Pig is not only prohibited in Islam but also in Judaism and Christianity. Jesus too never ate pork. There is a saying in English that “a man becomes what he eats.” For Muslims, consumption of swine-flesh creates lowliness in character and destroys moral and spiritual faculties in a man.
The prohibition of eating pork in Islam is relevant in this context. The pig is a scavenger. IT is omnivorous and if given the freedom it will eat everything, even excrement, for such is the inherent nature of the animal. In olden times there were many diseases carried from swine to man, particularly parasite infestations. Furthermore lard contains a very high ratio of vitamin D and virtually no vitamin A. Lately vitamin D has been held responsible for atheroma. Animal fats, particularly pork, contain saturated fatty acids and these saturated fatty acids have been found to be one of the causes of atheroma in man by increasing the absorption of calcium in the blood vessels, thus leading to coronary diseases. Some people have argued that the “modern pig” reared in farms is given only clean food, therefore its flesh should be consumable. The answer is that you may feed the pig on clean, wholesome food, but you can’t change its nature. It is still a pig and will always be one. A pig is not a plant and you cannot change it inherent nature by bud-grafting. This is solely a Muslim’s standpoint may not necessarily be shared by others.
However, most Christians may be unaware that even the Bible prohibits its consumption, but even if they are aware of it, they choose to ignore it.
In the book of Leviticus: “…and the swine, as he divideth the hoof, and be cloven-footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. OF their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall ye not touch, they are unclean to you.” (Leviticus 11:7-7)
Pork is also prohibited in the book of Deuteronomy: “And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you. Ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcass.” (Deuteronomy 14:8)
A similar prohibition is repeated in the book of Isaiah (65:2-5)
Allah, who is the Creator of all things, in His infinite wisdom forbade its consumption through the Quran centuries ago. On the contrary, if a Muslim is faced with a situation whereby he has to choose between life and death, eating of pork is permissible. It not only illustrates the importance that Islam gives to human life but also takes into account circumstances that are beyond our control.
What Food do Muslims Eat?
The issue of permissibility for Muslims to eat the food of the people of the Scriptures – the Christians and the Jews – is connected with the Quranic injunctions on the permitted (Halaal) and forbidden (Haram) food.
Allah imposed a number of bans on food for the sake of man’s health, such as the prohibition on eating blood, carrion, pork and flesh of the animal slaughtered without mentioning the name of the single God. Allah, He is the Most High, enjoins us:
“Eat of such flesh as has been consecrated in His name, if you truly believe in His revelations… Do not eat of any flesh that has not been consecrated in the name of Allah; for that is sinful towards God.” (Quran 6:118-121)
It is known that Prophet Muhammad PBUH did not reject the food made of sheep which was offered to him by an Israelite woman.
What else Islam Forbids
One does not need to be a genius to know the ill effects of alcohol. It diminishes good judgment and can be a cause of untold social maladies. Its limited benefits are far fewer than the numerous harms it procures. The same goes for dice, games of chances and lottery. These too can lead to disastrous results. When you think about, it is one person who wins the millions but it’s the millions who pay to make him win those millions. Money spent of buying lottery tickets may well be spend on one’s own self or the family. Islam also forbids usury (interest earning). It is an evil that leads to stagnation in the natural economic growth of a society because it is the lender who reaps the huge rewards whereas the borrower becomes poorer and poorer. In other words, the needy get exploited.
The same goes for black magic, fortune telling and all forms idolatry, adultery, murder, pride, and arrogance, slandering chaste women, illegal gain, backbiting, committing suicide, weighing incorrectly, oppression men wearing silk and gold, cursing, betrayal of trust, taking false oath, abandoning relatives etc. But the greatest sin is associating partners in the worship of God.
“Surely, Allah does not forgive associating anything with Him and He forgives whatever is other than that to whomever He wills.” (Quran 4:48, and 116)