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Green Hadith — July 30, 2011

Green Hadith

Abu Hurayrah recorded: ‘The whole Earth has been created a place of worship, pure and clean.’ (Muslim)

Hakim ibn Hizan recorded: ‘O Hakim, these riches are green and sweet for whoever takes them with out greed; they are a source of blessing. But they are not blessed for him who seeks them out of greed. He is like the one who eats but is not filled.’ (Bukhari)

‘Whoever plants a tree and diligently looks after it until it matures and bears fruit, Allah the Most Glorious will count as charity for him anything for which its fruits are used.’ (Ahmad)

Anas b.Malik recorded: ‘If a Muslim plants a tree or sows a field and humans and beasts and birds eat from it, all of it is love on his part.’ (Bukhari)

Emaciated Elephants Still on the Road —

Emaciated Elephants Still on the Road

Another circus, another ailing elephant. After PETA filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) about severely underweight elephants traveling with the Hanneford Family Circus, inspectors found that Liz, a 36-year-old Asian elephant, is so thin that her ribs, pelvis, and spine are protruding. Liz also has deformities of one front leg and one back leg that make walking difficult. Although it appears that Liz may not be performing at the moment, Hanneford still hauls this ailing elephant from venue to venue, and witnesses have seen her chained by two legs, unable to take a single step in any direction.

Hanneford Family Circus is often hired by the Shriners to perform as the “Shrine Circus.” (The Shriners don’t own their own circus—they hire animal exhibitors and other acts.) If your local Shrine still sponsors animal circuses, ask it to stop.

Liz’s plight is similar to that of 10-year-old Sara, an emaciated young elephant with Ringling Bros. circus. Sara’s face is hollowed, and her bones jut out. She has suffered from chronic lameness for at least two years, but according to the USDA, Ringling has not conducted adequate diagnostics or developed a treatment plan.

Please urge the USDA to order Liz and Sara off the road before it’s too late.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

Posted by PETA

Foie Gras is Haram —

Foie Gras is Haram

This is a scene that the farmers don’t want the public to see; though in this case, the farmer was bragging about how he force-feeds the geese in the traditional method. To keep the goose still during this painful process, the goose was placed in a box on which the man sat. He then grabbed the neck of the goose and forced a large feeding tube down his throat.

 This is a way of keeping ducks confined so that they can be systematically tortured for 28 days while being force-fed three to four times a day.  History says that foie gras was invented by the Egyptians, but we believe it’s from Satan!

In this photo it is easier to see how the sadistic farmer restrains the goose in a holding box and forces the long force-feeding tube down the goose’s throat.  Only human beings seem capable of such depravity.

This duck had its neck punctured by having the feeding tube brutally forced down his throat.  The wound was left untreated and because the duck was confined, flies laid their eggs in the wound and maggots began eating the duck alive.  Put a stop to this sadistic practice.  Don’t buy or eat foie gras and boycott any restaurant that serves it.

This is another photo of a goose being brutally force-fed.  We believe that there has to be something morally and spiritually wrong with a person who is so indifferent to the pain and suffering they inflict, that they continue to do it day after day.

In this photo we can see how immense the feeding tube is compared to the the size of the bird’s mouth and throat.  Think of how this force-feeding would feel to us.  Think of how uncomfortable it feels when we overeat.  Then imagine how it would feel to have even more food forced down our throats.  If we can imagine this, then we will begin to understand the pain and suffering that is inflicted upon ducks and geese.

This is a semi-automatic force-feeding operation.  By raising and lowering the handle, a measured amount of food is forced into the stomach of the goose.  This machine just makes it easier for some humans to torture more ducks and geese.  And, every person who eats foie gras is just as “guilty” of the torture of these defenseless ducks and geese as if they personally rammed the food down their throats.

 Investigators found that many of the ducks at Sonoma Foie Gras suffer from gaping, infected wounds on their behinds.   Don’t support this atrociously cruel industry.  Speak out against it. 

