What Is Pork?
The meat of Pig Is known as Pork. It is also known as Pigmeat, and Swine Flesh I.e. the meat of swine!
In different languages, pork is as known as;
French: porc, cochon
German: Schweinefleisch, Schwein (coll.), Schweinernes (Bavarian and Austrian)
Italian: maiale, porco
Portuguese: carne de porco, porco
Spanish: cerdo, puerco
Why Is Pork Haram?
The objective of a true believer is to please ALLAH Almighty. He spends all of his life in worshipping Allah s.w.t and Fulfilling all the orders given in Quran Pak.
One of those orders given by ALLAH to Muslims is to abstain from eating Pork and it’s all derivative items.
That clearly means not only Pork is prohibited in Islam but also it’s all products.
Pork And Muslims?
The medical illustrations become secondary when it comes to Muslims, Muslims don’t eat Pork because it has been prohibited by ALLAH Almighty!
Some of the Verses from The Holy Book of Muslims are demonstrated below indicating that pork is forbidden!
“He has forbidden you only dead animals, and blood, and the swine, and that which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for other than God.” (Quran 2:173)
Most often, we may never come to know or get the thing thru our head that why Lord ALLAH has predestined some things and forbid others!
There is no distinctive reason explained in the Qur’an for the Prohibition of Pork in Islam except the fact when ALLAH, in reference to the flesh of pig (swine), says that;
“for that surely is impure”. (6:145)
The Muslim, being humble towards God, lowers itself down to the God’s divine will and puts itself forward to follow the rule straight away!
A Muslim does not bother to find out the reason why it is haram and wastes time because God has patiently said that a true believer listens to the text of His Lord and bows to it.
“‘We hear and we obey.’ And such are the successful (who will live forever in Paradise).” (Quran 24:51)
Once again, in Qur’an it has been said at another place that:
“When God and His Messenger have decreed a matter, they (the believers) should not have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys God and His Messenger; he has indeed strayed into a plain error.” (Quran 33:36)
People Wondering Why Pork Is Forbidden In Islam?
The first thought that comes to mind as that why it is haram! How it could harm us, Answers are given in the text that follows!
In Islam, to slaughter an animal, the knife has to be inserted in the neck. This is one of the main reasons that says why it is haram in Islam.
Pigs have NO neck so it is not possible to slaughter it in a HALAL way. So, the blood of the pig is not flowed out!
The blood of pigs contains an abundance of uric acid, a toxic chemical. So, it becomes impossible to get rid of those dangerous substances, which can be injurious to health!
The pig is a real garbage! That means it would eat anything coming its way regardless of purity! It could eat its fecal matter, even any poisonous thing
In Qur’an, ALLAH says:
Prohibited to you are dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah , and
killed by strangling or by a violent blow or by a head-long fall or by the goring of horns, and those from which a wild animal has eaten, except what you [are able to] slaughter [before its death], and those which are sacrificed on stone altars, and [prohibited is] that you seek decision through divining arrows. That is grave disobedience”. (Al-Mā’idah 5:3)
“I do not find within that which was revealed to me [anything] forbidden to one who would eat it unless it be a dead animal or blood spilled out or the flesh of swine – for indeed, it is impure – or it be [that slaughtered in] disobedience, dedicated to other than Allah” (Al-‘An`ām 6:145).
The above verses of the Holy Quran are adequately sufficient to satisfy Muslims as to why pork is forbidden and that any prohibition in the holy book is ultimately for their own good.
Medical Effects Explaining Why Pork Is Haram?
Medical researchers are also against its consumption. Scientists have come across different findings that say it’s not safe to eat pork.
Scientists say that pig contains too much fat bodies that make its consumers prone to cholesterol problems. Pig’s meat contains twice as much fat as cow’s meat.
Pork meat can lead to obesity due to its high density of fats. Obesity can lead to atherosclerosis and related Harmful Heart diseases.
Parasites can be killed at some specific temperatures, but pig contains such parasites which can not be killed to make it safe to use. There are no safe temperatures at which pork can be cooked well-ensuring safety and killing of the parasites.
The most dangerous thing about eating pork is that the parasites like tapeworm find the human body a great media for its growth. It grows in meters of length. It can cause diseases like hysteria, loss of senses, and epileptic convulsions if it grows in the brain.
If it grows in the region of the heart, it may lead to hypertension, angina, heart attack and some serious issues. It can also cause paralysis and related diseases. Eating pork may cause lung infections which result from tapeworms and other uncooked microorganisms.
These worms cause weakness and vitamin B12
deficiency, which leads to a specific type of anemia. Eating pork leads to
scabies, allergies and stomach ulcers.
Unlike other animals, a pig does not perspire, perspiration is a way thru which chemicals are released out of the body. As it does not perspire, so the chemicals remain within its body. And this fact makes pigs more dangerous.
Pigs contain more than 39 diseases which can be transferred to humans. That is why pork is haram in Islam!
Spread Of The Disease Causing Viruses By Pigs?
Some of the diseases caused by pigs are a result of the following viruses:
PRRS — Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome” (PRRS)
The Nipah Virus – causing disease both in
humans and animals
Porcine Endogenous Retrovirus (PERV)
Isn’t Allah merciful to us? When Allah Almighty prohibits (Haram) something for His servants, He does so certainly out of His overflowing mercy on them, to save them from all what may bring them harm; He is indeed Ever-Kind and Most Glorious!
HE HAS ONLY FORBIDDEN YOU CARRION, BLOOD AND PORK AND WHAT HAS BEEN CONSECRATED TO OTHER THAN ALLAH. BUT ANYONE WHO IS FORCED TO EAT IT-WITHOUT DESIRING IT OR GOING TO EXCESS IN IT-COMMITS NO CRIME. ALLAH IS EVER-FORGIVING, MOST MERCIFUL. (QUR’AN, 2:173)
NOTE: SOME MEDICAL REASONS ARE ILLUSTRATED IN THE HYPERLINK ATTACHED!