Prohibition of Pork Consumption in Islamic Law

“He has made unlawful for you that which dies of itself and blood and the flesh of swine and that on which the name of any other than Allah has been invoked. But he who is driven by necessity, being neither disobedient nor exceeding the limit, then surely, Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful.” (Quran, Al-Baqara 2:173)
The life of the Muslim revolves around the concept of Halal. A Muslim must consume Halal food and drink. All foods are halal with an exception to a few that are specifically mentioned as haram. Pork or swine meat is among the haram food. Like the above verse Allah has forbidden the consumption of pig meat in no less than four 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.” (Quran 5:3)
Pork is forbidden in Christianity and Judaism as well. The bible says
“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 carcase shall ye not touch, they are unclean to you.”
[Book of Leviticus 11:7-8]
There are many reasons associated with the prohibition of pork. The flesh of pig causes about seventy different types of diseases. A person can have various helminths like roundworm, pinworm, hookworm, etc. One of the most dangerous is Taenia Solium, which is in lay man’s terminology called tapeworm. It harbors 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. Furthermore pork contains excess of fat an increase of which in the bloodstream leads to an increased likelihood of blocked arteries. These are just a few reasons but many can be associated to the forbiddance of eating pork.


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