Victory for Vegetarian Muslims

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Victory for Vegetarian Muslims

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,


Islam teaches us compassion and mercy. When we take the name of Allah, we end it with “compassionate and merciful”.

Amongst many teachings religious in Islam, one of the things we have deviated ourselves from is compassion and mercy, to mankind, as well as to other sentient fellow beings( animals).

Today we muslims are referred to as a meat eating community. What does our religious belief and “ iman” has to do with eating meat? Nothing, if you see it from the religious point of view, but much ,if you see it from the community practice point of view.

Today almost every muslim household, all over the world, has at least one meat diet a day. Thing has come to such a pass that even during a small celebration,a cow or a goat/sheep or a few hens are slaughtered for the celebration,mostly in the name of religion.

During Eid-e- Adha , the cow, sheep or camel are procured instantly and slaughtered the next day. When someone has to flaunt his wealth within the community, he makes it a point to sacrifice several such animals .

The pinning down of the animal on the ground with a “ thud” is applauded by those standing by before the knife of sacrifice runs over the animals neck.

Must we make meat our staple diet and must we sacrifice animals during Eid-e-Adha?. As a muslim, we need to see these two questions from a different perspective, instead of deviating from the principles of Islam.


1. When Allah himself is “compassionate and merciful” then why do not we look up to his example and spare the lives of the poor animals and instead use that money to help our muslim brothers and sisters in distress . There are so many brothers and sisters who need financial assistance. Better still would be, if with so much money each year, factories and businesses would be set up with the employment exclusively for muslims.

2. Sacrificing animal is not a “Farz” or compulsory on the day of Eid-e-Adha.

3. Avoid ye the seven obnoxious things {deadly sins}: polytheism; magic; the killing of breathing beings(humans and animals! Which God has forbidden except for rightful reason. (Narrated by Abu Huraira. Sahih Mulim – Kitab-ul-Imam [Ref. No. 46]; Chapt. XXXIX, Vol.I; p. 52. Bukhari, 4:23. Also Awn [Ref. No. 32]; Hadith No. 2857)

4. Being merciful for all creatures, the Prophet of Islam (the religion of mercy) has shown us through his commandments and teachings, how to tend and care for these creatures. Thus he said, “The merciful are shown mercy by the All-Merciful. Show mercy to those on earth, and He Who is in heaven will show mercy unto you.”

5. [6:38] All the creatures on earth, and all the birds that fly with wings, are communities like you. We did not leave anything out of this book(Quran). To their Lord, all these creatures will be summoned. The Quran tells us that animals are communities and nations unto their own and that they are more than mere resources. However, animals are treated as nothing but machines on today’s “factory farms.” Not only are these factory farms found all over the world, they are also becoming the dominant means of meat, egg, and milk production throughout the world. More than 20 billion animals are slaughtered for food each year worldwide. These billions of animals are confined to extremely small spaces so that producers can raise as many animals as possible. Ninety percent of U.S. eggs come from chickens who are crammed together up to five to a cage the size of a record album cover, and this method of egg production is spreading throughout the globe.

6. Muslims are exhorted to eat good, pure, and wholesome food. But we now know that eating animal products is implicated with a host of diseases. People who consume animal products are 10 times more susceptible to heart disease, 40 percent more susceptible to cancer, and at increased risk for many other illnesses, including stroke, obesity, appendicitis, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, and food poisoning. Additionally, meat contains accumulations of pesticides and other chemicals up to 14 times more concentrated than those found in plant foods.When the animal is being slaughtered it is frightened and in pain, it then releases poisonous glandular secretions such as adrenalin which is extremely harmful to us. We also consume the blood of such animals with a completely different DNA which is processed in our liver. Our intestine is longer than carnivores animals , as such, it takes a long time for protein food such as meat to expel from our system . This allows the meat to be lodged for a very long time in our intestine which is the cause for cancer and other diseases in humans ,besides, it is responsible for quick ageing and age related diseases.