A victim of forced-feeding, this duck choked to death on his own vomit.  He now lies dead in a pen. This was not an accident.  This tragedy was set in motion by the torturer-farmers in this industry who have a depraved indifference to life.  If they did something like this to a human being, they would be guilty of second degree murder.  In our opinion, they are still guilty of murder.

 This is a photo of dead ducks in a trash can.  They died for human greed and gluttony.  Remember, everyone who eats an animal product is responsible for the animals’ torture and death, because they paid to have it done.


Get out of my mouth you Freaking Satan! — July 29, 2011

Get out of my mouth you Freaking Satan!

Abu Hurayrah (RAA) said that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Allah likes the act of sneezing and dislikes the act of yawning, so if any one of you sneezes and praises Allaah (says ‘al-hamdu Lillaah’), it is a duty on every Muslim who hears him to say to him, ‘Yarhamuk Allaah (may Allaah have mercy on you)’. As for yawning, it is from the Shaytaan, so if any of you feels the urge to yawn, he should suppress it as much as he can, for when any one of you yawns, the Shaytaan laughs at him”. Sahih al-Bukhaari, 10/505

The son of Abu Said al−Khudri reported on the authority of his father that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “When one of you yawns, he should keep his mouth shut with the help of his hand, for it is the devil that enters therein”. Sahih Muslim (#7130)

TG drives the Jaguar XKR-S in Norway —

TG drives the Jaguar XKR-S in Norway

I only know one word in Norwegian, and that word is stengt. It means ‘closed’. The reason I know this is because stengt, the monosyllabic, guttural little bugger, has just massacred a Big TopGear Road Trip in a single blow.

Words: Sam Philip
Photos: John Wycherley

This feature was originally published in the July 2011 issue of TopGear magazine

Ten minutes ago, all was sweetness and light as we merrily closed in on the Lysebotnveien, a physics-defying mountain road that has, in recent months, become something of a TG obsession. Somewhere outside Tonstad, as the snow by the roadside was piling deeper, photographer Wycherley politely asked whether I’d checked if the Lysebotn road was actually open, and I said don’t be daft, of course I checked, and anyhow, why on earth would a hairy mountain pass be closed in spring and… and then there was a long pause followed by some frantic fiddling with phones and a lot of swearing. A couple of minutes later, here it is in undeniable capitals. Lysebotnveien: STENGT. Thanks to Norway’s odd obsession with getting snowed on, the planned end point of our trip has been closed since October and isn’t due to open for another fortnight. Stengt!

This is what happens when you try to meet your heroes. The Lysebotn obsession started last year, with a YouTube clip of BASE jumpers throwing themselves wantonly from a kilometre-high, perfectly vertical Norwegian cliff. Just visible in the background was a sliver of road cut deep into the rock face, snaking back and forth to the cliff top. After literally some seconds of intensive research, we located the road on Google Maps, and it was even more astonishing than we’d hoped: 30 hairpins laced up the sheer side of a fjord, a clear contender for Greatest Road in the World. In one of those moments of lateral thinking for which we are renowned, we came up with a plan: wouldn’t it be a fine idea to drive a fast car, fast, on the Lysebotn road?

And then Jaguar launched the XKR-S – a turn-all-the-knobs-up-to-11 iteration of the already-lovely XKR – and the perfect road had its perfect car. It’s important not to dive into these things with overblown expectations. And so, through means of pleading and deception, I did obtain Jag’s very first XKR-S and set out in the direction of Norway, which is a very long way away from Fortress TopGear.

The XKR-S likes long ways. What a car this is. Despite packing 542bhp and a top speed of 186mph, it isn’t, as the marketing types claim, the fastest and most powerful Jaguar ever: 1991’s XJ220 boasted the same power output and could manage 217mph flat out. Nor is it, despite the name, a pared-down, roll-caged rival to Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS: there’s more leather in the XKR-S’s cabin than at a Hells Angel’s funeral, along with a pair of occasional rear seats and a decent-sized boot under the rear hatch.

