Pearl of Wisdom

in one of his intimate supplications, ?O Allah! Let my soul be the first of those precious objects that you will wrest from me, and the first thing to be reclaimed out of all Your bounties held in trust with me.'

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 215

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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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