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Muslim Vegetarians

Muslim Vegetarians are a Rapidly Growing
Subset of society... for health, religious, ethical,
environmental, energy and other reasons. From F M Esfandiary to Casey Kasem, there are millions of followers
of Islam who refrain from flesh foods.
Islamic Vegetarians

 http://www.bmf.org Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
 http://sss.vn.ua/sb_mm.htm
 http://ipaki.com/content/html/28/1203.html Muslim
vegetarians
 http://www.ivu.org/news/1-96/muslim.html
 http://www.islamveg.com
 http://www.crescentlife.com/dietnut...ian_muslims.htm
 link to groups.yahoo.com
 http://www.islamicconcern.com
 http://members.aol.com/yahyam/muslim_vegetarian.html
 http://www.veda.harekrsna.cz/bhaktiyoga/islamveg.htm
 http://www.veg.ca/newsletr/janfeb96/Islam_recipes.html
 http://www.islamicconcern.com/fatwas.asp
 http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/video...r=wm&speed=_med
 http://www.answers.com/topic/druze The Druze are Muslim
vegetarians of Lebanon. One wellknown vegan Druze is Casey
Kasem.
 http://www.saibaba.org/ The Saint of Shirdi who left his
body in 1918 is revered by Muslims and nonMuslims
 http://www.saibaba.org/saisatc.html is an online book
about the Saint of Shirdi
 http://www.saibaba.ws/teachings/quranicmyths/sbqm.htm

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Vegetarians of all religions in some ways have more in common
with each other than with nonvegetarians of their faith.
Whether for purity of diet, compassion toward animals, creation
of greater food yield per acre, environmental protection, health,
esthetics, energy conservation, religious beliefs or other, there are a growing
number of vegetarian adherents in all faiths, while no faith
has enough.

Forgive poster's ignorance if anything herein gives offense

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SPARE THE SPARROW:

MUSLIM PRAYERS from the book ISLAMIC CONCERN FOR ANIMALS
by Al_Hafiz B. A. Masri, Athene Trust, 3A Charles St.
petersfield, Hampshire, England

"There is no man who kills a sparrow or anything smaller without its deserving it but God will question him about it. He who takes pity on a sparrow and spares its life, Allah will be merciful
on him on the Day of Judgment."

"The Holy Prophet Muhammad was asked by his companions if kindness to animals was rewarded in the life hereafter. He replied
'Yes there is meritorious reward for kindness to
every living creature'."

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The Holy Prophet once passed by a camel who was so emaciated
that his belly had shrunk to his back. He said to the owner
of the camel 'Fear God in these dumb animals and ride them only when they are fit to be ridden, free them from work while
they are still in good health.'


'Whoever is kind to the lesser creatures is kind to himself'.
Prophet Muhammad

"There is not an animal on the earth nor a flying creature flying
on two sings but they are peoples like unto you." Koran surah 6 verse 38

"but to hunt ... is forbidden you, so long as ye are on the
pilgrimage. Be mindful of your duty to Allah, unto Whom you will all be gathered."
Koran surah 5 verse 96

"The Prophet told his companions of a woman who would be sent to hell for having locked up a cat, not feeding her, not even
releasing her so that he could feed herself"

"The Prophet told his companions of a serf who was blessed by Allah for saving the life of a dog by giving him water to drink and
quenching his thirst.

The Prophet was asked if acts of charity to animals were regarded
by God. He replied: "Yes there is a reward for acts of charity to every beast alive."

The Prophet was seen wiping the face of his horse with his gown (jullabiyah). When asked why he was doing that, he replied:
"Last night I had a reprimand from Allah regarding my horse for having neglected him."

(Elsewhere Mohammed is recorded as having seen a cat
sleeping on his cloak. He cut away only that part of the cloak
the cat was not on for himself.


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Investigating Halal Meat

Facts about the source of some "halal" meat.
The recent discovery of mad cow disease in United States cattle has prompted many Muslims to question the halal status of their meat. According to a recent report, halal meat is still susceptible to mad cow disease.

Please click on the following links to learn about the vulnerability of the halal food supply and to discover the best ways to protect yourself and your family from mad cow disease. We recommend adopting a halal diet free of meat and other animal products, as have many Muslims familiar with the issue of mad cow disease.

Mad Cow: It Is Time to Be Natural and Organic
How to Survive the Food Madness

All the meat produced and exported from India is advertised and sold as "halal." However, when representatives from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), along with a documentary crew, observed the loading and unloading, transport, and slaughter of cows and buffaloes used for meat in India, they found that most meat produced under current standards is not halal, but is instead "haram," and therefore should be avoided by all conscientious Muslims.

The report below describes the findings of the delegation and offers simple suggestions that may be implemented to alleviate the unnecessary suffering of cattle killed for food.



Report on the Transport and Slaughter Conditions of Indian Cattle Used For Meat Export

Click on the image above to watch video of the transport and slaughter of Indian Cattle
RealPlayer required
The delegation witnessed egregious animal abuse, shocking not only in and of itself, but also in light of the many strict Indian anti-cruelty laws and the Indian constitution's admonition for citizens to show concern for animals. For Muslims, these findings will be disturbing because Islamic teachings of kindness to animals and proper adherence to halal methods are being blatantly ignored

The enormous suffering of Indian cattle during transport and slaughter can be greatly reduced with little effort. It is hoped that, once informed, consumers will demand that exporters, transporters, and slaughterhouses ensure that the animals involved receive proper care throughout all phases of meat production. The steps to implement vital changes are simple and inexpensive. PETA calls on government officials in India and in the importing countries, as well as those in the slaughterhouse and transportation industries, to see that these steps are immediately taken and that oversight provisions be instituted to ensure strict adherence to them.


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Anwaar:

Jesus is the messenger of Allah.
Jesus' message is peace.
(paraphrased)



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F M Esfandiary

The Lamb

F M Esfandiary, from the book
The Day of Sacrifice:

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When the butcher finished sharpening his knives, my
2 cousins helped him untie the lamb from the tree and lead her to a spot near the pond. As if sensing danger the lamb stood still, refusing to budge. Unable to push or drag the lamb, the men tried to carry her. But the lamb, visibly filled with fright, kicked and struggled. Putting aside his knives, the butcher skillfully subdued the animal and carried her to the pond. The cousins kept the lamb down by firmly pinning her limbs. As was the custom the butcher forced open her mouth and poured some water into it.

The lamb's eyes were filled with terror as she strained and
struggled to free herself. Cautioning my cousins not to release the animal's limbs, the butcher picked up his sharpest butcher knife and holding back the lamb's struggling head, began to cut
her throat.

