said yes.

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This is my costume, right?

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So on, what do I start like what I mentioned clicking treat, so click and treat basically to explain it because this is also a fatwa season. Everybody gives a photo, you know. So click and treat. It's for the Muslim families that don't want to be stuck at home and having to deal with Halloween. And you got one of two options. One, every time someone knocks on the door, give candy and just basically take part in Halloween. The other option is to dim the lights, turn the lights off until the kids nobody answered the door. And every time someone knocks it should be quiet. And I think most people hate being in that situation. Especially you want to be giving and generous and all

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that. I understand there's some fatawa here but the point is that so for those people, then we have an event at the masjid. There are no bats, cats, witches, brooms, there's nothing orange no pumpkins. It's all fest like carnival type games, and prizes and all that stuff. So there's nothing and if if we have a policy if you come in a costume, we send you back. And we actually sent someone back last year because they came in a costume is not Halloween.

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And quickly just want to say sometimes parents were like, well, some people they don't have this problem. And by having an event at the masjid, then you make Halloween important. I can't stand when people say stuff like that. Don't pretend you don't live here. It or it is an important date. Your child is oblivious to Halloween. It started weeks ago, the costumes. So like, Oh, you're solidifying this date in his head. Really? He was blind before that. So that's one. The other thing is, if you're if you don't have that problem, and this event isn't for you, it's for the parents who have that issue. So some people or all my children don't have to deal with it. And it's not a problem for

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us. So are you having the event at the masjid? Not for you, for the other guy. All right.

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Tell us how you really feel.

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I always do. We don't sugarcoat you know, deal, masha Allah anyways. Alright, so it lets you know that there's a lot you will find a lot of different stories behind Halloween and its origin and all that. Maybe I'll give a quick brief of it. All right. But the moral of the story for me for most of these holidays, is a Dawa lesson. So, early Christians they tried to make Christianity appear inviting and similar, kind of similar or familiar to the pagans. So they started to incorporate pagan practices into their days of eight. And then what happens

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So, the Christian part of it, the Christian flavor disappears and the pagan part remains, right? And that's why, you know, Christmas, they chose December 25 as the birthdate of Jesus, which was the birth date of Mithras, which is, again, a pagan god,

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Easter Bunny, Easter bunnies, all these things they're not, where'd you find the Easter Bunny in the Bible? It's not there. A lot of this stuff is pagan. And they're trying to make the religion look interesting to the pagans, so they can become Christian. And of course, yeah, a lot of them did become Christian. But what happens is, they lost the Christian part. And it became the pagan part remained, just to go off alone, just hash it. You know, they went to a group of Bedouins, you know, in Arabia, they want to

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basically give them the Dawa to Christianity. So they are so hungry and thirsty, nothing at that time. There is no like all this advanced technology and civilization you have today. So these guys missionaries, they told them, are you his warm water? And he said, Yes. You food, absolutely. Medicine. Then they said, okay, just hold on. Then they said Jesus will bring it to you. They said Jesus said Yeah, yeah, just just hold on. Then they turn off the light and like light comes back. Then they saw all this stuff. They said, Hey, Jesus have giving you this all these gifts from him. Then they said,

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Allah, Allah Allah Muhammad Masha, Allah

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Allah Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah Muhammad, Mashallah.

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That's the opposite.

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backfire. So we got to go through these actual events. So chef now with regards to Halloween. Okay.

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So, okay, so

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man, there's so much but I don't I'm not gonna get into all of it. But there's, there's, there's the origin matter. The origin two things matter, right? I mean, maybe the origin if if, if the meanings of the origin had completely disappeared, and it transformed into something else, then maybe it wouldn't matter too much, right.

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But as William weird and I discussed this, there are some there are pagan, Wiccan, pagans or pagan Wiccans today. And Halloween is a real day for them. Because they're a pagan. It's a pagan practice. She doesn't want to comment on that. What if they didn't exist people today who saw Halloween as a real day for them yet a real part of their religion? If these people didn't exist at all? What would happen to Holly Annie? What would the level of Halloween be Islamically?

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See, if there is a practice for non Muslim completely, nobody left in the face of earth celebrating it. Okay. And in itself, there is no sugar or cocoa in it.

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And it does not carry that, you know, false belief in itself. For me, it became in the mcru. I don't I don't say It's haram. But as long as there is some connection somehow still alive. on something that is there is people celebrating it as an Eid for them. It became haram for the Muslim to celebrate. So because there is a religious group that hope it's a date that has religious significance. Yeah, and there are still people believe in it. This is the day of the souls of the dead and stuff like that, and the satanic worshippers go out and those specific days, it still exist, you know.

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So it means something we're not allowed to do. Also, if it is something identified by Sharia, as something that it is our Eid or celebrations for Satan's or for the

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kuffaar but specifically mentioned in our religion, like for example, how many people today pray to the sun or to the moon or to the Satan when the sun goes down and the sun rise? Yet we're not allowed to make Salah in these two times, or at least two times and when the middle even if there is nobody left and the vase of Earth making this act of worship. Why because it's an outer legend says haram to do it. I just said that's originally What's that practice for worshipping the Satan that they do that for the for the SharePoint that they pray to him in this time. And because the shaytaan at that point, put his horn as the sun going down, exalting himself so we're not allowed to make

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that Salah at that time.

