At your job. With your family. As a citizen.
Most important, as a Muslim. You make the time to attend classes, to study, to learn from teachers. You travel to conferences. You contribute to causes and projects.
It’s not easy, but you’re happy to do it – grateful, even – because you’ve tasted the sweetness that comes on the spiritual path.
You would do anything in your power to follow that path more perfectly.
But some things are hard to change, especially for one person, alone.
For many of us, our food is a great stumbling block on the path.
God tells us to eat what is lawful and pure.
But often we settle for lawful, halal, and neglect to understand whether our food is pure, tayyib.
“Make the basis of your body sound b/c Ahmad Zarruq says,’Eat whatever you want,but know that you are going to act accordingly'”@hamzayusuf
— Abdullah Nana (@MuftiAbdullah) November 11, 2015
Pure food is hard to find.
Yet halal tayyib food is absolutely essential for anyone on a serious spiritual path. Just as halal food facilitates halal actions, words and thoughts, tayyib food is critical for a tayyib life. This works the other way as well: when our food is impure, we struggle to attain purity in our life.
Impure food is very easy to find.
At our stores, restaurants, we see abundance, but this is superfical. Most of our food comes from factory farms, places we have never seen, and probably never want to see.
Industrial agriculture is one of the great moral crimes of our age.
In the industrial paradigm, the earth, its plants, and the creatures under our care suffer horribly, day by day, moment by moment. Then, they are harvested, processed, packaged, and placed out for sale. When we eat from this food we are, at some level, complicit in this crime.
The point of this is not to blame anyone. Quite the opposite.
This is an opportunity.
Think of how hard you work.
Maybe you could work harder. We all could – but then you might risk exhaustion.
What if, instead of working harder, you removed an obstacle from your path?
What happens when you remove something that’s been dragging you down? Sabotaging your progress, weakening your resolve? Obstructing your efforts, discouraging you from your goals?
Things become easier.
We are what we eat. When we aspire to excellence, ihsan, we must choose our food accordingly. And when we also eat with ihsan, we close a loop: the energy and substance of our bodies begin to reflect the purity of our intentions.
Beyond Halal maintains a directory of farms and businesses that offer halal tayyib meats. You can access the directory here:
Since Beyond Halal is based in the US, we know more about resources here than elsewhere. If you know of a farm or business that isn’t listed, please tell us about it!
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