The next time you reach for a candy bar, buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, or stock up for holiday baking, consider the price thousands of children are paying to bring you your chocolaty cheer.
Muslims have no trouble seeing the blessings in food, we know the good when we see it. We see the light of God in it and we share that light. It is like all things, a sign of God for us to read. It is a taste of Paradise in this world.
During dinner with our children, we asked them, all enthusiastic carnivores, why they thought it was OK to eat meat. Their varying responses inspired us to frame this discussion in terms of the Passover Haggadah's description of the Four Children.
The good news is that you can enjoy the luscious flavor of high-quality veal without setting your ethics aside. The way to do it is to obtain your meat locally, from small-scale farmers you can know and trust.