Asalaam Aleikum, I posted this on another forum and thought I would share it here.
Don't think your purchase makes a difference? Lets do some math shall we?
I will use my neighborhood as an example. If one person per household purchased just one bottle of pepsi/coca-cola, that would be roughly 90 homes for my street alone (average of 10 homes per block). Keep in mind most homes have 2+ people in them :) but for this purpose we will pretend there is just one. There are 6 streets in my neighborhood before having to cross a big road. So, this makes about 540 bottles of cola/pepsi.
Each bottle of cola/pepsi is $2
Multiply by 540
That is a total of $1,080 just on one little bottle of cola/pepsi that one person of each home purchased in one day. I understand it doesn't all go towards israel, however, we keep them in business and contributing to the cause with each purchase.
How many neighborhoods in a city? State? country? Shall we continue?
I think you get the point.
A very powerful thing you can do is boycott. Boycotting is a small yet powerful step we all must take so that when we stand in front of Allah the Almighty, at least we can say that the rizq He provided us with did not kill an innocent human.
I've explained how big of an impact one small purchase has, these companies rake in loads of money every single day and its going towards the oppression of your brothers and sisters!! The products do NOT have to be made in Israel for funding to go towards them.
Here are a few links to show you what brands you need to be avoiding.
Boycott Israel Campaign 2012
Most of these brands fall under Strauss Strauss Group
. Strauss is teamed up with pepesiCo and owns danon, lays and man many more, just take a look, if you can recognize the logos in their language.
"We are active in 23 countries worldwide in our diverse fields of activity through partnerships with multinationals. We bring our know-how in Coffee, Water, Chocolate, Dips & Spreads to diverse markets and cultures, making them accessible to people just the way they like them, adapted to local tastes and habits."
"Israel is our home base, the cultural wellspring that engendered our values-driven activity and our professional knowledge. The largest food company in Israel was born of a Zionist vision, love of the country and giving. "
no surprise they are behind loads of processed foods that make people sick eh? This is one of the many reasons I advocate whole simple foods, not in cans or wrappers, just local. It automatically gives your money to the right place. You know, when I was looking at the list of products (you bet I looked at every label on all sites :D ) The tribulation of food that will come with Ad-Dajjal came to mind. Don't forget!
Oh and for the record, Starbucks is not "debunked" Starbucks CEO Calls Himself ?an Active Zionist,? but Can You Find It Anywhere on the Web? | Arab News ? Saudi Arabia News, Middle East News, Opinion, Economy and more.
Yes there's many brands, but there isn't many companies actually. Most of our home products( in the United states) are Procter&gamble for example. I truly believe that it's time Muslims wake up and step up to their responsibility of being conscious of how our decisions affect out surroundings. Unfortunately it has taken a huge issue such as that of Palestine to get is as an ummah started. I guarantee you that everything you buy for yourself and your home I available locally from smaller brands that would really benefit from your dollar and have wonderful positive effects in your immediate surroundings, your environment and ultimately the people who live on this earth. Let me remind that these same companies that support zionism, cruelty and abuse are the same one who make toxic products that are harmful to your health and many of these companies such as Estee Lauder, torture animals or pay to get testing done in order to get their products out, which are harmful for you anyway . Johnson&Johnson, aveeno, dial etc are full of parabens and chemicals yet they are marketed as safe for you and your family. This goes for convenience and packaged food as well. Is it a surprise? No. They only care to make money. Not about you or any human life. I hope time is taken to reflect on this.