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Posted on 05/11/2007 10:18:42 AM PDT by Alouette
In Islam, pork was forbidden for human consumption more than 1400 years ago. The wisdom behind this Divine prohibition was only discovered in the 20th century by doctors and scientists.
Food and drink have direct effect on our health. That is why Allah (the one and only God) has prescribed regulations about our food and drink. Islam lays great emphasis on our physical as well as moral health, because both of these are equally important for a healthy society.
The abstention from eating pork is one of the steps taken by Islam to practise hygiene and to attain purity of soul. There is a saying in English that "a man becomes what he eats". According to physicians and medical experts, pork is a harmful diet. Consumption of swine-flesh creates lowliness in character and destroys moral and spiritual faculties in a man.
The Quran has prohibited the swine-flesh, hence the Muslims would not dare touch it. The Bible has also forbidden swine-flesh, but Christians disregarded this order and started consuming it.
The life of a man is a compound of body and soul. Anything, which is harmful for the body, hurts the soul as well.
Consumption of swine-flesh reduces the feeling of shame and as such the standard of modesty. Those nations, which consume pork habitually, have a low standard of morality with the result that virginity, chastity and bashfulness are becoming a thing of the past.
The formula of "skin to skin is no sin" is taking its toll but there is hardly any feeling of shame or remorse over the end-result. Since the Western nations have become addicted to wine and pork, sexual freedom with all its attendant evils has got ingrained in their culture.
Medical discoveries of porks harm
Reliable medical doctors and social scientists are able to realise how those food and drinks forbidden by Islam are harmful and destructive to the human spirit and morality as well as to the physique and moral fibre of man and to verify the benefits of Islamic legislations on the subjects.
Dr. E. Kazim. M.D, in his article "Medical aspects of forbidden foods in Islam" (July 1981 issue of Muslim Journal) has described diseases carried or caused by the flesh of swine.
He writes: "The pig is a scavenger. It is an omnivorous animal. It eats everything. There are many diseases carried from swine to man, particularly parasite infestations. Lately extensive research has been focused on senility-old age is characterised by hardening of inner lining of the blood vessels of the heart, brain etc. a process called atheroselerosis. When a clot forms, it results in coronary thrombosis or a heart attack, cerebral thrombosis or stroke.
Different dietary factors are responsible for atheroselerosis. Gross atheroma may be produced in rabbit by feeding it with cholesterol, but when you add lard (derived from hog fat) to the cholesterol, the incidence of atheroma is increased and thus you would produce coronary thrombosis, and myocardial infraction."
Besides, lard contains 2800 units of vitamin D per 100 grams and no vitamin A at all. Lately vitamin D has been held responsible for atheroma, by causing increased absorption of calcium in the blood vessels. In human beings, serum cholesterol is not dependent on the intake of cholesterol in the diet, but depends upon the proportion of animal fats in the diet, which elevates the beta-lipo protein level in the blood. Animal fats contain saturated fatty acids and these saturated fatty acids have been found to be as one of the causes of atheroma in man. Medium fat bacon contains 25% proteins and 55% fat.
According to medical research, the fat content in pork is more than any other meat (beef, mutton etc.) and it takes longer to digest. Dr. M Jaffer in an article in the Islamic Review (London) of January 1997 issue has listed 16 kinds of harmful germs, which have been discovered in pork in modern researches and the diseases, which could be caused by them. The number of patients suffering from tapeworm disease is the highest in the world among pork eating nations. Other diseases attributed to pigs are caused by tri-chinelia spirates and intestinal worms occupy first place among such nations too.
Dr. Glen Shepherd wrote the following on the dangers of eating pork in Washington Post (31 May 1952): "One in six people in USA and Canada have germs in their muscles - trichinosis 8 from eating pork infected with trichina worms. Many people who are infected show no symptoms. Most of those, who do have, recover slowly. Some die; some are reduced to permanent invalids. All were careless pork caters."
He continued: "No one is immune from the disease and there is no cure. Neither antibiotics nor drugs or vaccines affect these tiny deadly worms. Preventing infection is the real answer."
After reading the statement of Dr. Shepherd, one can realise that there is no real guarantee of safety when eating pork that one would not be affected by trichina worm. That is why modern doctors advise three prohibitions during illness: no liquor, no pork and no smoking.
