London Queer Muslims
from Aashiqa Dahlia
Let us begin with this beautiful Du’a:
In the name of The Divine, Infinite Compassion, Infinite Mercy
All praise is only forThe Divine, the Sustainer and Protector of all the worlds. Wherever we turn, be it inside of ourselves, toward that which lies directly in our path, or to the most distant horizon, we find nothing but Allah. From my deep heart, I ask that Allah give all the Muslims, all the mu’min of all of The One’s religions and ways, and all of those who follow their own way of compassion and mercy, the longing and the strength to struggle and strive to see Allah in all places, in all faces, in all beings and in all circumstances. I ask that Allah guide us to clarity and discernment, that we might truly become the vice regents and stewards of this planet that we are created to be. Amin Amin Amin
Seeing Allah in all things
It is imperative that in all of our actions and interactions, we see that we are interfacing with nothing less than a divine manifestation, a physical expression of some or all of Allah’s qualities and names. When we speak, we speak to Allah. When we think, we think through Allah. When we kill, we can kill only one of Allah’s surrendered (Muslim) creatures.
Is our food actually halal?
Conditions for being halal
What is the reality of the ‘halal’ meat industry? Treatment of animals and the environment
Is it necessary for us to eat meat?
How did the prophets eat?
Simply because permission is given for an action, does not make that action required, nor does it make it the best or most appropriate action in all circumstances i.e. people who live in remote areas (i.e. deserts and Antarctica) vs industrialised cities
Diseases and health related problems
What is the concept of animal sacrifice in islam? What was the true message behind the story of Abraham (as) and Ismail (as)?
Animal sacrifice vs personal sacrifice and submission to Allah
Is it necessary or are there other ways we can show our submission and devotion to Allah every Eid Al-Adha?
What is the solution? What can we do?
It will be said that eating consistently halal and tayyib is nearly impossible in industrialized society. This may be true for most of us—we do not have the luxury of raising and growing all of our own food, or eating only the food that our neighbours grow and that we know for a fact has been grown wholesomely.
Questions to ask ourselves:
How much of how I eat is just habit? Addiction? Laziness? Cultural or “religious” conditioning? How much control do I actually have, and how much do I abdicate and why?
What was Rasulullah’s (the Prophet of God’s) deep Sunnah, his heart practice? What was the example he offered through and beyond the outward practices dictated by the time and place that he lived? What was appropriate there and then, and what is appropriate here and now?
Various solutions: Cutting down on meat, vegetarianism, veganism etc.
But…ultimately our choice
Ayaat and Ahadith
“Oh, you people, eat from the earth what is halal and tayyib, and follow not the footsteps of the Shaytan …”
(Surat al-Baqarah 2:168)
The Holy Qur’an enjoins over and over, “Waste not by excess, for Allah does not love (the act of ) wasting,” and, “Do not pollute the earth after it has been so wholesomely set in order …”
(Surat al-A’raf 7:56)
The Qur’an also explains to us the significance of Qurbani in making us more pious:
‘Their meat will not reach (the level of) The Divine, nor will their blood, but what reaches Them is piety from you. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may glorify The Divine for that which has guided you; and give good tidings to the doers of good’.
Surah 7 (Al A’raf), Verse 31 “O children of Adam, take your adornment at every place of prostration, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, They like not those who commit excess.” “There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth nor a being that flies on its wings, but they are communities like you. Nothing have We omitted from the Book, and they all shall be gathered to their Sustainer in the end.”
(Surat al-An’am 6:38)
“There is a reward for helping any living creature.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
“It is a great sin for man to imprison those animals which are in his power.” (Muslim)
“You will not have secure faith until you love one another and have mercy on those who live upon the earth.” (Bukhari, Muslim, and Abu Dawud)
“Honour that of The Divine in these mute animals, and ride them when they are fit to be ridden, and let them go free when they need to rest.” (Abu Dawud)
“The grievous things are: shirk; disobedience to parents; the killing of breathing beings” (Bukhari and Muslim)
The Qur’anic account of the sacrifice of Isma`il ultimately speaks against blood atonement. Allah says: (Then when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: “Oh my son! I see in vision that I offer you in sacrifice: Now see what is your view!” (The son) said: “Oh my father! Do As you are commanded: You will find me, if Allah so wills one practicing patience and constancy!” So when they had both submitted their wills, and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice), We called out to him, “Oh Abraham! You have already fulfilled the vision!” Thus indeed do We reward those who do right. For this was obviously a trial and We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice.)
(As-Safat 37: 102-107
FACTS ABOUT THE MEAT INDUSTRY
In addition to the unconscionable suffering that the system causes, industrial animal agriculture also:creates enormous quantities of greenhouse gases, poisons the land with millions of tons of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and; is the world’s leading cause of water pollution and wastewater by far. It takes an estimated 12,000 gallons of water and up to 20 pounds of grain to produce one single pound of meat. It takes 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat – Which is something like 50 full bathtubs. (Source: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)) Meanwhile, it takes 25 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of wheat – Which is less than one bathtub of water. (Source: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA))
(In the US) “ Halal” meat is largely a myth in the industrialised world. One study found that 75 percent of meat bearing “halal” certification was, in fact, not halal—it was simply standard factory- farmed (i.e., pork-, meat-, and feces-fed) meat bearing a “halal” label.iv