Wailing and bleating the lamb struggled to get away. Her eyes,
soft and innocent, now rolled and rolled, full of terror. As the
relentless knife cut deeper the weeping of the lamb became more
and more agonized. The blood spurted out in every direction
as her head slowly sagged. Then soft wool was quickly covered
with blood. Her eyes closed, then opened again, and remained
misty and lifeless. Her limbs no longer had to be held. The
butcher continued to cut the gory throat til her head
was severed from her body.
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F.M. Esfandiary

FM-2030, a noted author, lecturer and consultant to business and industry died on July 8, 2000. FM was born with a conventional name but changed both his first and last names to reflect his beliefs and his confidence in the future. As he explains, "conventional names define a person's past: ancestry, ethnicity, nationality, religion. I am not who I was ten years ago and certainly not who I will be in twenty years. The name 2030 reflects my conviction that the years around 2030 will be a magical time- In 2030 we will be ageless and everyone will have an excellent chance to live forever. 2030 is a dream and a goal."

His childhood was spent in consulates, embassies and government outposts around the world. He was equally at home in London, New York, Miami, Jerusalem, Damascus and Los Angeles. His formal education began in an Iranian primary school, continued in an English school, a French Jesuit school in Jerusalem, and a term in a girl's convent school in Lebanon where he was the only boy. In the late 40s after attending schools in Europe he went to the United States and attended Berkeley, then U.C.L.A. He came to London in 1948 as a member of the Iranian team at the Olympic Games. FM served at the United Nations on the Conciliation Commission for Palestine, later leaving to devote his time to writing.

Day of Sacrifice, FM's first novel, was selected by the New York Herald Tribune as one of the best novels of 1959. It has been translated into eleven languages and is on the required reading list of the U.S. State Department. In an interview with FM the writer noted: "-But there is a difference between Esfandiary and Camus. The latter is essentially a pessimist. It is the human condition that is absurd. Esfandiary is an optimist. He has hope, because he has a deep faith in man. He is convinced that technological progress, the contact of cultures, etc-. will free man from his present miseries. Given time, man will even deliver himself from his supreme tragedy --- death. Man can be made perfect."

FM moved from writing novels to writing non-fiction, changing his name along the way, and dealing with the human condition and the central themes which engaged him throughout his life.

FM appeared many times on network programs such as : The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Larry King, Future Watch, Not for Women Only and many others.

His views and forecasts were both provocative and visionary and uncannily right on the mark. At the time he made his forecasts both in his books and in the media they were controversial and viewed as impossible. Now we take many of them for granted. Just an example of some of his forecasts: in the 1970s and 1980s as everyone was concerned with the weapons race and security, FM's projections showed the reasons for the de-acceleration of the arms race; as early as the 1970s he anticipated the breakdown of communism; while the Club de Rome and others made dire predictions, worrying about and raising alarms regarding scarcity of energy, resources, food and water, FM in an article published in The New York Times wrote about the Age of Abundance; in the early 70s he carried out and anticipated our current dress down mode; his book "Telespheres" anticipated telemedicine, teleducation, telebanking, etc.; as early as 1974 he was lecturing and writing articles about physical longevity and the possibility of physical immortality.

Alvin Toeffler, a friend and colleague of FM's since the early 1960s, says about FM: "He is gutsy and truly a visionary-One doesn't have to agree with everything he says to be refreshed by it."

E-Reads books by F.M. Esfandiary

(Mr Esfandiary was a vegetarian)





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Muslim Vegetarians
Vegetarian Muslims need venues and ways to network with one another. This is one such venue.
E-Mail:  Muslim-Vegetarians-owner@yahoogroups.com

Website:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Muslim-Vegetarians/



If you notice any incorrect information on this page, please let us know.



Detailed Information:
Muhammed reportedly said that it is better to eat milk than to eat meat. But even if Muhammed was a lactovegetarian, more and more Muslims are discovering veganism. Wherever vegetarian Muslims are on the spectrum, and regardless of the rationale, this is a good place to make friends and discuss common values, background, and outlooks.


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Islamic Holy Ones

By Airavata das

Saints of Islam have laid great stress on leading a noble life, a life of renunciation and compassion, eating simple food and abstaining from meat. They themselves avoided any meat-eating. Sheikh Ismail, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, Abu Ali Qalandas, Shah Inayat, Mir Dad, Shah Abdul Karim etc. were Muslim saints whose path was pious living centered on self-restraint, love and affection for all and vegetarian eating. They said:

Ta bayabin dar bahishte aden ja,
shafkate banumaye ba khalke Khuda.

"If you want to live in heaven for all time to come, then behave in a spirit of compassion and sympathy with the entire creation of God."

The famous Muslim saint, Mir Dad, said that anyone who eats flesh of any living being shall have to repay it with his own flesh. He who breaks another living being's bone shall have his own bones broken. Every drop of blood shed will have to be accounted for by one's own. Because that is the eternal law.

The great Muslim saint Sarmad condemned meat-eating by saying that the light of life is asleep in metals, is dreaming in plants, is awake in animals and is completely alert in human beings. Kabir, addressing Muslims, makes it clear that even fasting (rosa) is in vain if its practitioner lets his tongue dictate the killing of living beings for the sake of its taste. Allah will not be pleased this way.

During silloh also no meat is taken, because it is said that meat is a bad food which disturbs prayers. Everyone knows that meat-eating increases passion. It is very difficult to pray and concentrate mind on Allah in a passionate condition. Therefore it is recommended by great saints of all ages that vegetarian food is much more appropriate for spiritual practices. If one wants to increase peace of mind and concentration on Allah, he should decrease, or better stop, meat-eating. It is practical advice from which everyone will immensely benefit.

Summarizing the above-mentioned statements, we can easily and naturally conclude that meat-eating is a great impediment on the path of of self-realization. Those who are sincerely trying for spiritual progress should restrain from meat-eating. On the path of decreasing material attachments and increasing spiritual attachment to Allah, restraining meat-eating is compulsory.

In the Qur'an very clear instruction is given about what is intended for human food:

"And We (Allah) said, O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the Garden and eat you freely of the fruits thereof where you will". (2.35)

"And give glad tidings (O Muhammad) to those who believe and do good works, that theirs are Gardens beneath which rivers flow; every time they are fed with fruits therefrom." (2.25)

All is He Who created the heavens and earth and causes water to descend from the sky, thereby producing fruits as food for you." (14.32)

"Who has appointed the earth a resting place for you, and the sky a canopy; and causes water to pour down from the sky, thereby producing fruits as food for you." (2.22)

From these ayats of the Qur'an it is obvious that when Allah created Adam and Eve, He gave them fruits as food. And when the pious will go to paradise, they will have their food in the form of fruits. Then when Allah created earth, He "produced fruits as food" for mankind. Also from the very life of Hazrat Muhammad we can see his daily food was bread, milk and palm dates. Sometimes in his life he sacrificed sheep or camels, but never cows or bulls.