Nonetheless, the XKR-S is a razor-edged thing. On the outside, the most obvious mods are the fixed carbon-fibre rear wing and the vertical vents on either side of the XKR-S’s gaping mouth. These don’t do much for the coupe’s svelte lines, but combine to reduce high-speed lift by 26 per cent. Bumping the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 from 510bhp – its output in the standard XKR – was a straightforward task, requiring nothing more than an engine remap and exhaust tweak, but the chassis was subjected to heftier revisions. The double-wishbone front suspension has been toughened up, increasing camber and castor stiffness, the springs are 26 per cent sharper all round, and lightweight 20in alloys reduce unsprung weight by five kilograms over the XKR. It all adds up to a 4.2-second 0-62mph time and, says Jaguar, a sub-eight-minute Nordschleife lap.

Never the types to sniff at extra power and focus and wings, we had a momentary worry that the XKR-S might be treading a slightly tricky path. The XKR has always steered clear of the track-focused, performance-car fist fight, instead carving out a niche as a super-fast grand tourer. With this talk of ‘Ring laps, might the sleek Jag have forgotten its USP?

Not to worry. Even in its new gym-honed guise, the XKR-S retains Jaguar’s trademark delicacy of ride. On Norway’s wide, sweeping roads, flashing past glittering pine forests and wide lakes with sunlight splintering off the water’s surface, the XKR-S was firm but never harsh, planted but pliable. Yes, it’s noticeably stiffer than the XKR, but never crunching or brittle. No company does damping better than Jaguar… and no company makes a better supercharged engine.

What a unit this big V8 is, capable of buttery relaxation or wild-eyed redline-chasing. In tandem with the six-speed ZF transmission, it’s a welcome riposte to anyone who thinks the conventional auto ‘box is dead: slick-shifting and anonymous when left to do its own thing, fast and direct when you override with the steering-wheel paddles.

Urge Congress to Support Great Ape Protection —

Urge Congress to Support Great Ape Protection

Chimpanzees—humans’ closest living genetic relatives—are extremely social, intelligent individuals who have rich mental and emotional lives. They have incredible memories, they share cultural traditions that are passed down through generations, they care deeply for their families and friends, and they grieve the loss of their loved ones when they pass away. Sadly,more than 1,000 of these remarkable beings are imprisoned in barren cells in U.S. laboratories where they have been intentionally infected with diseases such as HIV and hepatitis—even though scientists agree that chimpanzees are poor models for researching human diseases—and forced to endure decades of invasive procedures, fear, loneliness, and pain.

This hellish experience leaves lifelong emotional scars on chimpanzees, and many of them resort to self-mutilation or suffer from depression and other psychological disorders after experiencing the trauma of having their minds and bodies violated.

Despite international criticism, the U.S. remains the only nation in the industrialized world that continues to conduct invasive experiments on chimpanzees.

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810) would permanently end the use of chimpanzees—and all other great apes—in invasive experiments and retire more than 500 federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries.

Please help protect chimpanzees and other great apes now by asking your congressional representatives to cosponsor and support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act.

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Imprisoned by SeaWorld —

Imprisoned by SeaWorld

In aquariums, dolphins and other sea animals routinely die prematurely from stress and other captivity-related causes, and SeaWorld has an abysmal record.

SeaWorld continues to turn a blind eye to the safety of humans and animals alike despite numerous tragedies—including the recent deaths of a mother and baby orcaand the death of yet another trainer who was seized, thrown against the walls of the tank, and held down to drown by a frustrated whale.

The intelligent, social ocean animals kept in the pitifully small tanks at SeaWorld are denied everything that is natural and important to them. In the wild, dolphins swim up to 100 miles a day in the open ocean, but captive dolphins are confined to small tanks in which the reverberations from their sonar bounce off the walls, driving them insane. Some of these animals were violently captured and torn away from their homes in the wild, and many are forced to learn and perform circus-style tricks. According to whistleblower tips from trainers, withholding food and isolating animals who refuse to perform are common training methods.

The only thing that people learn from visiting a SeaWorld theme park is how miserable life is for the animals confined there. Children see mere shadows of animals, defeated beings who do not engage in natural behavior and cannot live as nature intended. Marine parks teach all the wrong lessons: that it is acceptable to imprison animals; to deprive them of freedom of movement and thought; to forbid them the chance to establish their natural territory and explore; to breed and separate them as we, not they, please; and to watch them go insane from boredom and loneliness.

