Can humanity dispel its animalism?
This is my response to Prof. M. Sivasuriya letter page of daily mirror on22/11/2008
As Muslim i belive the teaching of Holy Quran and the Hadeeth of prophet Muhammad(Pbuh) and also i respect to the other religious believes but as per my knowledge and research no religious scriptures in this world teaching Vegetarianism. A Muslim can be a very good Muslim despite being a pure vegetarian. It is not compulsory for a Muslim to have non-vegetarian food.If you'r a Buddhist or Hindu you shold respect and believe the teaching of Buddha and Hindu Vedas. If you are not believing any religion you should accept the science and logic behind the vegetarian food and non-veg food.
Non-vegetarian food is a good source of excellent protein. It contains biologically complete protein i.e. all the 8 essential amino acid that are not synthesized by the body and should be supplied in the diet. Meat also contains iron, vitamin B1 and niacin.
If you observe the teeth of herbivorous animals like the cow, goat and sheep, you will find something strikingly similar in all of them. All these animals have a set of flat teeth i.e. suited for herbivorous diet. If you observe the set of teeth of the carnivorous animals like the lion, tiger, or leopard, they all have a set of pointed teeth i.e. suited for a carnivorous diet. If you analyze the set of teeth of humans, you find that they have flat teeth as well as pointed teeth. Thus they have teeth suited for both herbivorous as well as carnivorous food i.e. they are omnivorous. One may ask, if Almighty God wanted humans to have only vegetables, why did He provide us also with pointed teeth? It is logical that He expected us to need and to have both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food.
The digestive system of herbivorous animals can digest only vegetables. The digestive system of carnivorous animals can digest only meat. But the digestive system of humans can digest both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. If Almighty God wanted us to have only vegetables then why did He give us a digestive system that can digest both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food?
Certain religions have adopted pure vegetarianism as a dietary law
because they are totally against the killing of living creatures. If
a person can survive without killing any living creature, I would be
the first person to adopt such a way of life. In the past people thought
plants were lifeless.
They further argue that plants cannot feel pain, therefore killing
a plant is a lesser crime as compared to killing an animal. Today science
tells us that even plants can feel pain. But the cry of the plant cannot
be heard by the human being. This is due to the inability of the human
ear to hear sounds that are not in the audible range i.e. 20 Hertz to
Once a vegetarian argued his case by saying that plants only have two or three senses while the animals have five senses.
Therefore killing a plant is a lesser crime than killing an animal. Suppose your brother is born deaf and dumb and has two senses less as compared to other human beings. He becomes mature and someone murders him. Would you ask the judge to give the murderer a lesser punishment because your brother has two senses less? In fact you would say that he has killed a masoom, an innocent person, and the judge should give the murderer a greater punishment.
In fact the Qur'an says: on earth, lawful and good" [Al-Qur'an 2:168]
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