There is only one story in the Holy Qur'an (2.67-71) which describes the sacrifice of a cow.

"When Moses said to his people: 'Allah commands you that you sacrifice a cow.'

They said: 'Do you make game of us?'

He answered: 'Allah forbid that I should be among the foolish!'

They said: 'Pray for us unto your Lord that He makes clear to us what (cow) is.'

(Moses) answered: 'He says that the cow should be neither too old nor too young but middling age; now do what you are commanded!'

They said: 'Pray for us unto your Lord that He makes clear to us of what color she is.'

(Moses) answered: 'He says that she is a yellow cow. Bright is her color, gladdening beholders.'

They said: 'Pray for us unto your Lord that He makes clear to us what (cow) she is. To us are all cows alike; if Allah wills, we may be lead aright.'

(Moses) answered: 'He says that she is a cow not trained to till the soil or water the fields, whole and without a mark.'

They said: 'Now has you brought the truth.' Then they sacrificed her, though they scarcely did it."

This story was accepted in Jewish traditions, which are themselves based on certain sacrificial directions in the Old Testament. The cow story of Jewish tradition is based on Num. 19:1-10, in which Moses and Aron ordered the Israelites to sacrifice a red cow without a spot. Thus Moses announced the sacrifice to the Israelites and they treated it as a jest. When Moses continued solemnly to ask for the sacrifice, they put him off on one followed by another, asking a number of questions which they could have answered themselves if they had listened to Moses's directions. Their questions were carping criticisms rather than the result of a desire for information. It was a mere thin pretense that they were genuinely seeking for guidance. When hey at last were driven into a corner, they made the sacrifice, but if they did this willingly then the sacrifice would have been more efficacious for their purification from sin. The cow's body was to be burnt and the ashes were to be kept for the purification of the congregation from sin.

We can see and learn from this narration that the killing of a cow was very dangerous and not part of the teachings. So much so that the people were very hesitant to commit such an act even when the order came from high authority, Prophet Moses. So this particular sacrifice was not carried whimsically but with due consideration. We should understand also that the cow was not simply killed for the sake of eating but the body of the cow was burnt and ashes were to be used for the higher purpose of purifying the people from their sins. It is very important to mention that also in the present age cow sacrifice is forbidden because no qualified persons are available to conduct such a sacrifice.

Thus by reading Holy Qur'an we can conclude that cow killing is not sanctioned there and the only mentioned cow sacrifice was not meant for meat-eating but for purification from sins.

The Iranian scholar Al-Ghazzali (1058-1111) was one of the most brilliant philosophers of Islam. He has stated that besides pieces of bread whatever we eat is simply to satisfy our urges. At the age of 28 he headed the institute of Islam in Baghdad. His main book, Ihya Ulum ul-Din - The Revival of Religious Sciences, is highly respected. In this book (part 2, page 23, lines 17-19) the detrimental effects of beef and virtues of ghee and milk from cow are stated:

"The meat of cow is marz (disease), its milk is safa (health) and its ghee is davat (medicine)."

It is not more intelligent ot protect cows and use their milk and ghee for our benefit? The cow is considered a mother of mankind because she gives us such valuable product as milk. As a mother feeds her child with her breast milk, similarly the cow feeds mankind with her milk. It has been scientifically proven that if one regularly drinks cow milk, his fine brain tissues develop. As a result one's memory capacity increases thus favoring remembrance of Allah. Therefore the cow and its milk is very important for proper development of human society and killing the cow is the greatest sin. Those who are eager to eat meat can eat less important animals like sheep and goat but cows should be protected.

Imam of the Shah Jehan Mosque in London, England, Al-Hafiz B. A. Masri, says that the Qur'an is itself is very specific about prevention of cruelty to animals. Muslims who form one-third of the world's total population need to begin a movement for the prevention of cruelty to animals based on Islamic tenets. It is time to ensure that all precepts laid down in the Qur'an against cruelty to animals are followed strictly everywhere in the world. Therefore he wants to start a unit of the Society for Protection from Cruelty to Animals in the Islamic world. Animal welfare worker Al-Hafiz B. A. Masri would love to see the world embrace vegetarianism.

In his book Islamic Concern for Animals Al-Hafiz Masri has expressed sorrow about the excessive killing of animals in the name of religion. Quoting from the Holy Qur'an, Majeed and the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad he described all acts of torturing of animals and even keeping birds in cages as sinful. According to him even cutting of trees is prohibited in Islam. On page 18 Imam Saheb has repeated the saying of the Holy Prophet Muhammad:

"There is no one who kills even a sparrow or anything smaller, without its deserving it, but God will question him about it."

"He who takes pity even on a sparrow and spares its life, Allah will be merciful on him on the day of Judgement."

Imam Masri is himself a vegetarian and advises everyone to adopt vegetarianism.


Related:

Islamic Concern: Animals in Islam (islamveg.com)
Islamveg.com: Islam and vegetarianism
Vegetarian News - Islamic vegetarians
International Vegetarian Union - Food of the Gods
Islam Online- Health & Science Section
vegetarian ABC -- why/how
Muslims can't be Vegetarian? : Islam : Dietary Law
Feasts of the prophet
JesusVeg.com: Scholarly Works: Islam & Vegetarianism
veg blog: Islam and Vegetarianism
vegeterian muslims


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Correcting Misimpressions

Who says Muslims can't be Vegetarian?
Yahya Monastra



The option to be vegetarian has always existed in Islam, whether or not it was actualized at any time or place. The great Sufi Rābi'ah al-'Adawīyah of Basrah was an early Muslim vegetarian. In recent times, the renowned Sufi shaykh Bawa Muhaiyaddeen was a notable vegetarian Muslim. Nowadays there are more and more Muslims in different countries choosing to be vegetarian, although they have mostly kept quiet about it.

Sometimes we get negative, hostile, indignant, or incredulous reactions from other Muslims who have never considered the possibility. One common line of attack goes, "You can't make harām what Allah has made halāl! That is a sin!" Excuse me, but who ever said anything about making anything harām? Why even bring that issue into it? Why do they have to think of everything in life in terms of force and compulsion and forbidding? In Islamic law there are more categories than just obligatory and harām. There are various shadings of desirable and undesirable, and in the middle there is the neutral (al-mubāh). The choice of what halāl food to eat is a neutral one---it doesn't have any direct bearing on what is forbidden or obligatory. I'm not making meat "harām." I just don't wish for any, thank you.

