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Oink Oink! - Why Islam forbids Pork
Muslim Weekly ^ | May 11, 2007

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 Qur’an 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 pork’s 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 Qur’an 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 one’s 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 man’s 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!

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To: JustaDumbBlonde

This site is getting a bit racist - let’s keep it to rational discussion commentary and skip the replies that are only name calling.

81 posted on 05/11/2007 11:53:36 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: Alouette

There is a saying in English that “a man becomes what he eats”.

What do you eat to become a Murdering Islamo-facist?

82 posted on 05/11/2007 11:57:09 AM PDT by LtKerst (Lt Kerst)
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To: blue-duncan; Revelation 911; P-Marlowe; Buggman

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.


83 posted on 05/11/2007 12:00:10 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain And Proud of It! Those who support the troops will pray for them to WIN!)
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To: newzjunkey; Alouette; All
I'd don't see the point here other than to slander Islam.

Alouette posted an article from an islam publication. Please tell me how that is slander of islam.

n 1: words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
2: the act of defaming [syn: aspersion, calumny, defamation]
v : charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" The article in the paper sullied my reputation" [syn: defame, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch]

84 posted on 05/11/2007 12:00:27 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Alouette

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

85 posted on 05/11/2007 12:02:25 PM PDT by Overwatcher
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To: sageb1
“Are pigs good for anything other than being eaten?”

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.

86 posted on 05/11/2007 12:03:26 PM PDT by Dead Dog
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To: Revelation 911
I dont recall seeing that in the New Testament

My Bible does not include the New Testament.

87 posted on 05/11/2007 12:05:11 PM PDT by Alouette (It is reminiscent of the world-famous Jewish conspiracy, now extended to also include Jews.)
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To: xzins; Revelation 911; P-Marlowe; Buggman
Actually, unbeknown to me, it was my Psychology Professor’s daughter and I was a freshman and didn’t know what the party was about. It was kind of a fraternity initiation spoof on the pledges. She won and I got an F. The rest, as they say, is histoire.
88 posted on 05/11/2007 12:05:39 PM PDT by blue-duncan
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To: Alouette

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.

89 posted on 05/11/2007 12:06:09 PM PDT by unionblue83 (Note to Dems:"Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser." -Gen. Patton)
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To: chesty_puller
The Bible has also forbidden swine-flesh, but Christians disregarded this order and started consuming it.

Yeah Buddy, we have this Jesus fellow that said that animals can not be unclean...only man. We don't ignore it, it simply doesn't apply. Doofus

Too bad you do not know your own leader's words, and are impolite about it as well. Nowhere does "Jesus" say that animals cannot be unclean. Think about it for a moment, if "Jesus" had said such a thing (which He did not), then He COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MESSIAH - and you remain in your sins.

Here is a question for you who claim "Jesus" as Messiah. Think very carefully about it before you answer.

If "Jesus" kept the "Law" (and to be qualified as Messiah He had to), why don't you? Isn't a disciple supposed to imitate his master?
90 posted on 05/11/2007 12:10:32 PM PDT by safisoft (Give me Torah!)
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To: ItsTheMediaStupid
My mother is Irish, I never ate any meat undercooked, mostly on the black side.
91 posted on 05/11/2007 12:11:01 PM PDT by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire)
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To: texaslil
How did they miss, that G-d created everything and “He saw that it was good.”

Good, yes. But not for food. Not everything is food. How did you miss that the first command that G-d gave was about what not to eat?

Can you tell me Biblically, why cannibalism is morally wrong?
92 posted on 05/11/2007 12:14:25 PM PDT by safisoft (Give me Torah!)
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To: Mr. K
"This site is getting a bit racist ..."

I sincerely apologize to any pigs that were offended by my remark.

93 posted on 05/11/2007 12:20:26 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (America: Home of the Free Because of the Brave)
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To: Alouette

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.
No Difference.

Iran.........( 2 cases )...population 67 million.
England.......( 2 cases )...population 60 million.
No Difference!

Iraq.........( 1 case )...population 25 million.
Canada.......( 1 case )...population 32 Million.
No Difference!!!

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 for the data.
it took me 5 minutes to expose this moron liar.

94 posted on 05/11/2007 12:24:40 PM PDT by LtKerst (Lt Kerst)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
These quotes from the Holy New Testament show that Jesus and his apostles had knowledge that science would not know for nearly two millennium.
95 posted on 05/11/2007 12:26:10 PM PDT by ItsTheMediaStupid
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To: LtKerst

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.

96 posted on 05/11/2007 12:30:57 PM PDT by LtKerst (Lt Kerst)
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To: CDHart
She was friendly and no worse than any other animal I've ever seen as far as gluttony goes.

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.

97 posted on 05/11/2007 12:34:58 PM PDT by ItsTheMediaStupid
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To: Mr. K
This site is getting a bit racist - let’s keep it to rational discussion commentary and skip the replies that are only name calling.

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.

98 posted on 05/11/2007 12:39:22 PM PDT by ItsTheMediaStupid
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To: Alouette; Revelation 911
I dont recall seeing that in the New Testament <

My Bible does not include the New Testament.

And yet... Bibles that include the "New Testament" also contain the commands not to eat unclean animals.

Why is it some people think that they must annul the front 3/4 of their "Bible" with the back 1/4 of their "Bible."

Alouette, knowing the history and theological arguments against Christians keeping kosher is quite enlightening.

Essentially, history supports the idea that it is 100% about anti-Semitism. Christians did not want to be associated with Jews during the first and second revolts in the First and Second Century. They stripped themselves of all identifying characteristics of Judaism to avoid the persecution and taxation of Rome (e.g. Fiscus Judaicus). >

Then they came up with theological arguments why "parts" of the Torah were invalid for them. Funny, it is only the "Jewish" parts. Never do they say, "Jesus fulfilled the Law against lying, therefore I am now free to lie." No, they only say this about "Jewish" identity markers such as kosher, shabbat, moadim, and tzitzit etc.

The English translators of the "New Testament" add words, change verb tenses, etc. in a conserted effort to support supercessionism (replacement theology, where the "church" replaces "Israel") and/or dispensationalism (where the "church" age supercedes the "Israel age".)

It is like spiritual schizophrenia. Weird.
99 posted on 05/11/2007 12:53:59 PM PDT by safisoft (Give me Torah!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“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?

100 posted on 05/11/2007 12:58:04 PM PDT by gracesdad
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