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Quote fatima Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2006 at 4:29am

Bismillah irrahman irrahim

Assalamu alaikum

Islam does not allow the meat of animal which consume faeces and this included pigs in the old days. Now the modern world argues why is it bad now because they are given good healthy food. Alhamdulillah There are many wisdoms behind each legislation in islam, modern research shows what pork brings to human body.

A. Diseases caused by pork and pig.

Parasitic Diseases.

1. Trichinilla spiralis:
It is the most dangerous parasite to man. It is prevailing widely in countries which eat pork but lacking in countries which prohibit pork consumption e.g. Muslim countries.

Dr. Glen shephard wrote the following on the dangers of eating pork in the 31th May, 1952 issue of the Washington Post, Washington:-

"One in six people in the United States of America and Canada have germs in their muscles - trichinosis - from eating pork infected with trichina or trichina - worms, many people so infected, have no symptoms. Most of those who do have, recover very slowly some die, some are reduced to permanent invalids. All were careless pork eaters."

"No one is immune from this disease and there is no cure. Neither anti-biotics nor drugs, nor vaccines affect these tiny deadly worms. Preventing infections is the real answer."

"Fully grown trichina worms are about 1/8" long and about 1/400" board. They remain alive for up to 40 years, curled up in lemon-shaped invisible tiny capsules between muscle fibres".

"When you eat infected meat, those dormant worm capsules are digested but their contents grow into full-sized worms each of which has about 1,500 off-springs. They get into your blood one to two weeks after you have eaten their parents, because many organs can be invaded by the worms, symptoms can resemble those of 50 other diseases. This makes diagnosis difficult."

"Ordinary methods of salting and smoking do not kill those worms; nor can government inspection of meat at packing houses or abattoirs identify all infected pork".

After reading the statement of Dr. Shephard, we can presume that there is no real guarantee of safety, even when eating pork which is not affected by trichina worms. To take pork then, is a gamble with one's health and to put one's life at stake. 

2. Taenia solim (Pork tape worm)

Both eggs and larvac (cysticenra) are infective. These worms are only found in pork eaters. The worm may cause malnourishment of the host leading to anaemia, diarrhoea. Toxins produced may have deleterious influence on various systems of the body. In some patients the knowledge that they have such long worm inside their bellies may lead to extreme depression melancholia and digestive disturbances. Cysticercosis means that larvac enter the blood stream then settle down in one or more of the vital organs of the body e.g. brain, liver, lungs or spinal cord. They grow and encapsulate, leading to pressure symptom around, resulting in dangerous diseases.

3.   Round worms: e.g. Ascaris, which may lead to digestive disturbances, appendicitis, obstructive jaundice.

4. Hook worms: e.g. Ancylostomiasis, which may lead to anaemia, edema, heart failure or retarded growth (mentally and physically).

5. Schistosoma Japonicum: Bleeding, anaemia and other syndromes. If ova are settled in the brain or spinal cord, paralysis and death may occur.

6. Paragonimes westermaimi: leading to bleeding of the lungs.(Endenve haemoptysis).

7. Faciolepsis buski: (Digestive disturbance is leading to persistent diarrhoea. Generalized edema.

8. Clonorchis sinensis: Chlonorchiasis - obstructive jaundice, liver enlargement.

9. Metastrongylus apri: Causing bronchitis, abscess of the lungs.

10. Giganthorinchus gigas: An anaemia and digestive disorders.

11. Balantidium coli: causing acute dysentry and general weakness.

Other Worms and Parasites in the pig

Bacterial diseases:
1.Tuber-Bacillis (Tuberculosis).
2.Fusiformis necrofurus: Causing foot-rot which is very difficult to heal.
3.Salmonella cholera suis: causing cholera.
4.Paratyphoid
5.Bruceellosis: Acute, subacute and chronic. It may lead to permanent disabilities.
6. Swine Erysipelas: causing Erysipelas in man.  

Viral diseases:
1. Smallpox: Pig was a source of infection to man, but now controlled universally.
2. Japanese-B-encephalitis: It was the cause of death of many persons in an epidemic outbreak in Sri Lanka in the year of 1985. Pig was the only source of infection.
3.Western River Virus encephalitis.
4.Russian River encephalitis.
5.Viral myocarditis.
6.Influenza
7. Foot mouth disease.
8. Gastro-enteritis of the new born babies.  

