Saturday, February 9, 2008

Haram Veggies


Who can deny the humanity of these adorable veggies?


For those perhaps confused (or alarmed) at the suggestion that some vegetables may be 'haram,' here is some clarification.

Vegetables, like meat, come from living organisms. They are both a miracle attesting to God's creative power as well as a blessing granted for human sustenance. So in the same way that we ought to be informed of the processes our meat undergoes and the possible inhumane and environmentally- negligent practices performed in its production, we should be similarly aware of the complex journey our produce takes from the field to our dinner tables. After all, the Islamic method of animal slaughter is meant to ensure humane treatment. Why not so for broccoli?

Upon discovering the truth behind our food, we must not only choose between what food production practices we indirectly support, but more importantly how they consequently contribute or detract from the wholeness of our own being. While deeming things halal or haram is an exercise in Islamic jurisprudence set aside for those most qualified, figuring out what we decide is acceptable or unacceptable for ourselves is a practice of personal taqwa or God consciousness.

*But you don't have to take my word for it. If interested look into: The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree with the concept of ethically acceptable and unacceptable food production practices. I would just caution making a practice of phrasing such arguments in terms of "halal" and "haram." It may interject a judgmental air into the whole topic that could be off putting to some people and impede their willingness to understand the real point trying to be made.

Valid arguments can be made for ethical food production practices without phrasing them as issues of "halal" and "haram."