“Why did I become a vegan?” The Muslim Vegetarian Experience

All religions are obedient to a healthy way of eating. And this article is proof of that! Today we look at the stories of Muslim families and their experience of vegetarianism.

Hulu family

“Salaam Alaikum! My wife and I have been vegetarians for 15 years now. Our transition was driven primarily by factors such as animal rights and environmental feasibility. In the late 1990s, we were both big hardcore/punk music fans, around the same time we went vegan.

At first glance, Islam and veganism seem to be something incompatible. However, we have found vegetarian traditions in Muslim ummahs (communities) following the example of Sheikh Bawa Muhyaddin, a Sufi vegetarian saint from Sri Lanka who lived in Philadelphia in the 70s and 80s. I do not consider the consumption of meat haram (forbidden). After all, our Prophet and his family ate meat. Some Muslims cite his actions as an argument against the vegan diet. I prefer to view it as a necessary measure. At the time and place, vegetarianism was potentially impractical for survival. By the way, there are facts that indicate that Jesus was a vegetarian. Many hadiths (approvals) are praised and encouraged by Allah when showing compassion and mercy to animals. Currently, we are raising two vegan boys, hoping to instill in them feelings of love and protection for animals, as well as faith in the “One God who created everything and gave trust to the children of Adam.” Bett

“Muslims have many reasons to stick to a plant-based diet. We must think about how the consumption of meat (pierced with hormones and antibiotics) affects our health, about the relationship of man to animals. For me, the most important argument in favor of a plant-based diet is that we can feed more people with the same resources. This is something that Muslims should not forget.”

Ezra Erekson

“The Qur’an and Hadith clearly say that what God created should be protected and respected. The current state of the meat and dairy industry in the world, of course, is contrary to these principles. The prophets may have consumed meat from time to time, but what kind and how is far from the current realities of consumption of meat and dairy products. I believe that the behavior of us Muslims should reflect our responsibility for the world we live in today.”

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