He has only forbidden you carrion, blood and pork and what has been consecrated to other than Allah. But anyone who is forced to eat it-without desiring it or going to excess in it-commits no crime. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Qur’an, 2:173)
Allah SWT allow us to enjoy any kind of luxury in the world, including eat whatever we want to eat. However, Allah SWT has specifically mention certain name of food we must never touch. It is pork. While pork are widely consumed all over the world, it has been prohibited since long ago.
Allah SWT made such prohibition with good reasons. The effects of eating pork in Islam and in general is nothing good. In fact, it’s very harmful for our boy and our health. Here are some of the effect we may experience because of pork.
1. Pork Toxins Could Enter Our Body
The reason why pork is not a good food is because it’s full of toxins. Even worse, the toxins will not die even after being cooked under heat. Pork also absorbs toxins easily and it stays in its meat. All the toxins will enter our body once we eat pork. Also read: Prohibition of Pork in Islam
2. We Get Fat Easily
As pork contained high saturated fat, constant consumption of pork cause obesity. Any pork meat and products such as ham, bacon, and sausage will directly produce fat on hips and stomach which cause a rapid weight gain.
3. All the Dirt Pigs Eat Affect Us
Not only pigs living in a dirty environment, what they eat are also dirt. Pigs even eat all of their poops again. What make it worse is that all the bacteria in the dirt is still alive after the pigs are slaughtered. Also read: Prohibition of Swine in Islam
4. Pork Causes Many Diseases
Pork is indeed a threat to the health. Many diseases are caused by pork, some of them being Alzheimer, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and even impotence. It is due to the poor environment pigs lived in, as well as all the dirt they eat regularly as food.
5. Eating Pork Means Committing Sin
Allah SWT has declared in the Quran that eating pork is strongly prohibited. If we are not obeying this command, it means we are committing sins by doing so. Also read: Rules of Eating Food in Islam
“When God and His Messenger have decreed a matter, they (the believers) should not have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys God and His Messenger; he has indeed strayed into a plain error.” (Quran 33:36)
6. High Levels of Cholesterol Awaits
Pork meat contains a high levels of cholesterol, which makes it dangerous for health. Other than that, eating pork makes us gain weight easier that when we eat other animal meat.
7. Our Health is Threatened
Pork produce high levels of antibody hormones, contains high cholesterol and lipids. All of those are serious threat for our health. Eating pork cause a serious health problems and it has been scientifically proved. Also read: Importance of Health in Islam
8. There are Possibility of Death
Pork contains a highly harmful worm named trichina. When trichina enters human body, it quickly settles in the muscle of our heart. It may cause a serious threat to our health. Everyone who eats pork that has infected by trichina worm are risked of possible death.
9. Exposed to Swine Flu
Swine flu is one of the most deadly disease in the world. The outbreak of swine flu happens in all part of the world. Swine flu in Mexico and North America, for example, was cause by mass slaughter of pigs which cause all the parasites inside to harbor and infecting human. Also read: Eating Habits in Islam
10. Many Bacteria Enter Our Body
Usually, bacteria in food will be killed while it’s being cooked. But it’s not the case with pork. The bacteria won’t die in any temperature it’s being cooked. Those living bacteria will continue to live inside our body.
Prohibition of Eating Pork in Islam from the Quran
Allah SWT has made it clear that eating pork is a highly prohibited act. It is even stated in the Holy Quran, which means the prohibition comes directly from Allah. Here are the Quranic verses where eating pork is strongly prohibited:
- Prohibition of eating all parts of pork
“Prohibited to you are dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah , and [those animals] killed by strangling or by a violent blow or by a head-long fall or by the goring of horns, and those from which a wild animal has eaten, except what you [are able to] slaughter [before its death], and those which are sacrificed on stone altars, and [prohibited is] that you seek decision through divining arrows. That is grave disobedience”. – ( Quran 5:3)
- Prohibition of eating pork from Muslim
Say, “I do not find within that which was revealed to me [anything] forbidden to one who would eat it unless it be a dead animal or blood spilled out or the flesh of swine – for indeed, it is impure – or it be [that slaughtered in] disobedience, dedicated to other than Allah” – (Quran 6:145)
- Pork is among food that is prohibited to be eaten
“He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah”. – (Quran 2:173)
A wise and a good Muslim will never questioned why certain acts are prohibited by Allah SWT. Seeing all the bad effects of eating pork in Islam, we must be thankful that Allah SWT has prevented us from such severe harm.