Islam & Pork

Aug 11th, 2007, in News, by

Pig and pork eating issues in the news in Sumatra.

In early June 2007 a housekeeper in Medan, called Risma, who comes from Palembang, reported her boss Andi (50) to the police for forcing her to eat some pork meat.

The case excited some passions in Medan, easily understandable for those who have noticed the visceral disgust and loathing that many Muslims have whenever pork appears in view, or when the subject of pork eating or even touching of pork comes up. Abdullah Syah of Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), for example, said anyone who forced a Muslim to eat pork was committing an insult to the whole Muslim community and he hoped that Andi would be given a suitably severe punishment. republika

Meanwhile, in early August 2007, further south in Risma’s home town of Palembang, South Sumatra province, an unrelated incident involving accusations that a producer of bakso, meatball soup, fills his meatballs with pork instead of beef, and then sells them to unsuspecting people.

A bowl of bakso
A bowl of bakso.

An unnamed man reported Saparuddin bin Ramlan (48) to the police and claimed that Saparuddin was motivated by profit:

He makes more money that way.

Saparuddin bin Ramlan, who is from Kediri, East Java, supplies bakso to five mobile sellers and admits to having used pork in his product for two years, and buys eight kilograms of pork to last for three days production. Pork costs 20,000 rupiah per kilogram, he says, while beef costs 50,000.

Police arrested Saparuddin and two of his sellers on 10th August, and confiscated four kilograms of pork, and hundreds of bakso “balls”. okezone


123 Comments on “Islam & Pork”

  1. DoOs says:

    Watch Mohamad legacy in Discovery Channel. Islam unifies the nation of Arab and became a political entity.

  2. KSJ says:

    Watch Mohamad legacy in Discovery Channel. Islam unifies the nation of Arab and became a political entity

    The Arab nations are united?? Hmmm… let me see… Iran-Iraq war, Iraq-Kuwait war, the disputes among palestinians, Saudi Arabia ignores its neighbors and allies itself to the US, should I go on? A political entity? Give me a break!

  3. Aluang Anak Bayang says:

    Re,

    KSJ Says:

    August 18th, 2007 at 3:06 pm
    Yes, Sylvester. Islamic civilization is backward and it is left far behind other civilizations, even Asian ones.

    I see why you are a colonist’s lapdog. You are suffering from inferior complexity. You should visit China and learnt about their glorious history, or at least read on Indian civilization and the Persian empire. Otherwise, tuck your tail in between your legs and run to your master.

  4. chi luc ba says:

    Pork and it’s derivative is not “halal” for Muslims. I’m a Muslim so I know how sensitive this issue for us. On the contrary some Muslims don’t mind to be corrupt government officers (non-government officers as well). It’s not halal too!

    Please look at the bigger picture!

  5. KSJ says:

    Re,

    KSJ Says:

    August 18th, 2007 at 3:06 pm
    Yes, Sylvester. Islamic civilization is backward and it is left far behind other civilizations, even Asian ones.

    I see why you are a colonist’s lapdog. You are suffering from inferior complexity. You should visit China and learnt about their glorious history, or at least read on Indian civilization and the Persian empire. Otherwise, tuck your tail in between your legs and run to your master.

    Check again your english, idiot, and then come back and tell me what i wanted to say. I wanted to say that Islamic civilization is backward and is left far behind other civilization (such as Western and Asian). Inferior complexity? Isn’t it your problem? You said in your previous comments that the Arabs are your masters, remember? I NEVER said or say that whites are my masters, EVER!!!

  6. Janma says:

    Cuk,
    you said,
    Quote; “The whiteman opinion upon the Muslim dignity is irrelevant because we already made permanent label on them that they’re lower than an animal who neglect God orders, abused their power and inteligencia to make destruction, annihilation and pollution around the globe.

    What is the secret civilization you want us to learn?
    Let me guess;..huaha ha.. how to educate the women becomes the boy sucker, how to train the holymen becomes a kid sucker, how to educate a boy becomes the mother sucker. ” Unquote…

    Are you actually trying to say that only white men and women do the above things? Arabs never suck?

    I got news for you then…. Arabs suck man! totally suck! That’s why women there only feel safe if they totally cover themselves up.

    Sucks big time.

  7. Tomaculum says:

    The whiteman opinion upon the Muslim dignity is irrelevant because we already made permanent label on them that they’re lower than an animal who neglect God orders, abused their power and inteligencia to make destruction, annihilation and pollution around the globe.

