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Am I wearing haram clothes? Is ‘eco’ trend as safe as it seems?

We will talk about what kind of mockery happens to nature in order to make us look elegant and enjoy each new handbag. What stands behind the new purchase? Animal flaying or toxic emissions? Clothes and accessories through the eyes of an ecologist.

Dressing in style and being friendly to nature, created by Allah, wouldn’t seem to be difficult. Throw on a faux fur coat, leather bag, and Naugahyde covered boots, and now you are not only in a trendy outfit but also care about the environment. Leading representatives of the fashion industry such as Gucci, Versace, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Hilfiger, Giorgio Armani have already made a commitment not to use natural fur and animal skin. They certainly know what is best.

At first glance, such a trend has solid advantages: animals do not suffer and this is really a great blessing.

For a better understanding of how the fur for coats is gained, look into the Internet, in what unbearable conditions animals are kept, how they suffer, how the tails are cut off and the skin is flayed from them being still alive.

It is very important to remember that they are also creations of Almighty and no one has a right to abuse them.

The prophet Muhammad (may the Creator bless and greet him) said: “be merciful to all those on earth [to all people without exception, to animals] and as a result, the One who is in heaven [figuratively speaking, because God is not limited by either place or time], will certainly show his mercy to you»

But just abandoning the natural and moving to the artificial – only one side of the coin in the call for an eco-friendly life. What is on the other hand? How and from what is made leatherette, often referred to as an “eco-leather”, how much and what types of resources are spent on it? 

Well, let’s go in order. The leatherette itself consists of polyester fibers, which are obtained by refining oil. It is no secret how harmful this production is, and the environmental damage is done in many ways: poisonous emissions into the air we breathe, polluted discharges into the ground and surface water that we drink or irrigate in fields, and the final product which will decompose for more than 100 years, continuing to release toxic substances into the soil after its use. And the same goes for the faux fur. So, how do you like this ‘eco-friendly’ approach?

Now, it is reasonable to ask – which of two evils to choose?

The answer was given a long ago by our religion Islam. Yes, it was! Even then there was an understanding of careful treatment for nature. We all know the story told by the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) about a man who took off his shoe, scooped water from a spring with it and watered a thirsty dog in the desert. For this act, Allah forgave all his past sins. During those times of the Prophet, an understanding of the permissibility of the skin and fur of dead animals appeared. “And Allah made for you from the hides of the animals’ tents which you find light on your day of travel and your day of encampment; and from their wool, fur and hair is furnishing and enjoyment for a time” (Quran, 16:80)

“One day the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of the Creator be upon him) passed by a dead sheep and asked: “ Why didn’t you take its skin, which you could have tanned and used?” [People] said: “ It (the sheep) is dead!” Then [the messenger of Almighty] said: “only eating of its [meat] is forbidden”.

Natural products will last longer in contrast to leatherette, for example. However, tanning the skin (not always, but often) is accompanied by the use of toxic substances like formaldehyde in its process. 

Maybe we can move to fabric materials made from natural cotton? What could be more environmentally friendly? But it is not all simple. It needs a separate article.

Making a conclusion, I want to urge everyone to think before buying anything, whether you really need it, think about what and how it is made, is it worth the purity of air and water or the life of the tortured creatures of Allah. 

If you clearly understand the need for the purchase – knowledge about what and in what kind of conditions the product was produced, only then you can make an aware choice, for which everyone will be responsible.

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