Do Christian break the Law when they eat pork?
Muslims often accuse Christians of disobeying God’s Law concerning the eating of pork. They say: “How it is possible for you to call yourself children of Abraham, when you are not following what Abraham followed. You listen to Paul and reject circumcision. You are even eating swine, which is prohibited!”
Well, let us examine this interesting accusation. We know that God forbids certain animals to be used for food. Let’s read what the Bible, the Qur’an and Hadith say about these animals. We will start with the camel. In the Qur’an and the Hadith there are many places where polytheists and later, Muhammad himself used the camel’s meat not only for a meal, but also for a sacrifice before Allah.
Qur’an, Sura 22.036
The sacrificial camels we have made for you as among the symbols from Allah: in them is (much) good for you: then pronounce the name of Allah over them as they line up (for sacrifice): when they are down on their sides (after slaughter), eat ye thereof, and feed such as (beg not but) live in contentment, and such as beg with due humility: thus have We made animals subject to you, that ye may be grateful.
Qur’an, Sura 22.037
It is not their meat nor their blood, that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him: He has thus made them subject to you, that ye may glorify Allah for His Guidance to you and proclaim the good news to all who do right.
Now I will read from the collection of sayings of Muhammad, called the Hadith:
Hadith, Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 3, Number 83:
…Allah’s Apostle stopped (for a while near the Jimar) at Mina during his last Hajj for the people and they were asking him questions. A man came and said, “I forgot and got my head shaved before slaughtering the Hadi (sacrificing animal).” The Prophet said, “There is no harm, go and do the slaughtering now.” Then another person came and said, “I forgot and slaughtered (the camel) before Rami (throwing of the pebbles at stones, representing Satan) at the Jamra.” The Prophet said, “Do the Rami now and there is no harm.”
Collection of Sahih Bukhari Volume 2, Book 26, Number 623:
Narrated Anas bin Malik: … When we reached (Mecca)…. The Prophet sacrificed many camels (slaughtering them) with his own hands while standing…“
Sahih Muslim Book 042, Number 7135:
Abu Huraira reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: A group of Bani Isra’il was lost. I do not know what happened to it, but I think (that it ‘underwent a process of metamorphosis) and assumed the shape of rats. Don’t you see when the milk of the camel is placed before them, these do not drink and when the milk of goat is placed before them, these do drink….
Here is an interesting observation concerning Jews and camels. Jews as well as rats do not drink camel’s milk. Why? There is a dietary Law, given by God to Israel. It determines what Kosher/Halal means to them, and what is prohibited. It describes which animals are to be considered by God as “clean animals” and “unclean animals”. As you know, the eating of pigs is prohibited. Let’s read God’s Word:
Lev 11:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them,
Lev 11:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These [are] the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that [are] on the earth.
Lev 11:3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, [and] cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.
Lev 11:5 And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he [is] unclean unto you.
Lev 11:6 And the hare(rabbit), because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he [is] unclean unto you.
Lev 11:7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he [is] unclean to you.
Lev 11:8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they [are] unclean to you.
Do you agree with this Law? Pigs are prohibited here! Now let’s read verse 4, which I deliberately skipped:
Lev 11:4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: [as] the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he [is] unclean unto you.
It is very interesting that God did not say which particular animals the Israelites may and may not eat, such as pigs, camels, rabbits, etc. No, God said that they may eat of any animal which has a divided hoof and chews the cud.
Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, [and] cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.
And only after that description He gave a few examples:
Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: camel, hare, coney, swine…
So we must follow the description first and then decide which animal is considered Kosher (which means “clean”) and which is not. However, in Islam this is not the case. Muhammad, in attempt to copy-cat the Law of Moses, did a few modifications. One of them was that he named what he thought were the forbidden animals, without giving Muslims a reason as to why they are forbidden. This goes contrary to the Bible, where the reason is given first.
Now we see why Israelites never eat the meat of camels, never drink camel’s milk and never bring camels as offerings to God, for it is a great sin to bring an unclean animal for sacrifice. That is because God declared camels as well as pigs to be non-Kosher (unclean) or we could say “Haram”, to the children of Israel. But to Arabs before Islam it is a cultural to eat camel’s meat therefore; Muhammad probably out of ignorance imposed “partial” dietary law upon Muslims: “You may eat camel, but do not allowed to eat pork meat”.
Here is another Hadith which mentions a rabbit:
Sahih Bukhari Volume 3, Book 47, Number 746: Narrated Anas:
We chased a rabbit at Mar-al-Zahran and the people ran after it but were exhausted. I overpowered and caught it, and gave it to Abu Talha who slaughtered it and sent its hip or two thighs to Allah’s Apostle. (The narrator confirms that he sent two thighs). The Prophet accepted that. (The sub-narrator asked Anas, “Did the Prophet; eat from it?” Anas replied, “He ate from it.”)
Muhammad allowed his companions to eat rabbit meat but this animal, just like camels, rabbits and pigs are unclean animals and must not be eaten, according to Leviticus 11:6.
Lev 11:6 And the hare (rabbit), because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he [is] unclean unto you.
The question is: Why do Muslims accuse certain Christians of disobeying God’s command concerning the eating of pig meat, but they themselves are eating the meat of absolutely clearly prohibited unclean animals such as camels and rabbits?
I am still waiting for an answer.