Islam and Vegetarianism


An interesting dichotomy:

Muslims shouldn’t be vegetarian

First of all, it should be clear that one should not think that it is better to abstain from eating meat, that doing so will be rewarded, or that being a vegetarian is closer to Allah than not, and so on. It is not permitted to draw closer to Allah in this way.


Muslims can and should be vegetarian

Vegetarianism is halal.
Meat is not compulsory.
Any food is permissible provided it is not harmful.
Muslims are free to eat whatever they want provided it is halal.

And some more on the issue

53 Responses to “Islam and Vegetarianism”

  1. ahmed

    Islam is the middle does not shy away from the naturual not does it wallow in the artifical.
    The vehement opposition of some islamic authourities to vegetarianism as a concept is a reflection of Islams aversion to sentimentalism.
    Meat of certain kinds is without doubt permissable
    in islam…what people object to is people making a appeal for vegetarianism based on sentimental view of killing animals which they mistakingly beleif does not befit a merciful god.
    Some islamic authourities opposed vegetarianism, because the particular perpective from which it was advocated,expressed a particular perception of god which is contrary to how he is ordinarily percieved in the islamic tradition.

    Allah in the islamic tradition is not reduced to some glib god light and love…he is also the wrathful,the avenger andthe misguider.
    Whilst Allahs love mercy precedes his wrath…his wrath is in fact relative and thus illusionary,the fact is in the material world,the illusion of injustice has to manifest itself in order that the higher priniciple of mercy can be expressed itself in a hidden way in a higher realm.
    Having said that, if we look at the islamic guidlines regarding the treatment of animals,
    the abuse of animals under the modern factory system is certainly haraam….The middle way would thus be to do refrain from eating meat that has been cultivated under such exploitative circumstances and for muslims to create pressure groups that can create provisions by which we can ensure the meat we buy is ritualistically as well as ethically halal.
    What is indeed important that muslims need to contribute greater in the realm of alternative health and vegan/vegetarianism rather than percieving as an issue for the new age.

  2. bustani

    I believe that Mohammed, puh, was a vegetarian; it helps, somehow, to see things differently when one avoids the consumption of flesh. Watch the effect.

  3. wes hurley

    I’m not a muslim nor an expert on Islam. But I used to have a coworker who was from Malaysia. He was older and very traditional. He was a very strict muslim and he was a vegetarian. When I asked him about his vegetarianism, he said that his religion – Islam – required him to be. He seemed like the kind of person who blindly follows whatever scripture they choose to follow. Therefore, I don’t think his vegetarianism was of his own interpretation of Islam. I have never encountered a Muslim like him before, but I’m wondering if some branches of Islam do preach vegetarianism. One thing I do know about Islam is that like any other religion, it mutated depending on a culture that adapted it and it often appropriated certain local customs and cultural ideals in order to win new converts. Thus there are Muslims in some parts of Africa that do things that no Muslims anywhere would ever do, etc. It would interesting to find out if some ‘denominations’ of Islam do advocate vegetarianism.

  4. Sidra

    The first link doesn’t say vegetarianism is not allowed–it says one should not forbid one’s self what is permitted in Islam; however, if not eating meat is just a matter of preference it is ok. Also, I think Muhammad (PBUH) wasn’t a vegetarian as he was noted to eat meat on Eid. Personally, I eat a mostly vegetarian diet. I am more of a social meat eater (i.e, about once a month)

  5. ddddd

    Any religion that does not exercise compassion towards the weak, the voiceless and the vulnerable is a sham.

  6. escapologist

    Hi and Aslaamoalikum,

    I jus want to say that I am a Muslim and a vegetarian. I do believe the above quotes in the original document were taken from the same (pro vegetarian site ( so out of context doesn’t prove too much.

    Islam (and there are many hadith on this) advoates compassion towards ALL beings (e.g. hadith about giving water to a dog and gaining a place in heaven, not being allowed to wear furs, cursing those that caged animals etc).

    Meat is allowed within Islam like all other things- MODERATLEY. Todays excessive consumerism is NOT MODERATE. Infact it is damaging towards health (I’m a biologist, trust me on this one and damaging ones health is disallowed in Islam). The animals slaughtered for the excessive demands are in vile conditions, fed meat of others (makes them carnivores [forbidden to muslims]), live export, branding….all these practises are UNISLAMIC. If there prophet (pbuh) were alive today would he allow it?

    The prophet (pbuh) lived in desert areas where veg were scarce and ate meat to stay alive and on special occasions NOT EVERY DAY/WEEK. Islam is a universal religion for ALL people EVERYWHERE hence the reason why meat is not forbidden. People live in remote areas (e.g. Alaska) where vegetables are not abundant and meat is their main source of kcal.These people would starve if they didn’t eat meat (oh don’t argue that they can be imported-not always practical also Islam was around 1200years before any industrial revolution). You have to understand, its not till this day and age that vegetables of all season are available all year round (in the west).