You can help the animals imprisoned by SeaWorld today. Please take a moment to write to The Blackstone Group—the company that owns Sea World—and ask that it immediately set in place a firm and rapid plan to release the animals to sanctuaries that can provide them with a more natural environment.

NO ONE NEEDS TO DIE FOR FASHION! — July 27, 2011

NO ONE NEEDS TO DIE FOR FASHION!

Posted By: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

It’s the shameful secret that those in the international fur trade do their best to hide.

Cats and dogs in China—more than 2 million individual animals this year alone—will be killed for their fur. Animals like the ones we share our homes with as beloved family members are being routinely abused and slaughtered for their fur.

This cold fact has been witnessed repeatedly by investigators from PETA Asia and independent animal protection organizations around the world 

PETA is leading the campaign against the bloody fur industry. Please support our efforts today with a special gift to bolster this lifesaving work.

The animals suffering in these markets can’t tell their own story, so I’ll relay to you just some of what PETA Asia investigators have documented: 

“Workers stuffed hundreds of terrified animals into cages to make the trip to the Chinese animal markets. No food or water was provided.”

“The cages were packed so full that the animals couldn’t move inside. And dying or dead animals were packed in with the living.”

“When they arrived at the market, the cages were tossed 10 feet from the tops of the trucks to ground below, shattering the bones of the fearful animals inside.”

“At the market, the killing methods used shocked even our most seasoned investigators—bludgeoning and even skinning the animals while they were still alive!”

All these horrors take place so that someone can have a fur coat or fur trim on a hat. It’s outrageous and must be stopped.

The skins of these animals find their way to the international clothing retail markets, including the U.S., and are sometimes misleadingly labeled as anything from “Asian jackal” to “rabbit.”

Thank you for everything that you do for animals.

Kind regards,

Ingrid E. Newkirk

President

P.S. The more than 2 million cats and dogs slaughtered for their fur each year in China can’t tell their own story. But that’s why PETA is here—to work to end this cruelty and abuse perpetrated out of greed. Please join with us to end the bloody fur trade. Thank you!

Living Islam —
Killing of Salamanders —

Killing of Salamanders

In al-Saheehayn and elsewhere it is narrated via Sa’eed ibn al-Musayyib that Um Shareek told him that the Prophet (SAW) told her to kill salamanders. According to the report narrated by al-Bukhaari, he said: “It (the salamander) blew (the fire) on Ibrahim (AS)”

In Saheeh Muslim it is narrated via ‘Abd al-Razzaaq, Mu’ammar told us from al-Zuhri from ‘Aamir ibn Sa’d from his father that the Prophet (SAW) enjoined the killing of salamanders and called them mischief doers.

Killing salamanders with one blow brings more reward than killing them with two blows. This was narrated in Saheeh Muslim via Khaalid ibn ‘Abd-Allaah from Suhayl ibn Abi Saalih from his father from Abu Hurayrah, that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever kills a salamander with one blow will have such and such hasanah (good deeds); whoever kills it with the second blow will have such and such hasanah, less than the first; and whoever kills it with three blows will have such and such hasanah – less that the second.” Shaykh Sulaymaan al-‘Alwaan.

Ibn Maajah (RAA) narrated in his Sunan from Saa’ibah the slave woman of al-Faakih ibn al-Mugheerah that she entered upon A’ishah (RAA) and saw a spear sitting there in her house. She said, “O Mother of the Believers, what do you do with this?” She said, “We kill these salamanders with it, because the Prophet of Allah (SAW) told us that when Ibrahim (AS) was thrown into the fire, there was no animal on earth but it tried to extinguish the fire, except for the salamander, which was blowing on the fire (to keep it burning). So the Messenger of Allah (SAW) commanded that they should be killed.”  (Sunan Ibn Maajah, 3222. He said in al-Zawaa’id, the isnaad of A’ishah’s (RAA) hadeeth is saheeh, its men are thiqaat (trustworthy) 

Allah knows best.