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But if something's not in Sharia, and it's not any more

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Practice. Nobody ever think of it in any religious significant or anything like that. Let's imagine there is some

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Greek or nation is an example. Nike. Nike is the Greek goddess of victory. But nobody, there's she's not obviously, there's no worship of a Greek goddess. Nobody would say that you are like worshiper you worship other than a law or you're going just by wearing Nike or buying Nike. Yeah, nobody even knows of it until you tell them Nike is the Greek goddess of victory. Nobody's even heard of that before nobody buys it's hoping she'll give them victory in sports. Yeah, nobody knows.

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Okay, so it's it's is it fair to say then that Halloween, something like Halloween because it is practiced? Number one, because it is practiced by a religious community now with religious significance. It's not allowed for Muslims to participate in absolutely it is not allowed to purchase within Halloween for many reasons. Not only one, one because there is people practices and the religious conviction and religious practice are still exist in the world today. Number two, because it is one of added which again, is one of the most recognize celebration of the non believers or non Muslims. It's not something Muslims practice. No Muslims country practice that no

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Muslim countries recognize this as something that is significant even Muslim inside the community who are religious and of nature. Nobody recognize it as something only even Christians themselves. By the way, many Christians group they don't consider Halloween as a proxy, you said that is a national news. And where is it and an east coast north east? A school said no, they are conservative Christians. They said no credit, no holiday, no Halloween, nothing like that. Be. So you will hear you know, here and there people that they oppose that because they know that the original of it's not a practice.

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If people have to eat or people for religion, or book at also, it contains a lot of bad things. Halloween is about what is about killing a kid they'll say it's about candy. It's about knocking on people's doors. It's not only candy, no, it's about ghosts. It's about scary things, you know, all these images that are associated with Halloween, you know, it is things on Islamic something that Islam goes against it. So for you to bring it to us and to introduce it to the people's mind as something acceptable. That's unacceptable. The concept of going out and begging for or not asking for candy and stuff like that. Also against an Islamic concept which is we don't go ask. You know,

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we're not we've been we've been taught not to go ask people for things. You know, that's an Islamic etiquettes Yes, it will not carry it to level of haram. But it will be all this when you put it together in the mix. You will not you will know that Allah subhanaw taala when he has said one nm el Mushrikeen I'm not from what the Mushrikeen practice. I'm not like them. I don't do what they do in their celebrations under eight. What either Maru Billa Hui Maru ki Rama when they witnessed Aleppo and digital Salafi for saloon Allah who was zubi and who ah, Allah who was already said, this is Shrek in the celebrations of the Mushrikeen because it contains so many things Halloween, or

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contains some things which is not Islamically correct.

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So with all this together,

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I do believe that celebrating Halloween is not allowed in Islam. 100% DAKKA Dakka Yes, sir.

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Give me Give me a cheat.

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That's right, trick or treat for country. smell my feet. You know the rest. Give me something good to eat.

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Okay, so, here's some I'm gonna be very brief here with the history. So you had the the Celtic people and the Celtic pagans basically, that's, so these are like, what's Celtic? So Celtic. They're like an ancient culture in the region of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, used to be in that place. And they were pagan, and they broke the year into two halves, the light half and the Dark Half. And I think we know what that means. Because you know how in those areas kind of North and stuff

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So there's the light half of the year and the dark half of the year. And when the Dark Half is coming, they believed that, like time and space became flexible on that night, and a human being could get lost in the other world or things from the other world could come into our world. So this is what they call a silent Silent Night. The veil would be finished during this night. Now they would on this night also start bonfires there's their many theories one theory is like the bonfires there was much light back then the bonfires would attract

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bugs, and what will come in

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the bathroom for you, they're starting to like put all the pieces together like that. So

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So what happened is, they had there was also the Roman pagans had

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an event called memoria, which is a day when you would try to get like the bad ghosts out of your house. Now the Christians wanted to get rid of memoria. So they created another day instead of celebrate instead of trying to get rid of the bad ghost. They made it a day of celebrating saints. So they called it All Saints Day. And they also referred to it as All Hallows Day. Here's the date now. This was May 13. They want to kill this celebration. So they moved it to November 1, right? They moved it to November 1. So that means the night before became what you said All Hallows Eve, the eve of All Hallows Day, and from All Hallows Eve to all hallo to Halloween eventually, right?

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Anyways, now, a number of other things involved here.

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One of the things is that they would, they would on the second day, then they created a day for normal people. So November 1, All Hallows or All Saints Day, and then All Souls Day on November 2, that's when people could pray for everyone. And they specifically wanted to pray for souls that were what are known in Christianity, what is known as purgatory, meaning it's a place they're stuck between heaven and hellfire. And then the the act, the practice started, where people would come knock on your door, and you give them a treat or something sweet. And they would promise to make the offer the souls that are in Purgatory, and win him. And then children would go soling. And they

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would go asking first for sweets, you'll hear a number of different number of narrations. There's also another explanation of on that day, when the spirits from the other world come into this world. They would obviously target and go after normal humans, right. So one of the things was that you would dress up like a monster. So when the spirits come they think, Oh, you're one of them. You're just a monster, not a human being. Anyways, this was said I'm being brief. And there's so many different explanations, Jaco lanterns that has its history, the fruits if people go bobbing for apples on Halloween, that's due to the Goddess, the Roman goddess of fruit or the pagan goddess of

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fruit. So you see, every pagan aspect survived in Halloween, and anything Christian completely disappeared. And I think that's a very important lesson. And that's why sometimes when in doubt, all Muslims try to make Islam look a little Christian. By by the guy has 100% Christianity, why would he become Muslim? Because it's a little bit Christian. Doesn't even make sense, right?

