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Ramadan & Israeli dates

Imagine fasting all day then at sunset you go out and rob an old lady, steal her shopping and break your fast with stolen food!

Obviously all the blessings of the fasting are lost if the food is haram (unlawful).

It is the same if someone else robs the old lady, then you buy food from the thief!

Nothing good can come to us if we fill our bodies with haram. It is irrelevant if other people buy and eat stolen food; we are only responsible for our own acts.

The Quran states 'O people, eat of what is halal (lawful) and tayyib (pure) on the earth...' (2:168).

So don't buy Israeli dates or any other Israeli fruit this Ramadan.

Because these dates (and other produce) are grown on land stolen from the Palestinians; after they were massacred or expelled from their homes.

This happened in 1948 and still continues today. Remember the massacres in Gaza earlier this year and the Palestinians being expelled from East Jerusalem even now.

Check the label before you buy and insha Allah we will all benefit from this blessed month.



'O you who believe! Eat of the good (pure) things We have provided you ... Quran 2:172

The Prophet taught us that 'God is good and accepts only what is good ... ' and described that person who makes a dua to God, 'but his food, drink and clothing are unlawful, and he is nourished by what is unlawful, so how could his call be answered?' (Muslim)

God's messenger cursed 10 people connected with wine; the wine-presser, the one who has it pressed, the one who drinks it, the one who carries it, the one to whom it is carried, the one who serves it, the one who sells it, the one benefits from the money paid, the one who buys it and the one for whom it is bought. (Tirmidhi, ibn Majah)

So, by analogy, it is not just the thief but everyone involved who becomes polluted. Similarly, it is not just the one who commits injustice, but everyone who supports him who is also tainted. By contrast the person who feeds a fasting person is rewarded by God. In fact the reward is as great as the reward of the fasting person themselves (Baihaqi).

Hadrat Abu Bakr reports that God's messenger said 'Nobody which has been nourished with what is unlawful will enter paradise' (Baihaqi).

The Prophet's closest friends understood the importance of eating food only from the right source:-

Once when Hadrat Abu Bakr found out that what he had eaten had come from fraud he made himself vomit it up (Bukhari)

And when Hadrat Umar found out that the milk he had just drunk had come from animals donated to charity he also made himself vomit it up (Baihaqi).

For evidence of the massacre of Palestinians and the stealing of their land and homes see 'The Ethnic Cleansing of Palesti ne' by Israeli historian Ilan Pappe.

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