Islamic New Year, or Hijri New Year, which marks the beginning of the Islamic lunar calendar, is a good time to establish new goals, habits, or intentions. Make helping animals one of your goals this year! The Quran clearly instructs Muslims to respect the lives of animals and to show mercy and compassion towards humans and all other animals. Throughout the year, think about what you can do to alleviate the suffering of animals.
There is no animal [who lives] on the earth, nor a being [who] flies on its wings, but [forms part of] communities like you. We have omitted nothing from the Book, and they… [all] will eventually be gathered to their Lord.
Expand your compassion for animals: go vegan
Going vegan is the best thing you can do to help animals. The word ‘Islam’ in Arabic is derived from the infinitive sa-la’mathe root word for salammeaning ‘peace’, and salam is exactly what vegan is all about. Verse 23:51 of the Quran warns, “O messengers, eat of what is good and do righteous work. I am aware of what you do’ implying that Allah (swt) knows when we consume impure foods such as meat, eggs and dairy from both small and industrial farms where animals are cruelly enslaved from birth, sexually abused and locked in filth before being violently are transported to slaughterhouses and brutally killed for their body parts.
Making simple changes to the meals you already enjoy is easy, especially since many halal dishes are already animal-free and nearly . to be all vegan dishes are halal friendly. (Watch out for anything made with alcohol.) Tabbouleh, hummus, falafel, pita, and other favorites are often vegan with no modifications, and there are delicious versions of others, from shawarma to halva.
Do not wear skin, wool, fur or feathers
The ways in which the leather, fur and wool industries exploit, abuse and kill animals are all contrary to Islamic teachings. Use the New Year as an opportunity to look through your closet and see what materials have been produced by cruelty to animals and learn how to choose others that are better for animals and the planet.
All animals used in the leather industry suffer even if they are killed by halal slaughter. In addition, leather production poisons waterways with toxic chemicals and requires huge amounts of land and water. Muslims are charged with protecting the environment, and you can help by buying eco-friendly vegan leather.
Minks, rabbits, foxes and other animals raised on fur farms are mistreated and killed in horrific ways that violate Islamic teachings. They are locked up in small, filthy cages – and this unnatural confinement is driving many of them insane. When they are finally taken out of the cages to be killed, their death is painful and inhumane. Typical methods of killing animals on fur farms include anal or vaginal electrocution, venom injection, suffocation, and breaking the neck. Some animals are skinned alive.
If you already have fur in your closet, consider donating it to PETA. PETA US and other PETA entities are redistributing donated fur coats to those in need, including Afghan and Syrian refugees, US homeless shelters and animal shelters for use as animal bedding.
Wearing an animal’s fur is cold, but donated coats can help those in need stay warm. More Friendly People Are Giving Their Old Cruel Furs To PETA – Today 230 Donated Coats Are On Their Way To Freeze Syrian Refugees ❤ pic.twitter.com/7oFscoKAQB
— PETA (@peta) November 1, 2018
Switch to cruelty-free personal care and household products
Many traditions say that the Prophet (SAWS) rebuked those who cut and hurt animals. Animals in laboratories are burned, poisoned, blinded, injured and mutilated to test cosmetics, personal care and household products. But with the plethora of cruelty-free products available, anyone can easily avoid purchasing items from companies that continue to conduct archaic, pointless animal testing. Use the new year to make a fresh start – inventory the products you have, and if they aren’t cruelty-free, replace them with vegan ones when they run out.
You can make simple changes all year round that will help make the world a better place for all animals. Start trying some new recipes and share what you learn with your loved ones and friends by ordering them a free vegan starter pack: