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Why Alcohol and pork is prohibited in Islam?

Q: Tell me why is it that a Muslim is very particular about the words Halaal and Haraam; what do they mean? Answer: That which is permissible is termed Halaal and that which is not permissible is termed Haraam and it is the Quran which draws the distinction between the two. Q: Can you give me an example? Answer: Yes, Islam has prohibited blood of any type. You will agree that a chemical analysis of blood shows that it contains an abundance of uric acid, a chemical substance that can be injurious to human health. Q: You're right about the toxic nature of uric acid, in the human being it is excreted as a waste product and in fact we are told that 98% of the body's uric acid is extracted from the blood by the kidneys and removed through urination. Answer: Now I think that you'll appreciate the special prescribed method of animal slaughter in Islam. Q: What do you mean?

Answer: You see, the wielder of the knife, whilst taking the name of the 'Almighty', makes an incision through the jugular veins, leaving all other veins and organs intact. Q: I see, this causes the death of the animal by a total loss of blood from the body, rather than an injury to any vital organ. Answer: Yes, were the organs, example the heart, the liver, or the brain crippled or damaged, the animal could die immediately and its blood would congeal in its veins and

php?t=505 Another report Why Islam Forbids Pork? Food and drink have direct effect on our health. all that aside. That is why Islam has prescribed regulations about our food and drink. Why do Muslims condemn the eating of pork or ham or any foods related to pigs or swine. VERSE 8. they are unclean to you. The abstention from eating pork is one of the steps taken by Islam to practise hygiene and to attain purity of soul. as we talked about uric acid content in the blood. Q: The medical science finds that there is a risk for various diseases as the pig is found to be a host for many parasites and potential diseases. that is according to its natural anatomy. and of their carcass you shall not touch. It lays great emphasis on our physical as well as moral health. be it pork chops. regarding swine it says.netmuslims. ham. Answer: Yes. "of their flesh (of the swine another name for pig) shall you not eat." Further. while on the topic of food. . Q: Again. only today did our dietitians realize such a thing. bacon (pig flesh). it is important to note that the pig's biochemistry excretes only 2% of its total uric acid content. did you know that a pig couldn't be slaughtered at the neck for it does not have a neck. apart from the Quran prohibiting the consumption of pork. Answer: Actually. bacon. A Muslim reasons that if the pig was to be slaughtered and fit for human consumption the Creator would have provided it with a neck. This implies that the animal flesh would be permeated and contaminated with uric acid and therefore very poisonous. because both of these are equally important for a healthy society. I am sure you are well informed about the harmful effects of the consumption of pork.would eventually permeate the flesh. Nonetheless. the remaining 98% remains as an integral part of the body. even apart from that. in any in fact the BIBLE TOO IN LEVITICUS CHAPTER 11.

A human being has natural desires: food. rich in protein. disgust and avarice etc. they should be consumed in the diet to overcome the food shortage. The formula of "skin to skin is no sin" is taking its toll but there is hardly any feeling of shame or remorse over the end-result. 60 to 70% of girls in Sweden become mothers before marriage. which is harmful for the body. Islam doesn't recommend the complete abrogation of these impulses but offers a method of controlling them through religious education and discipline. chastity and bashfulness are becoming a thing of the past in Europe today. Body and Soul The life of a man is a compound of body and soul. but Christians disregarded this order and started consuming it." According to physicians and medical experts. There is a saying in English that "a man becomes what he eats. As blood is virtually our life-stream and whatever we consume ultimately affects the blood system. Consumption of swine-flesh creates lowliness in character and destroys moral and spiritual faculties in a man. Those nations. necessary to exercise choice in the selection of our food and drinks as part of the requirements of the Shariah. Consequently. The Bible has also forbidden swine-flesh. He has also other natural emotions: sorrow. The number of unwed mothers is on the increase despite of the use of pills and other contraceptives. If this argument is true. sexual freedom with all its attendant evils has got ingrained in their culture. hence the Muslims would not dare touch it. why don't they use dog's meat as dogs too are available in abundance? The Europeans perhaps hate the mere mention of dog's meat in the same way as the Muslims shun pork. It is the first and foremost a divine intervention in the best interest of man and for his own benefit. The Europeans now proclaim that pork is a very powerful diet. hurts the soul as well. it is. Anything. The prohibition of eating pork in Islam is relevant in this context. Since the European nations have become addicted to wine and pork. However. happiness. fear. This step leads automatically to the deeper understanding of the need for the cultivation of a pure human nature. therefore. have a low standard of morality with the result that virginity. The prohibition of these food and drinks is not by any means an arbitrary action or an unwarranted decree of Allah. . and His Messenger Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as forbidden. which consume pork habitually. There are certain food and drinks specified by Allah. in the consumption of flesh Muslims are required to be selective and to distinguish between Halaal (Lawful) and Haraam (Unlawful). love. pork is a harmful diet. Consumption of swine-flesh reduces the feeling of shame and as such the standard of modesty. homosexuality has been legalized by the British Parliament. sleep and sex being the three primary ones. Some of them further argue that since there is a great scarcity of food-stuff in the world and swines are available in abundant quantity. The Holy Qur'an has prohibited the swine-flesh. According to a report.