7. The habitat of animals are always smelling foul and obnoxious and one cannot stand at that place for a long time , also the raw meat of the animals have obnoxious odour ,which sends an alarm to our brain that these are unclean and should not be consumed. Even after this we consume it camouflaging the bad odour with spices and aromatics. The ultimate result is Mad cow disease, Foot and mouth disease, Swine flue and bird flue, to name a few.

8. Bury a handful of beans in the ground it will give you small plants to eat. Bury a handful of meat it will give you foul smell of carcass and maggots(worms). Then should we muslims eat of such unclean foods?

9. When you slaughter the animal,bacteria immediately start multiplying within it. Even when you freeze the meat the bacteria is alive and when you eat it you eat the bacteria too.

10. “O Believers! Eat of the good and pure (lawful) that We have provided you with and be grateful to Allah, if you truly worshipHim.”[surah al-Baqarah; 2:172] Muslims are exhorted to eat good, pure, and wholesome food.

11.Meat eating is not a criteria to be a Muslim, a pure veg. eating person also can be a good muslim. For any person to be a good muslim he/she must have strong faith on Allah and follow the commandments of Allah. There are 6 Pillars of iman (faith) to be a good Muslim: 1) believing in Allah, the creator of this universe. 2) believing in his Angels 3) believe in his books The Torah, Bible and the Holy Quran, 4) Believe in his messengers, Jesus, Abraham, Moses, And the last and final messenger Mohammed, peace be upon them all, 5) Believing in destiny. 6) believe in the here-after, (day of judgment, Heaven Hell etc,)

Eid -Ul -Adha is an happy occasion for all muslims around the world to celebrate and rejoice. We would rejoice more if we spend that much time with our family and friends rather than in procuring the animals for sacrifice and spending days in cutting and distributing its flesh and donating its skin. When you spare the lives of animals you show your mercy towards them and Allah is happy with your action . The money that would otherwise have gone to buy the animals may be given to charity for the deserving poor muslim brothers and sisters,this action too will make Allah happy . This way you earn two points to make Allah happy. You will also feel happy when you spare the lives of helpless living beings. Better still, the huge amount of money that is collected worldwide in not buying and slaughtering any animal could go into making large factories and business houses employing muslim brothers and sisters across the world. Finance the study of deserving muslim scholars. Build international quality schools,colleges and professional educational centres around the world. Build hospitals and free state of the art medical centres for the community and free for the aged.

Those of us who would like to flaunt their wealth within the community will have their names written in big letters towards the amount of contribution for the noble cause. This way the name of that person will remain on the board forever.

Muslims should in any case avoid the eating of flesh. Meat, like wine, is habit forming and dangerous for health. The after effect in old age is pathetic. Most of us blame it on ageing process. This is not so, meat causes arthritis, uric acid accumulation in the joints, cancer, kidney liver, heart and other terminal illnesses are caused due to consuming meat in any form. Allah has made our body to remain young for at least a 100 year. We can live up to 150 year if we do not get angry all for nothing, eat in moderation, consume pure, clean and wholesome food, refrain from meat, wine and other vices. Think pure, eat pure and be of service to mankind.


