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[22 Mar 2006|07:18pm]
I saw this article on yahoo news:
ROME - They're high around the waist, wide around the leg and have lots of pockets for holding watches, bracelets, glasses and other knickknacks. A new line of jeans designed by a small company in northern Italy caters to ...
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Message from the Moderator [15 Mar 2006|07:45am]

Assalamu Alaikium

Just a heads up for everybody, but nationalistic posts are restricted in this community.

Walikium Asalam
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[22 Feb 2006|11:29am]

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I found a poem that was posted on one of the myspace communities that I'm in. I thought it was very beautiful so I thought I would share!

"The Scarf
By: Nura Alia Hossainzadeh

They stand there with shorts, so short, excessively short,
shorts that so deceptively capture from them all they know
of modesty...

...and I proudly pull my scarf over my hair

They stand there, face lost in a sea of make-up,
make-up that so ruthlessly captures from them all they know
of freedom...

...and I proudly pull my scarf over my hair

They stand there, hair raining with gels, colors -
chemicals that so menacingly capture from them all they know
of purity...

...and I proudly pull my scarf over my hair

They stand there, so close, so very close to their "lover",
devoted to them, the devotion that so mercilessly captures
from them all they know of individuality...

...and I proudly pull my scarf over my hair

And they stand there, talking of getting new shorts, new gels
and colors, new boyfriends, materialistic things
that so wrongfully capture from them all they know
of God and love...

...and I proudly pull my scarf over my hair

For my scarf is my protector, my lover, my devotion,
my pureness, my beauty, my rememberance of God,

And I proudly pull it over my hair knowing that when I wear it,
I so rightfully thrust away all the things that the devil
brought about,

And when I put it on, I am



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Polygamy and the Wisdom Behind the Prophet's Plural Marriages [02 Feb 2006|10:43pm]

Polygamy or plural marriage of men (polygyny) in Islam is limited only to a maximum of four with a condition that husbands are able to treat their wives with justice. Otherwise, the rule in Islam is monogamy.

“If you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with the orphan girls, marry (other) women of your choice, two, three, or four. But if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or that which your right hands possess (captives and the slaves). That will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice.” (Qur'an 4:3)
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In line with polygamy, most enemies of Islam center their biased criticisms on the Prophet’s plural marriages, which exceeded more than four as allowed in the Qur’an. They branded the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) as a “sexually obsessed man” for marrying more than four. Read more...Collapse )

By Dr. Norlain Dindang Mababaya
From her article Some Misconceptions on Islam


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Learning and Acquiring Islamic Knowledge [30 Jan 2006|07:01am]


Abu Darda (r.a.) narrated that Kathir ibn Qays said, "I was sitting with Abu Darda in the mosque of Damascus. A man came to him and said, "Abu Darda, I have come to you from the town of Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.s.) for a tradition that I have heard you relate from Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.s.). I have come for no other purpose." He said, "I heard Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.s.) saying: 'If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure with one who seeks knowledge, the inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth and the fish in the deep waters will ask forgiveness for the learned man. The superiority of the learned man over the devout is like that of the moon, on the night when it is full, over the rest of the stars. The learned are the heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets leave neither dinar nor dirham, leaving only knowledge, and he who takes it takes an abundant portion..'" (Abu Dawud 3634)

'Abdullâh ibn 'Amr (r.a.) narrated that Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.s.) said, "Knowledge consists of three things: the decisive Verses (the Qur'an), authentic Ahadith and prescriptions rightly deduced from the two. What is beside them is superfluous." (Ibn Mâjah 1/54 and Abu Daud 2879)

Abu Hurairah (r.a.) narrated that Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.s.) said, "Verily what a believer continues to receive (in the form of reward) for his action and his virtues after his death is the knowledge which he acquired and then disseminate; the pious son that he left behind him, or a copy of the Qur'an which he left as a legacy, or the mosques that he had built, or the inn that he had built for the wayfarers, or the canal that he caused to flow, or a sadaqah which he gave out of his property in the state when he was healthy and alive. (These are the acts of goodness the reward of which) reaches him even after his death." (Tirmidhi 254 and Ibn Majah)
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Khutbah: The Present Situation of the Muslims [28 Jan 2006|08:39pm]

