Living Vegan: Benefits to Health and Spirituality

Eat of the good things which We have provided for you. (Quran 2:172)   Eat of what is lawful and wholesome on the earth. (Quran 2:168) He causes to grow for you thereby the crops, olives, palm trees, grapevines, and from all the fruits. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought. (Quran 16:11) It is an Islamic commandment, direct from the Holy Quran, that we should consume…

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A Letter To The Newly Vegan Muslim

By: the Raggamuslims As salaamu alaykum and welcome!  We’ve been waiting for you.  Your reasons for arriving to this point may be varied.  Perhaps an emotional documentary stirred a sensitivity to animal cruelty in your heart.  Maybe health challenges arose that merited a plant-based diet or possibly the environmental pollution attributed to the meat and dairy industry has overwhelmed you.  No matter what path brought you to this point, welcome….

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Open Letter To Anti Vegan Family Members

“If you don’t eat meat, you’re being sinful!” “It’s haram not to eat meat!” “You are disobeying God!” “Who’s going to marry you like this?!” If you’ve made any of these type of statements towards your family member who chose a vegan lifestyle, you need a serious reality check. Not only are these patently false but they typify the kind of religious and cultural bullying that occurs within many Muslim…

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Muslims; Go Vegan & Stop Being Part Of The Problem

Yes. We must set the example of how to be responsible global citizens and stop our heedlessness, gluttony and excuse making. Today we as a species are in the worst position in human history.  15,000 scientists from 184 different countries just signed “a warning to humanity” about the growing threats we face and not surprisingly; most of the problems listed:  Climate change Deforestation Species extinction Loss of access to clean water…

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Muslim Scholars Should Declare Factory Farming Haram

Dear Muslim scholars, men and women alike.   I write to you so you can wake the hell up.    If you’ve taken offense to this opening statement, then great because I intend to lay out for you standard industry practices across the world in the meat, dairy and egg industries and then perhaps your offense won’t be as important as the suffering of billions of God’s creatures.   I may…

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Veganistan

Guest author Amna Bakhtiar shares her vegan journey and experiences while spending time with family in Pakistan. Time can change many things. Of the several significant changes in my own life in the past few years, switching to a vegan diet was the hardest for some people in my life to come to terms with. I wasn’t exactly sure how to explain it. I hadn’t watched any animal cruelty videos…

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Don’t Kill An Animal This Eid

No, I am not going to sacrifice an animal this Eid-ul-Adha nor am I going to pay someone to do it for me. Instead, my sacrifice is going to be of a non animal nature and yes, it is religiously sanctioned and justified. I saw animals being slaughtered when I was a boy and it hurt me deeply. I couldn’t understand why such beautiful creatures had to die. Still don’t….

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Where The Heck Are You Sheikh?

Imams, sheikhs, scholars and community leaders have largely ignored the issues of animal and environmental rights and contributed nothing to making our planet better. Why is it after over 30 years of listening to Friday sermons, seminars, workshops, lectures, YouTube videos, Facebook feeds, etc. there isn’t a single – as in NOT ONE dedicated effort from our leadership to reaching out and protecting and saving animals? Our environment? And I’m…

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