Islam, like Judaism, bans its adherents from consuming pork. But what happens when rumours about ‘Halal’ or religiously sanctioned pork appear in the market? Here's what some bloggers and participants in an online forum from Bahrain have to say.
Photo from: SubZero Blue
Lebanese blogger Mark, who lives in Kuwait, comments on the product with a one-liner:
Yeah, I don’t think so.
The post has a good 20 comments on it and there are also more comments on an online forum which Mark operates here. One of the readers writes:
After hearing about the product via Mark's blog, Subzero Blue, from Tunisia, wonders what other food is labelled as Halal.
“Very interesting. Some Australians have managed to find a way to make pork halal for Muslims.
Really great job; given that pork is one of the ultimate non-halal items on earth.
Kind of makes you wonder how halal the other labeled stuff is…” he writes.
The issue was also brought up on Bahrain Online, an Arabic-language forum, from Bahrain.
لحم خنزير حلال
مذبوح بالشريعة الاسلامية !!!
Readers were torn between those who believed the product was really available in the local markets and those who quickly came up with a ‘logical’ explanation.
Free Writer falls in the latter group and writes:
او انها مركبة بدليل أن كلمة حلال مغطية على الحجي المكتوب بالإنجليزي
في الحالتين اله ناشر الصورة فاضي
Araby agrees with Free Writer and adds:
و لا داعي لتكبير المسألة …
العملية مفبركة … و لا تدخل العقل أنه مجلس “إسلامي” يقوم بذلك …
خصوصاً انه أكل لحم الخنزير من الكبائر و ليس بأمر عادي ..
In comparison, another reader laments:
ومن ضمنها البحرين
لا رقابة ولاهم يحزنون
الخمور واللحوم المحرمة تباع علناً في البحرين