Interview with Ahmad Safi
In January 2015 Ahmad Safi of the Palestinian Animal League (PAL/PALS) came over to the UK to give a series of presentations across the country about their ground breaking work in occupied territories, in West Bank area of Palestine.
Our representative Darren Sunderland had the opportunity to carry out a short interview with Ahmad following his presentation at Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel in the City of Leeds, West Yorkshire. Ahmad explains how in Islam no body is forced to eat meat, and how in fact, the qu’ran frequently refers to plant food sources and provides guidance therein. Ahmad also considers what led him to become vegetarian and hence give up animal products all together, before finally considering matters pertaining to animal rights, Israeli oppression & humanity.
In the Muwatta Muhammad’s (pbuh) Umar explains to one Man: ”Every time you get hungry you go out and buy meat? Right? In other words, every time you desire meat, you go out and buy it?” He said, ”Yeah”, and Umar said, ”It would be better for you to roll up your tummy a little bit so that other people can eat”
In the Muwatta, Umar says: ”Beware of meat, because it has an addiction like the addiction of wine.”
”If animals have been subjected to cruelties in their breeding, transport, slaughter, or in their general welfare, meat from them is considered impure and unlawful to eat (Haram)… Even if these animals have been slaughtered in the strictest Islamic manner, if cruelties were inflicted on them otherwise, their flesh is still forbidden (Haram) food.”
“Whoever is kind to the lesser creatures is kind to himself.” ~Prophet Muhammad – PBUH
”It is not their meat nor their blood, that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him. […] ” Qu’ran 22:37
”..the only sacrifice which God requires from man is the Surrender of his will and purpose” ~Al Islam
“Don’t make your stomach a grave yard of innocent birds and animals.” Prophet Muhammad said to Hazrat Ali
”And by means of this (water). We bring forth for you gardens of date-palms and vines, wherein you have FRUIT ABUNDANT AND WHEREOF YOU EAT as well as a tree that issues from (the lands adjoining) Mount Sinai, (8) yielding oil and relish for all to eat.” ~Qur’an, Chapter 23: The Believers (Al-Múminum) Verses 19-20
“The one who made the earth habitable for you and the sky a structure. He sends down form the sky water, to produce ALL KINDS OF FRUITS FOR YOU SUSTINANCE.” ~Qur’an, Chapter 2: The Heifer (Al-Baqarah) verses 22
“And we sent from the sky blessed water, to grow with it gardens and grains to be harvested. Tall date palms, with clusters fruit. Provisions for the people” ~ Qu’ran, Chapter 50: Q. (Quf) verses 9-11
“At one time the Rasul (Prophet) of Allah said to his cousin ‘Ali, O Ali, you should not eat meat. If you eat meat for forty days those qualities will come within you. Those actions eill come within you. Their blood will come within you. There qualities and hteir actions will come within you. Because of that, you human qualities will change, your compassionate qualities will change, the essence of your body will change. O Ali, you should not eat meat of flesh. You have to diminish that. Do not eat that” ~Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, Islamic Sufi saint.
“Forbidden to you (for food) are: DEAD MEAT, BLOOD, THE FLESH OF SWINE and that on which halh been invoked the name of other than Allah that which have been killed by strangling or be a vilent blow or by a headlong fall or by being gored to death” ~Qu’ran, chapter 5: The Feast (Al-Ma’edah) verse 3