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By the way, the verse I mentioned earlier, the point of the verse is when Lydian Elias had a Zulu,

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those who do not witness a Zulu Zulu is tricky. So with regards to so realistically, you might have a company party you might have an activity you might have wear, I mean, it's the season people dress up your entire team at work is dressing up for Halloween. What was Britain do then? Okay, pay attention. Just like check them out. wear a turban and the delivery and the job to work pay attention to this because a lot of people don't understand the difference of the following points. There is a difference between celebrate celebrating.

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I get to share the celebration. I get the costume and put the costume on and I make the go out and put the trick and treats and put the tape that the what you call the pocket pocket where the candy and stuff like that. I am celebrating I put the decorations. That's form of celebration.

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But if I am somebody knocked on my door and I have candy and I give it to them that's not celebrate.

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If somebody in my company having a party

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You know for Christmas or whatever holiday any one of them on I'm there I'm inviting Hey Come and have dinner with him I didn't dinner I'm not I'm not initiating it I'm not hey, let's pray to Jesus together not so to Buddha or whatever celebrations or to Nirvana I'm not I'm not making the celebration as a big difference between the two. That is the difference between me go in the church and praying in the mass you know and near Eve and between me and you know, having a new year or like a Christmas party in my work and they actually having fun nobody at that party have a religious significance attached to it. It is a very

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culture social event of its nature. And I think that's what a lot of those some of the machine if the modern days tried to justify that or talk I think they were looking at this but in my opinion, you can look at this only you have to look at from both perspective from the perspective of celebrating that is some Muslims goes on by and I was shocked how many Muslims do that the go actually by Christmas tree

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and they put it in their homes is not like I thought this is like must be one or two. I found that that's a Muslim do that.

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Go out of the way by Christmas tree and put it in their house and celebrating it. They go out of their way just to you know, to put up Christmas lights and stuff like that. That's a celebration, but I don't consider it a celebration is to say to say Happy Merry Christmas to you. I'm gonna say somebody sent me I wish you a Merry Christmas too. I wish you a Happy Christmas. I wish you a happy holiday. I wish you a

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Merry Christmas cards from my family to yours. That's a celebration. Okay, that's a celebrate you you basically activate dissipating in it as if it is your own versus someone telling me Merry Christmas I said I don't know Christmas Merry Christmas to you. You know Happy Christmas to you. You know May Allah bless you to whatever you know. And I looked at the word marry for a very long time I have a hesitation about the Merry Christmas is the word marry have very religious significant in it.

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And I come to the conclusion after asking so many people know

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there is some Shabbat that's why I don't allow initiating it because Mary is 99% of the time we only use it with Christmas we don't use it we say we're gonna say merry Thanksgiving we don't say that merry New Year it's that means there is a connection between it that's why I don't allow initiating it but if you stuck with it you have it I prefer not for you to use it. But if you said it I don't think it's haram and I don't think all what you hear in some fatawa on some Earlimart said it is worse than eating their pork and drinking their wine and he bring you all that famous quote from NACA him and that's in my opinion misleading he was not talking about this NACA must talk about

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something else completely. We're gonna get to Christmas behind it yes

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like a full thing. They say dress up like

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very good. If your school ask you to dress up for Halloween, I would say no. I don't do that. Because that's a celebration. That's I'm participating in it.

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But if somebody's wearing a costume and come to me and said oh how you doing? Look You look so cute. I don't commit a sin by saying that

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compliment someone like that. Very good yes

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good. Happiness married means happy happy happy Christmas. Yes so from anybody else anything else on Halloween that you would like to share or comment on or anything like that? Yes sir

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cinematic um so just to make it clear for everyone in the audience of what is considered celebrating what is not around my age group, me going out of my way to attend. For example, a get together a dinner or a party for the cause of all their dressing up. I'm still not dressing up or Thanksgiving dinner or holiday would that be considered celebrating? Okay,

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Very good. Yes. For example, MSA organise a costume party and Halloween that's celebrating, you know, the master organizing a costume Halloween and we have decorations and you know, and stuff like that that's celebrating Halloween. But you know what I would like to for example, that's the day off and we're gonna go have a dinner or how about, you know, taking advantage of some discount things that's not celebrating no intention of it. We don't do it in the same manner to other people doing it. So there is nothing wrong with that. But I have a question. Yeah. You're a doctor. And part of the expected the core in your office or your waiting room at that the holiday time was like a

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Christmas tree. So indeed.

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You're a doctor, you have a clinic, you are a business owner, you're a restaurant or stuff like that. Okay. So you are allowed you are

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allowed to allow your employees to have their own Christians, symbols and practices, even your own wife if she's a Christian. That's why Shafi was asked if my if somebody's wives a Christian, and she want to hang her cross he said he should not stop her from doing that. And she can have her Bible and cross and He can walk her to her church. So okay, so if it does I have an employee or Christians are celebrating or if they can do that. So that's how you know we allowed them to do it in their front desk where the people on it

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but for example, you know, a Bismillah Halal store, you know, putting like a Christmas

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tree and stuff like that. No, yeah, no, yeah. 99% of your customers are Muslims. That's somebody going out of his way to celebrate Yeah, I differentiate a lot between these two beautiful Yes, Victor

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You're not a doctor he's a doctor

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Go ahead. Good

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question. If someone invites you into a Halloween

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you're even if you go even if not costume

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if somebody invites me to a Halloween party like their home

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outside of work

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very good. Very good. Somebody has invited after work there is a Halloween party come is not allowed to attend

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I'm assuming participating and

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for me now

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for me now so just for the recording. Just I don't get scared by the names sent. Oh, it must be haram.