    The inferiority complex of some brown men is pitiable.
    Btw: Jakarta and some other cities in Indonesia belongs to the most polluted in the world and the Indonesian forest is one of the worst stubbed. In the current Indonesia people (brown) rob, rape and kill each other with smile on their lips.
    The white men are to blame for these all?
    Sometimes I am embarrassed to be one of the brown men with so much bigotry.

    What is the secret civilization you want us to learn?
    Let me guess;..huaha ha.. how to educate the women becomes the boy sucker, ho to train the holymen becomes a kid sucker, how to educate a boy becomes the mother sucker.

    Primitive comment.

  8. mingo says:

    Cukurungan, sorry to burst your bubble but Muslim is not a breed or a type of human being, A Muslim is a human being who in the most part has been indoctrinated and or brain washed to beleive in some supernatural being, as have most Christians and all other religious groups, In fact religeous people can be grouped or classed very simply, WE CALL THEM SHEEP. a animal that does not have an original thought but one that follows the pack. My point is how can any sane person believe so strongly in some thing on the say so of another person who believed in someothers person story. I mean how many people have actually seen these holy dieties, Very few and yet people still ferventy believe. my beleif is that people who choose a spiritual being to believe in are very scared and insecure and rely on herd instict to get through. Don,t get me wrong if that is how they want to live their lives,so be it, But why should these people have the right to push their beleifs onto others, Maybe it is the tall poppy syndrome, and that is if any person excells and gets ahead on their own merits, jealousy from the masses causes the masses to try and drag them down. By the way these are my thoughts,I can have my own as I do not belong to any religeous group and am allowed to think for myself.

    ______________

    But must believe in him (i.e Jesus as an Apostle of Allah and a human being) before his death. And on the Day.

    Not being Muslim but in the quran does it not say Mohhamed was born some 4-500 years after Jesus Christ.

  9. DoOs says:

    Thats why I said watch Mohammad legacy… why are people so intellectually challenged 😛 these days.

    The coming of Islam unified Arab tribes not long after the birth of christ. I see Islam as a good relligion however I don’t see a reason why it should become law in Indonesia where it violates Pancasila. If Pancasila is dead then this country is dead also.

  10. Aluang Anak Bayang says:

    In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, Most Compassionate; Prayers and Salutations upon His chosen Prophet, upon the Prophet’s household, his courageous companions, and all the apostles and prophets.

    Assalamualaikum DoOs re,

    …..I see Islam as a good relligion however I don’t see a reason why it should become law in Indonesia where it violates Pancasila. If Pancasila is dead then this country is dead also.

    Perhap your posting should be under the ‘shariah law’ topic, but anyway thank you for your honest opinion about Islam. I and other dedicated good Muslims lament the fact that majority of our Indonesian brothers and sisters especially the NU and Muhammadiyah followers do not follow the tenet of Islam to the dot. In Indonesia, Muslimah do not wear burqa, Chinese restaurants sell pork products and non-Muslims do not pay jizyah tax. Our creator had handed down clear guidance for mankind through the Quran, and it is my wish to see the revival of Islamic Golden Age where Islam is the universal religion. I implore you to help us in the fight against the great syaitan America and the people of the book (Jews), against the crusader Christians and pagan worshippers as per Quranic teaching. Here are some of the divine messages,

    Qur’an:8:39 “So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world).”
    Qur’an:9:88 “The Messenger and those who believe with him, strive hard and fight with their wealth and lives in Allah’s Cause.”
    Qur’an:9:5 “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”
    Qur’an:9:112 “The Believers fight in Allah’s Cause, they slay and are slain, kill and are killed.”

    Peace can only be achieved after the great syaitan and their acolytes have been killed. Salam.

  11. Tomaculum says:

    Aluang,
    Amen. And do you have done zakat today and how many wives do you have?
    🙂

  12. mingo says:

    I implore you to help us in the fight against the great syaitan America and the people of the book (Jews), against the crusader Christians and pagan worshippers as per Quranic teaching.

    And why would you need help to fight against other religions, Because they do not believe as you do, LIVE AND LET LIVE. Have you ever heard of this phrase, Peoples likes and dis-likes, beliefs and disbeliefs are entirely up to the individual, So where do the Muslims get of trying to force their beliefs onto others.
    Question for you, Do you actually beleive your god has helped his people / followers. The fact that most if not all the wars in the world today are religious wars between different sects of the Muslim faith. show me one war at the present time where Christian is battling Christian or Jew is battling Jew. NONE SO HAS ONES GOD FORSAKEN HIS SO CALLED PEOPLE and are allowing them to wipe themselves out. The so called western world can learn something here. Leave the eastern world alone and eventually they will wipe each other out

  13. Sylvester says:

    The so called western world can learn something here. Leave the eastern world alone and eventually they will wipe each other out

    You should say leave the islamic world.