Some Muslims will tell you that in Islamic law you are not allowed to refuse to eat meat. This is mere opinion unsupported by any evidence from the sources of the Shari'ah. Suppose they establish the "Islamic State," then how will they enforce this ruling? Hold me down, force my mouth open, and shove kebabs down my throat? Come on, I don't think so.

Others try to persuade you by saying that the Prophet, peace be upon him, ate meat, so you should too. Well, let's look closer at that argument. We all know that we should try to emulate the Prophet's sunnah. And what is more important in the Sunnah: to observe specific details of the Prophet's personal taste which others may or may not share? Or to abide by the great universal principles of behavior and character that he exemplified?

The Prophet recognized that each person is a unique autonomous individual with his or her own personality. When giving advice to individual Companions, he would specifically tailor the advice according to that person's own characteristics. He did not enforce any overbearing uniformity on the people. Especially when it came to eating, he recognized that different people have different tastes. And for that matter, not even the Prophet and his Companions ate meat all the time; it was only once in a while that they did, not every day. Some Muslims seem to be under the impression that eating meat is the sixth pillar of Islam or something, but clearly there is no reason for thinking so.

The one overall guideline on food that the Prophet gave was: Eat of what is halāl and what is agreeable to you. That says it all. Within the wide range of halāl food, each individual can choose to eat whatever suits him or her.

If people want to follow the Prophet's sunnah of eating, consider this: The Prophet ate what he liked and he left aside what he didn't like. That's all we vegetarians are doing! Furthermore, he never coerced anyone else into eating what they didn't like. How about imitating this sunnah?

There was a Bedouin tribe whose custom it was to eat lizards, and the Prophet never forbade them from doing so. But he himself would never eat a lizard. This shows that just because something is "halāl," that doesn't require you to eat it if you don't want to.

The bottom line is: no one has the authority to dictate to you what halāl food you can choose to put into your body. I slamic law is completely neutral on this issue; it is only a private matter for each individual to decide for his or her self.

Moreover, note that the Qur'ān does not simply say to eat halāl meat: it says to eat what is good and wholesome (tayyib), and what is halāl. Therefore, if any food is not tayyib, the Qur'ān does not encourage us to eat it. Considering the diseases linked with meat eating (hardening of the arteries, which causes circulatory failure and stroke, in addition to other ills; gout; E. coli infection; and Mad Cow Disease), the hormones artificially put into animals, the filthy conditions of feedlots and slaughterhouses, and the danger of meat going bad, I can only conclude that meat does not pass the test of being tayyib, so Muslims are better off without it.

Ever since I became vegetarian, I feel lighter, fresher, happier, healthier. I can think better. Now, who will argue with that?


Hadith on Milk, Ghee and Beef

This comes from the famous hadith collection Zād al-ma'ād by Ibn Qayyim. I have been all through the many hadith books and I have never found any saying that the Prophet of Islam, peace be upon him, ate beef. In fact, he advised against it. If this guidance from the Prophet would be better known, then it could really help to ease the tensions between Hindus and Muslims over the beef issue, if the Muslims would leave off eating beef on the advice of their own Prophet. Let there be peace and harmony between Hindus and Muslims, peace and harmony in the whole world. I wish that could come true!

First, the hadith in the original Arabic:

'an suhayb radiya Allāh 'anhu yarfa'uhu:
'alaykum bi-laban al-baqar fa-innahā shifā' wa-samnuhā dawā' wa-lahmuhā dā'.

The Urdu translation:

hazrat suhaib raziyallāhu 'anh se rivāyat hai keh huzūr-e akram sallį Allāh 'alaihi va-sallam ne farmāyā:
"gā'ī kā dūdh isti'māl karnā lāzim pakaR lo, kyūnkeh us men shifā hai, aur us ke ghī men davā kī tāsīr hai, aur us ke gosht men rog hai."

Free translation in English:

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said:
"You should use cows' milk, because it is good for health, and cows' ghee is good for health, but beef is bad for health."

Actually, the literal meaning of the words the Prophet used is much stronger than that. He said that milk is "healing," ghee is "medicine," and beef is "disease."

Urdu commentary by Hafiz Nazr Ahmad:

mustadrak-e hakīm kī kitābuttibb men pahlī hadīs yeh hai keh rasūlullāh sallallāhu 'alaihi va-sallam ne farmāyā, "allāh ne ko'ī bīmārī nahīn utārī jis kī davā nah utārī ho, aur gā'ī ke dūdh men har bīmārī se shifā kī tāsīr hai." us kitāb kī tīsrī hadīs men shifā kī vajah yeh farmā'ī, "kyūnkeh gā'ī har dirakht se cartī hai -- fa-innahā tarummu min kull shajar."

yeh ek haqīqat hai keh ūnT, bhens, bheR, bakrī, aur dusre tamām janvaron ke muqābalah men gā'ī kā dūdh sab se a'lį hai. tamām mazarrat se pāk hai aur muta'addid 'avāriz ke liye shifā bakhsh hai. gā'ī ke dūdh kā makkhan aur ghī bhī kitnī hī bīmāriyon kā mudāvā hain. atibbā' ba-taur-i davā tajvīz karte hain. dūsrī taraf gā'ī kā gosht garm hai, aur apnī garm tāsīr ke bā'is ba'z-i 'avāriz paidā kartā hai. lekin hamain yeh bāt hargiz farāmosh nah karnī cāhi'e keh gā'ī halāl hai aur kisī halāl shai ko apne aur harām qarār dene kī hargiz ijāzat nahīn. tibbī nuktah-i nazar se isti'māl aur 'adam-i isti'māl kī sūrat aur hai.

In the Book of Medicine of the Mustadrak al-Hakīm [a classical hadith commentary by al-Hakīm al-Nīsaburī], the first hadith is: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings upon him, said: "Allah did not create any disease without creating its cure; and in cows' milk is a cure for every disease." The third hadith in this book says on the subject of healing: "Because the cow grazes from every kind of plant."

It is a fact that, compared to that of camels, buffaloes, sheep, goats, and all other animals, cows' milk is superior. It is free from everything harmful and provides healing for various illnesses. The butter and ghee from cows' milk are a treatment for several more diseases. Physicians prescribe it as medicine. On the other hand, beef is hot in nature, and its heat causes some diseases to occur. But we should not neglect that beef is halāl and it is not permissible to declare that something halāl is harām. From the medical point of view, the question of using it or not using it is another thing.


This hadith and commentrary were published in a book called Tibb-i nabavī by Hāfiz Nazr Ahmad (Dihlī: Varld Islāmik Pablikeshanz, 1982), p. 226.


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Bawa Muhaiyaddeen and Rebiah al-Adawoyah of Basrah

Muslims can't be Vegetarian?



