54 responses

  1. animal lover
    June 26, 2023

    assalamualaikum. I am not a vegan yet, I have a question i have been looking answer for. ” I KNOW IT IS NOT OBLIGATORY TO TAKE AN ANIMAL LIFE ONLY, YOU CAN HAVE OTHER ALTERNATIVES FOR EID UL ADHA. BUT WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT AQIQAH PRACTICE? I DON’T WANT AN ANIMAL LIFE TO BE SACRIFICED FOR MY FRUIT. IS THERE ANY VEGAN ALTERNATIVE FOR THAT?”

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    • Sammer
      June 26, 2023

      Walaykum Assalam,

      Aqiqa is not an obligatory practice. It is in fact originally, a pagan practice that was performed for many years before Islam. Islam simply did away with certain elements of it (like smearing the blood of the animal on the forehead of the child) but kept the practice essentially intact to preserve the tradition of the people at the time.

      The purpose of it was to show generosity to your guests and gratitude to God for the newborn. That was best expressed at the time by sacrificing animals since this is how the Arabs showed hospitality to one another and their guests.

      Today, you can still show the same hospitality and generosity to your guests and gratitude to Allah (swt) by offering much healthier options that not only serve the original purpose; but have a much broader and impactful effect on our world.

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  2. Sharath S
    March 3, 2023

    Excellent blog, going to read almost every single one of what you’ve written! Two doubts, Have you encountered any muslim friends transitioning to veganism after reading your blogs? and is there any whatsapp/ telegram /fb group you maintain for vegan muslims?

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  3. Kate Fowler
    February 21, 2023

    Hello, we’d like to commission a guest blog for Generation Vegan about being a vegan Muslim. And perhaps also a few recipes that would be appropriate for Eid el Fitr. If this is something you’re interested in, or could direct us to someone who might be, would you get in touch? Thanks!

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    • Sammer
      February 24, 2023

      Will do, thank you.

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  4. Abel
    January 15, 2023

    You tread a very, very fine line (and in many cases I feel that you may even cross it) between arguing in favor of veganism, which is of course permissible, and suggesting that veganism is required by Islam. This kind of remark should concern any Muslim: “Many Muslims still argue udhiya is required because “the Prophet and His Companions did it”. This is hardly an argument particularly when we are mass killing tens of millions of animals on a single day!” I worry about how comfortable you might be cherry-picking evidence to support your ideology.

    You want to be careful not to suggest that something that has been clearly made permissible is impermissible. Or that something that the Prophet did could ever be distasteful. I agree with you that modern agriculture is a horrific industry. I agree that it is debatable whether any commercially available halal meat we currently eat can be truly halal. But there is quite a gulf between that and the implication that veganism is required by Islam or that we must end Eid sacrifice.

    I worry that you’re too blasé in the way that you defend your position.

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    • Sammer
      February 4, 2023

      The Prophet (pbuh) in my opinion would be highly outraged by what Muslims do today by mass murdering tens of millions of animals on a single day. NOT FROM THE SUNNAH. I feel eating vegan or mostly plant-based is much closer to the Prophetic way than the manner we are consuming today.

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    • Aliyah
      June 15, 2024

      Allah swt told us in the Holy Quran to respect animals families/communities. Prophet Muhammad pbuh demonstrated this principle too. Factory farming violates Allah’s law. Including dairy. In today’s dairy industry, each calf is taken from its mother shortly after birth. This is torture for the cow and calf. The Quran also prohibits slaughtering animals with signs of abuse, suffering.
      Animals belong to Allah swt, not us. People need to stop committing abominations against Allah’s animals.

