Why shouldn’t we eat pork? what’s wrong with it? isn’t it as any other meat? so what?


This conversation between Bob and Yunus is a very interesting one. Please read it to the end and see if you are convinced or not!!!!

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 >I 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 health.

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


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

dietitians 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 neck; 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.

Nonetheless, 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, ham,


Bob: 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.

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.