    I chose not to eat meat though allowed under circumstances, becuase I feel the conditions the animals are slaughtered are totally unislamic.I really think if you are a muslim you should stop being naive and wonder HOW CAN SO MANY chickens (9000 per/hr on low rotate) be slaughtered with DUA(prayer which is compulsory),a sharp knife and not see another animal be slaughtered amongst the other set of rules?- its just not economically viable to support the Islamic ways of slaughtering on a mass scale. I heard in one place they played a tape with dua(!!!) and animals were slaughtered, another a non-muslim(!!!) read the dua o and this i can vouch for this, diseased already dead carcasses (haram) were beimg served up as halal meat. Stop turning a blind eye…..if not for the animals atleast for your own health.

    I’m a practising muslima, not just muslim by name. Till this day NOT A SINGLE person has been able to counter argue any point I have made from an Islamic point of view.

    To the person who posted saying indirectly my faith is a sham….you shouldn’t be so ignornat and quick to judge YOU OBvIOUSLY DON’T KNOW ANTHING ABOUT MY RELIGION, just like many muslims are ignorant to the conditions that animals are slaughtered…you are no better! RESEARCH next time!!!!!!

    There are so many points from an islamic p.o.v why it can be wrong to eat meat in the ‘civilised’ west. there are other topics like health that I could go much deeper into and the enviroment…..but this comment would become a novel if not already!!!!

    I’m off to have some soya!

    p.s excuse spelling and grammer…this screen is TINY I can’t see what is going on!

  7. escapologist

    o and did u know that many of the prophets before the last one in islam (also messengers for christianity and judaism) were vegetarian/vegan?

    (however Mulsims believe that these prophets bought the messages of God to their people, where as the final prophet, Muhammad pbuh bought the message to all the people of all time)

  8. Amit Singla

    I feel there is no need to go in depth of each and every religion separately as the preachings are same. It’s just that how an individual interpret the sayings.for instance the concept of sacrifice (‘Qurbani’) or giving one’s head practiced during Idd was meant sacrificing one’s ego- not the head of a sheep!Similarily The Essene Bible clearly carries Jesus’ injunction for the humankind to subsist only on vegetarian food, but this has been subsequently deleted. But it’s not that every time analysis is required, god has gifted a healthy brain to mankind and everyone has the capability to generate his own perception that whether the killing of livingbeings just for the sake of taste, pleasure & enjoyment is a sensible act?

  9. Ame

    Amit, my animal eating muslim husband says: aren’t you killing plants or vegetables before you consume them?
    I do hope that everyone takes pleasure and enjoyment in whatever they choose to eat, we all should do.
    The difference is what happens to your food before it gets to your table.

    Veggie for 15 years from UK

  10. Ryan

    Ame — the two problems with that are:

    1. plants and vegetables don’t feel pain and don’t suffer

    2. many more plants are killed in meat production than for human production, so even if it were a legitimate concern, you’re still causing “less harm” by avoiding meat

  11. Ame

    1. Plants and vegetables don’t feel pain and don’t suffer – do we know as much?
    2. All true.
    But the issue of my comment was that we should give a thought to everything (animals, plants, air, natural resources) and try to co-exist, learn and explore (starting with ourselves) rather than conquer, change and destroy, as this is what we seem to be doing lately a lot of.

  12. Ryan

    Hi, Ame —

    1. Plants don’t have a central nervous system and so are unable to feel pain. There was a “theory” back in the 1970s that plants could feel pain, but it was quickly debunked. Questions 42-45 of this FAQ go into far more detail than I will here.

    2. I agree… looking at ourselves and our affect on the planet and each other is very important. There are often no completely “good” or completely “bad” choices due to the interconnected nature of life. We each have a responsibility to be aware of the true consequences of our actions and to choose a path that causes the least harm, as best as we can reason it. Some changes, like diet, can make a huge impact with very little effort.

    Thanks for writing.

  13. essra

    Assalamualaikum! I’ve been recently looking into veganism. My father has been a vegetarian for over 35 years, and I have always been a moderate meat-eater (a few 3-4 times a month). In the spiritual group that I attend, there was some talk of “Sowm-e-Soluk,” it is an Islamic Vegan fast for 40 days. They say that one attains a higher state and closeness with the Maker! I’m going to try it out, is anyone interested in joining me? Also, after seeing how the meat and farming industry treats animals, we as Muslims MUST find it difficult to consider that meat Halaal. In Islam if an animal has been tortured in any way, we are not allowed to consume that animal, it must be left o live out its natural life. The way that animals are treated in the states and in many of the farms in Australia and New Zealand (where much of the Middle Eastern supply comes from) we must rethink what we consider to be Halaal. These animals are being tortured! There is a hadith of the Rasul-SAS where he was walking and came upon an animal whos face was branded, the Prophet-SAS cursed the person that had inflicted the animal with such pain. The interesting thing about this hadith is that in all the accounts where people are harming the Prophet-SAS he NEVER cursed them; these are people that threw waste on him, and cursed him and his family. But when it comes to animals, the Prophet-SAS felt no inhibitions to curse the mangled soul of one so cruel as to harm an animal. Also (I don’t mean to blab on too long, I promise :) there are many hadith that speak of people whom were far of the path of spirituality and Islam, but when they were kind to an animal, they were granted paradise. In one account it was a man in the desert whom was thirsty and when he found a well, he saw a thirsty dog next to it. When he saw that there was no bucket, the man went into the well, soaked his shirt in the water and rung it out over the dogs mouth to let him drink. It is said that this man was granted paradise and forgiven for his sins. There is another story about a prostitute and a cat on a rainy night, but I’m sure that you all get my drift!

