What exactly are you asking? Do you mean that the people of a country where only halal is available are being intolerant? Or do you mean being worried that no alternative is available is being intolerant?
If only halal is available then it is probable that the people who have ensured that nothing else available are...
Best answer: What exactly are you asking? Do you mean that the people of a country where only halal is available are being intolerant? Or do you mean being worried that no alternative is available is being intolerant?
If only halal is available then it is probable that the people who have ensured that nothing else available are intolerant of any other religion. If people who aren't muslim are worried that no alternative to halal is available then that means they want an alternative & they're getting fed up with the intolerance of those who prevent them eating non-halal. Either way, it points towards the same conclusion, i.e. that somebody is being intolerant. I'll leave you to work out who.
A similar issue was written about for christians around 700 years before the qur'an was written. Quite simply it told them that if they're bothered about the source of their meat then don't eat it, but if you don't believe in the religion of others then there's nothing real in their rituals, prayers, sacrifices etc. to do you any harm, so there's no worry what you choose to do. The writer was an ex-jew who had converted to christianity. Jewish religion specifies kosher food, a religious & ritualistic system of food slaughter & preparation from which halal was plagiarised (i.e. copied but with enough changes to make it look original) when Mohamud devised the qur'an. Essentially he syncretised all religions known in the middle east at the time under the leadership of his own political genius ( he realised that people change their politics but not their religion, so his genius was to make his politics the ultimate religion by combining all the beliefs of the time). So what was the value of kosher on which halal was modelled? Quite simply, it was the best & most comprehensive system of food hygiene that could have been devised & followed about 5000 years ago in the hot climate of the middle east.
So, religious intolerance or not, if only halal is available, there is no reason why anybody should be worried about that. If they are, there are generally excellent vegetarian alternatives available. In fact for many muslims, the price of halal means that a vegetarian diet is the only economic option. But why worry? Provided there's enough sunshine to provide vitamin D (probably not in northern europe for example), vegetarian diets are usually a very healthy option
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