Why is pork forbidden in Islam?
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Publié le 30 janvier 2023, par Samir | 9 h 30 min
Temps de lecture : 5 minutes
Muslims who live in the West struggle with this problem a lot. It gets more difficult for them to find halal meat, determine whether animals were slaughtered according to the shariah and whether the food they purchase processed contains pork. In gelatin, processed pork can also be found in various other meals. Pork may appear to be « cleaner » after undergoing procedures like radiation, which is said to eradicate bacteria, but the flesh still originates from an animal that we, as Muslims, are prohibited from eating, so it’s wise to refrain from it entirely.
Why is pork forbidden in Islam?
There are forbidden or taboo foods in most cultures. Western societies often refrain from certain foods, like, meat from horses, cats, and dogs, whereas people in East Asia generally eat them. In India, beef is taboo because it comes from cows, and a cow is considered a holy animal. They often worship it or call it their mother cause they drink its milk. Similarly, in Muslim-majority nations, eating pork is considered a taboo cause; based on Islamic laws, it’s haraam (forbidden), and that’s why Muslims don’t eat pork. The main reason pork is forbidden in Islam is that it says in the Holy Quran that certain foods are allowed, while others are explicitly prohibited (haram); pork is one of those prohibited foods. Nevertheless, the Holy Quran correspondingly makes an exemption, stating that you may eat it if you are in dire need of food and have no other options but pork. This also aligns with Jewish belief, supported by their kosher meat-eating customs and laws.
Because of the fats, toxins, and bacteria it carries, and the fact that pigs spend their entire lives rolling about in the muck and their own waste, pork is not considered dirty but impure and hazardous for human health. Scientists like Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg, who stated that western societies who eat pork carry more diseases than other populations who do not, have even demonstrated the precise point that pork is unhealthy for human consumption.
Below we have listed why pork is haram – Things You Should Know About Pigs.
حُرِّمَتْ عَلَيْكُمُ الْمَيْتَةُ وَالدَّمُ وَلَحْمُ الْخِنْزِيرِ ….
« Forbidden to you (for food) are dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine . . . »
« And the swine – he is unclean to you. Of the flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you. » (Leviticus, 11:7-8). A similar ruling is mentioned in Deuteronomy 14:8.
Even in the contemporary world, Muslims abstain from eating pork due to both religious reasons and the association between pork intake and several health consequences. Pork is generally considered harmful because it is considered an unclean animal and a scavenger that eats dead things. Eating pork exposes people to helminths, particularly the Taenia Solium, also known as the « pig tapeworm, » which is so virulent that it can harm every organ in the human body. This is the absolute justification for why a Muslim will often abide by the rule and abstain from eating pork even though they may not adhere to certain aspects of Islam.
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