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  5. Muralidher Bharatha
    August 17, 2022

    Hare Krishna
    Time has riped to choose 2 ways of living.BEING HUMAN or BEING INHUMAN.
    Choose the better with full confidence and faith on GOD.
    Wishing your article must be an eye opener for all the people around who are eating animals as a pleasure. Eating habits are geographical.
    Because in a desert there is no plantation, growing plants are difficult they can eat animals only for survival. In a colder climates also there is scarsity of veggies growing due to rough weather. They have to eat animals and drink wine only for survival. In a rainy areas due to scarcity of land they depend on marine aquatic animals. But in Bharat(India) even though we have
    moderate weathers all 3 climates are experieced equally being a spiritual land, still 40% are vegans. Only thing i want here people to know is anything less or simple is good and anything more or complicated is a havoc or bad. Thank you very much for giving the platform. Lets celebrate Happy Humans Day.

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  6. Hamida
    August 4, 2022

    I was thinking the same. It’s so refreshing to read this article. But what bothers me is about the hajj. It’s obligatory for us to slaughter animals right during hajj. I really wanted to do hajj but when heart about animal sacrifice I can’t anymore 😔
    I am thinking of leaving this religion because I can’t think of a God who wants to be praised by killing an animal.
    Idk I’m misunderstood or not hope u can help me. Pls reply🙏😢
    Can u please include all the verse related to animal sacrifice to make it little clear

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    • A believer
      December 23, 2022

      Islamically we cannot say the slaughtering itself is impermissible however if you find an issue with the practice the weight is done or the beliefs of the people it’s not permissible to have a disbeliever slaughter on your behalf and therefore you could use that in fast the 7th 8th 9th there and 7 Days upon return

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  7. Hamida
    August 4, 2022

    I was thinking the same. It’s so refreshing to read this article. But what bothers me is about the hajj. It’s obligatory for us to slaughter animals right during hajj. I really wanted to do hajj but when heart about animal sacrifice I can’t anymore 😔
    I am thinking of leaving this religion because I can’t think of a God who wants to be praised by killing an animal.
    Idk I’m misunderstood or not hope u can help me. Pls reply🙏😢

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    • Akhi
      June 9, 2023

      you cant leave the religion becuase of one thing that you dont like, there is a reason behind the animal sacrifice sure youre a vegan but there are reasons why we do this the Animal sacrifice commemorates prophet ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son on allah’s command, it also reminds the pilgrim of sharing food with the poor and its really not about the animal allah says: “it is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him.” (Al-Hajj 22: 37)

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      • Sammer
        June 19, 2023

        Interesting to see where exactly in the Qu’ran God “commanded” Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son?

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  8. David
    June 21, 2022

    Ooops, I see the comments started in 2020, and that there are some as new as 2022. Awesome! Please keep the dialogue going!

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    • Sammer
      June 22, 2022

      Indeed!

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  9. David
    June 21, 2022

    Hello Sammer, please don’t give up/lose heart on this divinely inspired revelation you have been given! Looks like the last comment was from 2020, but this message you have will only get more relevant as time goes on. I didn’t even know about Eid-ul Adha until a couple of years ago when I went to get a haircut and the stylist mentioned that he had a second job: buying and selling lambs for Eid-ul Adha. I believe the Quran refers to Jesus (pbuh), as a great prophet and also the Messiah who will come back and kill the Anti-Christ. But I am wondering if there is any reference to him as being the Lamb of God, or if Muslims would be open to other historical religious literature like the books of the New Testament to glean a deeper understanding of Jesus. My hope is that if they could also see Jesus (pbuh) as the Lamb of God, then he would be the final sacrifice needed, and therefore no more need to slaughter lambs and other animals for Eid-ul Adha.

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    • Sammer
      June 22, 2022

      Hi David,

      Thanks for your support and message.

      As far as I know, there is no reference to Jesus Christ (pbuh) as being the lamb of God in the Qu’ran since Islam does not uphold the concept of blood atonement. It refers to him as pure, a blessed Prophet & Messenger as well as God’s “word”. It’s unequivocal in its view that every soul is responsible for it’s own actions, not anyone else, and that one cannot bear the sins of the other. This is consistent with even the Old Testament:

      “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.” – Ezekiel 18:20

      The Muslim world would benefit on unprecedented levels if they adopted a more whole foods, plant based / vegan lifestyle for sure!

