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496 Please could you advise me on the background of why pigs are Haraam?
The pig is one of the filthiest animals on earth. It lives and thrives on muck, filth and dirt. No matter how hard you try to keep them clean they are filthy by nature. They eat and enjoy their own as well as their neighbor’s excreta.

Pigs are made Haraam in accordance to several revelations within the Quran. One such place is in Para 2, Ayah Number 173 which states “He has made unlawful on you only the dead (even if lawful animals) and the blood and flesh of swine and the flesh of the animals slaughtered invoking someone else’s name, except Allah. But he who eats out of necessity and not due to his desire and does not eat more than the urgency, he has not sinned. Surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful”.

When Allah (S.W.T) prohibits something for his servants, He does so certainly out of His overflowing mercy on them, to save them from all what may bring them harm

As it is mentioned in the Quran it is compulsory for all Muslims to follow that command, whether they understand the reason or not.

Non Muslims however will agree only if convinced through reason, logic and science. Eating of pork can cause no less than seventy different types of diseases.

A person can have various helminthes, like roundworm, pinworm, hookworm, etc. One of the most dangerous is Taenia Solium, which in a layman’s terminology is called tapeworm. It harbors in the intestine and is very long. Its ova, i.e. eggs, enter the blood stream and can reach almost all the organs of the body. If it enters the brain it can cause memory loss. If it enters the heart it can cause heart attack and if it enters the eye it can cause blindness. If it enters the liver it can cause liver damage. It can damage almost all the organs of the body.

Another dangerous helminthes is Taenia Trichuriasis. A common misconception about pork is that if it is cooked well, these ova die. In a research project undertaken in America, it was found that out of twenty-four people suffering from Taenia tichurasis, twenty two had cooked the pork very well. This indicates that the ovas present in the pork do not die under normal cooking temperature.
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