Islam is a way of culture. Muslims are not allowed to eat pork. Many people across the globe consume pork. The pig is commonly known to be a filthy animal. Holy scriptures including the Quran and the bible prohibits the consumption of pork.
With the same vein, scientists added their voice by revealing health complications associated with the pork. The major concern for all the parties is the impurity of the animal.
“He has forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah”. (Al Baqara Quran 2:173). “Or the flesh of swine –for indeed, it is impure”. (Quran 6:145)
“And the pig, because it has a cloven hoof that is completely split, but will not regurgitate its cud; it is unclean for you. You shall not eat of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you”. (Leviticus 11:7-8)
Here are 17 reasons that back Islamic logic of prohibition of eating pork:
1) Dirty animal. Pigs are absolute garbage guts; they’ll eat anything from their faeces, cancer growths on other pigs, dead insects, decaying animal flesh and drink their urine. Even if they are confined in a clean environment, they end up eating their own excretions.
2) More toxic. The pig’s meat absorbs toxins faster than any other animal. These toxins spoil the meat and make it dangerous for human consumption.
3) Parasitic worms. The body of a pig contains different deadly parasitic worms including tapeworms, roundworms and hookworms. Eating pork could ultimately lead to infection of the lungs. Some of these fatal parasitic worms may attack delicate body organs such as the brain, heart, liver and the eyes.
4) Less excretion. The pig is the only mammal that does not sweat or perspire, thus, meaning, the sweat and toxins merge in the flesh. More than 90% of its excretion remain in the flesh, only less than 5% are removed.
5) Leading cause of epilepsy in developing countries. According to the World Health Organization people who consume raw or undercooked pork are likely infected by a parasitic infection of the central nervous system called neurocysticercosis.
WHO reports that neurocysticercosis is the major cause of epilepsy which is prevalent in the developing world. With symptoms such as chronic headaches, seizures, blindness, meningitis and dementia the disease massively affects rural settings where animal husbandry allows contact between pigs and human beings.
6) Poisonous. Farmers who keep pigs often open them up to rattlesnakes nest, because even a snake bite can not poison a pig.
7) Parasites. According to Dr. Axe some of the parasites that pigs carry are difficult to kill even when cooking. “This is the reason there are so many warnings out there about eating undercooked pork. One of the biggest concerns with eating pork meat is trichinosis or trichinellosis. This is an infection that humans get from eating undercooked or uncooked pork that contains the larvae of the trichinella worm”.
8) Feeding bacteria. When a pig dies, maggots, bacteria and insects eat the pig’s flesh faster than any other animal, increasing the risk of disease transmission.
9) Disease transmission. In late 2012, Consumer Reports magazine purchased 240 whole and ground pork products and tested them for the presence of disease-causing bacteria. The results: 83 percent tested positive for E. coli, staph, Salmonella, and a bacterium called Yersinia enterocolitis, which can cause fever, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, all at levels that could make you sick.
10) There is no safe temperature at which pork can be cooked to ensure that all these parasites, cysts, and eggs will be killed.
11) Harmful fats. A pig’s meat holds twice as more fat as beef and has little muscles in its body. Consumers of these fatty meats are at risk of hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and arteriosclerosis.
12) Poor digestion. A cow, with four stomachs, digests its food in good time – while, the pig takes 4 hours to digest its foul food, which turns into flesh. During the digestive process, most of the harmful substances are removed. For the pig, the toxins remain part of the digested food and later stored as fatty substances.
13) Causing cancer. According to the World Health Organization, processed meats such as ham, bacon, sausage, hot dogs can cause cancer. Processed meats are classified as carcinogenic; cancer-causing substance by The International Agency For Research on Cancer. This follows a study that revealed an increased risk of colorectal cancer by 18% for a people who consume 50 grams of processed meat daily.
14) Disease carrier. Pigs carry about 30 diseases which can be easily passed to humans. This is why Allah commanded us not to touch their carcasses. One such disease is the influenza virus which pigs share with human beings.
15) Swine flue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, H1N1 and H3N2 are swine flu viruses that are “endemic among pig populations in the United States and something that the industry deals with routinely.” Outbreaks can occur year-round. H1N1 has been observed in pig populations since at least 1930, while H3N2 began in the United States around 1998, Dr Axe reports.
16) Causing diseases. Pork can cause diseases such as typhoid, arthritis, rheumatism, gastritis, meningitis and permanent gall bladder trouble.
17) Poisoned meat. Pig meat is poisonous and filthy; they have sewer lines running down each leg with an outlet in the bottom of the foot. Out of this hole oozes pus and filth his body cannot pass into its system fast enough, which gets into the meat.
Additional reporting attributed to PARHLO