    Be well,



  14. Azbar Hussain

    Any religion that does not exercise compassion towards the weak, the voiceless and the vulnerable is a sham.

  15. Stuart

    I have come across 4 reasons people give for being vegetarian:
    1. Concern for animal welfare
    2. Religious reasons
    3. Spiritual reasons
    4. Health reasons
    Making this distinction may help the analysis.
    The general question is presumably whether people should be vegetarian, not just muslims.
    Another point is that, if you attampt to answer all questions from a single book, you have a problem when the question is not adequately covered in the book. This arises more as long periods of time elapse. The whole question of developing consciousness and becoming more self-sufficient in matters of judgment has to be addressed to answer these questions adequately.

  16. Aneesa

    I am a Muslim so we as Muslims are permitted to eat meat if it is halal, however what reason would you give to a vegetarian who says that they do not eat meat due to the fact that you are killing a living being made by God.

  17. nazia

    Pls can u send me dua for becoming self- sufficient and self-reliant because i am suffering from huge financial crisis and feeding on others food.if u send me some duas to solve this problem ill be vv thankful to u and allah
    will be eagerly awaiting to see ur answer on my email.

  18. umaima

    Assalamu alaikum
    I am a student and was asked that why is it that it is not allowed to eat some certain meat i islam. I could not give the answer and decided to come and check but still i cant see the answer. Please if the answer is available to you please you can do email it to my address as above. Bissalam

  19. Vivek

    What some of the gentlemen have said here is perfectly true. Muslims are supposed to kill an animal with the least amount of pain and not in the presence of other animals. Being a journalist, I have seen so many animals being killed in front of the others. Hindus have this practice of sacrificing animals too. I just hate it. I would rather see an animal happily roaming round in the fields rather than ending up on the dining table. But for all those animals which are slaughtered, I wish they never come back to earth to be ill treated by humans again.

  20. Irfan Khan

    One will find good and bad people in all faiths. Therefore one cannot claim supremacy of one faith over the other. However my understanding of five religions is as follows. Christianity allows any kind of meat. Islam allows meat of all vegetarian animals but no pork. Hinduism has both vegetarians and non-vegetarian followers. The non-vegetarian followers don’t eat meat of cow. Sikhs s are meat-eaters as well as vegetarians. However the meat-eaters avoid cows. The Buddhists also have both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Jainism lays very high emphasis on vegetarianism and non-violence towards all life forms including insects, and all its followers are vegetarians. Based on this information I understand that Jainism practices highest compassion towards animals and all living creatures which is unmatched compared to other religions.

    Islam says vegetarian food is halal and meat obtained without the islamic guidlines is haram. Then why not followers of islam become complete vegetarian since there would be no risk at all of consuming haram food and they would show greater compassion for animals like Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) had. In today’s world when every vegetable is available througout the year, there is no need to take life of innocent animals for the sake of food. Also killing helpless animals during Eid in the name of sacrifice is so foolish and mindless. If at all you need to sacrifice something to Allah, sacrifice greed, ego, lust, hatred, jealous and other human weaknesses. Killing innocent and helpless animals will infact enrage Allah not make him happy..

    Christianity’s first commandment is”thou shall not kill”. That sentence includes not killing any living creature be it insect animal or man. However, christians apply it to only human beings. That is so selfish. I like Christ. The christians are so unlike their christ.

    Same applies to peoples of other faith. Let us not be hypocrites. Let us not be selfish. Let us enlarge our domain of love and compassion to all the living creatures of this world. Let us not restrict ourselves to just human beings. Let us live and let live.

  21. Desert Rose

    Bismillah hir-rah mah-nirrah-heem – I begin in the Name of God, The Beneficient, the Merciful.

    I became a vegetarian in 2000. One day I was eating meat, fowl, seafood and eggs, and then the next day I was totally vegetarian. I am now more vegan, giving up dairy also. I have never felt better in my whole life.

    I had many questions about the killing of animals, poultry and fish when I was a young child. I always felt sorry and guilty when they had to be killed. Many years ago, on Eid ul Azha day we were at a farm outside of Toronto (women are not generally welcome to be around when the killing occurs) and of course the bull was fighting against being slaughtered. The animal was fighting for its life and then the farmer who was doing the killing took a gun and shot the animal in its head and then they proceeded to cut its throat with a sharp knife to ensure that the meat was halal. That killing shook me up inside. The farmer told me that the animal was just stunned.

    After I saw that happening I was a bit troubled in my heart and soul. I started having doubts in my mind about my religion. I was practicing my religion more as a habitual, ritualistic manner, not asking questions, not seeking the TRUTH. What was the truth?

