However, Thanksgiving is a national or cultural holiday with a religious slant. This religious slant is to give thanks to God. The story goes that the original Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1621 when the first European settlers in New England gave their thanks to God after a successful harvest following a difficult year. This was celebrated along with Native Americans who had helped the them get through the rough year. President George Washington declared the first national Thanksgiving day in 1789 "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God". This is not so different the following Qur’anic verse:
And remember the time when you were few and deemed weak in the land, and were in fear lest people should snatch you away, but He sheltered you and strengthened you with His help, and provided you with good things that you might be thankful. (8:27)
Unfortunately, the spirit of cooperation and gratitude towards Native Americans obviously did not last, nevertheless, the intent of the holiday is good. So feel free to indulge in some traditional turkey and mashed potatoes, but make sure you skip the traditional ham. Also, practice moderation and don’t gorge yourself into a food coma. Most importantly, express thankfulness to Allah for all that he has provided for us and for sheltering us in America where the right to openly practice our faith is protected.