  14. DoOs says:

    I’m sorry for the people who believe in Islam not that the religion is pathetic, I envy the religion because I believe in it also.

    But I believe that God have left the world of islam long time ago because what I see is violence and pain in the country of its origin itself.

    Mohamad once asked his people what is Islam, people would answer it is a religion that governs people into one fate of god. Mohamad shooks his head and said no my friend, it is good morale and wisdom, a teaching that makes you become a good citizen of god. “If one truly care about god, then he/she must first care about his creations.”

    So now I ask you why is Al’Qaeda terrorists, Indonesian Islam Extremist, cause violence that creates a public image that they do not care about other people when their prior goal is to care about the creations of god before they can care about god?

    That is why I said God has left Islam, because the people in it doesn’t care about its creations anymore, doesn’t care about the people who wanted to believe in hindhu, budha, Christianity, and so on. The only way to redeem Islam is to make the whole world see that Islam is a wonderful religion that cares about other people.

  15. Cukurungan says:

    DoOs Says

    That is why I said God has left Islam, because the people in it doesn’t care about its creations anymore, doesn’t care about the people who wanted to believe in hindhu, budha, Christianity, and so on. The only way to redeem Islam is to make the whole world see that Islam is a wonderful religion that cares about other people.

    Cukurungan :

    God never left Islam because this is the only way to reach His Heaven but actually Muslim or the islam followers who left the true Islam way because of our foolish. The life cycle during our prophet is actually clear example to become a good Muslim. There was clear example how Muslim should behave once they’re still weak, how Muslim to organize themselves to becomes strong entities, how we should negotiate and how we conduct the war ….but today Muslim because of our foolish , we do exactly opposite with those prophet example we were in hurry striking enemies while the peaceful solution are still open, we waged War while the islamic deeds still can be performed without disruption, we conducted in-discriminate killing while the outcome only damaging Islam image and so on. But for sure we don’t buy the western advertisements that we are the worst because “what we done” is only nothing compared with destruction, annihilitation and “penjarahan” have been done the western country towards other weak and backward nations.

  16. Janma says:

    oh well that’s alright then Cuk, at least someone is worse than you, so it’s ok?

  17. Daniel says:

    Alah saw also created humans? Why not we eat them, and be merry?

    That is why… I said, GOD GIVE US BRAIN, in addition to our five senses. So that human can weigh/ponder/analyze/study/learn/conclude from situations and everything around him in this vast and dynamic world.

    So use it! Do you think eating human flesh is acceptable by everyone in this world? What kind of argument is that?

    My point is, you shallow-minded-idiotic-moron, there’s no point of arguing about to eat pork or not to eat pork. If you do, keep it to yourself. If you don’t keep it to yourself. Just respect other culture and background. People are different, and Islam celebrate differences.

    So, if you feel strongly about following your faith and shy away from eating pork, good for you. Just don’t expect the rest of the world to follow you, let alone be a jerk preaching it and sounded like a bitter, small, angry, uneducated Muslim that only disgraces Islam in return.

    (Now we know why Islam is not moving forward…)

  18. Aluang Anak Bayang says:

    Re,

    (Now we know why Islam is not moving forward”¦)

    I disagree. The western world is tagging along Muslims’ achievements. Some school canteens in Australia are taking off bacon and ham off their menu. Some universities in the states, Europe and Australia are having separate baths and wash areas for us Muslims. Kit Kat chocolate are halal-certified in Australia. There are more to come. No other religions get this special priviledge because the bules know Islam will soon rule the world. If Allah Subhana Wata’ala willed, He would have eradicated all pagans religion altogether. But Allah is oft-merciful, all wise and most compassionate.

    Daniel, very soon the meat that you will be buying halal meat from your local supermarket.

    Salam.

  19. Sylvester says:

    I disagree. The western world is tagging along Muslims’ achievements. Some school canteens in Australia are taking off bacon and ham off their menu. Some universities in the states, Europe and Australia are having separate baths and wash areas for us Muslims. Kit Kat chocolate are halal-certified in Australia. There are more to come. No other religions get this special priviledge because the bules know Islam will soon rule the world. If Allah Subhana Wata’ala willed, He would have eradicated all pagans religion altogether. But Allah is oft-merciful, all wise and most compassionate.