It eats everything. Lately extensive research has been focused on senility-old age is characterized by hardening of inner lining of the blood vessels of the heart. It is still a pig and will always stay so. Animal fats contain saturated fatty acids and these saturated fatty acids have been found to be as one of the causes of atheroma in man. There are many diseases carried from swine to man. Lately vitamin D has been held responsible for atheroma. because food." It eats almost anything. doesn't merely enter the stomach and intestines and become excreta. pork is the favoured cradle of harmful germs. Different dietary factors are responsible for atheroselerosis. wholesome food. When a clot forms. by causing increased absorption of calcium in the blood vessels. when consumed. but you can't change its nature.Reliable medical doctors and social scientists are able to realize how those food and drinks forbidden by Islam are harmful and destructive to the human spirit and morality as well as to the physique and moral fibre of man and to verify the benefits of Islamic legislations on the subjects. brain etc. therefore. lard contains 2800 units of vitamin D per 100 grams and no vitamin A at all. M. E. it is dirty. its flesh should be consumable. . including the brain. but when you add lard (derived from hog fat) to the cholesterol. It is an omnivorous animal. Besides. Kazim. a process called atheroselerosis. It is absorbed and metabolized into the system and circulated to all parts of the human body. He writes: The pig is a scavenger. in his article "Medical aspects of forbidden foods in Islam" (July 1981 issue of Muslim Journal has described diseases carried or caused by the flesh of the swine. it results in coronary thrombosis or a heart attack. In human beings. It dislikes sunlight and lacks the spirit and will to "fight. which elevates the beta-lipo protein level in the blood. A pig is not a plant and you cannot change it by bud-grafting. Amongst all animal flesh. Some people have argued that the "modern pig" reared in farms is given only clean foods. It is for this reason that its flesh is not suitable for consumption. be it human excreta or anything foul and unwholesome. The answer is that you may feed the pig on clean. but depends upon the proportion of animal fats in the diet. Medical Reports Dr. Medium fat bacon contains 25% proteins and 55% fat. Take a look at the nature of the pig for example. greedy and gluttonous. The prohibition is based on the aim of the purification of one's nature. Pork also serves as a carrier of diseases to mankind. particularly parasite infestations. The pig is naturally lazy and indulgent in sex. and this in no small way affects man's nature. Gross atheroma may be produced in rabbit by feeding it with cholesterol. and myocardial infraction. cerebral thrombosis or stroke. serum cholesterol is not dependent on the intake of cholesterol in the diet. the incidence of atheroma is increased and thus you would produce coronary thrombosis.D.

recover slowly. The statistics of soaring crime rates. Other diseases attributed to pigs are caused by tri-chinelia spirates and intestinal worms occupy first place among such nations too. Preventing infection is the real answer. some are reduced to permanent invalids. All were careless pork caters". Why is the consumption of alcohol prohibited in Islam? Answer: Alcohol has been the scourge of human society since time immemorial. and causes terrible misery to millions throughout the world. who do have. Shepherd. mutton etc. He has forbidden for you only carrion and blood and swine-flesh and that which has been immolated in the name of any other than Allah. which could be caused by them. Glen Shepherd wrote the following on the dangers of eating pork in Washington Post (31 May 1952). one can realize that there is no real guarantee of safety when eating pork that one would not be affected by trichina worm.According to medical research. Alcohol is the root cause of several problems facing society. there is no sin. Neither antibiotics nor drugs or vaccines affect these tiny deadly worms. . Many people who are infected shows no symptoms. Some die. Most of those. increasing instances of mental illnesses and millions of broken homes throughout the world bear mute testimony to the destructive power of alcohol. who usually ask why Muslims abstain from eating pork. Dr. M Jaffer in an article in the Islamic Review (London) of January 1997 issue has listed 16 kinds of harmful germs.trichinosis 8 from eating pork infected with trichina worms." After reading the statement of Dr. Merciful. and thank the bounty of your Lord if it is Him you serve.) and it takes longer to digest. which have been discovered in pork in modern researches and the diseases. He continued "No one is immune from the disease and there is no cure. That is why modern doctors advise three prohibitions during illness: no liquor. Dr. but he who is driven thereto. Lo! then Allah is Forgiving. The Glorious Qur'an says. All Muslims are under the obligation to obey it. "So eat of the lawful and good food which Allah has provided for you. no pork and no smoking. This is a plain and straightforward answer to those. Nevertheless. neither craving nor transgressing. if a Muslims is forced by famine or starvation to eat pork in order to save his life. It continues to cost countless human lives. Muslims follow the divine law which is much higher than the medical advice. the fat content in pork is more than any other meat (beef. The number of patients suffering from tapeworm disease is the highest in the world among pork eating nations." (16:114-115) The above is the order from the Creator of the universe and Supreme Law-Giver. "One in six people in USA and Canada have germs in their muscles .