The Present Situation of the Muslims
By Sheikh Saud Ash-Shuraym

Khutbah (Friday Sermon) in Makkah, Saudi ArabiaCollapse )
Source: http://www.khutab.org/eng/23/mkk/Makkah109.htm
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Hajj & Martyrdom [13 Jan 2006|07:13am]

Narrated Abu Hurairah (r.a.): Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W.S.) said, “Five are regarded as martyrs: They are those who die because of plague, abdominal disease, drowning or a falling building *etc., and the martyrs in Allah’s Cause.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

عن أبي صالح عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه: أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلّم قال: الشهداء خمسة: المطعون، و المبطون والغرق، و صاحب الهدم، و الشهيد في سبيل الله. (صحيح البخاري)

Narrated Anas bin Malik (r.a.): The Prophet (S.A.W.S.) said, “Plague is the cause of martyrdom of every Muslim (who dies because of it.).” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

Narrated ‘Aisha, the mother of the faithful believers, (r.a.): I requested the Prophet (S.A.W.S.) to permit me to participate in Jihad, but he said, “Your Jihad is the performance of Hajj.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

* Muslim pilgrims who have died in a stampede or suffocated while performing Hajj purely and sincerely for the sake of pleasing Allah alone will Insha Allah be among the martyrs, and Allah knows best.
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[09 Jan 2006|05:30pm]

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It is Sunnah for the non-Hajj-pilgrims to fast on Yawm 'Arafah [08 Jan 2006|01:41am]

Fasting on the Day of 'Arafah

The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah (the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar) is the day of 'Arafah. It is the day when pilgrims stand on the plain of 'Arafah to pray. On this day, Muslims all over the world who do not witness the annual hajj should spend the day in fasting, in preparation for the three days festivity following 'Eid ul-Adha (the celebration marking the end of the hajj commemorating the Prophet Ibrâhîm's willingness of sacrifice).

Abû Hafsah, may Allâh be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet (May Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

"Fasting on the day of 'Arafah absolves the sins for two years: the previous year and the coming year, and fasting on 'ashûra, (the tenth day of Muharram) atones for the sins of previous years." [Reported by all except al-Bukhârî and Tirmidhî]

In another saying the Prophet's wife Hafsah, may Allâh be pleased with her, said:

"Four things the Messenger of Allâh never neglected: Observing fast on the day of 'ashûra, 'Arafat, three days every month, and offering fajr sunnah prayers early in the morning." [Muslim]
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Goodly Loan [30 Dec 2005|02:16pm]

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Al-Muzammil (The Mantled One)
Chapter 73: Verse 20 (Partial)


"Lend unto God a goodly loan. Whatever good you shall forward on your behalf you shall find it with God, as better and richer in reward."

WHATEVER you give or spend in the way of Allah will be returned to you in manifold increase. Be generous, therefore, for whatever you spend on yourself is only for your temporary sustenance while whatever you spend in the way of Allah is an investment in your future for which you will be provided everlasting sustenance. Seek to invest in others, for your own benefit, with whatever Allah has endowed you.

Sadaqa or charity, of course, is not compulsory. What is obligatory, however, is Zakat, a fixed percentage of your halal or lawful savings which is meant to purify your wealth by recognising that the needy has a right over a portion of it. Indeed, the very meaning of the term Zakat signifies purification.

Love for worldly possessions is primarily a disease of the heart while the purpose of sadaqa is to act as its antidote or cure. Sadaqa serves as a form of dhikr to remind us that all forms of wealth come from Allah and what we possess is simply a short term loan for which we will be held accountable when our contract expires. This loan is meant to cater for our personal needs and family needs and those of the wider society.

"In The Early Hours" - Khurram Murad, Chapter 7

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Saying Subhan-Allah when descending & Allahu-Akbar when ascending [30 Dec 2005|07:58pm]


Narrated Jaabir bin ‘Abdullah (r.a.): Whenever we went up a place we would say, “Allahu-Akbar (i.e. Allah is the Most Great)”, and whenever we went down a place we would say, “Subhan-Allah”. (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
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De-compartmentalising the Heart [29 Dec 2005|07:57am]

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Al-Baqara (The Cow)
Chapter 2: Verse 208 (partial)

"O you who believe! Enter into Islam wholeheartedly, without reservation."