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Secret Santa. Yeah. So you're saying secrets that you don't have a problem with Secret Santa. It's it's a social practice among people that time it's just a matter of how they distribute gifts among each others. As long as the gift HoloLens nature is not You're not going to give you for example, a bottle of wine or a cross or something like that. And then in America himolla was asked about Christians give you or somebody give you a gift in their holiday non Muslim giving you had gift in that holiday. He said you accept it as long as not haram in itself.

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Sure What if you go to a costume party, you don't put on a costume, but when they open the door, the host looks at you and says, Oh, scary mask.

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Okay, I'm just but

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celebrating, he's saying how is click a treat, not a form of celebrating.

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Wow. Because we're doing it.

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Okay, look can treat. We don't have anything to do with anything to do with Halloween except the word treat.

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That's the only common factor.

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You know, and we don't even treat you. We challenge you here. And it just a matter of a phrase to catch people's eyes. Click entry because one of the things

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You want kids especially young one? To understand that you know what, there is no.

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Fun part I initially come out I was saying about, I think one of the biggest time for child for young kids, that it's the fun part. It's fun to have a costume on. Have you ever had a costume? Yes. I have one on now. It's of a handsome man. Mashallah. So, you know, it's fun to dress up and to do all of us. It's big fun. So people have a fun kids candy. That's fun. So the kids are missing that. So what are we trying to make them feel that you know what we can also give you an environment where you can have fun to button Halawa

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and you can put your head we're not gonna call it click and treat if we are living in Saudi Arabia.

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We're gonna, we're not gonna do this if we are in Egypt. Because they don't have this problem. We have it here we see it. So that's, that's the whole point of keeping the people busy in this day. So and I just want to say, Please, about Halloween, when people come to you at your home asking for click for for treat. Okay, please do me a favor. Don't give them a dour lecture.

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Or a book about Islam or a copy from the most half. Okay, or like oh, we have this one page about Islam give it this kids like six years old, and their mom is waiting out there. They're gonna freak out and they're gonna think you are you know, I don't it's not about what they think of you is not appropriate time for Dawa.

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It's just people here for candy not for your lecture about Islam.

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Let me tell you about Quran you know, I'm here for you know

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KitKat that's I

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don't care about so I think we should be listening Michelle I think something else but I 100% Again, is that and I also I don't believe it's a problem if somebody comes to your home and you have a candy you give them she had Muslim over you have a candy but what if I don't have candy but I'm like, You know what, I'm gonna go to HEB and load up because it's gonna be Halloween weekend. You only do that if you worry that they're really going to harm your house. Like some some area people like but no, they don't do that anymore. But I don't go out of my way to get I don't go out of my way to get

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a celebration that has no religious

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so let's let's move that to I think Thanksgiving is close to that as well. So homecoming, for example. So he's asking about holidays. I have a question for you here for things that have no religious significance.

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Somebody like for example, use of would say or Monte or when you want to view young kids here would say

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what's so big deal about celebrating Halloween?

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Why are you guys making a big deal out of it?

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So what if I celebrate Halloween? So what if I had fun one day?

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So what if you have one?

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Font what why it is haram.

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Why it's not allowed?

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We're Americans. And this is nobody ever think of religious signum? Yes, I know, there is some people somewhere and land of Walker walk, you know, which is right next to the boonies, you know, doing their celebrations, who cares?

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I can think of at least four or five different things good. I would like this to be okay. So, first of all this this line of questioning when he told me that so what if I can't stand the standard kind of stuff and you can apply to so what if I go to a bar, but I never drink or talk to women? And I have milk? skimmed milk. Yeah. And you don't give me that voice and make everything so innocent. That's an almond Burg voice almond milk. So hey, Michaela, almond milk or soy milk or something like that. So what if I murder someone and take the life out of his body? Don't give me that nonsense. Yanni, you're forgetting. You're forgetting that the Muslim you want to be distant from Shrek. You

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know that there's something pagan here that their acts of the acts of worship believes in evil spirits and monsters and people returning from the dead and people trapped between. The believer can't tell me so what if, after you hear something like this, you want to be very distant from from this kind of thing. There's also the issue that every nation has their own aides on their own

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As the votes, and we are a nation, and we have two aids in the year, and

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a nation celebrations are something that are the most specific to them, and they will define a culture or people who are part of a strong part of their identity would be their celebrations. Fly to a country and they have a celebration on this date that's specific to them, that's part of their identity. And you have your identity. And then when you just start saying, So what and we melt and we do this by what is where's the boundary? What is out of bounds at that point. And we, we had an Imam, climb the member in Virginia, and he was like, you it's okay to celebrate Christmas, because it's the birthday of a prophet that we believe in. And we also celebrate his birthday.

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Who is the who said that? That's his birthday. I mean, who said that? And he's not even the case, you know. And on that note, I do want to bash an old lecture of mine, which I really dislike this old lecture, don't listen to it, it's on the internet. It's about can we find it to not listen?