    But Islam is not to blame, it is us who misinterpret the Quran and disobey the Mosaic Law of the Ten Commandments, “Thou shalt not Kill”. The Quran explicitly forbids Muslims from eating the flesh of dead animals and ingesting the blood of animals. If you kill a sentient being(animals, fowl, fish, etc.), then it is dead. How can you proceed to eat the flesh of dead animals?

    I am a logical person and I asked myself those questions and many more. I re-read the Quran and once I became aware of what I was doing, I was deeply troubled, aware that the spiritual leaders, including my parents and family, would not have the answers for me. Anyway, I continued eating meat because my religion and Muslims were doing this. It was how I was brought up.

    Eventually, one thing led to another and thank God, I have finally given up the practice of meat eating. I had lost my compassionate nature when I was eating a lot of animal flesh. I was a changed being. Now, I am more compassionate again to all sentient beings, happier, but still a bit troubled that many Muslims still butt heads with me and rationalize meat eating to this day. As I told my Mom, the Quran also says, “Eat of the good things of the earth, Eat of the garlic, the cucumber and the lentils.” But when I go to the mosque, there is never any lentil dishes and cucumbers.

    Many muslims are having vegetarian meals more often including my mother and some of my family members. Many Muslims including the Prophet, the Sahabah, the Sufis, Saints and Scholars were (more) vegetarian.

    My only advice to many of you who are questioning the idea of vegetarianism in Islam is to take the Veggie Challenge for a week or a month and then let us know how you feel.

  22. Haider Jafari

    Certain types of meat are prohibited in Islam. Proper slaughter like in Zionism is an essential condition in Islam. Vegetarainism is is not prohibited either. However the affects of meat eating was noted earlier when the Prophet said, Do not make the graves of animals in your bellys. This reflects how meat is discouraged but not prohibited. But vagatable are not discouraged.

  23. Syafrin

    All modern meat is haram to moslems.
    Wool sheep from Australia is vivisected without any painkillers, leaving the sheep in agony for days afterwards.
    Cows live in a condition so inhumane. Veal are kept in dark for 4 months with necks chained, milk cows are impregnated every year and render them too tired to pass more than 4 years of live, and they are transported in extreme weather to slaughterhouse. Their body parts are cut while they are still alive.
    Compare the story of the chicks of a motherbird in Islam and compare it with modern fishing where even the smallest fish and cretaceans are pulled out of the sea and left off as garbage because these small animals have no economic value.
    Pigs practice cannibalism in farms. Meat Bone Meal is fed back to cows.
    Don’t ever people say don’t talk about condition in factory farm in dinner because it ruin their dinner, please open your eyes to the fact.
    When moslem food authority in middle east approve the import of meat from europe and US, I think they have been pressured or corrupted by the western officials to halal the meat that is never not supposed to be halal.
    There is absolutely nothing compassionate left in modern meat, and by eating them, moslems are not doing good for their religion.

  24. Syafrin

    Meat in middle east in the time of the Prophet is a necessity. Food distribution from neighboring countries is not as convenient. In the vast expand of the desert, people cannot be expected to hear what the Prophet say if their belly is empty.
    However, there are a lot of cautions to be awared of by moslem before any meat can be eaten.
    Money and ports in modern rich middle eastern countries are absolutely not a issue.
    When all the words of Mohammed regarding animals is considered relative to the background settings, we will see Mohammed is absolutely a very considerate gentleman to animals.



  26. honey

    I am a Muslim and totally in favour of vegetarianism. I am sure that vegetarianism is not forbidden in Islam because it is not mentioned anywhere in the Quran (trust me, I have read the Quran all through, and quite well, with the mercy of Allah) and I believe such a thing was also not mentioned by the Prophet. Anything is permissible in Islam provided that it is not haram (As far as I know vegetables are not haram :P). I’m not saying that meat consumption should be prohibited; eating everything in moderation is undoubtedly good for health. But the barbaric way food animals are treated and slaughtered in modern day slaughter houses ( is something Islam- or any other religion for that matter- would not permit. I chose to be vegetarian simply for this reason- I feel compassion for every kind of creature Allah has created.

  27. Alesha

    This all seems controversial. I wanted to get to the bottom of this myself. Islam is about purity and keeping oneself free from any kind of impurity. The consmption of meat is allowed in Islam but only if it is Halal. Food is blessed by Allah (SWT) so that is why the animal is prayed upon before beig slaughtered.

  28. Irfan Khan

    Actually meat is nothing but dead body or corpse of animal which is spiced up for consumption. With vegetables we never refer to them as dead body of tomato, spinach etc. The logic that chanting name of ALLAH while killing an animal is like taking ALLAH’s permission to eat the animal’s body is completely flawed. By this logic, chanting ALLAH’s name and killing a human being is permissible. Also if you kill a human body and cook it will call it meat? While killing an animal do you actually hear ALLAH saying that killing the animal is granted? NO. Then how can you assume that you have the permission to kill the animals. By not killing animals Muslims do not become hindus or buddhists or Jains, they just become better muslims, Muslims filled with compassion towards Allah’s creation!

