Prohibition of eating of pork or swine
in Islam and Christianity
why pig is Haraam
Bob: Tell me why is it that a Muslim is very particular about the
words Halaal and Haraam; what do they mean?
Yunus: 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.
Bob: Can you give me an example?
Yunus: 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 which can be injurious to human
Bob: 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.
Yunus: Now I think that you'll appreciate the special prescribed
method of animal slaughter in Islam.
Bob: What do you mean?
Yunus: 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.
Bob: 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.
Yunus: 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 would eventually permeate the
flesh. This implies that the animal flesh would be permeated and
contaminated with uric acid and therefore very poisonous; only today
did our dieticians realize such a thing.
Bob: Again, while on the topic of food; Why do Muslims condemn the
eating of pork or ham or any foods related to pigs or swine?
Yunus: Actually, apart from the Quran prohibiting the consumption of
pork, bacon (pig flesh); in fact the Bible too in Leviticus chapter
11,verse 8, regarding swine it says, "of their flesh (of the swine,
another name for pig) shall you not eat, and of their carcass
you shall not touch; they are unclean to you." Further, did you know
that a pig cannot be slaughtered at the neck for it does not have a
that is according to its natural anatomy.
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.
all that aside, I am sure you are well informed about the harmful
effects of the consumption of pork, in any form, be it pork chops,
Bob: The medical science finds that there is a risk for various
diseases the pig is found to be a host for many parasites and
Yunus: Yes, even apart from that, as we talked about uric acid
content in the blood, it is important to note that the pig 's
biochemistry excretes only 2% of its total uric acid content, the
remaining 98% remains as an integral part of the body.