The option to be vegetarian has always existed in Islam, whether or not it was actualized at any time or place. The great Sufi Rābi'ah al-'Adawīyah of Basrah was an early Muslim vegetarian. In recent times, the renowned Sufi shaykh Bawa Muhaiyaddeen was a notable vegetarian Muslim. Nowadays there are more and more Muslims in different countries choosing to be vegetarian, although they have mostly kept quiet about it.

Sometimes we get negative, hostile, indignant, or incredulous reactions from other Muslims who have never considered the possibility. One common line of attack goes, "You can't make harām what Allah has made halāl! That is a sin!" Excuse me, but who ever said anything about making anything harām? Why even bring that issue into it? Why do they have to think of everything in life in terms of force and compulsion and forbidding? In Islamic law there are more categories than just obligatory and harām. There are various shadings of desirable and undesirable, and in the middle there is the neutral (al-mubāh). The choice of what halāl food to eat is a neutral one---it doesn't have any direct bearing on what is forbidden or obligatory. I'm not making meat "harām." I just don't wish for any, thank you.

Some Muslims will tell you that in Islamic law you are not allowed to refuse to eat meat. This is mere opinion unsupported by any evidence from the sources of the Shari'ah. Suppose they establish the "Islamic State," then how will they enforce this ruling? Hold me down, force my mouth open, and shove kebabs down my throat? Come on, I don't think so.

Others try to persuade you by saying that the Prophet, peace be upon him, ate meat, so you should too. Well, let's look closer at that argument. We all know that we should try to emulate the Prophet's sunnah. And what is more important in the Sunnah: to observe specific details of the Prophet's personal taste which others may or may not share? Or to abide by the great universal principles of behavior and character that he exemplified?

The Prophet recognized that each person is a unique autonomous individual with his or her own personality. When giving advice to individual Companions, he would specifically tailor the advice according to that person's own characteristics. He did not enforce any overbearing uniformity on the people. Especially when it came to eating, he recognized that different people have different tastes. And for that matter, not even the Prophet and his Companions ate meat all the time; it was only once in a while that they did, not every day. Some Muslims seem to be under the impression that eating meat is the sixth pillar of Islam or something, but clearly there is no reason for thinking so.

The one overall guideline on food that the Prophet gave was: Eat of what is halāl and what is agreeable to you. That says it all. Within the wide range of halāl food, each individual can choose to eat whatever suits him or her.

If people want to follow the Prophet's sunnah of eating, consider this: The Prophet ate what he liked and he left aside what he didn't like. That's all we vegetarians are doing! Furthermore, he never coerced anyone else into eating what they didn't like. How about imitating this sunnah?

There was a Bedouin tribe whose custom it was to eat lizards, and the Prophet never forbade them from doing so. But he himself would never eat a lizard. This shows that just because something is "halāl," that doesn't require you to eat it if you don't want to.

The bottom line is: no one has the authority to dictate to you what halāl food you can choose to put into your body. I slamic law is completely neutral on this issue; it is only a private matter for each individual to decide for his or her self.

Moreover, note that the Qur'ān does not simply say to eat halāl meat: it says to eat what is good and wholesome (tayyib), and what is halāl. Therefore, if any food is not tayyib, the Qur'ān does not encourage us to eat it. Considering the diseases linked with meat eating (hardening of the arteries, which causes circulatory failure and stroke, in addition to other ills; gout; E. coli infection; and Mad Cow Disease), the hormones artificially put into animals, the filthy conditions of feedlots and slaughterhouses, and the danger of meat going bad, I can only conclude that meat does not pass the test of being tayyib, so Muslims are better off without it.

Ever since I became vegetarian, I feel lighter, fresher, happier, healthier. I can think better. Now, who will argue with that?


Hadith on Milk, Ghee and Beef

This comes from the famous hadith collection Zād al-ma'ād by Ibn Qayyim. I have been all through the many hadith books and I have never found any saying that the Prophet of Islam, peace be upon him, ate beef. In fact, he advised against it. If this guidance from the Prophet would be better known, then it could really help to ease the tensions between Hindus and Muslims over the beef issue, if the Muslims would leave off eating beef on the advice of their own Prophet. Let there be peace and harmony between Hindus and Muslims, peace and harmony in the whole world. I wish that could come true!

First, the hadith in the original Arabic:

'an suhayb radiya Allāh 'anhu yarfa'uhu:
'alaykum bi-laban al-baqar fa-innahā shifā' wa-samnuhā dawā' wa-lahmuhā dā'.

The Urdu translation:

hazrat suhaib raziyallāhu 'anh se rivāyat hai keh huzūr-e akram sallį Allāh 'alaihi va-sallam ne farmāyā:
"gā'ī kā dūdh isti'māl karnā lāzim pakaR lo, kyū n keh us me n shifā hai, aur us ke ghī me n davā kī tā s īr hai, aur us ke gosht me n rog hai."

Free translation in English:

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said:
"You should use cows' milk, because it is good for health, and cows' ghee is good for health, but beef is bad for health."

Actually, the literal meaning of the words the Prophet used is much stronger than that. He said that milk is "healing," ghee is "medicine," and beef is "disease."

Urdu commentary by Hafiz Nazr Ahmad:

mustadrak-e hakīm kī kitābuttibb me n pahlī hadī s yeh hai keh rasūlullāh sallallāhu 'alaihi va-sallam ne farmāyā, "allāh ne ko'ī bīmārī nahī n utārī jis kī davā nah utārī ho, aur gā'ī ke dūdh me n har bīmārī se shifā kī tā s īr hai." us kitāb kī tīsrī hadī s me n shifā kī vajah yeh farmā'ī, "kyūnkeh gā'ī har dirakht se cartī hai -- fa-innahā tarummu min kull shajar."

yeh ek haqīqat hai keh ūnT, bhens, bheR, bakrī, aur dusre tamām janvaro n ke muqābalah me n gā'ī kā dūdh sab se a'lį hai. tamām mazarrat se pāk hai aur muta'addid 'avāriz ke liye shifā ba kh sh hai. gā'ī ke dūdh kā makkhan aur ghī bhī kitnī hī bīmāriyo n kā mudāvā hai n . atibbā' ba-taur-i davā tajvīz karte hai n . dūsrī taraf gā'ī kā gosht garm hai, aur apnī garm tā s īr ke bā'i s ba'z-i 'avāriz paidā kartā hai. lekin hamai n yeh bāt hargiz farāmosh nah karnī cāhi'e keh gā'ī halāl hai aur kisī halāl shai ko apne aur harām qarār dene kī hargiz ijāzat nahī n . tibbī nuktah-i nazar se isti'māl aur 'adam-i isti'māl kī sūrat aur hai.

