WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THE PROHIBITION ON PORK?

Praise be to Allaah.

Allah has made pork haraam and it is for a muslim to obey whatever Allah has enjoined upon him and refrains from whatever He forbids him.

For a Muslim it is not permissible to reject any shariya ruling even if he doesnt understand the meaning behind the ruling. Rather he must accept the ruling as halaal and haraam when they are proven in the text.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allaah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allaah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed into a plain error”

[al-Ahzaab 33:36]

“The only saying of the faithful believers, when they are called to Allaah (His Words, the Qur’aan) and His Messenger, to judge between them, is that they say: ‘We hear and we obey.’ And such are the successful (who will live forever in Paradise)”

[al-Noor 24:51]

Pork is forbidden in Islam. Allah says in glorious Quran.

“He has forbidden you only the Maytah (dead animals), and blood, and the flesh of swine…” [al-Baqarah 2:173]

Allah very clearly forbid a Muslim to consume the flesh of a pork and a Muslim has to abide by it under any circumstances except in situation where there is no option other then that, like where a person’s life depends on eating it, such as in the case of starvation where a person fears that he is going to die, and he cannot find any other kind of food, based on the shar’i principle: “In cases of necessity, haraam things are permitted.”

There is no mention in the shar’i texts of a specific reason for the prohibition on pork, apart from the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “for that surely, is impure” [al-An’aam 6:145].

The word rijs in this aayah refers to impure. It is anything that is considered abhorrent in Islam and sound Human fitrah. This reason alone is sufficient.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“he [i.e., the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)] allows them as lawful At‑Tayyibaat (i.e. all good and lawful as regards things, deeds, beliefs, persons and foods), and prohibits them as unlawful Al‑Khabaa’ith (i.e. all evil and unlawful as regards things, deeds, beliefs, persons and foods)” [al-A’raaf 7:157]

The general meaning of this verse includes the reason for the prohibition on pork and it may be understood that in the Islamic viewpoint, it is included among the list of things that are evil and unlawful (al-khabaa’ith).

Everything that leads to harm in persons health, wealth or morals and has negative and evil consequences is haraam.

According to medical science pigs are carriers of germs that are harmful to human health and that includes the parasitical diseases, bacterial diseases and viruses and so on.

And Allaah knows best.

May Allah keep us sound on the path of Islam.