Protozoal diseases:
Toxo plasma goundii: causing toxoplasmosis. It is a very dangerous disease. A new born babe of an infected woman may die within few days or weeks after delivery. But if he survives he may develop blindness or deafness. In adults chronic exhaustive fever with enlarged liver and spleen may occur. Pneumonia, myocarditis or cerebro-spinal meningitis may lead to death or madness. The patient may become blind and deaf too.

B. Diseases to biological composition of Pork.

1. Uric acid accumulation. Pig is considered the animal which has a high percentage of uric acid in his flesh. It only excretes 2% of its uric acid in urine, the remainder becomes part of his flesh composition. Pig always feels pain in his joints because of gout. Man excretes about 90% of uric acid in the urine and other animals differ in the ratio of excretion of uric acid.
2. Fats in Pigs: Pork contains more than two and half times fat than mutton or beef. Therefore people who are fond of pork are more obese than others. Cholesterol is higher in their blood which makes them more prone to atherosclerosis cardiovascular accidents and sudden death than others.

3. Indigestion: Other flesh is more digestable than Pork , Mutton or beef remains 2-3 hours in the stomach after eating but Pork remain 4 hours till digested. They may lead to chronic digestive disturbances.
4. Skin diseases: Pimples, boils, cysts are common in pork eaters.
5. Pork encourages the revival of old ailments, fosters Rheumatism and asthma and may lead to sterility. German doctors noticed that the wounded Turkish Muslim soldiers who never eat pork and admitted to hospitals during the European wars were cured in a much shorter time than were German soldiers who eat pork. Therefore they forbade strictly the German soldiers from eating pork during hospitalization. 

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Quote BMZ Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2006 at 4:46am

Thank you, ysimjee.

And that also shows that the words of the Good Lord never change.

I suspect that one dish will be coming up soon in response. Do you know what is that? It has something to do with "in" and "out"!

Mind everyone here that even Jesus never ate pork. He was a fish person.

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Quote ysimjee Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2006 at 4:48am

Jazakallah Fatima for your clear Description on how dangerous it is to eat swine.

 

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Quote ysimjee Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2006 at 5:20am

It is amazing what people will do to make something lawful...

A friend of mine told me that it is said that one day a muslim declaire that swine is halaal and it may be eaten.

Allah forbid something like that happening, but if it does, inshallah our muslim brothers and sisters imaan wont be so weak as to give into something that is haraam.

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Quote Reepicheep Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2006 at 7:29am

> 1. Trichinilla spiralis:
> It is the most dangerous parasite to man. It is prevailing widely
in countries which eat pork

If the above statement is true, then you should have no trouble providing evidence which proves that trichinilla is common in Canada.  Please provide us with the evidence. 

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Quote Cyril Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2006 at 7:37am
The only reason why pork is forbidden in Islam is the reason given by Bmz: "Because The Lord Almighty had forbidden it earlier, before the advent of Islam."

The explanations of pork being too dangerous to eat are attempts by people, embarrassed by the good health and long-life expectancy of pork-eating Westerners, to find excuses to a seemingly pointless dietary law.

Hundreds of millions of people raise and eat pork in tropical climates (South China, Indochina, Papua) without suffering from pork induced diseases.

My explanation of the ban on pork in Judaism and Islam is probably because, thousands of years ago, it was such an important animal (as the pig is economically)  that it became somehow sacred and eventually a taboo. In the following centuries the religious origin of that taboo became forgotten and only remained the idea that the pig was unclean.

A similar process of sacralization can be observed with the cow in Hinduism.


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Quote Angel Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2006 at 4:46pm

No offense Candid, ok

Originally posted by candid

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.)

Everytime I see this i have to laugh, its just a funny concept.

Has anyone seen such people who eat pork act as such ??

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Quote Angel Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2006 at 4:47pm
Originally posted by ysimjee

Jazakallah Fatima for your clear Description on how dangerous it is to eat swine.

Same can be said about chicken

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