Islam and Vegetarianism

Ribhu Vashishtha

References: http://blog.hussulinux.com/2010/04/life-of-a-vegetarian-muslim/comment-page-1/ and SaddaHaq.com

Muhammad’s warning: Do not allow your stomachs to become graveyards!

For this reason, meat is used in moderation in many traditional recipes. Many Sufitariqats prohibit meat-eating during retreats. The Qadiri shaikh Abdul Karim Jili, commenting on Ibn Arabi’s advice to avoid animal fat during retreats, stated that animal fat strengthens ‘animalness’, and its principles will dominate the spiritual principles.

The 15th Century poet Kabir, who was a Sufi, unequivocally condemned meat eating, characterising it as the ultimate failure of compassion, deserving of eternal punishment; he stated that even the companionship of meat-eaters was harmful to the soul.

In a gentler tone, the 20th century Sri Lankan Qadiri teacher Bawa Muhaiyaddeen also encouraged vegetarianism, stating that arrogance, haste and anger may decrease by elimination of meat from the diet. He taught that consumption of meat promotes the development of animalistic qualities, whereas…

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