In the Book of Medicine of the Mustadrak al-Hakīm [a classical hadith commentary by al-Hakīm al-Nīsaburī], the first hadith is: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings upon him, said: "Allah did not create any disease without creating its cure; and in cows' milk is a cure for every disease." The third hadith in this book says on the subject of healing: "Because the cow grazes from every kind of plant."

It is a fact that, compared to that of camels, buffaloes, sheep, goats, and all other animals, cows' milk is superior. It is free from everything harmful and provides healing for various illnesses. The butter and ghee from cows' milk are a treatment for several more diseases. Physicians prescribe it as medicine. On the other hand, beef is hot in nature, and its heat causes some diseases to occur. But we should not neglect that beef is halāl and it is not permissible to declare that something halāl is harām. From the medical point of view, the question of using it or not using it is another thing.


This hadith and commentrary were published in a book called Tibb-i nabavī by Hāfiz Na z r Ahmad (Dihlī: Varld Islāmik Pablikeshanz, 1982), p. 226.


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Karima Burns, MH, ND:



Vegetarians would be pleased with a Hadith related by Yahya that states that the Prophet (SAW) said, "Beware of meat. It has addictiveness like the addictiveness of wine" (Malik). In this Hadith, it seems that meat does not hold such a high rank, after all; rather, it appears to be among the worst foods we can consume.


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Mohammed: Horse and Cat

It is said that Mohammed came across a cat sleeping on his cloak
and cut away only that portion of the cloak which the cat
was not upon

His horse ascended to heaven with Mohammed


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Dr Shahid Athar, MD

"There is no doubt that a vegetarian diet is healthier and beneficial
to health in lowering weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood
sugar. Our Prophet was mostly vegetarian..."

Dr. Shahid Athar, M.D., FACP, FACE
Clinical Associate Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine
Chair of Medical Ethics, Islamic Medical Association of North America
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The beautiful religion of Islam has always viewed animals as a special part of God's creation. The Qur'an, the Hadith, and the history of Islamic civilization offer many examples of kindness, mercy, and compassion for animals.

Thanks to Westernized factory-farming methods that are used in many parts of the world, animals suffer hideously in the industries that kill them to produce meat, milk, and eggs. These products not only bring pain and suffering to the animals themselves, they are also implicated in a variety of human diseases, including cancer, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. The intensive production of animals for food is also extremely damaging to the environment.


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Poster is ignorant of many aspects of the Qur'an as well
as of Arabic, Persian, Urdu and other languages
so cannot comment on this post:


Fruit, Not Females Promised In Islam Afterlife Challenging the Qur'an


A German scholar contends that the Islamic text has been mistranscribed and promises raisins, not virgins Newsweek International, By Stefan Theil, NEWSWEEK INTERNATIONAL

Arguing that today's version of the Qur'an has been mistranscribed from the original text, scholar Christoph Luxenberg says that what are described as "houris" with "swelling breasts" refer to nothing more than "white raisins" and "juicy fruits."

Luxenberg-a pseudonym-is one of a small but growing group of scholars, most of them working in non-Muslim countries, studying the language and history of the Qur'an. When his new book is published this fall, it's likely to be the most far-reaching scholarly commentary on the Qur'an's early genesis, taking this infant discipline far into uncharted-and highly controversial-territory. That's because Islamic orthodoxy considers the holy book to be the verbatim revelation of Allah, speaking to his prophet, Muhammad, through the Angel Gabriel, in Arabic. Therefore, critical study of God's undiluted word has been off-limits in much of the Islamic world. (For the same reason, translations of the Qur'an are never considered authentic.) Islamic scholars who have dared ignore this taboo have often found themselves labeled heretics and targeted with death threats and violence. Luxenberg, a professor of Semitic languages at one of Germany's leading universities, has chosen to remain anonymous because he fears a fatwa by enraged Islamic extremists.

Luxenberg's chief hypothesis is that the original language of the Qur'an was not Arabic but something closer to Aramaic. He says the copy of the Qur'an used today is a mistranscription of the original text from Muhammad's time, which according to Islamic tradition was destroyed by the third caliph, Osman, in the seventh century. But Arabic did not turn up as a written language until 150 years after Muhammad's death, and most learned Arabs at that time spoke a version of Aramaic. Rereading the Paradise passage in Aramaic, the mysterious houris turn into raisins and fruit-much more common components of the Paradise myth.

The forthcoming book contains plenty of other bombshells. It claims that the Qur'an's commandment for women to cover themselves is based on a similar misreading; in Sura 24, the verse that calls for women to "snap their scarves over their bags" becomes in Aramaic "snap their belts around their waists." Even more explosive are readings that strengthen scholars' views that the Qur'an had Christian origins. Sura 33 calls Muhammad the "seal of the prophets," taken to mean the final and ultimate prophet of God. But an Aramaic reading, says Luxenberg, turns Muhammad into a "witness of the prophets"-i.e., someone who bears witness to the established Judeo-Christian texts. The Qur'an, in Arabic, talks about the "revelation" of Allah, but in Aramaic that term turns into "teaching" of the ancient Scriptures. The original Qur'an, Luxenberg contends, was in fact a Christian liturgical document-before an expanding Arab empire turned Muhammad's teachings into the basis for its new religion long after the Prophet's death.

Such interpretations will undoubtedly draw the ire of many Muslims-and not just extremists. After all, revisionist scholars have been persecuted for much less; in 2001, Egypt's Constitutional Court confirmed the "apostasy" of former University of Cairo scholar Nasr Hamid Abu-Zayd, for considering the Qur'an a document written by humans.

Still, Luxenberg may be ushering in a whole new era of Qur'anic study. "Luxenberg's findings are very relevant and convincing," says Mondher Sfar, a Tunisian specialist on the historic origins of the Qur'an in exile in Paris. "They make possible a new interpretation of the Qur'an." In the West, questioning the literal veracity of the Bible was a crucial step in breaking the church's grip on power-and in developing a modern, secular society. That experience, as much as the questioning itself, is no doubt what concerns conservative Muslims as they struggle over the meaning and influence of Islam in the 21st century. But if Luxenberg's work is any indication, the questioning is just getting underway.

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Feasts of the Prophet
Ramadan and vegetarianism in Islam
by Julian Bynoe
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During the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar, Muslims worldwide celebrate the major holi day of their religion; Ramadan. Occuring around January, Ramadan marks the period when the religion's founder, the Prophet Mohammed, received the holy words from Allah (God) and put them down into the Koran in the 7th Century AD.

During this period, adult Muslims must fast from dawn until dusk for 29-30 days to stir universal compassion and spiritual renewal for all.

