"Starbucks and McDonald's made a statement that all profits made from now until Saturday will be sent to the Israeli army to fight the Palestinian people. Enough of the blood shed. The women and children have been under siege for years, they have no water, food, medicine or electricity. They are prisoners in their own land. Please boycott Starbucks and McDonald's and pass this on to everyone you know. The link below just gives you a brief history of the Israelis and their so-called land. http://uk.youtube. com/watch? v=XUFLpP9Prxo
Now, before you get all excited and start boycotting Starbucks and McDonalds, you must answer a simple question: Where is the proof that these companies made these statements?
Don't get me wrong. Perhaps these companies did make these statements in certain cities. But Alhamdulillah, where? What city?
A general check of the websites of these companies makes no such claims.
In this climate of high anxiety and emotion, it is easy to get swept up. Many Muslims and good citizens of the world feel powerless about the current situation in Gaza. They want to do something. And they should.
But I warn that we need to be careful!
To pass this email message around, forwarding it ad nauseum (like my group did) where it has the potential to reach hundreds, perhaps thousands of people, without proof has the potential to cause great damage to companies that may be innocent.
It is especially important for us Muslims to stop and think.
Let's say that we pass this information along anyhow, not caring whether or not there is proof or if it may be untrue.
We may be in danger of engaging in what is known in Islam as nameemah (slander).
In general, nameemah, usually refers to the act of carrying tales from one person to another. This disclosure can be by speaking, writing, nodding, intimating (hinting) or signalling. Nameemah is carrying discussions from one to another for the intention of mischief, disclosing secrets and exposing secret matters. If the party is innocent, it is a sin heavier than the weight of the skies. It was also said, "The acts of Nammaam are more harmful than the acts of Shaitan. Shaitan acts by imagination and whispering, while the Nammaam acts face-to-face and openly." Nameemah is an abomination. It is very widely spread amongst people and very few are safe from it. Nameemah is prohibited by Ijmaa (consensus of the Muslim scholars) and there are many clear references from the Qur'an and Sunnah against it. (from Slander by Abdul Malik Al-Qasim)
So, again I warn you all (and myself) to be careful. If these allegations are correct and can be proven, then these companies do deserve to be boycotted. But if they are not ...
There are other cures for our feelings of powerlessness and emotional pain.
Write a letter, make a blog post, sign a petition, participate in a peaceful demonstration, talk to others, write a poem, paint a picture, scream, pray ...
Muslim Matters has a 60 Minute Action Plan here.
Surf around the Muslim blogs. Many, like Organic Muslimah also have good ideas and provide excellent resources.
You get the idea: Make Yourself Heard!!! But in a halal (permissible) way!!!
(Oh! And the George Galloway video in the YouTube link is excellent!)
UPDATE: From Saudi and Scholars concerning this topic:
Boycotting American Products
Boycotting Products Manufactured by Non-Muslims
Muhammad Ibn SïŒªlih al-'UthaymïŒ³n
Boycotting Products Manufactured by Non-Muslims
Saudi Arabiaâ€™s Permanent Council of Senior Scholars
Taken From: http://www.authentictranslations.com/tb-SocialDealings.aspx
ANOTHER UPDATE: (LINK INCLUDES A LETTER FROM STARBUCKS)
Re-posted with permission stated below from Brother Abu Khaliyl quranwasunnah@ yahoogroups. com:
As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah:
Long ago we started getting a message that the Starbucks company was sending this or that amount of money from its purchases to the IDF. After reading the message fabricated and attributed to the chairman Howard Schultz, I recognized the falsehood of it, as I am a native English speaker (phrases of it were not American English, but it has British expressions that give it away, as well as mistakes, for both British and American English, making it clear that it was not stated by someone who is a native of NY city) and I looked into the matter, so this is what Starbucks had to say about it:
"You may have heard a rumor about Howard Schultz, Starbucks and the Israeli army. The rumor is false. Neither chairman Howard Schultz nor Starbucks fund or support the Israeli Army. Starbucks is a non-political organization and does not support individual political causes."
Contact Information: Starbucks Coffee Company (206) 318-7100 mailto:press@starbucks.%20com
With current events, this false claim - that Starbucks supports the IDF - is gaining steam again, so please forward this to anyone that sends you such a message. Also, just to throw dirt in the face of those who spread such lies among the Muslims, see this:http://www.snopes.com/politics/israel/starbucks.asp and for those who still like to believe a lie because it was told to them by a Muslim (!?) then review the material here where the forger of the letter has admitted to forging it.http://www.snopes.%20com/politics/%20israel/schultz.%20asp
The Messenger of Allah (sall Allahu `alaihi wa sallam) spoke of these people who spread these rumours: "Sufficient that a man is a liar that he narrates everything he hears." Sahih Muslim, in the introduction. And consider the status of a people who make unlawful what Allah has made lawful, and whoever follows them in that, believes it, speaks according to it, and acts upon it....So perhaps you can save this email, and if you get an email from one of these liars about this lie, you can "reply all" with it, and may Allah reward you for countering falsehood with the truth.