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I'm not gonna tell you. It's horrible. Like, I just heard parts of it today. I'm like, Oh, my goodness, you know, you're 25 or 24, whatever. And he just say some weird stuff. And so basically, it was like a reaction to all the nonsense that the things that Imams were saying that celebrating Christmas is okay, because we believe in Jesus. And, and this is okay. And that's okay. So as to offset that level of, I brought the harsh opinions, you know, as a young person, and I really can't stand that lecture. So I want to publicly, you know, you can't, but you distance myself as much as possible. One of the things I said there's Yeah, I mean,

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it's not even my opinion, like I took it from the scholars, but it just listened to it now. And it's so they said, It's haram to eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Because they said their argument is to be part of a celebration, you have to do some of the rituals that are done on that day. And what do people do on Thanksgiving, they gather, and they eat turkey. So if your mom cooks a turkey, don't need it on that day, put your portion in the fridge next morning is halal for you. And again, these are, these are things I regret. But I know Shefali doesn't like that lecture either. And if Shukla what he doesn't like anything, then you have to not like it. The only thing that I'll add to it is

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the more the greater Allah subhanaw. Taala is in a person's heart, the greater he does in a person's heart, the more distant like look at, for example, look at the fear

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that we've all had towards the Coronavirus over the past two years and the lengths that we were going to protect ourselves from something like this. Right, the more dangerous something is in your mind than your heart, the more willing you are going to be to separate yourself from that. And so a person I can't imagine a person who says who cares to these concepts except for somebody who doesn't see Schick as being significant and doesn't see the significance of the gaining the level of Allah subhanaw taala and belief in Allah subhanho wa taala. The more these things are real in a person's mind and heart, the more they will distance themselves from anything that may jeopardize or

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corrupted the belief in Allah subhanaw taala or anything that might cause them to fall into *, and Allah knows best.

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There is one point I want everyone to keep in mind.

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And I'm amazed by how much people don't pay attention to this.

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There is a strong connections between

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outside and inside.

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You're outward and inward. Like you can separate the both.

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If you think what you say, it will not affect your heart. If you think what you see it will not affect your heart. If you think what you hear, it will not affect your heart. If you think who you sit around and with will not affect your heart. If you think what you consume will not affect your heart. If you think what you touch it's not going to affect your soul. You're wrong

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you're dead wrong

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and you need to be very careful

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of just not paying attention to this

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because this is all lead to insight.

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And that's why the Chevy I came with so many rules say Don't Don't imitate Don't be like them. Don't do this don't do that. That's why chef can get so upset when you hear people say what is the what because in the corrupt your enter and if you want there is no one different it is a connection the soul and the body. You cannot separate them from each other

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Until death

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that's why in the day of judgment and the Day of Judgment, they fight

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the soul will say to the body you misled to me and the body will say to the soul you misled me. The body would say to the soul I am I am like someone who is handicapped can't move his hand or likes you the one who made me move

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than the soul would say.

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My example in your example is like someone who is okay, can't can't walk. His legs are you know can carry him and another person who was blind

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Allah Samantha was southern angels to the person telling you the example of your soul and your body is like someone blind and someone who is crippled can can't stand up.

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So they see this beautiful tree beautiful apple. So the one the blinds that I can see it under the other one said I can reach it. So they said, Okay, I will carry you. So you can reach the apple

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and the reach the apple, which is forbidden for them to eat?

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Questions? Which one is the wrongdoer? The blind person or the person who can't stand in his feet?

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Hmm, both. That's exactly how your soul and your body your body cannot work without your soul. Your soul cannot reach without your body.

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You can't separate them from each other. Keep that in mind. Sorry, for example, said Ernest Yes.

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Buying costume

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and then allowing him to wear it later in the year.

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Okay, so things are on sale.

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You you you buy the costume for your child, not for Halloween, but for later in the year. For example, you're buying it now. I wouldn't advise you to buy it now. It's too expensive.

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Buy it after Halloween. Wait after Halloween man, every price goes down I buy for my kids.

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If I buy Oh, but after Halloween, because the price goes down. But as long as the costume it's up to you. As long as the costume is halal in its nature, it is allowed. So any costume of Shavon is haram any costume of which or is haram. Any costume of animal is not allowed for a child to wear. Any costume of someone who is evil or bad is not allowed. That's why somebody will have for example,

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Elvis Presley to say no nobody will know that as most of you young people or somebody will you know will have a costume of whatever you know, I'm not good at names. famous rapper famous singers, stuff like that bad people. Like none of the bad stuff is not allowed. What's left?

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Animals. No, you can't wear a gorilla mask. No, or a donkey or anything like that. Allah Allah favor human beings.

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Well, I gotta plug something real quickly. So we usually have two weeks after clicking treat, we usually have a costume competition. Okay, and the reason behind that is that people love wearing costumes and then your kids see all these people buying costumes, wearing costumes, and they never get to wear it. So two weeks after so it's far from Halloween. And two of the costumes are on clearance. Okay, if you're Arab gametic beer lovers saving

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then and then we have rules also so we're gonna have to add this these to it we I think we had last year at no cost. Yeah, we said no devils costume. No, I forgot there was a list. We're gonna send another one. Nom

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Yes, you sent me the list. Okay, Jimmy, so probably will just resend that list. So get ready for the Yeah, but superheroes. There's a lot of superheroes clowns shot if, you know, come as yourself.

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Check them out.

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Just the fact that people dress up as so many people things. Is that

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just not celebrated?

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Yeah, that's what the chef was mentioning. He was saying that earlier that the entire ethos of Halloween is just incredibly, like evil and wicked. So absolutely. He's moving from the darkness of Halloween to Thanksgiving. So we've got yes, there's different Miskin.

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Thanksgiving, it's Thanksgiving. That's what we're about to find out. So Thanksgiving

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like, like

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Okay, so Yoda for example.

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It's okay. It's cute.