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  2. ‘Vegetarianism’ is now a movement the world over. Many even associate it with
    animal rights. Indeed, a large number of people consider the consumption of
    meat and other non-vegetarian products to be a violation of animal rights.
    Islam enjoins mercy and compassion for all living creatures. At the same time
    Islam maintains that Allah has created the earth and its wondrous flora and
    fauna for the benefit of mankind. It is upto mankind to use every resource in this
    world judiciously, as a niyamat (Divine blessing) and amanat (trust) from Allah.
    Let us look at various other aspects of this argument.
    1. A Muslim can be a pure vegetarian
    A Muslim can be a very good Muslim despite being a pure vegetarian. It is not
    compulsory for a Muslim to have non-vegetarian food.
    2. Qur’an permits Muslims to have non-vegetarian food
    The Qur’an, however permits a Muslim to have non-vegetarian food. The
    following Qur’anic verses are proof of this fact:
    “O ye who believe! Fulfil (all) obligations. Lawful unto you (for food) are
    all four-footed animals with the exceptions named.”
    [Al-Qur’an 5:1]
    “And cattle He has created for you (men): from them Ye derive warmth,
    and numerous benefits, And of their (meat) ye eat.”
    [Al-Qur’an 16:5]
    “And in cattle (too) ye have an instructive example: From within their
    bodies We produce (milk) for you to drink; there are, in them, (besides),
    numerous (other) benefits for you; and of their (meat) ye eat.”
    [Al-Qur’an 23:21]
    3. Meat is nutritious and rich in complete protein
    Non-vegetarian food is a good source of excellent protein. It contains
    biologically complete protein i.e. all the 8 essential amino acid that are not
    synthesized by the body and should be supplied in the diet. Meat also contains
    iron, vitamin B1 and niacin 4. Humans have Omnivorous set of teeth
    If you observe the teeth of herbivorous animals like the cow, goat and sheep,
    you will find something strikingly similar in all of them. All these animals have
    a set of flat teeth i.e. suited for herbivorous diet. If you observe the set of teeth
    of the carnivorous animals like the lion, tiger, or leopard, they all have a set of
    pointed teeth i.e. suited for a carnivorous diet. If you analyze the set of teeth of
    humans, you find that they have flat teeth as well as pointed teeth. Thus they
    have teeth suited for both herbivorous as well as carnivorous food i.e. they are
    omnivorous. One may ask, if Almighty God wanted humans to have only
    vegetables, why did He provide us also with pointed teeth? It is logical that He
    expected us to need and to have both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian
    5. Human beings can digest both vege-tarian and non-vegetarian
    The digestive system of herbivorous animals can digest only vegetables. The
    digestive system of carnivorous animals can digest only meat. But the digestive
    system of humans can digest both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. If
    Almighty God wanted us to have only vegetables then why did He give us a
    digestive system that can digest both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian
    6. Hindu scriptures give permission to have non-vegetarian food
    a. There are many Hindus who are strictly vegetarian. They think it is against
    their religion to consume non-vegetarian food. But the true fact is that the
    Hindu scriptures permit a person to have meat. The scriptures mention
    Hindu sages and saints consuming non-vegetarian food.
    b. It is mentioned in Manu Smruti, the law book of Hindus, in chapter 5 verse 30
    “The eater who eats the flesh of those to be eaten does nothing bad,
    even if he does it day after day, for God himself created some to be eaten
    and some to be eater.”
    c. Again next verse of Manu Smruti, that is, chapter 5 verse 31 says
    “Eating meat is right for the sacrifice, this is traditionally known as a rule of
    the gods.”
    d. Further in Manu Smruti chapter 5 verse 39 and 40 says
    “God himself created sacrificial animals for sacrifice, … , therefore killing in
    a sacrifice is not killing.”e. Mahabharata Anushashan Parva chapter 88 narrates the discussion
    between Dharmaraj Yudhishthira and Pitamah Bhishma about what food
    one should offer to Pitris (ancestors) during the Shraddha (ceremony of
    dead) to keep them satisfied. Paragraph reads as follows:
    “Yudhishthira said, “O thou of great puissance, tell me what that object is
