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Green Deen by Keith Ellison, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

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Part IV Food

O Children of Adam! Wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer: eat and drink: but waste not by excess, for Allah loves not the wasters.(Qur’an 7:31)

I am a foodie. As I write this I am staring at a ripe mango, anxious to bite into it. My mother taught me to be a food-conscious individual. She taught us to read the labels on all foods in the grocery store. If we couldn’t pronounce the ingredients, we couldn’t buy the product. We had lunches filled with raw broccoli and tuna—and we loved it. Other kids had more typical American lunches that included ham, sugary juices, and cookies, but we were not impressed. The more processed the food, the less we were interested in it.

More than two decades have passed since ...

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