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  10. Mashad Chowdhury
    April 14, 2022

    Salam alaikum. Please do not mix veganism with Islam. Islam has been set in stone 1400 years ago. We do not need vegans trying to change this beautiful religion to fit their needs. Jazakallah. And Allah knows best.

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    • Sammer
      April 17, 2022

      WAS. Islam’s fundamental tenets are immutable yes, but fiqh absolutely must change with time, place and changing circumstances. Thank you for your input.

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  11. veg2021
    March 26, 2022

    Please share your posts on r/VeganMuslims on reddit. Please send a modmail if Sammer or Hakim would like to be added as moderators there to spread the message further

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  12. chris
    February 24, 2022

    I’m not muslim but really appreciate you writing this. I have discussions and talks about being vegan with people of all different religions including Islam and it’s great to find this website which is Islamic and supporting veganism. Thank you for your great work and this fantastic article.

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    • Sammer
      February 25, 2022

      Thank you Chris for your support. Stay blessed.

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  13. Zerin Sadia
    November 19, 2021

    I heard that the regular deeds committed by Rasul Muhammad (SW) are defined as Sunnah Muaqwada or equal to Farz. So many Muslims claim that Rasul Muhammed (SW) sacrificed animals in every Eid Ul Adha that’s why it’s compulsory for us to maintain the same tradition. Is it true? My another question is will animals go to Jannah? I’m an avid animal lover so I feel very worried hearing many Alims’ opinion that they won’t go to Jannah. Kindly reply to my queries based on authentic sources. Thank u.

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    • Sammer
      November 19, 2021

      There are numerous sources in this very article from the authentic sunnah in direct answer to your question. 🙂

      If the Prophet’s closest companions sincerely believed it was mandatory, why would so many openly state they don’t do it? Secondly, the article (and several others on the site) delve into the context of animal sacrifice so even if one believes the Prophet (pbuh) did something, it doesn’t necessarily mandate we must collectively do it.

      For example, the Qu’ran and Sunnah do not forbid slavery but most scholars today abhor it and outrightly forbid it as it is indeed a reprehensible act. But the reason the Qu’ran and Sunnah didn’t forbid it *at that specific time* was it was already part of society and to ban it would have caused much social upheaval. So what it did, was openly encourage the freeing of slaves – basically setting a trajectory so as time passed, the practice itself would be shunned and relegated to history.

      Nobody knows if animals from this world will go to Jannah but I do not worry for them as the Creator of the Universe/s has stated “Indeed, Allah does not do injustice even as much as an atom’s weight…” – Qu’ran 4:40.

      Also in the Qu’ran and Sunnah, we know there are many different types of animals in Jannah. So my personal belief is yes, there will be animals in Jannah, even specific ones you wish for because every desire of those in Jannah will be granted:

      “Circulated among them will be plates and vessels of gold. And therein is whatever the souls desire and what delights the eyes, and you will abide therein eternally” -Qu’ran 43:71.

      Hope this helps.

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      • Vegantour
        July 8, 2022

        “Indeed, Allah does not do injustice even as much as an atom’s weight…” – Qu’ran 4:40.
        The people who slaughter, kill and eat them as a group of corrupting a living being logically are to be punished of their bad deeds and definitely will go to Hell.
        Thanks for all enlighting comments.

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      • Sammer
        July 9, 2022

        You’re welcome. Thanks for your support.

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  14. Karin Zilliacus
    September 25, 2021

    Some Muslims are saying that we are required to sacrifice animals for Eid and Hahj.

    What do I say to them,

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    • Sammer
      September 27, 2021

      Did you read the various articles that answer this very question?

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  15. Cathleen Hothersall
    July 22, 2021

    Assalamu alaikum. Ramadan Mubarak!

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    • Sammer
      July 23, 2021

      Walaykum Assalam and to you too!

