The Bible and Holy Qur'an on Pork
(From The Book: The Truth About Pork)
by Brother Abdul Muhammad


In both Bible and Holy Qur-an Allah (God) condemns the touching & eating of swine flesh. If we agree that Allah (God) is the Best Knower, Foreknower & the All-knowing One, then surely He knows best what foods to eat and not to eat. We must ask the question, "Why does Allah (God) forbid the eating and touching of swine flesh in any form?" First let us look at what Allah (God) says about the eating of swine flesh in both Bible & Holy Qur-an:

Leviticus 11:7-8
"And the swine, though he divided the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
"Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you."

Deuteronomy 14:8
"And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcass

Here Allah (God) clearly states that the flesh of swine is forbidden to eat and touch. Bible Scholars agree with the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, that the King's meat spoken of in Daniel Ch. 1:8 is referring to swine flesh. In that story Daniel and the three Hebrew boys, followed the instruction of the Best Knower, the Foreknower and the All-knowing One, Allah (God). In the end they were healthier by not eating the King's meat and drinking his drink. Some of us make the mistake of thinking that the advent of Jesus suspends the Law Allah (God) gave to Moses. Let's examine Jesus' words concerning the Law Allah (God) gave to Moses.

Matthew 5:17-19
"Think not that I (Jesus) am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, But to fulfill.
"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law , till all is fulfilled.
"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

Jesus says he came to fulfill the law Allah (God) gave to Moses. Fulfill means to put into effect, to measure up to. Therefore, Jesus came in the world to put Moses law into effect and make it the reality by which all of us live. This would include Allah's (God's) prohibition against swine. Jesus clearly states that he has not come to destroy the law and that the law will not be changed until heaven and earth pass away. Heaven an earth are still present, therefore law is still in place and should be followed. The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad made and interesting point in reference to this topic. He said to say that the All-wise Allah (God) changed His mind is to say that He is not a Foreknower. Allah (God) is the Foreknower and as the creator of man and pigs is the Best Knower of nature of both of them. Even though pigs are fed grains and corn in some places, this does not negate the FACT that they are filthy and poisonous by nature. If one were to feed a poisonous snake a better diet, it would not change the nature of the snake, being poisonous. If one were to grow a poisonous plant in a different type of soil, it would not prevent the plant from doing by nature what it is created to do. The same principle stands true for the swine. People often make the mistake of thinking that the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad did not know they food would be filled with all types of hormones and chemicals. To say this is to say that he, as the Messenger of God, was not a foreknower like his Teacher. We would be foolish to say that How to Eat to Live is somehow outdated and Dr. So and So has better guidance than the Messenger of the Best Knower, the Foreknower and the All-Knowing One.

Allah (God) continues his condemnation of the swine as follows:

Isaiah 65:2-4
I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;
A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon alters of brick;
Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, eating swine's flesh, and the broth of abominable things is in their vessels."

Isaiah 66:17
"They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the Lord."

The word abomination mean abhorrence; disgust, that which is hated, a cause of abhorrence, disgust or hatred. The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that the one tree the people hide behind were the people who used the word of God to justify the consumption of prohibited swine flesh. The Bible condemns those that engage in that type of activity as follows:

Ezekiel 22:26
Her priest have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and the profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean and have hid their eyes form my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.

This perfectly describes how those who are charged with the responsibility of using the word of Allah (God), to raise His standard, have used His word to justify their own evil and the evils of he people under their charge. No wonder Jesus says in Matthew 5:19, "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven..."
The Holy Qur'an, the book of scripture for over one billion Muslims on earth, also condemns the consumption of swine.

Holy Qur-an 2:173
"He has thus forbidden you only what dies of itself, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that over which any other (name) than (that of) Allah has been invoked..."

Holy Qur-an 5:3
"Forbidden to you is that which dies of itself, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that over which any other name than that of Allah has been invoked..."

Holy Qur-an 6:146
"Say, I find not in that which is revealed to me aught forbidden for an eater to eat thereof, except that it be what dies of itself, or blood poured forth, or flesh of swine - for that surely is unclean - or what is a transgression, other than (the name of) Allah having been invoked on it..."

Holy Qur-an 16:115
"He has forbidden you only what dies of itself and blood and the flesh of swine and that over which any other name than that of Allah has been invoked;..."

Excerpted from the book, The Truth About Pork - By Minister Abdul Muhammad