People-over-Profit

Every Garment Has A Name: aimed at raising awareness about workers rights and the garment industry. Following the collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013 which killed 1127 workers, MADE came together with organisations across the UK to take action against poor working conditions and to bring corporations to account.

The fashion industry turns over around $3 trillion a year, yet many garment workers across the world earn less than £25 a month (despite working 15-17 hours a day), the fast fashion industry has caused an immense amount of human suffering as well as environmental degradation. It is for these reasons it remains vital to question and take action against an industry that is the cause of so much injustice and global inequality. This campaign seeks to question where our clothes come from, in what conditions they were made and the solutions Islam offers. 

Every Garment Has A Name derives from prophetic traditions, The Prophet’s relationship with his clothing was one that truly embodied the Qur’anic exultations of the (spiritually) noble status that is conferred on clothing. Abu Sa’eed Khudari narrates, “When Rasulullah put on a new garment, he would in happiness mention that garment’s name,” and then recite the following du`a’ (supplication):

“Allahumma lakal hamdu kama kasauw- tanihi, as-aluka khayrahu wa-khayra ma-suni’a lahu wa-a’udhubika min sharrihi wa-sharri ma-suni’a lahu.”

“O Allah, all praise and thanks to You for clothing me with this (garment). I ask You for the good of it and the good of what it was made for, and I ask Your protection from the evil of it and the evil of what it was made for.”

This campaign aims to bring us back to some of the fundamental values found in Islam, those of justice, moderation, dignity and integrity. It asks people to question where their clothes came from and will encourage them to make more conscious decision as consumers.

You can get involved by using #EveryGarmentHasAname and #PeopleOverProfit on your social media and questioning stores such as H&M online using the hashtag #WhoMadeMyClothes. Come along to film screening of ‘The True Cost’ followed by speakers and discussion, on Saturday 23rd April, 2.30pm - 5.30pm @ Central Working Whitechapel, 69-89 Mile End Rd, E1 4TT London, United Kingdom.

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Occupy Orlando

Finally got a chance to take part in an Occupy march this morning! I have been to Occupy Orlando a few times over the last couple weeks, including almost the entire first day and still had managed to miss marching every time until now. So glad that I was able to be a part of this today, very powerful. Great people and good vibes. It is interesting how, while there are certain things that everyone is involved with and the movement agrees on to some extent, the ideas can also be extremely varied. It’s refreshing to see that people can bond over their similarities and address their differences with civility. I’m sure there are exceptions, but that is the approach I have seen every time that I have been there.

A lot of people criticize the Occupy movement because of a lack of focus. Sometimes, I agree with this, but I have to say that my opinion changes like the weather. However, I always will disagree with those that say there is NO POINT to all of the demonstrations, because to me it is important just to bring attention to the fact that there are very big problems around the world. It is important to demonstrate that we aren’t apathetic.

Between the late hour and the little sleep I had the night before I know this wasn’t exactly concise, but I really felt the need to write or ramble something before I turned in for the the night.

What is called in a very biased terminology the substitution of the service principle for the profit principle would result in an abandonment of the only method making for rationality and calculation in the production of necessities. The profit earned by the entrepreneur is expressive of the fact that he has well served the consumers, that is, all the people. But with regard to the performance of [Government] bureaus no method for establishing success or failure by calculation procedures is available.
—  Ludwig von Mises, Bureaucracy, (p. 132)

MADE aims to take action against poor working conditions for workers and to bring corporations to account. Please click the following list and support the campaign with your social media and taking part in the thunderclap I will be hosting on Friday 22nd April @ 8pm (GMT) 

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/40577-everygarmenthasaname

Many thanks and duaa for you all, JazakhAllah Khayr tumblr family. 

Despite Costco’s impressive record, Mr. Sinegal’s salary is just $350,000, although he also received a $200,000 bonus last year. That puts him at less than 10 percent of many other chief executives, though Costco ranks 29th in revenue among all American companies.

“I’ve been very well rewarded,” said Mr. Sinegal, who is worth more than $150 million thanks to his Costco stock holdings. “I just think that if you’re going to try to run an organization that’s very cost-conscious, then you can’t have those disparities. Having an individual who is making 100 or 200 or 300 times more than the average person working on the floor is wrong.”

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NYTimes

Thank you, Costco, for letting me know that there are still such things as good corporate ethics being practiced today.

Take that, Wal-mart.