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  16. Anmol
    July 15, 2021

    I have made a logical and emotional shortfilm against animal sacrifice which is an eye opener against tradition…. I wish if u could help me in sharing that film so that this bakr eid we are able to save some innocent lives

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    • Sammer
      July 21, 2021

      Where can we see it?

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  17. Alvin
    April 30, 2021

    What is the relation between the words ‘udhīyah’ and ‘adha’? I have never seen ‘udhīyah’ before. Is it a grammatical form of ‘adha’? Or a localised pronunciation? Please explain, thanks.

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  18. Imran Ahmed Alam
    April 15, 2021

    This is a wonderful piece you have wrote here. Congratulations to you.
    Animals are so forgotten as sentient beings and are the most vulnerable and exploited of creatures on Earth, serving only to further human indifference and barbarity. You have restored some measure of sanity.

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    • Sammer
      April 17, 2021

      Thank you very much Imran, much appreciated.

      Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family.

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  19. Esa-Mohamet
    October 24, 2020

    Alhamdulilah. Excellent. Thankyou.

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    • Sammer
      October 25, 2020

      😉

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  20. Suyash Fowdar
    August 30, 2020

    If in Islam, people stop killing animals… That would be the greatest gift to Allah!

    It is mentioned in Qur’an that we should have mercy for animals just as for humans… And seeing His devotees becoming merciful and compassionate, will be a real pleasure to Him!

    Please sensitise more and more people.

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    • Sammer
      August 31, 2020

      Nicely said Suyash.

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    • Hamida
      August 4, 2022

      But in the Quran it is clearly stated that slaughtering an animal is obligatory during hajj 😓
      My heart is just broken I can’t think of a God who asks us to kill animal and praise him, thinking of quitting this religion 😔

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  21. Liyana
    August 1, 2020

    I really appreciate this article and that there are Muslims who do not believe we need to slaughter (sacrifice) millions of animals for Eid. In my opinion, when I look at the original story that Ibrahim was willing to give up his son for God, it symbolises giving up or sacrificing what you hold closest to your heart, As a father, he loved his son like no other human being and to give him up would have been almost unbearable. So to me, that translates as Eid representing the need for humans to reflect on what or who they think they can’t live without and consider life if they have no choice but to give them up. Ultimately, we all have to give up someone we love for God because we all have to face death. If God calls a soul to return to him, at a young age, God is telling the parents that they must sacrifice (give up) their child. So it is a reminder to humans that God expects us to remember that this life is temporary and to be able to separate ourselves from our loved ones in order to deal with death. And not to get completely attached to another person that we forget that this life is not permanent and that we must answer to God.

    I never took the story to mean go and slaughter some random animal to please God. Even if the intention is to feed those without food. There are other ways to support our fellow human beings including providing meals that do not need to come from the mass killing of animals.

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    • Sammer
      August 1, 2020

      The essence of the practice has devolved from one of personal sacrifice to strictly killing animals which is just wrong. Thanks for your insight; we should reflect on this much deeper.

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  22. Dio
    August 1, 2020

    I think exactly the same, unfortunately, we’re all just human,our understanding regarding this matter can’t be absolutely true,I just pray that the animals actually don’t feel pain at all during the slaughter

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    • Sammer
      August 1, 2020

      Well said but remember, on the day of judgement, each and every soul that faced an atom’s weight of injustice will be compensated!

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  23. Sama
    July 31, 2020

    Awesome!

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    • Sammer
      August 1, 2020

      Thank you.

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  24. antinatalist
    July 31, 2020

    I can only clap for this … Very good article.

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    • Sammer
      July 31, 2020

      Thank you.

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  25. Ismail Aqil
    July 30, 2020

    LOVE this! Thank you for your amazing insights.

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    • Sammer
      July 30, 2020

      You’re welcome, glad you found it helpful.

      Eid Mubarak!

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  26. Vegan
    July 30, 2020

    Thank you for such an important article! May i translate the article and post it on my blog? Of course with crediting you!

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    • Sammer
      July 30, 2020

      You’re welcome and yes, of course 🙂

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