Wisdom of Islam
Muslims follow the divine law which is much higher than the medical advice. The Glorious Quran says: "So eat of the lawful and good food which Allah has provided for you, and thank the bounty of your Lord if it is Him you serve. He has forbidden for you only carrion and blood and swine-flesh and that which has been immolated in the name of any other than Allah; but he who is driven thereto, neither craving nor transgressing, Lo! then Allah is Forgiving, Merciful." (16:114-115)
The above is the order from the Creator of the universe and the Supreme Law-Giver. All Muslims are under the obligation to obey it. This is a plain and straightforward answer to those, who usually ask why Muslims abstain from eating pork.
The prohibition is based on the aim of the purification of ones nature, because food, when consumed, does not merely enter the stomach and intestines and become excreta. It is absorbed and metabolised into the system and circulated to all parts of the human body, including the brain, and this in no small way affects mans nature. Take a look at the nature of the pig for example. The pig is naturally lazy and indulgent in sex, it is dirty, greedy and gluttonous. It dislikes sunlight and lacks the spirit and will to "fight". It eats almost anything, be it human excreta or anything foul and unwholesome. Amongst all animal flesh, pork is the favoured cradle of harmful germs. Pork also serves as a carrier of diseases to mankind. It is for this reason that its flesh is not suitable for consumption.
Some people have argued that the "modern pig" reared in farms is given only clean foods, therefore, its flesh should be consumable. The answer is that you may feed the pig on clean, wholesome food, but you cannot change its nature. It is still a pig and will always stay so. A pig is not a plant and you cannot change it by bud-grafting!
This is hogwash! No pun intended. If the ancients did not eat certain things, it had more to do with ignorance than anything else. Wise prophets during Bibical times knew or suspected that disease often came from some of these things although they didn’t know why. Historically, the best and fasted way to improve the human condition was for priests to simply MAKE SOMETHING TABOO.
Amazing these people don’t know that cooking pork throughly, or freezing it for two weeks at zero degrees kills trichnosis and other parasites.
On the other hand, wonder if these muslims know that the MAD COW DISEASE that infects the brains of cows, sheep, and goats ISN”T killed by cooking, autoclave sterilizing, or any other method?
How did they miss, that God created everything and “He saw that it was good.”
Amen. That's exactly what I thought when I read that line.
Do not question the cult. It is run by the wonderful Wizard of OZ!
It may, superficially, appear distasteful to copulate with a woman who is not a man's legal wife, but once Shariat makes something lawful, we have to accept it as lawful, whether it appeals to our taste, or not; and whether we know its underlying wisdom or not. It is necessary for a Muslim to be acquainted with the laws of Shariat, but it is not necessary for him to delve into each law in order to find the underlying wisdom of these laws because knowledge of the wisdom of some of the laws may be beyond his puny comprehension. Allah Ta'ala has said in the Holy Quran: Wa maa ooteetum min al-ilm illaa qaleelan which means, more or less, that, "You have been given a very small portion of knowledge. Hence, if a person fails to comprehend the underlying wisdom of any law of Shariat, he cannot regard it as a fault of Shariat (Allah forbid), on the contrary, it is the fault of his own perception and lack of understanding, because no law of Shariat is contradictory to wisdom.
Jesus and his apostles said it is OK to eat pork, as well as to get rid of much of the Old Testaments laws. Jesus despised the Pharisees and their laws. The law to not eat pork came from their predecessors and not God. Jews still believe all of the Mosianic laws came from God. However, there was good reason for it, pigs carry a bacteria (canât remember the name) that is harmless to them but if improperly cooked can harm or even kill humans. If well cooked or cured the bacteria is killed. The Romans and other cultures knew this and only ate well cooked pork.
Many folks got tired of that and began to eat pork so that they do not take their food.
So when one says Christians simply rejected eating pork because they disagreed with the bible they forgot about the ones who had no choice.
Christians, Jews and other non-mulims(read infidels)proscribe having their heads chopped off because they don’t agree with the islam religion. This is for health and safety reasons.
It’s like reading something written by aliens from another galaxy. I really wonder sometimes if our cultures have any common ground. But maybe it’s just whack-job Imams in BFE who think like this.
I don't eat pork or shellfish either.
