God Did Not Order Abraham To Kill His Son

August 17, 2018

As another Eid-ul-Adha arrives, the issue of mass animal sacrifice has once again become a point of debate among both Muslim vegans and non. Some Muslims insist killing animals must be done to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s experience. The story goes like this: Prophet Abraham was told by God in a dream to sacrifice his son Ismael (Isaac according Christendom). So as he was about to do it, God at the…

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Muslims Should Stop Eating Animals

stop sign in pasture
March 20, 2018

There is no reason why Muslims should kill and eat animals today.  That statement may unsettle many readers causing a flurry of textual references from the Qu’ran and/or hadith to justify their position. However, I did not say Islam doesn’t permit it under certain circumstances. I’m contending there is no valid reason to do it today and if you bear with me, I’ll furnish my thoughts on precisely why I…

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A Letter To The Newly Vegan Muslim

December 5, 2017

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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Muslims; Go Vegan & Stop Being Part Of The Problem

November 25, 2017

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

November 14, 2017

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

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September 14, 2017

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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Where The Heck Are You Sheikh?

question mark on tree
April 15, 2017

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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The Halal Meat Saga

cow in field
March 28, 2017

The entire “halal meat” slogan is predicated on a profit driven industry just like any other industry that doesn’t give a damn about the welfare of the animals they mass exterminate or the people who get sick and die from eating them. There is hardly a conversation that I have with a fellow Muslim about being vegan except the inevitable “But it’s halal!” argument being directed at me with the…

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