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But that's a great question. He said it's something that's imaginary something that doesn't exist in creation a dragon. Yes. Types of things is it had to Santa. Okay. Very okay. Okay, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving. I do believe Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday at all, hasn't has no religious significance. And it is a celebrations of

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you know, I'm not going to get into this hall, Native Americans harvest, you know, whatever. You know, I'm not going to drag into this, because I don't see this why I don't think it is. I think live has a cycle. And Allah subhanaw taala made human beings in a way that they inherit one another nations inherit the other, go struggle against each others, you know, nobody today, if you don't want to celebrate, because that reason I think that's a noble thing for you to do. It's, I appreciate that. But those who celebrate it, it's not in their mind or heart or anything in any country.

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Thinking about like, even the whole entire generations, the way that some people try to frame it, it's something can be debated, historically. But people celebrate the Thanksgiving I think, for people live in this country. If they

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want to do that, you know, I'm not very strict about it. I don't encourage it, because I don't believe he should be other than our eight. But if there is non Muslim family, some friends, you know, having as long as there is no specific ritual and costume me.

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I don't think even I don't think there is anything like that. It's just a matter of, you know, there's turkey and there's football, football, you know, I think it's okay, if you have family friends, at dinner, and in the work. I don't see any haram and to this, you know, my question my answer will be completed for if it's outside America. Let's say somebody in Egypt celebrating Thanksgiving.

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That's a very clear imitating that's pretty clear. Being looking for non Muslims holiday to practice, but something very national. Well, here's this, what about an Egyptian American family who grew up here now they're in Egypt, and it's Thanksgiving, and they're like, Let's get together for Thanksgiving.

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And they are in Egypt? They're in Egypt. Yeah, I wouldn't do that. Because that became something like a holiday. It treated like eat no matter where I am. I have to celebrate it. Okay. Right. Even here like Thanksgiving. Sometimes we might do it Thursday, sometimes we might Friday. You know, sometimes we don't do it every year at the same time in the same manner. You know, I think one of the good metrics to be able to differentiate whether something is religious or something is how you trace into is whether it it transcends that particular country and Thanksgiving doesn't Christian dumb is 1.6 billion people, but it's only the Americans that celebrate Thanksgiving. I mean,

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Canadians do but they do it different. They have a different calendar date for you do Turkey to? I don't know. I don't think so. They don't have turkeys in Canada. You know, it's just

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one of the fatawa that we used to repeat in the old days and I regret neither it was kind of very cruel for lack of a better term. We used to tell reverts that you cannot celebrate Thanksgiving, you cannot go to your family on Christmas. And they would say like I have family that never gather except on Thanksgiving. And the answer was you can't see them. And it's just so yeah. So I do have from my my wife's family sides, non Muslims. We only get to see them in thanksgiving. We only get to see them Thanksgiving. And it's it's a great opportunity for me to interact with them. A lot of Dow opportunities to you know, I'm getting to learn a lot about football.

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I have an important question for both of you and for everyone else.

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Pumpkin pie or sweet potato pie.

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Well, we will get combined turn. Oh, hi. Hi, pumpkin pie anytime. Allahu Akbar. Yes, sir.

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You said sweet potato pie. Yeah, pumpkin, pumpkin or sweet potato. I don't even think I've ever

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I pumpkin pie in my life is my was my chair away from you. Pumpkin pie. Put your hands up.

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Sweet Potato Pie. Put your hands up

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sweet potato pie. Okay, pumpkin pie wins by a little bit. You guys have good tastes good job. Good job. It's pumpkin pie. Oh, the way that the sweet potato, you know, in the oven and the Thanksgiving time that's not a pie. You know, when do you get done with brown sugar and like, all this melted marshmallow on the top? It's just killer there. Yes.

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All right, so we're good with thanksgiving. Any particular questions on Thanksgiving? Anybody have?

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It's kind of the easier one. Then we move to Christmas Christmas trees. Christmas carols red and green? Yes.

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Yeah, let's see nothing on Black Friday. And we're good on Black Friday.

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All Black Friday.

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It's one of the great ironies of American civilization that on Thursday, they thank God for everything they have. And then on Friday, they go get more.

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They kill people in Walmart. So go get more in Chicago.

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Word that should be the slogan of Black Friday. Yeah, makes sense. That's awesome. So, so Christmas. So we've already talked about Merry Christmas. I just want to say something guys. This is a nuance and it has to do with Christmas too.

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I don't think I ever said that publicly before, which is not a good thing. But

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since it just us

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there is a nuance I want you to pay attention to it.

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Kind of Nabi SallAllahu wasallam

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would prefer to do things similar to Al Kitab.

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Rather than doing things similar to the machete kin to the pagans, when the pagans became weaker and Muslims conquered, McCann, you know became strong, what the process alum said he will go against what's al Kitab do he was stay away from doing things similar to them. Why because now they are dominating culture taba or strong culture so he will stay away from it.

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In my opinion,

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in modern days, it is in our best interest as a Muslim community

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to strengthen Christianity and Judaism in modern days in society, against the rise of atheism and immoral and all these kind of ism that detail is sweeping the world today.

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In my opinion, it is a smart strategic move and absolutely even from an Islamic perspective that's how I start with connecting how the Prophet SAW Salem was because I am we should I think if I know Christian people I encourage them to go to if they don't want to be Muslim at least go to church. Eisley be a good Christian be a good you know Jew

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holed into you know I'm happy to see going to Christmas

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I'm happy for you to get I'm not against you know, like I will not ever jump into the wagon off you know no Christmas no celebrated Christmas in public blah blah blah. I will never write and jump into that site.