  29. Aamir Noushad

    I am an ex-muslim from India. One of the reasons I left Islam at a very young age of around 15 was due to killing of animals. I could never justify such barbaric and cruel treatment. This, which our family traditionally and religiously observed year after year on Eid al Adha disturbed me a great deal. Later I was to learn about the shariah laws in Islam, ie cutting of hands, flogging, beheading, genital mutilation of both boys and girls without their consent etc. this just enraged me even further and I decided Islam was not for me. It would take me a few more yeas of research to finally realise that there was not only lack of comapsassion in Islam, but that the religion is completely devoid of logic, rationality and science. The flaws were too many.

    Today, I am a proud vegetarian and atheist. I have found the truth in Atheism.

  30. Subhan Ali

    R/Sir I am purely vegitarian and wish that the whole world be vegitarian, where all bird and beats could live full life and we could lead a life of co-existence as well. Really we do not know the pains a slaughtered animal bears. It cannot express but its movements explicit the it does not want to be killed willingly. When Allah is merciful, why is He cruel to animals. I am not against Islam, but slaughtering touches my heart deep and make me feel that I should quit the world earliest, due to reasons advanced above. …….Subhan Ali

  31. Elita

    Dear Aamir Noushad,
    I am so sorry to hear that you have left your faith. I am a vegetarian and devout Muslim. If you could do a bit more research then you would possibly find that there is a justifiable reason behind every action that Islam suggests. And if you watch the movie Earthlings, numerous PETA footages, and particularly videos regarding fur and dog trade in China, you will learn that people from other religions (and atheists) are more cruel to animals. There is good and bad everywhere but you just have to make good out of the bad things yourself, if you get what I mean. I would urge all brothers and sisters to reconsider their faith from a neutral point of view before making such decisions.

  32. Heynam

    There’s an alarmingly large number of people on the internet who claim to have left “Islam” but then clearly have no what Islam is… only one conclusion I can find..

    Anyhoo wrt to this, as a Muslim I am considering vegeterianism not because I think we shouldn’t kill Allah(swt)’s creation blah blah the Qur’an clearly states we can eat the meat of permissable animals there’s no issue there, no I am considering it because of the current farming practices and their negative impact on animal welfare, as well as the fact that animals in the West often have feeds with other animal derivatives in them therefore as far as my understanding goes these reasons makes the consumption of these meats impermissable.

    Another reason is the fact that halal meat is mass produced and it’s output of large volumes of meat seems contradictory to the original process of halal slaughter. Slaughtering an animal using halal methods takes time and the whole process is centred on respecting the animal and in turn what Allah(swt) has provided us with. You have to calm the animal and make it relaxed, not let the other animals see, have a sharp blade and the blood vessels in the neck have to be cut in one go. I find it hard to believe that these practices are implemented correctly in current meat factories.

    Being Muslim and vegeterian is not controversial unless you reject clear teachings from Qur’an and Hadiths that say eating correctly slaughtered meat is permissable. The clue here is permissable, eating meat is not preferred(sunnah) or compulsory(fard) therefore it’s perfectly acceptable to be vegeterian.

  33. Amanda

    I’m a Muslim and my husband and I have been Vegan for two years and love it!!

  34. Asad

    Du’a for Anxiety

    Allahumma inni a’oodhoo bika minal-hammi-walhazan. Wa’a oodhoo bika minal-ghammi-wal-kasal. Wa’a oodhoo bika minal jubni wal bukhl. Wa’a oodhoo bikal min ghalabatid-dayni-waqarir rijal.
    Oh Allah, I seek refuge in You from worry and grief, from helplessness and laziness, from cowardice and stinginess, and from overpowering of debt and from oppression of men.

    Du’a for Distress

    Allahumma rahmataka arjoo falaa takilnee ilaa nafsee tarfata ‘aynin wa aslih-lee sha’nee kullahu, laa ilaha illa anta.
    O Allah! It is Your mercy that I hope for so do not leave me in charge of my affairs even for a blink of an eye and rectify for me all of my affairs. None has the right to be worshipped except You.

  35. innocent khan

    I am a muslim.. i wanna Ask a question.. If u people are vegetarians then why you eat plants or vegetables because according to sceince plants are also living beings… plants are named as organic compounds.

  36. ryan

    Khan — because plants don’t have a central nervous system that allows them to feel pain. They are not sentient beings.