that ye may prosper. and (divination by) arrows. Cases of adultery. Department of Justice) in the year 1996 alone everyday on an average 2. For instance the intoxicated person is found to use abusive and foul language and does not realize his mistake even if he is addressing his parents. Investigations reveal that every alcoholic started as a social drinker. One of the major factors associated with the spread of AIDS. incest and AIDS are found more among alcoholics According to National Crime Victimization Survey Bureau of Justice (U. 8% of Americans commit incest i. the most dreaded disease. Not a single alcoholic or drunkard initially starts drinking with the intention . They even misbehave.1. The statistics tell us that the majority of the rapists.S. eschew such (abomination). Neither do they talk nor walk properly. one in every twelve to thirteen persons in America is involved in incest. Prohibition of alcohol in the Bible The Bible prohibits the consumption of alcohol in the following verses: a. Almost all the cases of incest are due to intoxication of one or both the persons involved. 5. Prohibition of alcohol in the Qur’an The Glorious Qur‟an prohibits the consumption of alcohol in the following verse: “O ye who believe! Intoxicants and Gambling.” [Al-Qur‟an 5:90] 2. “And be not drunk with wine. According to statistics. “Wine is a mocker. strong drink is raging. When a person consumes alcohol. is alcoholism. are an Abomination – of Satan‟s handiwork.” [Proverbs 20:1] b. were intoxicated while committing the crime. This inhibitory centre prevents the person from doing things that he considers wrong. rape. (dedication of) stones.e.” [Ephesians 5:18] 3. Therefore he uses the toilet. The same is true in cases of molestation. the inhibitory centre itself is inhibited. and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. If he has to answer the call of nature. his inhibitory centre will prevent him from doing so in public. Alcohol inhibits the inhibitory centre The human beings possess an inhibitory centre in their brains. That is precisely the reason that an inebriated person is often found to be indulging in behaviour that is completely uncharacteristic of him. For instance a person does not normally use abusive language while addressing his parents or elders.713 rapes took place. Many even urinate in their clothes. Every alcoholic was initially a social drinker Many may argue in favour of liquor by calling themselves „social drinkers‟. 4. They claim that they only have one or two pegs and they have self-control and so never get intoxicated.

a normal human being is likely to carry the guilt throughout his life. Diseases associated with alcoholism There are several scientific reasons for the prohibition of consumption of intoxicants i. the one who transports it. Below is a simple list of few of the alcohol related illnesses: 1. 7. the one who buys it and the one who buys it for someone else. Alcohol is prohibited in the Hadith The Prophet of Islam Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: a. Both the perpetrator and the victim are irreparably and irreversibly damaged. “Alcohol is the mother of all evils and it is the most shameful of evils. alcohol. it will remain with him for a lifetime. Even if the act is later regretted. 3380. Millions of people die every year only because of intake of alcohol. c. the one for whom it has been distilled. Chapter 30 Hadith No.of becoming an alcoholic or a drunkard. 2. 6. It was reported by Anas (may Allah be pleased with him). Book of Intoxicants. is prohibited even in a small quantity. If a person is intoxicated just once and commits something shameful. the one who sells it. According to Sunan Ibn-I-Majah Volume 3. In Sunan Ibn-I-Majah Volume 3. the one whom serves it. 3392 “Anything which intoxicates in a large quantity. Book of Intoxicants. The one who distills it. Cirrhosis of Liver is the most well known alcohol associated disease. Others are Cancer of Oesophagus. In a state of intoxication he commits rape or incest. Suppose a „social drinker‟ loses his self-control just once. I need not go into the details of all the ill-effects of alcohol since most of them are commonly known.” b. Book of Intoxicants. Cancer of Head and Neck.” 8. the one who utilizes money from it. Chapter 30 Hadith No. Chapter 30 Hadith No. that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “God’s curse falls on ten groups of people who deal with alcohol.” Thus there is no excuse for a nip or a tot. In Sunan Ibn-I-Majah Volume 3. 3371. The maximum number of deaths in the world related to any one particular cause is due to the consumption of alcohol. the one to who it has been brought.e. No social drinker can say that I have been having alcohol for several years and that I have so much selfcontrol that I have never been intoxicated even a single time. the one who drinks it. Not only those who drink alcohol are cursed but also those who deal with them directly or indirectly are cursed by Allah. Cancer of .