According to scholars the Prophet Mohammed, although not a vegetarian, did prefer to eat vegetarian foods and had a great love and compassion for animals. His favourite foods consisted of yogurt with butter or nuts, cucumbers with dates, pomegranates, grapes and figs. He was known to have quoted: "Where there is an abundance of vegetables, a host of angels will descend on that place."

Like most of the world's religions (except Jainism), modern Islam does not fully support vegetarianism, although certain Muslim sects such as the Shi'ites and Sufis have vegetarian followers. Throughout the African, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian parts of the Islamic World, meat is a rarity, making vegetarianism a necessity and not a choice.

During Ramadan, Muslims begin the day with a pre-dawn meal (sehri) of porridge, bread or fruit. When sundown approaches, they slowly break their fast with something simple like bread and cheese or fruit, followed by a big dusk meal (iftar) like a hearty soup or stew. When the new moon is sighted, Ramadan ends in a huge feast for family and friends, lasting for several days, called Eid-ul-Fitr.

The following are just some of the tasty dishes served during or after Ramadan from various countries.


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Jary
Serves 4
A popular vegetarian soup from Algeria.

1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3-4 cloves pressed or minced garlic
3/4 tsp. paprika
pinch cayenne or to taste
1/2 cup tomato puree
4 cups vegetable stock or water
1/2 tsp. salt or to taste
1/4 cup fine cracked wheat (or bulghar)
1/2 cup each of parsley, mint leaves and corriander leaf (cilantro), coarsely chopped fresh or dried
2/3 cup cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
3-4 tsp. lemon juice or to taste
Salt to taste
Heat oil in heavy soup pot over medium heat. Saute onion until tender. Add garlic, paprika and cayenne, cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add tomato puree and stock or water. Bring to simmer and add salt and cracked wheat. Cover, reduce heat and simmer gently, stir occasionally until cracked wheat is cooked, about 30 minutes (15 minutes if using bulghar). Remove from heat and cool slightly. Transfer soup to blender or food processor (optional). Add parsley, cilantro and mint; blend until almost smooth. Return soup to pot, stir in chickpeas and reheat. Add lemon juice and salt to taste. Serve.

Demjeddera
Serves 4-6
Usually served after sundown during Ramadan, this Palestinian lentil and rice dish is truly superb.

1 cup brown lentils, sorted and rinsed or 1 (19 oz) can lentils
1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
Pepper to taste
1 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
1 cup dried brown or white rice
1/2 tsp. salt or to taste
1 3/4 cups water
Plain or soy yogurt (optional)
If not using canned lentils, cook dry lentils in 3 cups water until tender for 45 minutes, then drain. Heat oil in large skillet or pot over medium heat. Saute onion until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, pepper, cumin seeds and rice. Saute for 1-2 minutes, stir constantly so spices don¹t burn. Add salt and water, bring to a boil and cover, cooking for 40 minutes for brown rice, 15 minutes for white. Remove from heat, keeping cover on for 10 minutes. Stir cooked or canned lentils into rice, add salt to taste. Serve garnished with plain or soy yogurt, if desired.

Spiced Potatoes & Cauliflower
This Pakistani side dish is usually served with rice or flatbreads.

1 tbsp. clarified butter (ghee) or vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1-2 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. ginger, powdered or finely grated
Pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. cumin powder or seeds
1/2 tsp. cardamom powder or seeds
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1-2 large cooked potatoes, peeled and diced
1 small head cooked cauliflower separated into florets
2-3 tbsp. reserved cooking water from potatoes and cauliflower
Salt to taste
Heat butter or oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat. Sauté onion until tender. Stir garlic and spices and continue to sauté for a minute. Add vegetables and reserved cooking water. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook until vegetables are very tender for about 5 minutes. Mash slightly with a fork, salt to taste. Serve.



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To:  jain-list@gw.ddb.com
Subject: Gul Agha and the Sufis/Gujjars
From: Rushabh Sheth < sheth@rushabh.com>
Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 23:25:48 -0700
Approved:  raphael-robomoderator@ddb.com
MBOX-Line: From  sheth@rushabh.com Fri Apr 9 01:25:30 1999

Hello,

Many years ago, I read in a newspaper about an Islamic nomadic community
called the Gujjars who live in the Kashmir valley and are, to my great
amazement, vegetarians.

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Muslim Druze of Lebanon are vegetarian. Casey Kasem,
Lebanese Druze, is vegan and a sponsor of the Great American
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Islamic financial services 'a growing trend within a small minority' RITA TRICHUR
Sun Jul 17, 2:30 PM ET



TORONTO (CP) - The global market for Islamic financial services may be on the rise but Canada's burgeoning Muslim community remains divided over the need for domestic interest-free banking, industry experts say.

Munir Pervaiz, a former vice-president with Citibank in Saudi Arabia, says Canadian Muslims are not rushing in droves to invest in the various Islamic finance companies that have sprouted up across the country.

"It is a growing trend within a small minority," Pervaiz said, adding that most Muslims are already well served by mainstream Canadian banks.

"The orthodox people, who were always a minority within the society, are always looking for such opportunities. So basically, if any growth is coming up, it is in their own ranks."

Islamic financial services, which operate in keeping with Sharia law, are based on the principle of interest-free banking to promote equitable wealth distribution in a co-operative society. While interest is considered haram, or unlawful, sharing of profits is permitted.

"At various places, the Qur'an kind of forbids interest," Pervaiz said. "And there is debate on that."

Islamic financial services, which include everything from non-interest-bearing deposit accounts to mutual funds, and from home financing to major commercial investment banking, have their roots in Saudi Arabia.

During the 1970s, major international banks joined Saudi Arabia's National Commercial Bank to capture millions of petroleum dollars in no-interest deposits. While the accounts offered no interest, clients felt their deposits were secure.

The practice began to raise eyebrows when it was disclosed the money was being lent at interest rates as high as 18 to 20 per cent.

"They were taking this money on no interest and they were lending it on interest," Pervaiz said.

"Not to these same guys, but to the whole world, including the king."

Islamic financial services took hold in Canada in the late 1980s with the establishment of housing co-operatives providing a rent-to-own alternative to mainstream mortgages.

Currently, Pervaiz said, the total Canadian market for Islamic financial services is estimated at $100 million in total investments and commitments, with a estimated annual growth rate of five per cent.

The estimated $300-billion-US global market is growing at three times that rate, largely on transactions in the Middle East and Asia.

Last month, Muslim bankers and regulators announced plans to set up a global Islamic bank by next year.

The $1-billion-US bank, which will be known as the Emaar International Group, will be 10 per cent owned by Bahrain-based Albaraka Banking Group. Another key shareholder is the Islamic Development Bank, the financial arm of the 57-country Organization of the Islamic Conference.

