Pearl of Wisdom

When the Day of Resurrection comes, man will be handed his book and told, 'Read it.' [The reporter of the tradition then asked him], 'And will he know what is in it?' to which he replied, 'Verily he will remember it. There will not remain a single moment, a single word, a single footstep or anything that he did which he will not remember, as if he had done it that very hour. And this is why they will say, Woe to us! What a book this is! It omits nothing, big or small without enumerating it.'

Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
Ibid. no. 34

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Question : #574 Category: Food & Drinks
Subject: vegetarianism and vegans
Question: What is the Islamic view regarding vegetarianism and vegans? In today’s world where the production of animal products causes climate change, makes for a less sustainable future and increases pain and suffering in the world, wouldn’t Allah want us to be vegetarians until we can find a more sustainable way to produce animal products, such as meat, which doesn’t cause environmental damage and unneccessary suffering?
Answer: Becoming a vegeterian or vegan is not recommended in Islam. In fact, it is narrated that if you couldn't afford to buy meat for 40 days, you should borrow money for it.

Claims such as 'suffering due to meat consumption' and the like need to be scientifically and independently reviewed, to make sure they are not being propagated by vegeterians.

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