Praise be to Allaah.
Our Lord has forbidden
eating pork in definitive terms. Allaah says (interpretation of the
“Say (O Muhammad): 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 Maytah (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 Allaah (or has been slaughtered for idols, or on which
Allaah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering)”
By the mercy of Allaah
and His kindness towards us, Allaah has permitted us to eat all good things,
and He has not forbidden anything but those that are impure. Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
“…he allows them as lawful At‑Tayyibaat (i.e. all good and
lawful as regards things, deeds, beliefs, persons and foods), and prohibits
them as unlawful Al‑Khabaa’ith (i.e. all evil and unlawful as regards
things, deeds, beliefs, persons and foods)”
We do not doubt for an instant that the pig is a dirty and
filthy animal, and that eating it is harmful to man. Moreover it lives on
dirt and filth, and it is something that is off-putting to those of a sound
nature who refuse to touch it, because eating it is either a cause or a sign
of a person’s oddness.
With regard to the physical harm caused by eating pork,
modern science has proved a number of things, such as the following:
Pork is regarded as one of the
kinds of meat that contain the most cholesterol, an increase of which in the
bloodstream leads to an increased likelihood of blocked arteries. The fatty
acids in pork are also of an unusual formation, when compared with the fatty
acids in other types of food, which makes them more easily absorbed by the
body, thus increasing cholesterol levels.
Pork meat and pork fat
contribute to the spread of cancers of the colon, rectum, prostate and
Pork meat and pork fat
contribute to obesity and related diseases that are difficult to treat.
Eating pork leads to scabies,
allergies and stomach ulcers.
Eating pork causes lung
infections which result from tapeworms, lungworms and microbial infections
of the lungs.
The most serious danger of eating pork is that pork contains
tapeworms which may grow to a length of 2-3 meters. The growth of the eggs
of these worms in the human body may lead to insanity and hysteria if they
grow in the area of the brain. If they grow in the region of the heart that
may lead to high blood pressure and heart attacks. Another kind of worm that
is to be found in pork is the trichinosis worm that cannot be killed by
cooking, the growth of which in the body may lead to paralysis and skin
The doctors have confirmed that tapeworm disease is regarded
as one of the serious diseases that may result from eating pork. It may
develop in the small intestine and after several months may grow into a
large worm whose body is composed of a thousand segments, with a length of
4-10 meters, which lives alone in the intestine of the infected person and
part of it may appear when he defecates. When the pig swallows and ingests
its eggs, they enter the tissues and muscles in the form of larvae sacs
containing fluid and the head of the tapeworm. When a person eats infected
pork, the larva turns into a complete worm in the intestine. These worms
cause weakness and vitamin B12 deficiency, which leads to a specific type of
anaemia, which may in turn cause nervous problems. In some cases the larvae
may reach the brain, causing convulsions, increased pressure within the
brain, epilepsy and even paralysis.
Eating pork that is not thoroughly cooked may also lead to
trichinosis (infestation with a hairlike nematode worm). When these
parasites reach the small intestine, three to five days later many larvae
appear which enter the intestine and reach the blood, from which they reach
most of the tissues of the body. The larvae move to the muscles and form
cysts there, and the patient suffers intense muscle pains. The disease may
develop into infection of the cerebral membrane and brain, and infections of
the heart muscle, lungs, kidneys and nerves. It may be a fatal disease in
It is well known that there are some diseases that are unique
to humans and are nor shared with any other animals except pigs, such as
rheumatism and joint pain. Allaah indeed spoke the truth when He said
(interpretation of the meaning):
“He has forbidden you only the Maytah (dead animals), and
blood, and the flesh of swine, and that which is slaughtered as a sacrifice
for others than Allaah (or has been slaughtered for idols, on which Allaah’s
Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering). But if one is forced by
necessity without willful disobedience nor transgressing due limits, then
there is no sin on him. Truly, Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful”
These are some of the harmful effects of eating pork. Perhaps
after studying them you will not have any doubts that it is forbidden. We
hope that this will be the first step in your being guided towards the true
religion. So stop, research, look and think, objectively and fairly, seeking
only to find out the truth and follow it. I ask Allaah to guide you to that
which is best for you in this world and in the Hereafter.
But even if we did not know about the harmful effects of
eating pork, this would not change our belief that it is haraam in the
slightest, or weaken our resolve to abstain from it. You know that when Adam
(peace be upon him) was expelled from the Garden, it was because he ate from
the tree from which Allaah forbade him to eat. We do not know anything about
that tree, and Adam did not need to enquire into the reason why it was
forbidden to eat from it. Rather it was sufficient for him, as it is
sufficient for us and for every believer, to know that Allaah has forbidden
Look at some of the harmful effects of eating pork; look at
the research of the Fourth Annual Conference of Islamic Medicine, Kuwait
edition, p. 731 ff; and al-Wiqaayah al-Sihhiyyah fi Daw’ al-Kitaab
wa’l-Sunnah by Lu’lu’ah bint Saalih, p. 635 ff.
But we ask you once again: Isn’t pork forbidden in the Old
Testament which forms part of your Holy Book?
“Do not eat any detestable thing. These are the animals you
may eat… The pig is also unclean; although it has a split hoof, it does not
chew the cud, you are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses.”
See also Leviticus 11-1-8.
We do not need to quote evidence that pork is forbidden for
the Jews. If you have any doubt then ask people and they will tell you. But
what we think we need to draw you attention to is some other things that are
also mentioned in your Holy Book, this time in the New Testament which tells
you that the rulings of the Torah still apply to you and cannot be changed.
Does’t it say in the Bible that the Messiah said:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the
Prophets. I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. I tell you the
truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the
least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until
everything is accomplished.”
With this text, we do not need to look for another ruling on
pork in the New Testament, but we will add here another quotation which
shows definitively that pork is impure:
“A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The
demons begged Jesus: ‘Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.’ He
gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs.”
Perhaps you will say that this is abrogated, and that Peter
said such and such and Paul said such and such…?
This is changing the words of Allaah and abrogating the Torah
and the words of the Messiah who confirmed to you that it would abide as
long as heaven and earth remain. Can this be abrogated by the words of Paul
Let us assume that this is true and that the prohibition was
indeed abrogated, but why are you criticizing this prohibition in Islam when
it was prohibited for you at first?
With regard to your saying that if eating it is forbidden,
then why did Allaah create pigs? We do not think that you are serious,
otherwise we would ask you: why did Allaah create such and such of other
things that are harmful or repulsive? Rather we would ask you: why did
Allaah create the Shaytaan?
Is it not the prerogative of the Creator to command His
slaves as He will, and to rule them as He will. No one can overturn His
ruling or change His words.
Is it not the duty of the created being, the slave, to say to
his Lord, whenever He commands him to do something: “We hear and we obey”?
You may enjoy its taste and want to eat it, and those around
you may enjoy it, but doesn’t Paradise deserve some sacrifice on your part
of that which your heart desires?.