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Arabeyes: Halal Pork?

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.

Halal Pork 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:

Strong oxymoron.

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.

متوفر في الاسواق
لحم خنزير حلال
مذبوح بالشريعة الاسلامية !!!
“Available in the markets. Halal pork and slaughtered according to Islamic Shariah (law),” said the announcement which tagged the picture above.

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:

يبين ان كلمة حلال موجودة على ملصق … يعني ممكن اذا عندي هالملصق ألصقه و اصور …
او انها مركبة بدليل أن كلمة حلال مغطية على الحجي المكتوب بالإنجليزي
في الحالتين اله ناشر الصورة فاضي
It is obvious that the word Halal is on a sticker. This means that someone may have had this sticker and stuck it on the product and took a picture or it could have been fabricated. This is obvious because the word Halal is covering what is written in English. Whatever the case, the person who published this picture has nothing better to do.

Araby agrees with Free Writer and adds:

أعتقد انه مُجرد ملصق تم وضعه على المُنتَج …
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 ..
I believe it is just a sticker which was stuck on the product and there is no reason to exaggerate the issue. It is fabricated as it is illogical for an Islamic council to sanction pork since its consumption falls among the bigger sins and isn't something acceptable.

In comparison, another reader laments:

يتم تصدير هذه اللحوم الى بعض دول الخليج
ومن ضمنها البحرين
لا رقابة ولاهم يحزنون
الخمور واللحوم المحرمة تباع علناً في البحرين
Such products are exported to some countries in the Arabian Gulf, including Bahrain. There is no monitoring. Alcohol and banned meats are also being sold openly in Bahrain.

21 comments

  • Aftab Mughal

    According to Holy Quran and Hadithes of Holy Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) this animal is haram full stop. Even Jewish people who follow thier scripture don’t eat this filthy animal. But I can agree with the comment from brother Hassan bin Maqbool that some young Muslims in UK do eat all sorts of haram foods i.e burgers, in different fast food chains. Somehow they need to be educated.

  • Shah

    Out of due respect, I am a Muslim too, but why do God created a pig if it is haram to consume.
    I understand abt animals that are half-dead, fell headlong, consume by other animals but WHY specifically a pig is haram.
    On top of that, the Muslims in Asia also believe that they cannot touch dog because it is “dirty” but in certain part of Arab, nomads and tribes still keep dog especially a particular breed I forgot the name.
    Jazakallah.

  • “Shah: On top of that, the Muslims in Asia also believe that they cannot touch dog because it is “dirty” but in certain part of Arab, nomads and tribes still keep dog especially a particular breed I forgot the name.”

    it is haram to eat any animal with canine teeth, and that includes dogs, cats and the like. If you read the Quraan and Hadith yu will find exactly what you can and can not eat and most importantly WHY.

    Salam Alaykum

  • I misread the post, please dump my previous comment.

    Pigs are haram due to the wisdom of Allah SWT. There is research that shows that due to the types of foods that pigs eat, they are prone to inject parasites that can be transferred in the meat when eaten by humans. Also, pig flesh is the nearest type of flesh to human, hence when you get a skin graft, you can still to this day use pig skin to graft with. Also, if you smell a rotten or burning pigs flesh it smells the same as human flesh.

    But Allah knows best.

  • Hassan

    >if you smell a rotten or burning pigs flesh it smells the >same as human flesh.

    I’d like to test that.

  • halal

    pork is NOT HALAL.
    How can we consume this meat when its crystal clear that this animal cannot be eaten by muslims. On the top of that its the ditiest animal on earth as it eats its own waste which is not good for health.

  • Gulshanin

    Halal Pork? This is the joke of the year. True or hoax,
    it doesn’t make any difference to true Muslims.
    Any true Muslim in his/her right mind wouldn’t even touch it even if it is truly stamped Halal.
    They don’t even eat from non-Muslim restaurants or
    businesses selling halal, as they use the same machines, utensils and recite the name of their gods
    whose picture is hanging in the Kitchen wall.
    And so that food becomes haraam automatically.
    Salaam.

    Salaam/peace.

  • Abuhameed

    Halal pork in France ? http://www.al-kanz.org/2009/09/14/mosquee-lyon-porc/

  • Pork itself is something which is not Halal in any form in Islam. so there can’t be anything like Halal Pork.

    This is definetly a prank or a mistake.

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