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Kindness

An-Tur (The Mount) - Chapter 52: Verse 28 (partial)

"... Truly it is He, the Benevolent, the Merciful."

This name al-Barr “The Benevolent” is closely related to the Arabic word for piety, birr (with an i), which refers to every form of charity, generosity, and kindness that we as people can carry out.

Vegetarian Diet

Scientists estimate, that between 30 to 50 percent of all food produced in the world is wasted at the table and lost in the production process. If this food is saved, the number of undernourished and those facing starvation can be drastically reduced. And if one is a vegetarian, one knows that he or she has enriched the Earth, and helped to reduce the threat of global water crisis. One's decision to go meatless, or minimize meat consumption, also contributes to slowing down a global food shortage and climate change. This advice stands sound. In my opinion, all of us should encourage a vegetarian diet among themselves and their families.

Empowering the Palestinians

The Palestinian economy is in one of its most wretched conditions. Israeli restrictions are largely to blame, as poverty rates in the Gaza Strip and West Bank have soared to 79.4 per cent and 45.7 per cent respectively. With a growing population and a shrinking economy, real per capita GDP is now 30 per cent below its height in 1999. The current physical obstacles placed on the Palestinian economy by Israel has paralysed the Palestinian economy. No economy can flourish under occupation, whose very intention is the disempowerment of Palestinian workers, farmers and the middle class.  Owing to lack of developmental projects and Israeli restrictions, the declining Palestinian economy is increasingly reliant on foreign aid. More aid would not revive the Palestinian economy, unless the Israeli restrictions are removed.

Fair Opportunities

Ya Sin (Ya Sin) - Chapter 36: Verse 47

"And when they are told: 'Give [in charity] out of what God has provided for you,' the unbelievers say to those who believe: 'Are we to feed those whom God could have fed, had He so willed? Clearly, you are lost in error.'"

Humour Guidelines

Humour is recommended in principle and is deemed to partake in recreation (istirwah) both for the joker and his audience. The Prophet is known to have had a sense of humour and practiced it in his own interaction, words, and action, both with children and adults. It is a condition of a permissible joke, however, that it is clear of lies. Similarly, jokes, whether in words or in action, are either forbidden or reprehensible (mahzur, makruh) if they are tactless and harmful to one's audience or to those who may not be present, or when it involves taking of someone's belonging in the name of a practical joke.

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