There have been a couple of blog posts lately dealing directly with the issue of whether we should eat something just because it is halal, without taking into consideration the wider ethical implications.
Hijabman writes about why he opts for organic and local over halal, explaining that “halal” only addresses the manner in [...]
Within the first few days of Ramadan, I finished reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Thinking about this book, tying it into the idea of the baraka and blessings in food, and approaching food as a means of bonding and goodwill this Ramadan all have bestowed me with an acute awareness of how [...]
Ramadan begins tomorrow, and insh’Allah we’re ready for long days of fasting in the height of summer’s heat. Preparing for Ramadan includes not only readying ourselves mentally for the physical challenge (here we go!), or organizing our kitchens and homes for iftars and guests, but working ourselves like gardens to reap the spiritual [...]
- "And He has created cattle for you: you get from them your warm garments and other benefits, and you eat of their produce. And you pride yourselves on their beauty as you drive them home in the evenings, and as you lead them forth to pastures in the mornings. And they carry your heavy loads to places where you could not otherwise reach save by laborious strain to yourselves. Verily! Your Sustainer is most kind - a Dispenser of grace." (Qur'an 16:15-17)