  37. ershad hossain


    First accept my Salaam and good wishes. You may have read my website: You advocate the slaughtering of animals and eating its flesh while I condemn slaughtering of animals or eating its flesh. Very few Muslims would favour me for what I write and preach. It does not come as a surprise to me, for I am learned and enlightened while most of you do not know your religion or may never have read the Holy Quran with its deep meanings. I have nothing against you. Ultimately, we have to pay for our karma or deeds, sometime, somewhere, and somehow until we die. But it is my duty to let you know the reasons why I preach vegetarianism, why I am against slaughtering or eating of animal flesh, it may be a bird, a four legged animals, fish or any kind of eggs. Even honey and undue use of milk is avoided by me. WHY ? IS THE QUESTION
    Brother, my reasons are as under:
    1. Islam was introduced to us by our Holy Prophet Mohammed(peace will always be upon him). He was a hardcore vegetarian. Even small children who read the life history of the Prophet knows , when the Holy Prophet moved away from Mecca to Madina, he did this under great hardship for several days and on the way he lived on cooked leaves. He never slaughtered any animals during this transit period. He cautioned everyone that meat of animals are intoxicating like wine and also told his followers that they should not turn their stomach into a grave of dead animals.
    2. Islam started as a religion giving equal right to the animals and all living beings. Islam is vocal in animal rights throughout the Holy Quran. This is why the colour of Islam is green and not red, yellow or black. Please read 6:38. Translation by Mohsin Khan: “There is not a moving (living) creature on earth, nor a bird that flies with its two wings, but are communities like you. We have neglected nothing in the Book, then unto their Lord they (all) shall be gathered”.
    3. As I said Islam started as a vegetarian religion, but Arabs were hardcore meat eaters and could not refrain themselves from eating meat of any kind. Many of the Arabs were reluctant to convert to Islam. Many who did convert, did not follow Islam religiously and showed resentment against living on vegetarian diet. The Prophet had to accede to their request and hence the sura 5:1 was revealed. Please read 5:1. Translation by Shakir: “O you who believe! fulfil the obligations. The cattle quadrupeds are allowed to you except that which is recited to you, not violating the prohibition against game when you are entering upon the performance of the pilgrimage; surely Allah orders what He desires”. This surah may have been revealed between 5th and 10th year of Hijrah. Many authority regard this as the last surah. Rodwell placed this surah chronologically as last in the line. The Significant part of this surah is it talks about making cattles lawful for Muslims. It does not say that rice, potato or vegetables have been made lawful or allowed to Muslims, which clearly means that in ealier times Islam did not encourage the eating of animal flesh, only later it was allowed to please the followers. In addition, the surah begins with a pre-condition for Muslims to fulfil their obligations, meaning following the Islamic laws.
    4. You put in much of your valuable time in accusing me of spreading vegetarianism amongst Muslim people. Did you, in your entire lifetime, spend even a fraction of that time objecting against Muslim brothers and sisters who are into gambling, drugs, prostitution, dancing and singing, smuggling, theft, decoity and looting, murder, rape and other sins of the highest order. Yet you are so overwhelmed by my request to spare the lives of innocent creatures and provide those monies to deserving Muslim brothers and sisters around the world. This does not suit you, as the intoxication of flesh eating has entered your blood stream, rightly said by our Holy Prophet.

  38. ershad hossain

    My letter is incomplete more will follow

  39. krishna

    some reviewer has mentioned other religions are cruel to animals and that is true. it doesn’t matter about the religion the cruelty imposed on animals and other human beings for our own surivival has been part of humanity for ever and it will be until human race exists. I hate being a moral human being showing pity to the other animals we always think of pain of the animals and become a vegetarian. The reason i think is every living creature has a right to live devoid of being right and wrong. if higher wins over the lower then people in the third world countries has reasons to be exploited for our survival. The moral sense only creates flood of sympathy and do not spread persuasion in a free manner.the world will be never be a vegan given it’s insane people and principles surrounding eating animals. Every religious/spiritual teaching is a clay molded to any form the way the moulder wants to paving the way to stupidity, cruelty and irrationality. Theory is born out of comforts and living conditions and passed onto generations without visiting it again. The right or wrong issues convulse the ideological position on being a vegan. Hitler was a vegetarian but was a mass murderer and his choice of being a vegetarian was health issues. The idea of vegan human being should be born out of proper reasoning and respect for fellow human creatures. What can we say people taking medications? The animals has been tortured ,tested , tried and put to death for rescuing the great human race. Man survival is always important than anything else the world will torture animals without reasoning until the world comes to an end. Earth will be a great place without human being but only no one will be there to say it is great VOW when that day will come!

  40. ryan

    Thanks for the comment, but please stop spreading the myth that Hitler was a vegetarian. He was nothing of the sort.

  41. ershad hossain

    I have heard Hitler being a vegetarian, but this is a passing remark and need not be an issue here. This forum is about Islam and vegetarianism. Mr Krishna has put his point very logically which I have written in my book The sermon of truth, peace and happiness,
    Unfortunately I did not get time to finish my letter part of which is given above. Maybe I will sit today or tomorrow and complete it. It will bring the point home for every muslim.