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I will say no, I'm not offended as a Muslim when I see people solid Christian people celebrate Christmas in their country in America and I'm happy for them. And I want this to continue and I don't want to be I think it's an offense. We should not be all this like you know, butter you know

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cupcake You know guys anything offended me immigration because I think this kind of talk it is mainly to promote an ideology that anti religion in general. And you know what, it's gonna hunt you down down on the road and you will be the first to be

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destroyed by it.

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That's my opinion. So as we talked about the crusade, I want to keep that in mind. I want to keep that as the Muslim community we should be smart. We should not be like, you know.

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naive or misled Zach Jonas?

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Yes, they were considered looky tab even during the time of the province little audio setup they

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believed in Jesus and they the Trinity is mentioned in the Quran so it's the same concept the same idea so yes

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not too many questions

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no I don't think they had Halloween during the time of the province level or Christmas yes

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Christmas where this idea of Jesus being born on December 23 Chef Kumar spoke about it right at the beginning he started off with it on fire so no problem inshallah sometimes you know

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no problem inshallah So, do you want to give him a good yes you go to the clear like Islamic Center YouTube page

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I'll tell you later at home

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but yeah, I mean again, you just keep finding this reoccurring thing that theme were they trying to make Christianity appealing to the pagan so they make it match some pagan belief time passes the pagan one remains and the Christian one disappears even biblically the Christians argue like if you look at when Jesus was born the description of the temperature the dates and all that is is would not have been in the winter like when they start celebrating this December. No actually I did not look that up. Isn't like how how far historically speaking I should have anybody knows

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someone Google at Google it check when actually Christian start celebrating Christmas and I'm gonna guess

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Yeah, because I have my own theory. I think there is a lot of emphasis on it for a comical reason. When the end of the year we're boost the economy that's

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saying Google saying 336 ad, okay, anyway, so let's go to the Christmas Christmas for Muslims, not something we celebrate. Okay, Christmas is something that we don't initiate or celebrate. In essence, we don't go to any ritual associated with it. So period, that's

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not allowed in Islam and it is haram and it is

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because Allah Subhan Allah said, Look, come to cumulate and you have your religion and my religion, Allah Subhan Allah said, Levine, Elijah dunya zoo I don't witness zoo and it is false to claim that Jesus was the Son of God or Jesus is this or to even to be part of that and to witness things of that nature. Also in Christmas

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if you have a Christian persons who is a friend or a family members, that's their holiday that there's celebrations and you know what, you can just wish them a happy holiday happy? i There is a lot of scholars don't don't allow miracles, dismissal, things like that. I personally not very strict about it. And not something I'm enthusiastic about it. But I don't think any harm with with saying it, you know, if some usually I don't initiate it, but if somebody told me Merry Christmas, I'll tell you America all time, I Merry Christmas to you, or, you know back, but I don't initiate it.

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I wanted to read from this is from the Bible, the book of Jeremiah, chapters three and four, okay, or verse three and four. So

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Christmas trees are a bid, according to the Christian religion, right? So it says in verse three, for the customs of the peoples are worthless, they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold, they fasten it with a hammer, and nails so it will not taught her. So there's that's why there's some churches or some Christians that believe they believe that the Christmas trees are better. The Bible forbids bringing a tree into your home and decorating it. And they actually don't have tree trees and Christmas. This is it's called the Church of

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Latter Day. No, the Church of Jesus Christ, that's what it's called. And it's a very strict church. They don't even allow music in church. They believe that dancing is haram because it's suggestive so. So they're like, you know, I don't know. Well, really quickly, people who have non Muslim family members

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celebrating Christmas what do they do? Do they avoid Christmas? Do they go to their house? Do they avoid participating in any particular like formality and they hang out in the kitchen like how do you how do they navigate that? Okay, a Christmas has two part of my opinion.

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One is a very clear which is the religious aspect.

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Go into the church praying all this ritual the you know Saint plus or put the gifts and stuff like that underneath the tree the old days we're not allowed to do as muslims okay we're not participating in it in any in any shape or form to an aspect of it which is social aspect you know it's the day after Christmas where people come for dinner eat Christmas dinner whatever or Christmas me when people gather that's fine you can be partying with your family you know your family non Muslims and you will be part with them talk to them blah blah blah. But what about gifts? exchanging gifts with them? I work if you can accept gifts, okay, you can accept gifts. What about giving them

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a gift? Only if there is a masala Yeah, and if you find out that if you don't give them a gift, it will be something that it will ruin the relationship with your father father or parents or something like that. For the reason of the kinship I will do that but not for for the itself. But what he will do like you can give it a day early a day later. Try to you know earlier what if your business owner I want to tell you something about business

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I'm making sure that if I have a Christian person working for me,

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I give them their bonus yearly bonus in their Christmas time.

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Before Christmas, I Uber luxury quality do you give Christmas bonus? stavola? No, I give him the yearly bonus. And that time why? Chef, give them the bonus and eat your Habibie Yes, I give them a two. But if I give them an eat, they don't have any expenses. Those Pat family have a lot of expenses during eat during their holidays. It's overloaded, they have to buy gifts for children for family. So they're already broken, there really need to any financial help. It makes Hall difference for them to get their bonus during that period of time. Has nothing to do with the Christmas has nothing to do has to do with economical reason. 100% it is that's what they need the money the most.

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I don't care about your gift, you give me your kids the gift and your eat. That's nice. But I if you're gonna give me help that you need to help the most. So if you're a business owner, you want to do that you can do it a week before the Christmas or something like that. So you want to help them or if it's not the practice and the end of the year. It's okay. There is a flexibility in this area. What I'm trying to say, don't be so strict about and hamdulillah our deen is not not

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these things there is multiple aspects of it. At least there is an area where there is some gray area if you want to avoid it. That's up to you. 100% But for me, I wouldn't dare to say just haram to do that.

