MEAT/FLESH OF PIG (LAHMA Al-KHINZIRI)

2:173 He has only forbidden for you carrion (dead/decaying meat), and blood, and the MEAT OF PIG (LAHMA Al-KHINZIRI), and what was dedicated with to other than God. Whoever finds himself forced out of need, without seeking disobedience or transgression, then there is no sin upon him. God is Forgiving, Merciful.

5:3 “Forbidden for you is carrion (dead/decaying meat), and blood, and the MEAT OF PIG (LAHMU Al-KHINZIRI), and what was sacrificed to other than God, and that which has been strangled, and that which has been bludgeoned, and that which has fallen from a height, and that which has been gored, and that which a wild animal has savaged-unless it was slaughtered while it still lived, and what has been slaughtered on altars, and what you divide through arrows of chance. This is all vile. So, whoever is forced by severe hunger and not seeking sin, then God is Forgiving, Merciful.”

6:145 Say: “I do not find in what is inspired to me to be forbidden for any eater to eat except that it be carrion (dead/decaying meat), or running blood, or the MEAT OF PIG (LAHMA KHINZIRIN)-for it is tainted-or what has become wicked by being dedicated to other than God.” But whoever is forced to, without seeking disobedience or transgression, then your Lord is Forgiving, Merciful.

16:115 He has only forbidden for you carrion (dead/decaying meat), and blood, and the MEAT OF PIG (LAHMA Al-KHINZIRI), and what was dedicated to other than God. But whoever is forced to, without seeking disobedience or transgression, then God is Forgiver, Merciful.

THE ROOT WORD OF LAHMA

Lam-Ha-Miim = flesh/meat, to feed with flesh, skin/hide/cloth.

[lahm n.m. (pl. luhum) – 2:173, 2:259, 5:3, 6:145, 16:14, 16:115, 22:37, 23:14, 35:12, 49:12, 52:22, 56:21]

THE ROOT WORD OF KHINZIRI

Kha-Nun-Zay-Ra = swine/pig.

khinzir n.m. 2:173, 5:3, 5:60, 6:145, 16:115

DOES THE WORD KHINZIR MEANS ROTTEN/STINKING OR PIG/SWINE/WILD BOAR?

Some people who don’t have knowledge of the Arabic grammar claim that word Khinzir means rotten or stinking. They believe the word is an adjective.

When you look at the Arabic dictionaries the word khinzir means pig/swine/wild boar and it is not an adjective but a noun.

So according to Qur’anic grammar, in the phrases “lahma khinzeerin” or “lahma Al-khinzeeri”, the word “khinzeer” CANNOT be an adjective but can only be a noun.

HERE IS A SHORT EXPLANATION:

For “khinzeer” to be an adjective the phrase has to have “AL” before both words or if “AL” is not before both words then both words have to have the same ending of “an” or “un”.

For example:

“Al-Lahma Al-Khinzeer” or “Lahmun Khinzeerun”.

But the phrases in Al-Qur’an are as follows:

“Lahma Khinzeerin” (6:145), and “Lahma/Lahmu AlKhinzeeri” (2:173, 5:3, 16:115).

Thus “khinzeer” in those phrases CANNOT be an adjective, and can only mean “swine/pig” which is a noun.

THE NATURE OF PORK

The main utility of pigs in the ecosystem is as scavengers. They live and thrive on muck, feces and dirt.

It could be argued that in developed countries, pigs are bred in very clean and hygienic conditions. Even in these hygienic conditions the pigs are kept together in sties, and so the chances of them consuming filth are very high.

HEALTH ASPECTS

Research has shown correlation between pork consumption and several diseases. Eating pork can expose the individual to various helminthes (worms) like roundworm, pinworm and hookworm. One of the most dangerous of worms is Taenia Solium, which, in lay man’s terminology is called the pork 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, in the eye it can cause blindness, and in the liver it can cause liver damage. It can damage almost all the organs of the body.

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 Trichura Tichurasis (another worm commonly found in pork), twenty two had cooked the pork very well. This indicates that the ova present in the pork do not die under normal cooking temperature.

Pork has very little muscle building material and contains excess of fat. This fat gets deposited in the vessels and can cause hypertension and heart attack. It is not surprising that hypertension is a common ailment due to the prevalence of the consumption of pork.

Thus the prohibition of pork in Islam is a blessing.

HATING GOD’S CREATURES

The Quran says only their meat is forbidden to us. So we are not suppose to hate Pigs. All of God’s creatures have a purpose and we take reward for being kind to them and take sins for harming them.

Pigs are very intelligent. The skin of Pig can be used for burn victims and their eyes can be used in some cases of human blindness. I think they have more medical uses as well. It hurts my heart to imagine unkindness to any animals. We are given responsibility over them, much as we are given responsibility over all God’s creatures. May God open the eyes of those who hate and abuse any creature.

PIGS ARE UNCLEAN ANIMAL

If you leave ANY animal in a 30’x50′ area for them to eat, sleep, and defecate, you’ll end up with a stinky mess.

Pigs naturally root around in mud and cover themselves in mud. It is to keep mosquitoes and flies off of themselves. It also helps them to keep cool, sort of like elephants.

If they are trapped in an area that they also defecate in, feces get mixed in with the mud. It’s just how it goes.

In the wild, pigs and boars are not covered in feces, just mud.

They are not magically dirty animals. This is a superstition. And they are not prohibited to eat if you are going to starve to death. God knows our intentions.

It is for our own good though that we should not eat them. There are several reasons. They have lots of blood parasites, the meat is very high in uric acid, and the biggest factor…the meat does not smell of rot initially after it spoils. The meat can poison you from being spoiled far before it smells of being spoiled. Before refrigeration, this was a really big deal. So there are plenty of reasons not to eat it. I used to eat pork, and since I stopped eating it after reverting, I could never eat it again. It just isn’t appetizing to me now.

But there are no prohibitions on owning or touching pigs. That is all nonsense.

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