  42. ershad hossain

    5. Tell me brothers and sisters in Islam, how many of us are Muslims today?. When it comes to slaughtering and eating the flesh of animals, you quickly and promptly put the words of your Lord about the permission to slaughter and eat the flesh of animals. Keeping friendship with Christians and Jews, encouraging any interaction with Christians and Jews are strictly prohibited in Islam. Yet, most Muslims can do anything to live and die in the lands of the Christians and Jews. Most Muslims can do anything to let their children study in Christian schools and most Muslims are all out to negotiate business worldwide, with Jews and Christians. Islam clearly warns all Muslims about being “One of them” if they interact with Jews or Christians. Yet we feel proud to be in Christian countries, study in Christian/Jews schools and negotiate business as exporters with Christian and Jewish people. Do we still call ourselves a Muslim. Perhaps you think I am joking. No, it is your poor knowledge of Islam that you frown upon my argument. Please read the Holy Quran 5:51 ,translation by Mohsin Khan-“ O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Auliya’ (friends, protectors, helpers, etc.), they are but Auliya’ to one another. And if any amongst you takes them as Auliya’, then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allah guides not those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong¬doers and unjust).”
    6. We are aggressive about slaughtering animals as a ritual or even in our day to day eating. Why are we not so aggressive in bringing the Islamic law of cutting off the right hand from the wrist joint of the thief? This is more important to build the character of Muslims than eating flesh. Holy Quran 5:38, translation by Mohsin Khan: Cut off (from the wrist joint) the (right) hand of the thief, male or female, as a recompense for that which they committed, a punishment by way of example from Allah. And Allah is All¬Powerful, All¬Wise.
    7. You perform Hajj, slaughter animals to please God, yet you are ignorant about the fact that your pilgrimage is not at all correct and acceptable by your Lord. Your travelling by ship, train or air to perform Hajj is totally unacceptable to Allah. Only when you travel to perform the Hajj on foot or on a lean camel is your Hajj valid and in keeping with the laws of Islam. Please read Holy Quran 22:27, a translation by Mohsin Khan: And proclaim to mankind the Hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant (wide) mountain highway (to perform Hajj).
    If you are not satisfied with the above English translation, I can send you six more such English translation by Islamic scholars.
    I have many other reasons from the Holy Quran to prove to you that you need to correct your views about Islam, but those will give you extreme sleepless nights and further feelings of guilt. With what I have already mentioned above, you may be neck deep into guilt and you will live with it until you die.
    It is time we Muslims consider being more loving and merciful towards animals and turn vegetarians. Even milk should be curtailed in our diet as it is meant for the calves. We can milk the cows and buffalos only after the calved had their belly full. Muslims should also avoid the consumption of honey, which the honey bee collects to sustain them during the winter seasons. All these acts and omissions will not only get us blessings, but will also show we Muslims as chivalrous, compassionate, and merciful.
    Brothers and sisters, the choice is yours. It was only my duty to enlighten you and make you a better Muslim in years to come.
    Your brother in Islam
    Ershad Hossain
    Kolkata, India.

  43. ershad hossain

    8. Finally, Allah, in his Holy Quran, from cover to cover, has only shown us the positive side of all gifts on this earth to be used by mankind. In surah Al-Rahman(55) or in surah (5) Al-Maidah, Allah has nowhere told the Muslims about the snakes, scorpions and other beasts that may bite or endanger Muslims also. Allah has nowhere mention about flood, lightning, earthquake or any other natural calamity that may befall Muslims and their innocent children. In the same way, Allah in Sura 5:4, translation byYusuf Ali: They ask thee what is lawful to them (as food). Say: lawful unto you are (all) things good and pure: and what ye have taught your trained hunting animals (to catch) in the manner directed to you by Allah: eat what they catch for you, but pronounce the name of Allah over it: and fear Allah; for Allah is swift in taking account.
    Another surah I-an-Am 6:142 translation by Yusuf Ali: Of the cattle are some for burden and some for meat: eat what Allah hath provided for you, and follow not the footsteps of Satan: for he is to you and avowed enemy. Yet another surah Ghafir 40:79 translated by Mohsin Khan: Allah, it is He Who has made cattle for you, that you may ride on some of them and of some you eat.
    Allah in all these verses never mentioned the benefits of eating meat. It has only said it is lawful and may be had as food. Even in verse 5:4 it is mentioned “Lawful unto you are(all) things good and pure” after a break it says “and what ye have taught…………taking account” (please see above) In the adjective “good and pure” meat does not appear. It has been used in the next sentence. Eating meat, therefore, has been made lawful, but neither with pure and with goodness, nor compulsory.

  44. Ali

    Peace be with you All;
    Would any of you learned brother and sisters translate the Ayeh 119 in Verse 6 (Alana’am) and let the people know what our Merciful Allah is trying to tell us all:
    وَمَا لَكُمْ أَلاَّ تَأْكُلُواْ مِمَّا ذُكِرَ اسْمُ اللّهِ عَلَيْهِ وَقَدْ فَصَّلَ لَكُم مَّا حَرَّمَ عَلَيْكُمْ إِلاَّ مَا اضْطُرِرْتُمْ إِلَيْهِ وَإِنَّ كَثِيرًا لَّيُضِلُّونَ بِأَهْوَائِهِم بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُعْتَدِينَ ﴿6:119
    Thank you


    [Ana`am 6:119] And what is the matter with you that you should not eat from that over which Allah’s name has been mentioned whereas He has explained in detail to you all what is forbidden to you except when you are forced (by circumstances) towards it? And indeed many lead astray by their own desires, out of ignorance; indeed your Lord well knows the transgressors.

