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Sensitivity to what is allowed and what is forbidden
(Halal and Haram)

(26.04.2019)

 

My siblings! Dear believers!

Humans are the most important link in the ecosystem and must meet their basic needs in order to sustain their life. Here the need for pure and useful food comes first.

Permitted (Halal) are beautiful things that correspond to the meaning and purpose of creation and they are religiously approved (for use or for consumption). Forbidden things (haram), on the other hand, are shameful things that violate human dignity and honor, harm people and are religiously prohibited. Man is a traveler on a difficult and arduous path that begins in this world and whose end is planned in paradise. By avoiding the path of his inexorable adversary, the devil, and following the path of Allah, man builds his earthly life as well as his afterlife.

My siblings!

The exalted Allah created man in the most beautiful way1 and not let people degenerate and neglect in a hopeless way. The mercy of Allah requires that He propose solutions to any problems that arise during his journey in the world. The Supreme Allah, Who created us out of nothing, is always creating and intervening in our lives at all times. He therefore intervenes in our work as well as in our dietary rules. Boundaries drawn by Allah are not a restriction of our freedom but rather serve to ensure that we are ethically mature, mentally fresh, physically healthy and spiritually free.

When the Koran - as a guide for our lives - treats the principles of nutrition, it is suggested to us that we should be particularly sensitive and sensitive when it comes to whether our food is religiously permitted medical point of view is pure and bearable and useful for our well-being.

According to the Koran, meat from animals that perished themselves, as well as pork meat, as well as other products obtained from pigs are prohibited (haram). Animals that have not been slaughtered in the name of Allah are also forbidden, as this is not compatible with the principle of monotheism (tawheed). All kinds of alcohol and drugs that paralyze the mind and will of the human being and consequently annul or suspend the human condition temporarily or permanently are forbidden. Income that is earned without doing anything for it and without making an effort, as well as games of chance and activities similar to gambling are not permitted.3 Revenue wrongly generated through cheating and deception is prohibited according to our religion.4 Islam attaches such great importance to human life that in a life-threatening or coercive situation these prohibitions are suspended on the condition that consumption is not exploited and the level of preservation of life is not exceeded.5 This important fact shows that Islam houses a system that focuses not on death but on life.

My siblings!

It is particularly important that in the noble verse: "Eat what Allah has given you, what is permitted and good."6 In addition to the permitted food, its purity and usefulness are also mentioned. Scientific studies show that the foods that are permitted when consumed correctly and appropriately, lose their properties of "cleanliness and usefulness" when they are consumed extremely and unconsciously and can become foods with harmful effects. Foods that are produced in an unsanitary environment or that contain additives, the purpose of which is not the benefit of human life, but which are intended to extend the shelf life of the shelves, threaten our present, our future and above all our descendants. Of course, this is especially true for foods whose genetic structure has been altered and which turn humans into toys for experiments.

Just as we fill up our car with the fuel that the automaker has specified, we humans are also forced to consume the foods that our Creator has specified for our bodies. In one idiom it says: “You are what you eat.” The food we eat has a direct impact on our lives and helps determine how we will live and die. According to the World Health Organization (WHO)7 Every year, 16 million people lose their lives to cardiovascular disease and nearly 8 million people lose their lives to cancer. There are 25 million people with diabetes in Europe and around 200 million people in Europe are at risk of developing obesity. Unfortunately, these numbers paint a bleak picture for us.

We all know how much the Messenger of Allah loved his children and grandchildren. However, we also know that the Prophet took a date out of the mouth of his young grandchild, because this date did not belong to them.8

We too should not lose sight of this sensitivity of the Messenger of Allah, both in terms of earning and in spending. Money is of course an important part of our life. However, the belief in our hearts and the responsibility to our loved ones is many times more valuable. May Allah, the Most High, give us an unshakable sensitivity to what is permitted (Halal) and what is forbidden (Haram). May Allah, the Most Exalted, allow us to live our lives in an honest and permissive way and to spend what we deserve for ourselves and our loved ones in this way as well.

 

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1 Koran, at-Tin, 95/4
2 Koran, ar-Rahman, 55/29
3 Koran, al-Maide, 5/90
4 Koran, an-Nisa, 4/29
5 Koran, al-Baqara, 2/173
6 Koran, al-Maide, 5/88; Koran, an-Nahl, 16/114
7 Gimdes magazine (Dergisi), December, 2010
No .: 15; https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/7700903/3-20102016-BP-DE.pdf/70d4d04a-f24b-47dc- b69d-e3a677774480; http://ec.europa.eu/health/newsletter/114/focus_newsletter_de.htm;

8 al-Bukhari, Zakat 60

 



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