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Why Islam and Judaism Prohibit the Eating of Pork

Updated on December 24, 2017

Religion and eating Pork

The pig is a common animal. It is found in fair abundance on all continents of the world. The meat of the pig which is usually referred to as pork is eaten all over the world except in the Islamic countries. Generally, religions can be classified as Eastern thought and Western thought. In the Eastern religious thought, the religions are Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism. All eastern religions except Sikhism propagate the concept of Ahimsa or nonviolence. This is an all-pervading concept. It follows that eating meat is against the concept of Ahimsa hence Hinduism and Buddhism in their purest form prohibit the eating of all meats. In the western religions that is Islam, Christianity, and Judaism there is no embargo on eating meat but Judaism and Islam specifically prohibit the eating of pork.

The Taboo

. This taboo on eating pork is very old and as per theologians has existed since the time of Moses.

There is a specific injunction in the Koran that prohibits the eating of pork. One can also form a hypothesis based on extraneous factors. In Islam and Judaism, the issue of being clean for worship has great importance. Now a pig sty is a normally foul-smelling place. Hence the idea of eating the meat of animals staying in an unclean and foul place is incompatible with ritual cleanliness. This is perhaps one of the reasons that eating pork has become taboo in Islam. The Muslims inherited this rule. Another factor is that pigs eat anything available including dead humans. These facts were known to the ancient leaders of Islam and Judaism and thus eating pork was banned. The Koran at 4 places specifically prohibits the eating of pork. It is prohibited in 2:173, 5:3, 6:145 and 16:115.

Modern Science View

Modern science has now identified 16 different harmful germs in a pig which are not good for health. But it must be conceded that at a time when pork eating was banned in Islam, these medical facts may not have been known. The answer that Islam bans the eating of n pork meat is a straightforward interpretation from the Koran. The reason to ban it at that time is simple. As the Pig was observed living in an unclean environment and the fact that it ingests all foods including dead humans and animals must have convinced the founder of Islam and Judaism to ban it. In hindsight, it was a good decision as we know that pork is not really a healthy meat and creates many complications for its eaters.


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      Roy 3 years ago

      Buddha died of food poisoning after eating pork

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you Aunt Jimi for adding to the information

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      Aunt Jimi 4 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      The biological makeup of the pig is not so different from that of humans. Yes, pigs are scavengers of a sort and will eat anything making them unclean, however it is easy for pigs to pass on their diseases to humans because of our similar biological makeup. Humans are susceptible to the same diseases as pigs. Because of that they can pass diseases on to humans both by close proximity and handling, and through their meat.

      Having grown up on a farm I can tell you that pigs will choose to be clean given that option. Pigs are very smart animals and prefer to be clean when they have a choice. Most farmers didn't give them a choice.

      Now the corporate farms/agribusinesses that have pretty well taken over farming and run the family farms out of business definitely do not give pigs a choice to be clean, and treat all animals abominably.

      After the flood God gave Noah and his family permission to eat any living thing. When Jesus came to this earth He did away with the Jewish Ordinances. That is the reason some Christians eat pork or sea foods and other creatures that are considered unclean in the Old Testament.

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      I think too that pig is considered unclean. Jewish people also do not eat pork for the same reason. Thanks for sharing this article.