    The above is the translation brother. If you do not slaughter then there is no cause for you to use Allah’s name. We have far too many things noble to use Allah’s name day and night. Why get eccentric and slaughter innocent creatures, when it can be avoided in our lives. Just because Islam has given us concession to slaughter animals does not mean we will make it a part and parcel of our lives. Allah is merciful and compassionate. LKet us show mercy and compassion to our less fortunate sentient beings. May Allah give me wisdome if I am wrong and following the path of Satan by sparing the lives of innocent beings and by not spilling blood. I seek mercy and pardon from Allah for this sin of going against his command and offering the sacrifice money to people who need it for treatments, buying books and getting their daughters married off. All these satanic activities influence me too much.

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  47. sabrina

    There is a food cycle . If don’t eat meat , then either that species would die or become over populated . I am not advocating that we eat too much meat , . Islam states that we should not be cruel to animals without reason . That is why hunting is banned unless it for eating . If a certain species become over populated , either we will have to kill it or it will die of disease , lack of food . This is the rule of nature and therefore the rule of God in this realm . That is why Indians say a prayer and thank the food before eating it . Vegetarianism is a stupid as Celibacy. Islam does not agree with either . In past most religions were big fans of Celibacy apart from Islam and also Judaism. Same goes with Peace and War . Islam stands for the middle way


    I am happy to read this blog and i totally agree with hossain. i would like to appreciate the honest efforts of hossain in spreading true universal compassion , i would like to join you in your programmes to make aware of true islam whiich advocates vegetarianism to all. GOD BLESS. AMEN.


    hi sabrina, i am quite surprised with your comparision of vegetarianism and celibacy.but let me tell you all great saints and spiritual seekers were vegetarians and ceibate.may be as we ascend to next higher spiritual dimension, we may become like that.


    hi, sabrina, i do agree that we have a food cycle in nature. if so i still have a doubt about humans,….. why not human beings eaten by more superior beings, so that we can control human population…..? y is that human population is increasing at alarming rate.plz answer so that we will find ways to control population explotion hazards


    all religions were made as guide rules for man, to live in harmony with nature. because except man every other creature is in harmony with nature. so it is we to blame for our damaged ecosystem.but all the living creature are suffering. how cruel of us.lets change our attitude and be more gentle and human. other wise the whole planet will bbe in danger because of global educated people we must be taking iur responsibility to repair the damage we ave caused to our planet at large by slaughtering. do you know ow much more oxygen is required by body to digest meat.and how much CO2 is released from the body of a non veg diet…itself can lead to global warming if ou calculate for the wole world.plz wake up to the disaster we are inviting to ourselves in the name of satisfing your taste buds.plz stop using all leather or any other animal products

  52. Neela

    I changed to Islam many years ago. Seeing ppl in India being animals to be killed on EID was awful….I’d say traumatic.
    I’ve always loved animals and it just made sense that humans taking their life to eat their flesh was wrong. I was told I couldn’t be a ‘real’ Muslim till I ate flesh.
    I eat yogurt once and awhile but that’s the only animal product I touch. Soon that will be we placed by a soy variety one.
    God never, NEVER meant HIS creatures to go thru the torture they do…pls GO VEGAN.

  53. Zina el helwe

    STOP WORSHIPPING EVERYTHING WE MADE IN GODS NAME AND INSTEAD WORSHIP EVERYTHING GOD ACTUALLY CREATED! GOD can not be found in books we have written! GOD EXIST IN ALL OF HIS CREATIONS! God created the earth, water, animals, humans(we are also animals), plants. We humans are destroying everything HE made and that’s like killing HIM! We are polluting the water, cutting down trees, burning down rainforests (killing animals and ants while doing so) over fertilize earth, polluting the air, over fishing. WE are burning down rainforests to make place for the plantation of soy to then feed to chickens, cows, lambs, pigs that we then EAT! We have more than enough food for over 12 billion people but we use 50% of all soy,corn,oats to animals instead of giving it to people that are starving!!! But why do humans do that? Because you can’t profit
    on starving people so you give it to the animals we breed instead so industries could sell meat in the store!

    WAKE UP!! I’m a muslim myself and do believe in god but you need to get the bigger picture!

    But humans are more important … even tho we are polluting the water, cutting down trees, burning down rainforests (killing animals and ants while doing so) over fertilize earth, polluting the air, over fishing.
    Marking the animals with numbers like they did with the jewish holocaust, gasing them like the jewish holocaust. We have already practiced this on the animals long before the jewish holocaust till today and will continue to do so in the future. If we can kill innocent animals “humanely” then it is acceptable. “They were treated with respect and were anestethisized”. People continue buying organic meat to feel guilt free. That sounds like one leader of the Nazis once said to his soldiers killing the jewish Children to “stop grabbing them by their hair, KILL them with RESPECT! The soldiers stopped grabbing and killed them with a gunshot on the back of their head, tossing them gently to a massgrave. Just because you are more gentle does not justify the killing. Killing is killing, doesn’t matter how you do it, it’s still wrong. It’s wrong to kill an innocent being! I hope I have enlightened you with some sense!

    Like one great man once said
    “When all the trees have been cut down, all the water has been polluted, humans will then realize that they could not survive on eating money”.


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