Why is pork Haram?

The consumption of pork is strongly forbidden for several reasons. On the one hand, for theological reasons based on verses from the Koran and Hadith, and on the other, for health reasons. If you've ever wondered why pork is Haram in Islam ? Here's the answer.

Why is pork forbidden in Islam?

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Pork is Haram for two reasons in Islam: theological and sanitary:

Theological reasons

Pork is considered impuretheologically Haram. Islamic teachings stipulate that pork is associated with negative characteristicsIt is therefore considered to be a unclean animal. For spiritual purification, eating pork is forbidden.

On the other hand, the prohibition on eating pork is also linked to a test of faith among Muslims. In other words, by abstaining from eating pork, they demonstrate their obedience to Allah and their submission in the face of his commandments. This may involve personal sacrifice.

Health reasons

Pork plays a role in digestion and metabolism. It contains parasites and infections which can be transmitted to humans, especially if undercooked or contaminated. These include: trichinosis, cysticercosis, etc. among these diseases. What's more, pork is also associated with a bacterial contamination and of diseases linked to meat consumption. Indeed, its metabolism and digestive system are different from those of other domestic animals. Meat is therefore subject to spoilage and contamination.

What does the Koran say about eating pork?

The Koran and Hadiths are teachings and sayings of Muhammad. They contain references related to the prohibition of the consumption of pork and other food products such as nutmeg, spirit vinegaramong others. Here are the writings in the Koran:

"You are only forbidden the beast found dead, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which another name than that of Allah has been invoked. But whoever is compelled to do so, without however abusing or transgressing, then Allah is Forgiving and Merciful". In the Koran - Sura Al- Baqara (2: 173);

A verse that states the ban on eating pork. It also points out that this prohibition can be lifted in exceptional circumstances. In other words, when one is forced by necessity and without intention to transgress the limits set by Allah.

 "Say: I do not find in what has been revealed to me any prohibition of food, except dead flesh, or blood that has been made to flow, or the flesh of swine - for it is a defilement - or that which, out of perversity, has been sacrificed to other than Allah. Whoever is compelled, but does not abuse or transgress, your Lord is indeed Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful". The Koran - Sura Al-An'am (6:145)

This verse emphasizes ban on pork consumption. In fact, he describes it as a "defilement. But the ban can be lifted in circumstances of duress, but always within the limits imposed by Allah. On the other hand, the Hadiths complement the teachings of the Koran. Moreover, they provide more detailed examples of the words and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad.

Here's what the Hadith says about the prohibition on eating pork: "Allah's Messenger said: what God has forbidden in His Book is from Him a truth, and what He has permitted is also from Him a truth. What He remains silent about is out of pity for you. Therefore, accept from God what He has granted you, and abstain from what He has forbidden you ".

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