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November 16, 2012

President of Islamic Society of North America Joins The HSUS’ Faith Advisory Council

The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to announce that Imam Muhammad Hagmagid Ali, president of the Islamic Society of North America, the nation’s largest Muslim organization, has joined The HSUS Faith Advisory Council.

Imam Magid is the 14th member of The HSUS Faith Advisory Council, which formed earlier this year.

“Imam Magid’s participation on The Humane Society of the United States’ Faith Advisory Council highlights a history of Muslim compassion for animals,” said Christine Gutleben, senior director of The HSUS faith outreach program. “We look forward to working with Imam Magid to engage other Muslim leaders and communities in the work of protecting animals.” 

Imam Magid released the following statement. “The Quran calls us to be kind and merciful towards animals, and in it we are taught that, ‘There is not an animal on earth, nor a bird that flies on its wings - but they are communities like you’ (6:38). Moreover, there are many stories and sayings associated with the Prophet Muhammad that demonstrate his strong concern for animals. The principles of Halal reinforce Islam’s benevolence toward animals by insisting that slaughter itself be humane. In the modern world, unfortunately, there are broader and more alarming cruelties associated with the raising of animals for food that place an even greater moral burden upon us in our faith. Many farm animals in the United States are routinely locked inside of cramped cages where they can barely move. They are denied the ability to engage in the behaviors God intended for them to exhibit. As Muslims we ought to question these farming practices and do our utmost to ensure that animals raised for food are shown the kind of mercy called for in the Quran and exemplified in the life of the Prophet himself.”

The Faith Advisory Council plays a leading role in encouraging all people of faith to be responsible stewards and caretakers of God’s creation.

Council members provide strategic guidance for The HSUS and its leadership. Each councilmember serves as an ambassador to The HSUS in his or her respective community, including providing spiritual support for leaders who have taken a stand on animal welfare issues in their region. The council posts on the standing committee are volunteer positions.

About The HSUS Faith Outreach Program

The HSUS Faith Outreach program engages faith communities, leaders and institutions with animal protection issues on the premise that religious values call upon us to act in a kind and merciful way towards all creatures. 

Media Contact: Anna West: 301-258-1518; awest@humanesociety.org

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