    which, if dedicated to the Pitiris (dead ancestors), become inexhaustible!
    What Havi, again, (if offered) lasts for all time? What, indeed, is that which
    (if presented) becomes eternal?”
    “Bhishma said, “Listen to me, O Yudhishthira, what those Havis are which
    persons conversant with the rituals of the Shraddha (the ceremony of dead)
    regard as suitable in view of Shraddha and what the fruits are that attach to
    each. With sesame seeds and rice and barely and Masha and water and
    roots and fruits, if given at Shraddhas, the pitris, O king, remain gratified for
    the period of a month. With fishes offered at Shraddhas, the pitris remain
    gratified for a period of two months. With the mutton they remain gratified
    for three months and with the hare for four months, with the flesh of the
    goat for five months, with the bacon (meat of pig) for six months, and with
    the flesh of birds for seven. With venison obtained from those deer that
    are called Prishata, they remaingratified for eight months, and with that
    obtained from the Ruru for nine months, and with the meat of Gavaya for
    ten months, With the meat of the bufffalo their gratification lasts for eleven
    months. With beef presented at the Shraddha, their gratification, it is said ,
    lasts for a full year. Payasa mixed with ghee is as much acceptable to the
    pitris as beef. With the meat of Vadhrinasa (a large bull) the gratification
    of pitris lasts for twelve years. the flesh of rhinoceros, offered to the pitris
    on anniversaries of the lunar days on which they died, becomes
    inexhaustible. The potherb called Kalaska, the petals of kanchana flower,
    and meat of (red) goat also, thus offered, prove inexhaustible.
    So but natural if you want to keep your ancestors satisfied forever, you
    should serve them the meat of red goat.
    7. Hinduism was influenced by other religions
    Though Hindu Scriptures permit its followers to have non-vegetarian food, many
    Hindus adopted the vegetarian system because they were influenced by other
    religions like Jainism.
    8. Even plants have life
    Certain religions have adopted pure vegetarianism as a dietary law because
    they are totally against the killing of living creatures. If a person can survive
    without killing any living creature, I would be the first person to adopt such a way
    of life. In the past people thought plants were lifeless. Today it is a universal fact
    that even plants have life. Thus their logic of not killing living creatures is not
    fulfilled even by being a pure vegetarian.
    9. Even plants can feel pain
    They further argue that plants cannot feel pain, therefore killing a plant is a
    lesser crime as compared to killing an animal. Today science tells us that even
    plants can feel pain. But the cry of the plant cannot be heard by the human
    being. This is due to the inability of the human ear to hear sounds that are not
    in the audible range i.e. 20 Hertz to 20,000 Hertz. Anything below and above
    this range cannot be heard by a human being. A dog can hear up to 40,000
    Hertz. Thus there are silent dog whistles that have a frequency of more than
    20,000 Hertz and less than 40,000 Hertz. These whistles are only heard by
    dogs and not by human beings. The dog recognizes the masters whistle and
    comes to the master. There was research done by a farmer in U.S.A. who
    invented an instrument which converted the cry of the plant so that it could be
    heard by human beings. He was able to realize immediately when the plant
    itself cried for water. Latest researches show that the plants can even feel happy
    and sad. It can also cry.
    10. Killing a living creature with two senses less is not a lesser crime
    Once a vegetarian argued his case by saying that plants only have two or three
    senses while the animals have five senses. Therefore killing a plant is a lesser
    crime than killing an animal. Suppose your brother is born deaf and dumb and
    has two senses less as compared to other human beings. He becomes mature
    and someone murders him. Would you ask the judge to give the murderer a
    lesser punishment because your brother has two senses less? In fact you would
    say that he has killed a masoom, an innocent person, and the judge should give
    the murderer a greater punishment.
    In fact the Qur’an says:
    “O ye people! Eat of what is on earth, lawful and good”
    [Al-Qur’an 2:168]
    11. Over population of cattle
    If every human being was a vegetarian, it would lead to overpopulation of cattle