The Quran states that true taqwa cannot be attained until all your actions in life are done exclusively to earn the pleasure of Allah. Your qalb (heart) cannot be compartmentalised. You cannot dedicate one piece of it to Allah and another to some other god, like wealth, status, career, spouse and so on.

There is a beautiful verse in the Quran which throws light on the absurdity of such a situation. It tells about some of the mushrikin or idol worshippers who sacrifice animals and then say that one part of the animal is for Allah and another is for their idols. The verse then states quite clearly that whatever is assigned to Allah is also, in reality, assigned to the idols, for Allah does not accept something divided between Him and others. He is One, indivisible and wants the human being to be undivided in service to Him. So long as our heart lies in a hundred places, so long as our eyes are set in a hundred directions, so long as we have many loyalties, we shall never be able to achieve that condition of 'holding onto Allah'.

Why should we allow divided loyalties to capture parts of our heart? Nothing in this world is going to be of use to us when we breathe our last, however hard we may have striven for it and however valuable it may seem to us. We must recognise that the prizes we seek are not the worldly possessions received from human beings like ourselves. It is only our Creator who can put a real value on our striving and bestow on us a real reward.

"In The Early Hours" - Khurram Murad

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Be Mindful of Khushoo [21 Dec 2005|12:32pm]

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Al-Muminun (The Believers)
Chapter 23: Verses 1-2

"Successful indeed are the believers, those who offer their salah (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness."

Khushoo means calmness, serenity, tranquillity, dignity and humility. What makes a person have this khushoo is fear of Allah and the sense that He is always watching. Khushoo means that the heart stands before the Lord in humility and submission.

Salah (prayer) is the greatest of the practical pillars of Islam, and khushoo (humility and attentiveness) in prayer is required by shariah (Islamic law). When Iblees (Satan), the enemy of Allah, vowed to mislead and tempt the sons of Adam (alayhis salaam) and said, "Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left." [Surah al-Araf 7:17], one of his most significant plots became to divert people from salah by all possible means and to whisper to them during their prayer so as to deprive them of the joy of this worship and cause them to lose the reward for it. As khushoo will be the first thing to disappear from the earth, and we are living in the last times, the words of Hudhayfah (radia Allahu anhu) are particularly pertinent to us: "The first thing of your religion that you will lose is khushoo, and the last thing that you will lose of your religion is Prayer. There may be a person praying who has no goodness in him, and soon you will enter the mosque and not find anyone who has khushoo."

The site of khushoo is the heart, and its effects are manifested in the physical body. The various faculties follow the heart: if the heart is corrupted by negligence or insinuating whispers from Satan, the worship of the body's faculties will also be corrupt. The heart is like a king and the faculties are like his troops who follow his orders and go where they are commanded. If the king is deposed, his followers are lost, which is like what happens when the heart does not worship properly.

"33 Ways of developing Khusho in Salah", by Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

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Burden Not Too Heavy [16 Dec 2005|08:33am]

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Al-Muminun (The Believers)
Chapter 23: Verse 62 (partial)

Burden not to heavy
"We do not lay a burden on anyone beyond his capacity."

There is nothing superhuman about the character and conduct required of man. All human beings are made of the same flesh and blood, and are capable of establishing very high standards of conduct. Hence, it does not hold water for some people to claim that the kind of character required of them is beyond their capacity. Man is in fact capable of following both patterns of behavior: the one being followed by the generality of people in the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) as well as the one being followed by the true men of faith from amongst their own people.

A person's conduct results from his own choice. If someone makes the wrong choice and, thereafter, devotes his efforts to accumulating evil and distancing himself from good, no amount of false pretension will save him. His plea that good deeds were simply beyond his power will be of no avail and he will be made to suffer the consequences of his wrong choice. If such people do in fact prefer this pretext, saying that the way enjoined by God was beyond their capacity, they are bound to face the question: if that is so, how was it that many people, like them, were able to follow that way?

"Towards Understanding the Quran" - Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi

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[09 Dec 2005|08:19pm]

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Keep away from Mutual Enmity

When the quarrel intensifies and its roots go deeper, and its thorns become branches and branches increase in number, then the freshness of the fruits of faith is adversely affected. Softness, sympathy, satisfaction and peace which are encouraged by the Islamic teachings receive a setback. Performance of worship loses its righteousness, nor does the self get any benefit from it.