    That’s because western society is more tolerant, respect others. It is the same for other religion as well. The standard way here is that before any official dinner, the commitee will ask about any specific dietary requirement to each person.

    Not like stupid evil radical moslem.

  20. Dragonwall says:

    Yeah eating pork will make you look more chinese???????????

    If some holy man says eating goat or beef or anything is haram then it will become haram?

    Gambling is also haram to Muslim. Putting money in the bank for interest is also haram. Prostitution is also haram.

    Take a look around Genting, US and Burswood. Try and see how many Muslims
    were at the casinos betting their life savings!
    How many Muslim had their savings in the bank that earns interest not forgetting speculating in currencies and, stocks and shares!

    Once they are not in Indonesia or a Muslim country everything just becomes halal. Even if they are in Indonesia they will do the same.

    Iranians, Iragis Arabians you name it they have them all to their name let alone their religion.

  21. dawud farquhar says:

    People should not confuse religion with culture… The consumption of pork is forbidden in various religions world-wide. For a while, we did not understand why the animals were considered “unclean”, but, now, modern science is showing us just how unclean the pigs truly are.

    The following lists show germs or parasites that are found in pork and some diseases caused by them. Many of these diseases are contagious while some are proven fatal.This proves that the more science advances the more Islam is shown correct as a religion of God.

    PARASITIC DISEASES include: TRICHINELLA SPIRATIS (Trichina worms); TAENIA SOLIUM (Pork tape worm); ROUND WORMS; HOOK WORMS; SCHITOSOMA JAPONICUM; PARAGOMINES WESTERMAINI; PACIOLEPSIS BUSKI; CLONORCHIS SINENSIS; METASTRONGYLUS APRI; GIGANTHORINCHUS GIGAS; BALATITIDIUM COLI.

    Other BACTERIAL and VIRAL DISEASES caused by the consumption of pork can be researched in any medical paper or established websites.

    Unlike other mammals, a pig does not sweat or perspire. Perspiration is a means by which toxins are removed from the body. Since a pig does not sweat, the toxins remain within its body and in the meat. Other pork facts can be found simply by reading medical journals or searching the net.

    Food and drink have direct effect on our health. That is why Islam has prescribed regulations about our food and drink. It lays great emphasis on our physical as well as moral health, because both of these are equally important for a healthy society. The abstention from eating pork is one of the steps taken by Islam to practise hygiene and to attain purity of soul.

  22. Dragonwall says:

    You do have an elaboration of that many disease and so on but does not touch up on others. Like bird flu. Mad cow.. etc. Every human, animal do have sickness and disease with regardless. But…

    It is not the disease or the animal concern or food. It is always in a certain topic of discussion that someone always tends to make reference to a particular race in reference to the food they eat making these people disgusting s**t.

  23. dawud farquhar says:

    dragonwall, you have a valid point… However, in proprtion to the diseases and sickness related to to eating the flesh of the swine, other edible meats of the animals pales in insignificance to the problems that are caused by eating pork. Mad cow (or BSE) and Bird Flu etc. are NOT naturally occuring diseases as they are a result of human interaction/intervention and are ‘bred’ into the dangerous viral strains that they can mutate to become.

    As pointed out previously, the swine is quite different to the cow or chickens etc. in it it’s biological makeup and the causes and affects of consuming it’s flesh. No one is condoning your practise or appetite for pork because you are responsible for your own actions, it is simply a matter of putting the facts in perspective without the emotions ruling over our intellect.

    Have a good day.

  24. Dragonwall says:

    No one is condoning your practise or appetite for pork because you are responsible for your own actions, it is simply a matter of putting the facts in perspective without the emotions ruling over our intellect.

    I would say

    No one is responsible for your own actions, it is simply a matter of not letting the emotions ruling over our intellect.

    To be concise

  25. Getitright says:

    ddmt says:

    “Yeah but those radical Muslims are the ones who are responsible for all the bombing in Jakarta, Bali, etc. You know there are Muslim victims as well on those bombings. So not all Muslims are good people. Don’t generalise people.

    I still believe it’s better to be a human without a religion rather than have to kill in the name of God. Human are an intelligent beings, human has brain to analize which one is wrong or not.”

    It’s simply sad to see that you fail to follow through with your own suggestions… Your telling someone to stop genralizing yet you are making a general biased statement yourself. Islam does not promote violence or neither does it ask the followers to kill in the name of GOD… people that choose do so and promte so, are retarded. They are using Islam as an excuse for their inhumane and illogical action. You should not be judging Islam based on the actions of a few induviduals out of milions of Muslims.