Delerium Tremens is a serious complication that may occur during recurrent infection of alcoholics or post operatively. Wernicke – Korsakoff syndrome with amnesia of recent events. Cancer of Bowel. During acute alcoholic intoxication. Peripheral Neuropathy. Pneumonia. Numerous Endocrine Disorders have been associated with alcoholism ranging from Myxodema to Hyperthyroidism and Florid Cushing Syndrome. Cortical Atrophy. It also occurs during abstention as a sign of withdrawal effect. Fits and different types of Paralysis are linked with alcohol intake. 14. Hypertension. 3. 6. Apoplexy. The commonly used tablet metronidazole (flagyl) interacts badly with alcohol. 15. Occasionally it may . is the most common manifestation of alcoholic abuse resulting in Macrocytic Anemia. The resistance to disease and the immunological defense system are compromised by alcohol intake. Thrombocytopenia and other platelet abnormalities are not rare in alcoholics. Zeive‟s syndrome is a triad of Hemolytic Anemia.Liver (Hepatoma). etc. however. Coronary Artherosclerosis. Lung Abcess. Strokes. 10. The vomitus thus easily pass to the lung causing Pneumonia or Lung Abscess. Even Pellagra occurs in alcoholics. Cerebellar Atrophy are well-known syndromes caused by alcohol consumption. 8. Pancreatitis and Hepatitis are linked with alcohol consumption. Emphysema and Pulmonary Tuberculosis are all common in alcoholics. 9. Beriberi and other deficiencies are not uncommon among alcoholics. 11. Oesophagitis. confabulations and retainment of memory to old events with different types of paralysis are mainly due to thiamine deficiency due to excessive alcohol intake. Hematological ill effects are long and variable. the drunk person usually vomits. Folic acid deficiency. Gastritis. Jaundice and Hyperlipaedemia that follows alcoholic binges. 16. 5. Angina and Heart Attacks are linked with heavy alcohol intakes. 4. Chest infections are notorious in alcoholics. the cough reflexes which are protective are paralysed. 7. 12. 13. Recurrent infection is very common among chronic alcoholics. It is quite serious and may cause death even if treated in well equipped centres. Cardiomyopathy.

Nail Dystrophy. 17.Destroys family life and increases crime . The Islamic Research Foundation has published a pamphlet that says: If alcohol is a disease. 9. Alcoholism is a ‘disease’ Medical doctors have now turned liberal towards alcoholics and call alcoholism a disease rather than an addiction. on radio and television . it is the only disease that: .even cause suffocation and death. The ill effects of alcohol consumption on women deserves special mention.Has licensed outlets to spread it . Eczema.Has no germs or viral cause Instead ALCOHOLISM IS NOT A DISEASE – IT IS SATAN‟S HANDIWORK Allah (swt) in His Infinite Wisdom has warned us against this snare of Satan.Is sold in bottles . Alcohol is a deviation from this natural state. During pregnancy alcohol consumption has a severe detrimental effect on the foetus.Produces revenue for the government . Islam is called the “Deen-ul-Fitrah” or the natural religion of Man. Females are more vulnerable to alcohol-related Cirrhosis than men.Is advertised in newspapers. 19. magazines. .Brings violent deaths on the highways . It degrades man to a level below that of the beasts he claims to be superior to. Hence the consumption of alcohol is prohibited in Islam. All its injunctions are aimed at preserving the natural state of man. Skin diseases are also related to alcohol indulgence. 18. Paronychia (infection around the nails) and Angular Stomatitis (inflammation of the angle of the mouth) are common diseases among alcoholics. Alopecia. for the individual as well as for society. Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is being recognised more and more in the medical profession.