Why is the
eating of pork forbidden in Islam?
The fact that consumption of pork is prohibited in Islam is
well known. The following points explain various aspects of this
prohibited in Qur’an
The Qur’an prohibits the consumption of pork in no less
than 4 different places. It is prohibited in 2:173, 5:3, 6:145 and 16:115.
"Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the
flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than
Allah." [Al-Qur’an 5:3]
The above verses of the Holy Qur’an are sufficient to
satisfy a Muslim as to why pork is forbidden.
prohibited in the Bible
The Christian is likely to be convinced by his religious
scriptures. The Bible prohibits the consumption of pork, in the book of
"And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be cloven
footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you".
"Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall
ye not touch, they are unclean to you."
Pork is also prohibited in the Bible in the book of
"And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth
not the cud, it is unclean unto you. Ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor
touch their dead carcass."
A similar prohibition is repeated in the Bible in the book
of Isaiah chapter 65 verse 2-5.
3. Consumption of pork causes several diseases
The other non-Muslims and atheists will agree only if
convinced through reason, logic and science. Eating of pork can cause no
less than seventy different types of diseases. A person can have various
helminthes like roundworm, pinworm, hookworm, etc. One of the most
dangerous is Taenia Solium, which is in lay man’s terminology called
tapeworm. It harbours in the intestine and is very long. Its ova i.e.
eggs, enter the blood stream and can reach almost all the organs of the
body. If it enters the brain it can cause memory loss. If it enters the
heart it can cause heart attack, if it enters the eye it can cause
blindness, if it enters the liver it can cause liver damage. It can damage
almost all the organs of the body.
Another dangerous helminthes is Trichura Tichurasis. A
common misconception about pork is that if it is cooked well, these ova
die. In a research project undertaken in America, it was found that out of
twenty-four people suffering from Trichura Tichurasis, twenty two had
cooked the pork very well. This indicates that the ova present in the pork
do not die under normal cooking temperature.
4. Pork has
fat building material
Pork has very little muscle building material and contains
excess of fat. This fat gets deposited in the vessels and can cause
hypertension and heart attack. It is not surprising that over 50% of
Americans suffer from hypertension.
5. Pig is
one of the filthiest animals on earth
The pig is one of the filthiest animals on earth. It lives
and thrives on muck, faeces and dirt. It is the best scavenger that I know
that God has produced. In the villages they don’t have modern toilets and
the villagers excrete in the open air. Very often excreta is cleared by
Some may argue that in advanced countries like Australia,
pigs are bred in very clean and hygienic conditions. Even in these
hygienic conditions the pigs are kept together in sties. No matter how
hard you try to keep them clean they are filthy by nature. They eat and
enjoy their own as well as their neighbour’s excreta.
6. Pig is
the most shameless animal
The pig is the most shameless animal on the face of the
earth. It is the only animal that invites its friends to have sex with its
mate. In America, most people consume pork. Many times after dance
parties, they have swapping of wives; i.e. many say "you sleep with my
wife and I will sleep with your wife." If you eat pigs then you behave
like pigs. We Indians look upon America to be very advanced and
sophisticated. Whatever they do, we follow after a few years. According to
an article in Island magazine, this practice of swapping wives has become
common in the affluent circles of Bombay.