Although the holy books have strongly prohibited the use of pork as sources of food, pet or other, Pig meat or pork is used not just as a source of meat, but its extracts are used as a constituent of common household materials some of which we are unaware. Pork extracts are also used in about 185 different industrial products; from manufacturers of sweets and bread, to shampoo, body lotion, beer and bullets.
“forbidden for you are dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah”.
“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 carcass shall ye not touch, they are unclean to you”
With time, the 21st century industrialist and businessmen have taken full use of the animal and its product not considering what the scripture says, why it said so or its effect on humans. below are some of the reasons Muslims don’t eat pork.
What Pigs Eat
Pigs will consume the nastiest things one could think of; dirt, decaying animals and vegetables, another animal excreta, maggots and cancerous growth from another animals or pigs.
Stores for toxins
The flesh and fat of pigs are believed to contain cells which absorb and store toxins. This is the reason for their ability to eat almost everything without any effect. These toxins are stored within the flesh and making it 30 times more toxic than beef.
Most mammals perspire to get rid of poisonous metabolites within the body. Unlike dogs, pigs neither sweat nor do they perspire due to lack of sweat glands on its body. As such, most of the toxins build up within its body and flesh. In fact, underneath their legs are holes through which oozy filthy pus are excreted and this is responsible for their filthy smell.
Resistance to venom or poisons
Pigs are unlike other living things and are hardly affected by poisons such as strychnine and snake venom. Mostly, farmers use pigs to protect their farms from visiting rattlesnakes as the pigs will hunt them down and eat the snakes without getting harmed by the snake bite.
Sack of microbes
After being harvested in abattoirs, pork has to go through special treatment as a result of the enormous amount of microscopic organisms; tapeworms, flukes, whipworms and trichinae worms(helminthes) living within its flesh as well as its cyst and eggs. Such treatment is not 100% dependable as some microbes are resistant to these methods of sterilization.
High concentration of fat
Pork has twice as much fat as beef adding to its constant need for food. Other mammals with 4 stomach compartment take around 8-16hours to digest their food while the pig takes just 4hours to get the job done. Thus, the urge to eat almost everything and stores most of its scavenge as fat. For instance, a 3 oz. T-bone steak of beef contains 8.5g of fat as compared to pork which has about 18g.
Source of deadly diseases
Research has shown that the swine harbors about 30 diseases, some of which are deadly to humans like the swine-flu. In addition, it harbors worms which one consumes in an improperly cooked pork. Worms could migrate to human muscle, brain and intestine producing lethal consequences often time mistaken for other diseases. These diseases include but are not limited to- meningitis, gastritis, arthritis, cystitis and alcoholism delaying treatment.
So when next we are preparing for a fiesta, barbeque or ordering for stakes, it is best to put it at the back of our minds that first of all the Almighty has warned us to stay away from pork and secondly, remember the harm we are exposing ourselves to. Won’t you rather buy that which is of benefit to our life than detrimental?