It's all about building strong and healthy communities. However, by your logic, that sciences has made pork is OK, so too are homosexual and premarital sex.
LOL. I don't think so.
And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. — Mark 7:18-20
And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. — Luke 10:8
Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. — Acts 10:9-13
Whatsoever is sold in the shambles that eat. — 1 Corinthians 10:25
There is nothing unclean of itself. — Romans 14:2
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits (Islam?), and doctrines of devils ... commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. — 1 Timothy 4:1-3
Are pigs good for anything other than being eaten?
Tell them that Judaism forbids eating pork and has done so long before Mohammed was even born.
I had some BBQ pork last night on the grill. It was mighty good!
They are all whackjobs. They are like our recent Supreme Court benches. They start with a conclusion and then seek to justify it.
Yes, finding truffles.
I dont recall seeing that in the New Testament, perhaps you meant the Pentateuch ?, specifically Levitical law.
Footballs. Boar bristles,
Someone needs to take this fool boar hunting in Arkansas.
We'd love to debate the issue with him.
“That’ll do, pig.”
Why would "Muslim Weekly" want to slander Islam?
Best know reason for forbidding port was the Hebrew’s lifestyle at the time the law was issued - they were nomadic and herders. Unlike sheep and goats, pigs are pretty much impossible to herd more a couple of miles per day.
In any case, St. Paul had vision regarding this and we got a dispensation...
Hey, Mo. This article is 55 years old. There are quite a number of certified trichinosis-free swine herds around and rare pork from them is deeeeelicious.
Oh, yes!! These moslems are well known for their attention to cleanliness! What crap!!
There may be something to the Old Testament proscription on pork. I’m a poor practicing lawyer today instead of a rich retired doctor because I went to my fraternity’s “pig” party in college.
I bet that they are recycling them by now. Why noT? They lie about everything else.
Consider it done! Allah Fubar!
This site is getting a bit racist - let’s keep it to rational discussion commentary and skip the replies that are only name calling.
There is a saying in English that “a man becomes what he eats”.
What do you eat to become a Murdering Islamo-facist?
If you are complaining that you’re poor cause you met K there, then I’m telling on you as soon as I find her email address.
Alouette posted an article from an islam publication. Please tell me how that is slander of islam.
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Acts Chapter 10:11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven
That is a very good question, and why are a people who do not eat piggies such experts on pig behavior...Why are they keeping pigs??
I think the Ayatollah’s Green Book has clues.
My Bible does not include the New Testament.
The mohammedans are going to try and venture into science now? May Pigs Be Upon Him, that wretched caravan-raiding pedophile. The SandNazi Death Cult.
I sincerely apologize to any pigs that were offended by my remark.
Heres an interesting comparason...
Look at the 1999 number of Trichinosis cases in these countrys...
Indonesia..( 10 cases )...Population 238 million.
USA.........( 12 cases )..Population 293 million.
Iran.........( 2 cases )...population 67 million.
England.......( 2 cases )...population 60 million.
Iraq.........( 1 case )...population 25 million.
Canada.......( 1 case )...population 32 Million.
It is all crap, because Trichinosis is also carried in sheep and goats. the disease is carried to man through (Under-cooked meat ) not the type of meat.
So this whole Article is Crap, and the Author is a Liar.
check www.wrongdiagnosis.com for the data.
it took me 5 minutes to expose this moron liar.
In the above posting, you can see the top country is muslim, and the lower ones are Very western, the top eats no pork, and The lower ones do...
also in the ratio of population to cases, America and
Canada’s ratio is better than the islamic country’s
So the fact is that These Muslim Nations are eating
More contaminated Meats than the Western ones.
Its the fact that pigs and boars do not sweat and cannot cool by panting that makes them seem so dirty, they will walllow in mud baths to stay cool. However, if given a choice of cool clean water they actually prefer that. Pigs will eat as much as you can feed them without their stomach's bursting, however, the same can be said of dogs and cats.
Muslims are of all races, therefore there is no racism. That said Mohammad is the false prophet that Jesus taught us about, Satan will try to take over the world through this religion and Jesus will strike them down.
“Somebody said that you should have to eat a piece of bacon before you are allowed to get on an airplane. Interesting idea............”
What’s this unreasonable fear of kosher Jews and vegetarians?