    The ever so controversial war on Iraq has not spurred any judgement or question about christianity, why should Islam be blamed for radical actions of those who sadly happen to be Muslim.

    dewaratugedeanom Says:

    “Islamic civilization should better wake up and use the wealth from their soil to develop their minds instead of nitpicking koranic verses, sticking their arses up in the air five times a day and stay dumb.

    Maybe a studi banding should be made on the eating of porc and development of human brain cells.”

    Before you call other people dumb, re-evaluate your own intelligence”¦ you can’t even get your spellings right”¦.:)

    And who made you the commander of telling muslims what to do?”¦ If we want to pray five time a day we will. In fact, the invention of Algebra, with its complex mathematical relatonship that enables us to slove many problems was by a Muslim scholar Muhammad bin MÅ«sā al-KhwārizmÄ«. Conforming to God’s order by praying and reading the Quran has not stopped his intelligence or accomplisments. Its all about time management, which clearly you are unaware of.

  26. M. Nur says:

    The PORK(SWINE, PIG) according to Quran is HALAL. The religious tradition who forbade this (haram) and I think islam clerics follow what had been said by Jewish clerics.

    The verse is miss translated THE MEAT KHINZIR from the correct translation THE FILTHY MEAT the word Khinzir not for a species but for describing the substances which look filty or unhealthy. So the name ‘pig’ is called by this background in arabic.

    One must remember other verse from Quran that said group of people become MONKEY and PIG. This only metaphor for Ugly dan Dirty.

    The word ‘khinzir ara’ in the arabic mean ‘look dirty (filthy, muddy, mucky)

    The other clue we can learn from surrounding of this verse are talking about the body part and condition of animals. If suddenly jump to the specific species then it is obvious that someone had make an innovation to that verse.

    Many other words had been miss translated by islamic clerics as also many happen in Taurat and Injil by their religious clerics.

    see http://www.kedamaian.org

  27. dewaratugedeanom says:

    Getitright said

    Before you call other people dumb, re-evaluate your own intelligence”¦ you can’t even get your spellings right”¦.:)

    In the same post Getitright said

    Your telling someone to stop genralizing yet you are making a general biased statement yourself. Islam does not promote violence or neither does it ask the followers to kill in the name of GOD”¦ people that choose do so and promte so, are retarded. They are using Islam as an excuse for their inhumane and illogical action. You should not be judging Islam based on the actions of a few induviduals out of milions of Muslims.

    Getitright still thinks he gotitright 😀

    Well, certainly not his spellings.

  28. Geordie says:

    Unlike other mammals, a pig does not sweat or perspire. Perspiration is a means by which toxins are removed from the body. Since a pig does not sweat, the toxins remain within its body and in the meat. Other pork facts can be found simply by reading medical journals or searching the net.

    Er, no, actually humans and pigs are rather unusual as mammals in that both DO actually have sweat glands. And whilst toxins are undoubtedly excreted in sweat, sweating’s primary function is temperature regulation not excretion.

  29. Rob says:

    Ahhhhh…the other white meat!

    New to this thread…but the original posting related to some bloke feeding someone pork when he new they were Muslim and not an argument about who has the best or worst eating habits and whose religion is better.

    The fella that fed the Muslim pork perhaps thought it was funny based on a really warped sense of humor. Let’s face it if Muslims do not wanna eat pork and for whatever reasons they have then so be it that is their choice based on their understandings of their religion.

    If you want to argue about the validity of religion then I am hoping that you have a little bit more substance than whether the religion permits the eating of pork. If that is all you have then perhaps the common ground between Jews and Muslims that will assist in resolving the perpetual cycle of violence racking the Middle East and Israel could be their common dislike of pork!

    Or perhaps with an ever-growing number of Muslims in the world and you were able to convince them that they really are allowed to eat pork and the prohibition was just a mistranslation or misinterpretation of the word, then you would have this huge new market for pork and pork products…think of the cash involved!

    There have gotta be better things to do and to debate than pork?

  30. Geordie says:

    There have gotta be better things to do and to debate than pork?

    Couldn’t agree more, and I don’t usually involve myself in these kinds of debates as I prefer to watch and learn. That said, when dawud farquhar said that pigs don’t sweat and therefore are unusual as mammals I felt unable to resist pointing out that this was indeed a mistake in fact.

    That said, if one relies on the internet as a singular source of information, then mistakes like this will occur. To paraphrase a well known saying: check twice, say once.

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