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There are many forms of tapeworm, three of which can readily infect the brain. From a public health perspective, there is one, in particular, to watch out for. “It is mainly the pork tapeworm that’s the main brain one,” says Helena Helmby from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The pork species, known as Taenia Solium, can infect humans in two forms. The first is eating undercooked pork from infected pigs, resulting in taeniasis — an adult worm in the intestine. In the larval form, the second is through contact with the feces of an infected pig or human, which can infect many tissues. If the larval worm enters the nervous system, including the brain, it can result in a condition known as neurocysticercosis. 

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Why Jews cannot eat pork

(By following the Tanakh)

“And the pig, because it has a cloven hoof that is completely split, but will not regurgitate its cud; it is unclean for you. You shall not eat of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.” (Tanakh, Leviticus 11:7-8)

“And the pig, because it has a split hoof, but does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. You shall neither eat of their flesh nor touch their carcass.“ (Tanakh, Deuteronomy 14:8)

Why Christians cannot eat pork

(By following the Old Testament)

If they follow the Old Testament (also known as the Torah, Hebrew Bible, or Jewish Bible), they must also follow the dietary laws.

According to the New Testament Matthew 5:17, Christians cannot abandon Old Testament and need to follow laws of Moses. As Jesus said there, ” Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose”.

(By following the New Testament)

“The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” (Bible, Act 10:15) *Please read from Act 10:9 to 10:16 for better understanding of the verse

“Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without raising any question about it on the grounds of conscience” (Bible, Corinthians 10:25) *Please read Corinthians 10:25 to 10:29 for a better understanding of the verse.

“1. Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.” (Bible, Romans 14:1-4)

“It is not what goes into the mouth that makes a person unclean. It is what comes out of the mouth that makes a person unclean.” (Bible, Matthew 15:11)

Why Muslims don’t eat pork

(By following the Quran)

“He has made unlawful for you that which dies of itself and blood and the flesh of swine and that on which the name of any other than Allah has been invoked. But he who is driven by necessity, being neither disobedient nor exceeding the limit, then surely, Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful.” (Quran, Al-Baqara 2:173)

“Forbidden to you are carrion, blood, and swine; what is slaughtered in the name of any other than Allah; what is killed by strangling, beating, a fall, or by being gored to death; what is partly eaten by a predator unless you slaughter it; and what is sacrificed on altars. You are also forbidden to draw lots for decisions.1 This is all evil. Today, the disbelievers have given up all hope of ˹undermining˺ your faith. So do not fear them; fear Me! Today, I have perfected your faith for you, completed My favor upon you, and chosen Islam as your way. But whoever is compelled by extreme hunger—not intending to sin—then surely Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Quran, Al-Maidah 5:3)

“Say, “I do not find within that which was revealed to me [anything] forbidden to one who would eat it unless it be a dead animal or blood spilled out or the flesh of swine – for indeed, it is impure – or it be [that slaughtered in] disobedience, dedicated to other than Allah. But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], then indeed, your Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Quran, Al-Anam 6:145)

“He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah. But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit] – then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Quran, An-Nahl 16:115)

Consumption of pork causes several diseases

The non-Muslims and atheists will agree if convinced by reason, logic and science. Eating pork can cause no less than seventy different types of diseases. A person can have various helminths like roundworms, pinworms, hookworms, etc. One of the most dangerous is Taenia Solium, which is called tapeworm in layman’s terminology. It harbors in the intestine and is very long. Its ova, i.e. eggs, enter the bloodstream and reach almost all the body organs. If it enters the brain, it can cause memory loss. If it enters the heart, it can cause a heart attack; if it enters the eye, it can cause blindness; if it enters the liver, it can cause liver damage. It can damage almost all the organs of the body.

Another dangerous helminth is Trichura Tichurasis. A common misconception about pork is that if it is cooked well, these ova die. A research project undertaken in America found that out of twenty-four people suffering from Trichura Tichurasis, twenty-two had cooked the pork very well. This indicates that the ova present in the pork does not die under average cooking temperature.

Pork has fat-building material

Pork has very little muscle-building material and contains an excess of fat. This fat gets deposited in the vessels and can cause hypertension and heart attack. It is not surprising that over 50% of Americans suffer from hypertension.

The pig is one of the filthiest animals on earth

It lives and thrives on muck, feces, and dirt. It is the best scavenger that I know that God has produced. The villages do not have modern toilets, and the villagers excrete in the open air. Very often, excreta is cleared by pigs.

Some may argue that pigs are bred in very clean and hygienic conditions in advanced countries like Australia. Even in these hygienic conditions, the pigs are kept together in sties. No matter how hard you try to keep them clean, they are filthy by nature. 

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  1. assalam.
    dulu jiran saya seorang bekas tentera (ramd). masa mudanya, beliau
    dihantar kedalam hutan untuk berlatih selama sebulan. beliau bersama pasukan hanya dibekalkan bekalan yang sangat minima.
    sebelum dihantar, ketua jurulatih memberi penerangan lengkap, termasuk larangan memakan babi. binatang lain tiada halangan kerana dalam keadaan darurat. alasan jurulatih, kalau makan babi, tentera akan jadi kejam terhadap musuh


    1. Waalaikumsalam. Babi boleh dimakan didalam keadaan darurat dimana tiada lagi makanan lain. Dan makan sekadar untuk bernyawa.


    2. Rohaizad Hassan 11 May 2019 at 4:53 PM

      Waalaikumsalam. Boleh ajukan soalan kepada Jakim


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