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Saturday, July 23, 2005


Assalamualaykum wht,

* I wouldn't say that it is an easy thing to do since I really dig Starbuck's Caramel Frappuccino, and Nestle's sweet chocolates. But to trade my own desires with the money spent on the bullets to be fired at the hearts of my Palestine's brothers,sisters and children, I don't think I need to think twice....

Why We Should Boycott These Companies, See the Complete List


Assalamualaikum warahmatullah

if i'm not mistaken, one of the points stated in the khutbah last week here in Sheffield (not the one yesterday) is that amid the recent bombings we shouldnt forget about the worse opression that has been happening to our brothers and sisters all around the globe.

Straight to the point, this is an introduction email for a series of weekly/fortnightly emails introducing brands closely associated with israel for us to boycott. not agree with boycotting? i hope your disagreement will be answered by the Q&A further below. the idea of this campaign is to have ppl start boycotting from zero with AT LEAST weekly/fortnightly increment of a single brand rather than having this only in talks and not being done at all. each stated brand will be accompanied with alternative brands and the reasons to boycott i.e. details of their association with israel.

PLEASE DO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY!! Very enormous is Allah's wrath upon those who do not practise what they say.

* materials are taken from www.inminds.co.uk

Q. alright, now my eyes are wide open and aware of what's happening there. now what can we do for them (the palestinians)?

A. there are lots of things that we can do (pls refer the website www.inminds.co.uk). the least we can do (and my purpose of writing this email) is to avoid buying goods that support israeli occupation. first we reduce their financial support in the way we are capable of, secondly we indirectly assert to the companies our disagreement on their having business on the occupied land n supporting the occupier. a more direct assertion like writing a letter is of course preferable.
hmm.. simply put, a more straight forward word for the action is to BOYCOTT their goods.

Q. hey! how can you so carelessly accusing any of the companies supports the occupation

A. i'm not doing any accusation. each and every brand or company presented within this series of emails will have their portion of activity profile proving their association to israel. complete with reference. you'll have specific reasons to boycott every single brand.

Q. boycott??? coke?? mcD??? what do you expect us to eat and drink? do you want us to just leave behind and restrain ourselves from all our needs of life???

A. hey.. relax! to be precise all those are not really our needs but instead just desires. we can actually live without them but we are just used to consuming these goods. afterall we still have alternatives for the brand we boycott which will be introduced to you in the following series of emails. of course you can find your own alternatives. and yes, some of these alternatives are not as good as the 'bad' to-be-boycotted brands, but hey! just compare your little sacrifice with the lives you save... as an analogy, let's say you put one spoon of sugar in your cup of coffee every morning, would it make any difference to the taste if you take out one or two granule of sugar. what i'm trying to say here is (in case u still dont get it) that our boycotting effort are very small compared to what we enjoy right now, and to what has been ripped from the palestinians... their lives for example...

Q. ok, ok.. but isnt this just unrealistic? one can of coke costs u about 50p (rm1 in malaysia) most of that goes to the production cost, and the profit of regional part of the company (i.e. goes to malaysia regional bosses or any country's regional bosses according to your location). imagine how small the portion that goes to israel, us or whomever you plan to affect. does it really pay to follow your boycott campaign at all?? can your little granules of sugar save lives????

A. 0.1 pence x 10 mil = £10K. every little portion helps. dont just wait for others and let others wait for you! let us make this move together. furthernore, it is not only about the money.

Q. (for muslims) this all are just suggestions, arent they? i dont really have to follow boycotting these brands, do i?

A. let us first reset our niat only to obey Allah in this matter (and everything else) and only to do what's right. well, there are fatwas by renounced scholar of Islam ruling the boycott compulsory. so, simply put, you have to accept and follow this suggestion to boycott.


Imam Syed Ali Khamenei (Islamic Republic of Iran)- Fatwa No 12798 ( 15th May.2001 )

"The purchase of any item which helps strengthen Zionism is not permissible ..."

Shaykh Yusuf Al Qaradawi (Egypt / Qatar)

"Each riyal, dirham...etc. used to buy their goods eventually becomes bullets to be fired at the hearts of brothers and children in Palestine. For this reason, it is an obligation not to help them (the enemies of Islam) by buying their goods. To buy their goods is to support tyranny, oppression and aggression."

Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Fadhlullah (Lebanon)

"The least effort we could make ... is to boycott all those who support the enemy ... We should boycott American goods whenever possible, and you should boycott all Israeli goods as well as all the companies that help Israeli companies financially"

Ayatullah as-Sayyid Ali as-Seestani (Iraq)

"It is not permissible for a Muslim to buy products of the countries that are in a state of war with Islam and Muslims, for example, Israel"

posted by Hana' at 7/23/2005 01:14:00 PM |