Canada had 579,640 Muslims enumerated in the 2001 census, more than twice the number in 1991. Some 61 per cent live in Ontario.

Rehan Huda, an Ottawa-based economist and CEO of Salam Financial, a firm specializing in Sharia-compliant financial products, says demand is growing in Canada among mainstream Muslims.

"It is a growing trend in Canada and the U.S.," Huda said, adding that momentum has been building here ever since the Islamic Bank of Britain opened in 2003.

"We're going to be announcing fairly shortly that one of the largest mortgage providers in Canada will be signing on with us to provide home finance to Muslims at very competitive prices - similar prices that you get from conventional banks."

But Tarek Fatah, co-founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress and host of TV's Muslim Chronicle, said such for-profit enterprises are "unethical" and alienate the community from the Canadian mainstream.

"Any businesses that run based on catering to religious fear and using laws that are considered divine and therefore segregate communities is very dangerous for Canada, as such - whether they are based on Hindu laws or Islamic laws or Jewish laws," Fatah said.

"If they were not making money and doing this as a service to the community, I would say 'Excellent, go for it.' But each of these companies have built in their business systems a very good compensation for themselves."


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Australian Animals Are Haram (Unlawful to Eat Under Religious Law)

Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based Arabic television network notorious for airing images of mutilated bodies and other horrors of war, has turned down PETAӮs new 30-second TV spot, which contains video footage of Australian lambs, who are eventually shipped to the Middle East for slaughter and consumption, being partially skinned alive. The ad includes an Arabic narration of a quote by the late Imam B.A. Hafiz al-Masri, who wrote, "If animals have been subjected to cruelties in their breeding, transport, slaughter, or in their general welfare, meat from them is considered impure and unlawful to eat (haram)." The ImamӮs words are spoken over footage of Australian lambs as they are being crudely cut by Australian farmers during the cruel mulesing mutilation procedure and of older sheep who are beaten and slaughtered in ways that are clear violations of the Muslim halal slaughter requirements.

PETA will continue to urge Al-Jazeera to accept the ad in order to reach a potential 35 million viewers in the Middle East. The ad is part of PETA's international campaign, which calls for a boycott of Australian wool until mulesing and live exports end.


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(It is not Muslims nor observant Jews nor Hindus nor Buddhists
nor observant Christians who are keeping the following going


North Carolina Pig Auschwitzes are linked to Duke, the Atkins Foundation, Bill
Gates (funder of Duke), and to Smithfield:



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PIG AUSCHWITZ FACTS (SMITHFIELD DUKE GATES INVOLVED)
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10 million hogs live in North Carolina's coastal region


8 million humans live in North Carolina


92 percent of North Carolina's hogs are raised on factory farms with at least 2,000 hogs


1 hog generates as much waste as 3 people


2.5 tons of hog feces and urine are produced in North Carolina per citizen each year


52,000 tons of waste are generated by North Carolina's hogs daily


640,000 pounds of nitrogen are generated by North Carolina's hogs daily


213,000 pounds of phosphorus are generated by North Carolina's hogs daily


22 million gallons of hog waste were dumped into North Carolina's New River after a waste lagoon burst in 1995


11 million gallons of oil were spilled in Alaska's Prince William Sound by the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster



Sources: Environmental Defense Fund.


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DEADLY PIG PATHOGEN

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Animal-to-human transmission kills 19 in China.
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A deadly pathogen traced to hogs has killed 19 people in China, with 17 more patients in a critical condition in hospital, reported China Daily. After an emergency investigation, a group of experts organized by the ministries of health and agriculture confirmed the epidemic was caused by a bacteria transmissible from pigs to humans. Experts found that infected farmers had all slaughtered or processed infected pigs. The official investigation result dispels concerns that the outbreak was avian influenza or SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), according to the report.

The cases were scattered among 75 villages in four districts of Ziyang and Neijiang cities. No human-to-human infection has been found, the ministry statement said, adding that the disease has a latency period of two to three days.

Infected people develop acute symptoms such as high fever, listlessness, vomiting, and bleeding from vessels beneath the skin. About half of patients also go into severe shock, and the death rate of the disease is quite high, investigating experts said. Just four people infected during the current outbreak have recovered and been released from hospitals.

Central and local government officials are working on an epidemic analysis, identifying patients, destroying infected pigs, eradicating contagious channels, and treating patients, reported the Chinese government. Farmers have been forbidden from slaughtering and processing infected pigs.

Typically, meat-processing factories examine pigs from big farms or single households before they buy them. When an infected pig is refused, sometimes the farmer will take it home and process it for consumption by his own family. However, it is rare for the bacteria to infect a human being. The first ever recorded case was in Denmark in 1968, the Chinese ministry noted. Records show that at least 200 human cases of the infection have been reported, mainly in countries and regions breeding pigs and eating pork, such as northern Europe and southern Asia.

Experts are researching how the bacteria spreads from pigs to humans, said ministry spokesman Mao Qun'an, who added that he doubted reports that the bacteria can be spread through mosquito bites. "If so, there would be many more people infected with the disease," Mao told China Daily. Hong Kong and Macao health authorities have warned residents to be careful of mosquito bites if they go to Sichuan.


Web posted: July 27, 2005



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Dear Horseman, I have great respect for the mystic Sufis...

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all American fast food chains serve nonhalal met)
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Muslim Boycott Forces Burger King to Change Ice Cream Logo


This article was written by Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews.com International Editor (poster removed judgmental language)


Burger King reportedly has withdrawn an ice cream product after complaints that a label design looks like the Arabic script for "Allah."

British media reported at the weekend that the fast-food restaurant chain pulled the "BK Cone" and pledged to redesign the label after Muslim customers complained.

The product label bears a pattern representing a stylized swirl of soft serve ice cream. But some customers looked at it sideways and thought they could see something else.

A London tabloid, The Sun, said Burger King fielded "dozens of complaints."



Other business interests that have responded to Muslim
complaints are sportswear giant Nike, Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld and food and homecare manufacturer Unilever.

In 1997, Nike pulled tens of thousands of basketball shoes after it was told that the logo - the word "air" in flame-like letters - looked like "Allah" in Arabic when viewed from a certain angle.

Newsweek reported in July of that year that Nike had launched a program of "sensitivity training on Islam" and gave a donation to an Islamic school.

A year later, Unilever scrapped a new logo it had begun to use on Walls ice creams in the Middle East - again after Muslims said the intertwining red and yellow hearts looked like "Allah" in Arabic, when viewed upside down and backwards.

In 1994, Lagerfeld designed a dress incorporating a pattern he had copied from Arabic lettering on India's Taj Mahal monument. The lettering included the phrase "They are the ones who found guidance," used a number of times in the Koran.

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