By: Muhammad Ayaz
Allah the Almighty says, "Say (O Muhammad i I find naught in that which has been revealed to me anything forbidden to be eaten by one who wishes to eat it, unless it be a dead animal or blood spilled out or the flesh of swine --- for indeed it is impurity. (6: 145)
With the development of the microscope some of the wisdom behind this prohibition became clear. The bodies of pig are breeding grounds of some deadly strains that cannot be eliminated by cooking or any other means of purification. There are numerous parasites, bacteria and viruses in a pig's body which can be transferred to human beings and animals, such as dysentery balantidium, trichinella spirals, solium taenia and cysticercosis. Balantidial dysentery is known to spread among pig herders and their associates. Pigs are unique in that they harbour almost all the diseases that can be transmitted from animals to man.
The prohibition of pig flesh, including fat, is mentioned in three places in the Quran and it is described therein as an impurity. It has always been known that swine are dirty animals, both in behavior and in their eating habits.
At the same time, as revealed in the Quran, no one but Allah knew of the many illnesses and disorders now attributed to swine by medical science, a number of which remain resistant even after prolonged exposure to extreme temperature and other modern methods of treatment.