    in the world, since their reproduction and multiplication is very swift. Allah (swt)
    in His Divine Wisdom knows how to maintain the balance of His creation
    appropriately. No wonder He has permitted us to have the meat of the cattle.
    12. Cost of meat is reasonable since all aren’t non-vegetarians
    I do not mind if some people are pure vegetarians. However they should not
    condemn non-vegetarians as ruthless. In fact if all Indians become nonvegetarians
    then the present non-vegetarians would be losers since the prices
    of meat would rise.
    1. Islamic method of slaughtering animal
    Zakkaytum is a verb derived from the root word Zakah (to purify). Its infinitive is
    Tazkiyah which means purification. The Islamic mode of slaughtering an animal
    requires the following conditions to be met:
    a. Animal should be slaughtered with sharp object (knife)
    The animal has to be slaughtered with a sharp object (knife) and in a fast
    way so that the pain of slaughter is minimised.
    b. Cut wind pipe, throat and vessels of neck
    Zabiha is an Arabic word which means ‘slaughtered’. The ‘slaughtering’ is
    to be done by cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck
    causing the animal’s death without cutting the spinal cord.
    c. Blood should be drained
    The blood has to be drained completely before the head is removed. The
    purpose is to drain out most of the blood which would serve as a good
    culture medium for micro organisms. The spinal cord must not be cut
    because the nerve fibres to the heart could be damaged during the process
    causing cardiac arrest, stagnating the blood in the blood vessels.
    2. Blood is a good medium for germs and bacteria
    Blood is a good media of germs, bacteria, toxins, etc. Therefore the Muslim way
    of slaughtering is more hygienic as most of the blood containing germs,
    bacteria, toxins, etc. that are the cause of several diseases are eliminated.
    3. Meat remains fresh for a longer time
    Meat slaughtered by Islamic way remains fresh for a longer time due to
    deficiency of blood in the meat as compared to other methods of slaughtering.
    4. Animal does not feel pain
    The swift cutting of vessels of the neck disconnects the flow of blood to the
    nerve of the brain responsible for pain. Thus the animal does not feel pain.
    While dying, the animal struggles, writhers, shakes and kicks, not due to pain,
    but due to the contraction and relaxation of the muscles defecient in blood and
    due to the flow of blood out of the body.
    1. Only eating of herbivorous animals allowed
    I agree that, what a person eats has an effect on his behaviour. This is one of
    the reasons why Islam prohibits the eating of carnivorous animals like lion, tiger,
    leopard, etc. who are violent and ferocious. The consumption of the meat of
    such animals would probably make a person violent and ferocious. Islam only
    allows the eating of herbivorous animals like cow, goat, sheep, etc. that are
    peaceful and docile. Muslims eat peaceful and docile animals because Muslims
    are peace loving and non-violent people.
    2. The Qur’an says Prophet prohibits what is bad
    The Qur’an says:
    “The Prophet commands them what is just and prohibits what is evil”.
    “He allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them
    what is bad (and impure),”
    [Al-Qur’an 7: 157]
    “So take what the Messenger assigns to you and deny yourselves that
    which he withholds from you.”
    [Al-Qur’an 59: 7]
    For a Muslim, the Prophet’s statement is sufficient to convince him that Allah does
    not wish humans to eat some kinds of meat while allowing some other kinds.
    3. Hadith of Mohammad (pbuh) prohibi-ting eating of carnivorous
    According to various authentic Ahadith narrated in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih
    Muslim including hadith narrated by Ibn Abbas in Sahih Muslim, Book of hunting
    and slaughter, Hadith No. 4752 and Sunan Ibn-I-Majah chapter 13 Hadith no.
    3232 to 3234, the Holy Prophet (pbuh) prohibited the eating of:
    (i) Wild animals with canine teeth, i.e. meat eating carnivorous animals. These
    are animals belonging to the cat families such as lion, tiger, cats, dogs,
    wolfs, hyenas, etc.
    (ii) Certain rodents like mice, rats, rabbits with claws, etc.
    (iii) Certain reptiles like snakes, alligators, etc.
    (iv) Birds of prey with talons or claws, like vultures, eagle, crows, owl, etc.
    There is no scientific evidence that proves beyond doubt that eating nonvegetarian
    food makes one violent.

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