When a man is displeased, his eyes become prejudiced and ignore the camel and object to gnat. Such eyes do not appreciate the beauty of the peacock, for they only see its ugly feet and claws. If a slight defect is present, it turns the molehill into a mountain.

And sometimes the internal rancour and jealousy affect them so badly that no hesitation is felt in inventing imaginary stories. Islam disapproves of all these manifestations of ill-feeling and advises to abstain from them. It declares their avoidance as the most virtuous form or worship.

The Prophet (SAW) has said:

"Listen, may I not tell you something more important than salat, fasting and charity.? The people requested him to do so. He said: "To keep the mutual relationship on the right footing, because the defect in the mutual relationship is a thing which shaves a thing clean, I do not mean that it shaves the hair, but that it shaves (removes) the religion." (Tirmizi)

The best method adopted by the devil to drive people away from God is to sow the seeds of enmity in the hearts of the people. When this enmity develops into a fire and open hostilities result, he enjoys the scene. This fire burns man's present and future into ashes and totally destroys their relationship and virtues.

When wickedness takes roots in the hearts, and people start hating love and brotherhood and when these are destroyed, people revert to cruelty and enmity, and break all those relations and connections for which Allah has given commands to join; and thus they spread corruption on this earth.

"Muslim's Character " - Muhammad Al-Ghazali

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Hidden Arrogance [09 Dec 2005|09:21am]

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An-Nahl (The Bee)
Chapter 16: Verse 23

"There is no doubt that Allah knows what they keep secret and what they make public. He does not love people puffed up with pride."

Generally, the attitudes of people with hidden arrogance vary greatly from that of the arrogant. The most significant difference between the two is that an arrogant person can be readily recognised from his outward appearance, whereas it is difficult for someone with hidden arrogance.

Their method of concealing arrogance is quite devious; primarily, they try to put forth themselves as ideal people. It is essential for them to be known as "virtuous," being the reason why they aim to present themselves as "perfect" and "innocent." Earning the praise and approval of others, to be admired by them, and thus, appeasing their arrogance becomes their main pursuit.

Such a type of arrogance is dangerous; it is something like an iceberg. (About 90 percent of its mass is below the surface of the water.) It is easy to avoid people who are arrogant, in common sense of the word, since they are easily recognised. But, it is difficult with those who conceal their arrogance. Their arrogance becomes obvious only in time, making it more difficult to admonish them or to explain to them the situation they are in.

Those who conceal their arrogance and claim purity for themselves may for a while manage to hide their pride from others, but Allah surely knows and makes known what is concealed in their hearts.

"The Arrogance of Satan" - Harun Yahya

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Memory and Determination [07 Dec 2005|12:13pm]

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Chapter 20: Verse 115

"We had already beforehand taken the covenant of Adam, but he forgot; and We found on his part no firm resolve."

Allah had taken a promise from Adam that he would not go near the forbidden tree, but Adam forgot the promise within a few days. He became a prey to weakness and broke his promise.

The above verse shows that deficiency in memory and weakness of determination are two obstructions which come in the way of performance of duty. Fulfilment of promises depends on these two factors. With these two things, fulfilling one's promise would be easy. And this is a strange thing that man, being overwhelmed by the hardships of the times, various difficulties and different pressing problems forgets the open and clear realities. To him the clear figures appear blurred, and the realities which are as striking as the light of the sun disappear from his sight.

There the necessity of a reminder becomes very pressing, to overcome the negligence and forgetfulness and to keep this important thing before men's eyes. Alive and wakeful memory and remembrance is essential for fulfilling promises. A man who forgets his promises and covenants, how can he fulfil them?

If a man has a strong memory in respect of fulfilling his promise, it is also necessary that he should have a determination to do so - a determination which should not have any laxity or slackness in this matter - a determination which should be able to overcome all the rebellious desires, and which should lighten the coming burden of difficulties. It should be a determination which should be able to cross all the difficult valleys and blocks and should be able to set an example of selfless sacrifice for others.

"Muslim's Character" - Muhammad Al-Ghazali, pp. 91-94

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We're Responsible [06 Dec 2005|08:01pm]


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Al-Isra (The Night Journey)
Chapter 17: Verse 13

"We have fastened every person's omen (fate) to his/her own neck."

The causes that lead us to ultimate salvation, to our everlasting happiness or unending misery, lie within ourselves. It is the proper use of our natural faculties, our power of judgment and decision, our preference and choice which makes us earn either happiness or misery.

