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Quote ysimjee Replybullet Topic: Why is pork forbidden in Islam?
    Posted: 10 November 2006 at 12:06am
WHY IS PORK FORBIDDEN IN ISLAM??

 Bob: Tell me why is it that a Muslim is very

 particular about the words Halaal and Haraam; what do

 they mean?

 Yunus: That which is permissible is termed Halaal and

 that which is not permissible is termed Haraam and

 it is the Quran which draws the distinction between

 the two.

 Bob: Can you give me an example?

 'Yunus: Yes, Islam has prohibited ! blood of any type.

 You will agree"that a chemical analysis of blood shows

 that it contains an abundance of uric acid, a chemical substance which can

 be injurious to human health. "



 "Bob: You're right about the toxic nature of uric

 acid, in the human being it is excreted as a waste

 product and in fact we are told that 98% of the body's

 uric acid is extracted from the blood by the kidneys

 and removed through urination.



 Yunus: Now I think that you'll appreciate the special

 prescribed method of animal slaughter in Islam.

 Bob: What do you mean?



 "Yunus: You see, the wielder of the knife, whilst

 taking the name of the'Almighty', makes an incision

 through the jugular veins,leaving all other veins and

 organs intact.

 "Bob: I see, this causes the death of the animal by a

 total loss of blood from the! body, rather than an

 injury to any vital organ. "

 "Yunus: Yes, were the organs, example the heart, the

 liver, or the brain crippled or damaged, the animal

 could die immediately and its blood would congeal in

 its veins and would eventually permeate the flesh.

 This implies that the animal flesh would be permeated

 and contaminated with uric acid and therefore very

 poisonous; only today did our dietitians realize such

 a thing.




 "Bob: Again, while on the topic of food; Why do

 Muslims condemn the eating of pork or ham or any foods

 related to pigs or swine.

 "Yunus: Actually, apart from the Quran prohibiting the

 consumption of pork,bacon (pig flesh); in fact the

 Bible too in Leviticus chapter 11,verse 8, regarding

 swine it says, ""of their flesh (of the

 swine another name for pig)shall you not eat, and of

 their carcass you shall not touch; they are " unclean to you."" Further,

 did you know that a pig cannot be slaughtered at the neck for it does

 not have a neck; that is according to its natural anatomy.

 A Muslim reasons that if the pig was to be slaughtered and fit for

 human consumption the Creator would have provided it with a neck.



 Nonetheless, all that aside, I am sure you are well

 informed about the harmful effects of the consumption

 of pork, in any form, be it pork chops, ham, bacon.

 Bob: The medical science finds that there is a risk

 for various diseases as the pig is found to be a host

 for many parasites and potential diseases.



 Yunus: Yes, even apart from that, as we talked about

 uric acid content in the blood, it is important to

 note that the pig's biochemistry excretes only 2% of

 its total uric acid content, the remaining 98% remains

 as an integral part of the body.



 it may answer some of their questions especially when the children ask.


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Quote candid Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2006 at 1:02am

Then why are the fishes allowed? They too don't hava a 'neck'.

I think pig is not allowed because it gather its food by pouncing/swooping on its prey. It, sort of, snatches its food.

As far as I know, it is forbidden in Islam to eat such animals because it is thought that those who eat them will also start behaving like those animals (i.e, will also start acting greedily and snatching what belongs to others.)

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Quote ysimjee Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2006 at 1:14am

I'm not hundred percent sure regarding fish.  But also not all type of fish is allowed for consumption

But i was told by a Appa that animals with split hoofs and no neck is haraam in islam.

Pork is a dirty discasting animal. 

It is stated in the Quran that swine is haraam for consumption.

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Quote candid Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2006 at 1:19am
I think all types of sea-food are allowed in Islam. But neck of a pig is more conspicious than that of a fish.

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Quote candid Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2006 at 1:23am

I think this site is informative:-

http://www.albalagh.net/qa/pleasure_hunting.shtml

http://www.askmoses.com/article.html?h=554&o=88510

http://reactor-core.org/food-laws.html

All horned animals have split hoofs.



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Quote ysimjee Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2006 at 1:31am

Asked around regarding fish.

According, one of the prophets cut the gills into a fish.  If there is no other food around then fish is allowed.

 

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Quote BMZ Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2006 at 3:48am

Because The Lord Almighty had forbidden it earlier, before the advent of Islam.

The Lord God said in 14:8 Deutronomy,"The pig is also unclean;although it has a split hoof, it does not chew the cud. You are therefore not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses."

Now when the Lord God has already declared that the pig is unclean and has forbidden it, no one is supposed to eat it.

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Quote ysimjee Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2006 at 4:08am

Thank you BMZ for clarifying.

Unfortunatly the western world chances everything to their liking and lifestyle

 

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