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The Qur’an describes the swine as a abomination in more than one location (Surat Al-Baqara (The cow): 173 ” He has forbidden you only the Maitah (dead animals), and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allâh (or has been slaughtered for idols, on which Allâh’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering). But if one is forced by necessity without wilful disobedience nor transgressing due limits, then there is no sin on him. Truly, Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”,Al-Ma’idah (The Table spread with Food):3 ” Forbidden to you (for food) are: Al-Maitah (the dead animals - cattle - beast not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which Allâh’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering, (that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allâh, or has been slaughtered for idols) and that which has been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by the goring of horns - and that which has been (partly) eaten by a wild animal - unless you are able to slaughter it (before its death) - and that which is sacrificed (slaughtered) on An-Nusub  (stone-altars). (Forbidden) also is to use arrows seeking luck or decision; (all) that is Fisqun (disobedience of Allâh and sin). This day, those who disbelieved have given up all hope of your religion; so fear them not, but fear Me. This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islâm as your religion. But as for him who is forced by severe hunger, with no inclination to sin (such can eat these above mentioned meats), then surely, Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”,
Al-An’am (The Cattale):145 ” Say (O Muhammad Pbuh): “I find not in that which has been revealed to me anything forbidden to be eaten by one who wishes to eat it, unless it be Maitah (a dead animal) or blood poured forth (by slaughtering or the like), or the flesh of swine (pork); for that surely is impure or impious (unlawful) meat (of an animal) which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allâh (or has been slaughtered for idols, or on which Allâh’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering). But whosoever is forced by necessity without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits; (for him) certainly, your Lord is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
An-Nahl (The Bees): 115 ” He has forbidden you only Al-Maitah (meat of a dead animal), blood, the flesh of swine, and any animal which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allâh (or has been slaughtered for idols or on which Allâh’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering). But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, and not transgressing, - then, Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
In fact, the word used by Allah in the Qur’an to describe the swine is a very strong word that embodies such meanings as filthiness, ugliness, dirtiness, and sin. It is such a strong description to describe the swine because of its lazy, greedy, and filthy habits. Swine feeds on almost anything whether it is plants, animals, garbage, rotten meat, and even its own waste and the waste of other animals. This filthy diet is one of the reasons why the swine is responsible for transporting a number of serious diseases to man.The swine is a placental mammal with split hooves that carry an even number of toes (four in the case of the swine) and are therefore known as the toed ungulates or even artiodactyal. Toed ungulates existed on earth 50 million years ago from the beginning of the modern life era (early Eocene Epoch) until today. However, the swine is different from the rest of the animals in this group because of its filthy diet and the fact that it is non ruminating. The swine, like all other mammals, gives birth to babies. It is ugly in appearance, and appears like a large mass with small legs. Its body is stout and covered by thick skin and coarse bristles. It has long snouts and strong canines.
Swine include domestic and wild types all belonging to the families Suidae and Tayassuidae. The male swine is called a boar, while the female is called a sow. The adult swine is known as hog, or “haloof” in Arabic, a term used to describe all filth, evil, and selfishness. In English, the word swine is used to refer to all types of pigs, male or female, domestic or wild, young or adult. It is also used to refer to people who are evil at heart, greedy in charity, and filthy in appearance, or to describe a woman who is mean, of evil character, and who has no morality or virtues. Swine have been domesticated 11,000 years ago, and today more than 400 breeds are known.
Due to the swine’s clear filthiness, and its habit to eat anything, it is thus very susceptible to disease, such as swine erysipelas (which is caused by certain bacteria which can be transmitted to humans), swine fever also known as hog cholera (caused by a virus found in dead, rotten bodies), swine vesicular disease which is similar to the well-known foot and mouth disease (which can be caused by a virus found in dead, rotten bodies or garbage, and which can be transmitted to humans if they eat swine meat or grease), among others. This is in addition to various bacteria, viruses, parasites, and germs, that exist in swine flesh and cause infectious diseases in humans, and a number of carcinogenic agents, many of which pose a deadly threat to the human body. Among the most dangerous causes of disease in swine are the following:
a) Trichina Worms, which are a type of Nematoda (also known as round worms). An example of a Trichina worm is the Trichinella spiralis, which is among one of the most harmful parasites known to man. Trichinella spiralis causes rheumatic pains, inflammation and swelling of the muscles and later fibrosis – a condition known as Trichinellosis. Trichinosis occurs when the larvae spread to the muscles in the body. The end result could mean a permanent handicap and lack of ability to move, and then death due to spread of infection to the brain, the spinal cord, and the meninges. It is of utmost importance to note that the consumption of swine meat is the main, if not the sole, source of this serious disease in humans.
b) The Taenia Solium, also known as the pork tape worm is the cause of a number of health conditions in humans, such as anemia, disturbances in the digestive system, colics, diarrhea, vomiting, severe depression, psychosis, and in severe cases it even causes epileptic fits and seizures. The most dangerous fact about this worm is that its larvae reach the blood stream and spread to vital organs such as the brain, heart, liver, lungs, or spinal cord. There, a larva becomes encysted and grows, thus causing pressure on the organ. This eventually leads to death of the patient after a prolonged period of suffering. c) Round worms such as the Ascaris, hook worms, and Schistosoma japonicum. The latter causes severe hemorrhage which then leads to anemia. If it reaches the brain or spinal cord, it causes complete paralysis followed by death. Some of the bacteria found in garbage and rotten animal meat that the swine feeds on is the cause of diseases such as Brucellosis, Erysipelas, and foot gangrene. These are just a few examples of the long list of worms, germs, and bacteria that cause fatal diseases including laryngitis, tuberculosis,þ cholera, typhoid, pulmonary hemorrhage, and hepatomegaly (liver enlargement).
d) Balantidium coli causes balantidiasis presenting mainly as bloody diarrhea, tenesmus and abdominal cramps (dysentery). Infection with Balantidium coli can only come from the consumption of swine or the involvement in raising, slaughtering, or skin-stripping this animal.
e) Flat worms which cause diseases in the intestines, the stomach, the lungs, or the liver. The swine can spread these worms in the environment and to those who eat its meat.
In addition to this list of worms that can cause diseases in humans, swine meat is also difficult to digest because it has high concentrations of fat compared to other animal meat. Moreover, swine fat is more saturated than any other animal fat, which is one of the reasons why it can cause gallbladder stones, biliary obstruction, arteriosclerosis and heart and circulatory system disease. This highly saturated swine fat can not be easily transformed into fat emulsion by the pancreatic juice and thus it is difficult to be absorbed. Thus, the fat is forced to storage in its original form, as is, with all the harmful substances it contains. It is important to note that most Muslim scholars consider the term lahm al-khenzeer (the flesh of swine) used in the ayah as inclusive of swine meat and fat.
Moreover, swine meat rots faster than any other meat. It also has a stinky smell. The strange thing is that Satan not only succeeded in convincing non- Muslims to eat the prohibited swine meat with all its harmful contents, but also he went so far as to convince them to eat its blood and fat in the form of black sausages. Black sausages are the swine’s intestines filled with its blood and fat, and because the sausages contain blood, therefore combines more than one prohibited food.
4. The Prohibition of that which has been acclaimed to Other than Allah
By: Dr. Zaghloul El-Naggar
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