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Like for example to say somebody say me because I can't say it's haram. It's very hard for me to say that. Haram is a big, big word. That's a disciple of head so moving quickly to New Year's, New Year's is it more straightforward? Is it easy going it's completely secular celebrated all over the world. The entire world celebrates New Year's pretty much now. So it's still one of them which again, but every Muslim country celebrates it.

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Yeah, I mean, I wouldn't say it's haram to but it is for me not allowed. We're talking slim talking the party hat thing that I do. I do believe that's not allowed for Muslim to have a party New Year party turn off the light 10 900 Then kisses with rash. What if we do it 20 minutes late, so it's on Muslim Standard Time.

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I don't believe even even this Muslim country who spend millions of dollars and celebrating it. It's haram for them to do that. In my opinion, they wasting the public money that has a lot of poor people on their countries. I don't believe this is permissible. What if I do it on the Haiti calendar? I invite everybody over and we're gonna party like it's for

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14 It's become Buddha. That's an innovation, innovation religion. Yeah. So either way, you're getting a jab, jab.

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what are the pagan origins of New Year's?

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Haram because it's not a salad. It's a celebration of the mushroom scheme. It's the celebration of the non Muslims. And we're not supposed to celebrate there is there is there are festivals period. That's why nobody saw Solomon. Someone said, I want to do this. He said is this eight for the Mushrikeen

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he said

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No he said so you can do it. So there is a whole restriction in outer London you're not allowed to be part of celebrations of any Eid F that any eid and when we say eat it has That's why even in Thanksgiving when I'm saying to you the Thanksgiving you don't do that ritual every year this way any

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at home we don't say we have a Thanksgiving dinner like every it has to be certain ritual every time I have to differentiate our eight as a Muslims which either love or hate that photo from the rest of all festivals. So in New Year if we one year hey this is a new year let's have a habit of partying or traveling or something like that, that's fine. But to tell me no I'm gonna turn off the light and I'm gonna account at 12 o'clock Happy New Year everybody I might say happy new year because I wish you a happy new year that's fine. But it's to make it a ritual which is like oh turn off the light and that became so clear imitating that will become haram

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Can I ask for something to reminder for the mothers so once with little kids please put them in the mother's room because we don't have the option of using the play area but please put them in the mother's room because there's so much noise in the backroom that we hear are distracted and we have a big Masjid there's a lot of other places Jonnie if your children want to play there's sister Hannah and has a question for dolly

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celebrating the birthday of the Prophet SAW Selim is be there and it's haram 100%

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Because it's been it's innovation religion and it'd be so solemn said every innovation religion is a misguidance and every misguidance lead to hellfire

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who celebrates it? Who celebrates it? Oh

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my goodness. We will who is celebrating the moment that

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you have witnessed the celebration

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oh that's what you know there's a lot of haha there's a lot of people do that. But it's like any middle there's a lot of Muslims celebrate many celebrations, like the Celebrate glycerol Mirage, the celebrate that there's many holidays and people invented. So it's not something new. Yeah. So the model is really easy. Okay, you for it to not be a bit odd. You have to have evidence from the Quran or the Sunnah. And if you have bring forth authentic evidence, we will be the first to celebrate it. But don't come and tell me. Oh, the porcelain was born on a Monday and he's the first on Monday because he was born on Monday. What does this have to do with the moment I can't stand when when

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people try to play this game in a circle look, oh, the porcelain facet on Mondays. And that's a way hmm, they don't fast or slow. They just want to eat that red candy or whatever it is. Everyone has a different. But like, Look, man, I can't be sweet about this. People like running around and beating drums and no, this is the look. Is this the love of the prophesied lump for real now let's keep it real.

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How is what is the what are the signs of following a mean loving? And besides Allah? Scholars always would say it Yeah. And Hogben news of Tibet and maybe you you follow the Rasul and that's your love. Maj I ignore Him the whole year. And then oh, he was born on this date, which is actually confirmed to be the date he died. Now suddenly, I'm happy and I and where's the love the rest of the year? And I know everybody's like

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celebrate. And historically, they found the Christians celebrating the birth of Jesus, which wasn't even the birth of Jesus. So they stuck to a date that was not confirmed to be the date of the birth of the problem, but confirmed to be the date of his death. And they're like yes, but the birth is greater and we love by the ways

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that's a fact. It's not our opinion. That's a fact. It's impossible that the process solid was born on the 12 Rubella

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it's impossible that's a fact.

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in Ibiza Salam was born on Monday he told us it's impossible for Monday to be 12 Rubella one in the year that the process Salam was born. By any calculation methods you can take, by all everybody everyone who make you know, an experts in calculation, they will come to tell you it's impossible scientifically, to say that the process of them was born in 12 robiola

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is just fact, so but the prophets of salaam died in 12 Rubella

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so whatever evil person invented that date to be celebrating of the

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mode it is so evil whoever started that and he was not a Muslim who started that mid is don't make sense yesterday

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birthday in general it should not be treated like Eve. So you know what it has to be done otherwise and it also cannot be done done in any time you treat it the same way you treat it eat the Akkadian all how it cannot be missed. It cannot be delayed. It's a big deal of its mess. You know, also second thing you cannot do it in the same manners of the non Muslims, which is

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Kendall with the number of the years Make A Wish blow the whole entire celebration exactly imitating the practice of the Muslim that's not allowed