People who do not understand this concept properly hold external factors to be responsible for their fortune. The fact, however, is that our good or bad fortune rests with Allah.

If we were to critically examine ourselves, we would realize that the factors which had put us on the road to our hardship or led to us commiting wrong lay within ourselves - our own bad character traits and bad decisions. Our hardships were not thrust upon us by outside factors.

"Towards Understanding the Quran" - Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, vol. V, pg. 29

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Interesting [04 Dec 2005|08:44am]

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Miracle of Holy Quran—New Discovery

Some very interesting findings of Dr. Tariq Al Swaidan:

Tariq Al Swaidan discovered some verses in the Holy Qur'an that mention one thing is equal to another, i.e. Men are equal to women. Although this makes sense dramatically, the astonishing fact is that the number of times the word man appears in the Qur'an is 24 and the number of times the word woman appears is also 24, therefore not only is this phrase correct in the grammatical sense but also true mathematically, i.e. 24 = 24.

Upon further analysis of various verses, he discovered that this is consistent throughout the whole Qur'an, where it says one thing is like another. See below for astonishing result of the words mentioned number of times in Arabic Qur'an: Dunia (one name for life) 115. Aakhirat (one name for the life after this world) 115

Malaika (Angels) 88. Shayteen (Satan) 88

Life 145.... Death 145

Benefit 50. Corrupt 50

People 50. Messengers 50

Eblees (king of devils) 11. Seek refuge from Eblees 11

Museebah (calamity) 75. Thanks 75

Spending (Sadaqah) 73 . Satisfaction 73

People who are mislead 17 . Dead people 17

Muslimeen 41 . Jihad 41

Gold 8 . Easy life 8

Magic 60 . Fitnah (dissuasion, misleading) 60

Zakat (Taxes Muslims pay to the poor) 32 ... Barakah
(Incre asing or blessings of wealth) 32

Mind 49 . Noor 49

Tongue 25 . Sermon 25

Desite 8 . Fear 8
Speaking publicly 18 . Publicising 18

Hardship 114 ... Patience 114

Muhammed 4 . Sharee'ah (Muhammed's teachings) 4

Man 24. Woman 24

And amazingly enough have a look how many times the following words appear:

Salat 5,

Month 12,

Day 365,

Sea 32, Land 13

Sea + land = 32+13= 45

Sea = 32/45*100= 71.11111111%

Land = 13/45*100 = 28.88888889%

Sea + land = 100.00%

Modern science has only recently proven that the water
Covers 71.111% of the earth, while the land covers

Is this a coincidence?
Question is that who taught Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) all this?

Reply automatically comes in mind that ALMIGHTY ALLAH
Taught him this. As the Qur'an also tells us this. Please pass this on to all your friend and Muslims you know. ayath 87 of Suraa (Chapter) Al-Anbia \ Para 17:


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Al Safa Halal is owned by a NonMuslim [25 Nov 2005|03:37pm]

Muslim Consumers & the NonMuslim Halal Business

It has all the trimmings of a Muslim business.

A Muslim name, some Muslim employees, a logo containing Arabic, date palm tree, and a masjid, slick flyers announcing its Halal food products and a 1-800- number with a message greeting you with a Salam and a recordeding in English and Arabic.

But Al Safa Halal is not a Muslim company. The Kitchener, Ontario-based entity is actually owned by non-Muslim (Jewish) private investors, intent on cashing in on the North American Muslim meat market.

While one of Al Safa Halal's proprietors, David Muller, refused to speak with Sound Vision, he directed our call to its Customer and Consumer Relations Manager AbdelKader Muhammad. Muller also would not disclose exactly who and how many people owned Al Safa Halal, saying this information is confidential.

Providing Halal meat products for Muslims was the first type of business Muslims in North America established long ago. After Masjids, the Halal grocery store became a need of the Muslim community in North America. Such stores have become part of the landscape.

Enter Al Safa Halal. While it was only launched last year, it emerged from the company MGI Packers, which is based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and had been in business as a slaughterhouse since 1987.

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I didnt mean it like in a bad way. Jus something I found out and wanted to share it with other Muslims as well. I thought it was really interesting!
To me it doesnt matter who the owner is either, just as far as the meat is Halal. So yeah.
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