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Pig photo permissible but unnecessary

31st Mar 2013

Regarding the two responses to my letter in respect of the photo of the dead pig, I didn’t state that the photo wasn’t permissible. I merely politely asked why it was necessary or appropriate for a Muslim newspaper with a majority Muslim readership, to publish it as it did not enhance the article.
The Muslim News is distributed through local mosques which we all regard as clean places of worship. We’re all aware the pig’s mentioned in the Qur’an, but so is Shaytaan and Firawn, in a negative sense.

The Qur’an tells us that the swine flesh is forbidden to consume (as does the Bible). This is because it is impure, unclean and therefore haram, as are its by-products. Would the majority of Muslims knowingly wear articles made from this animal? I suspect not.

The pig is regarded unclean and greedy not just by Muslims but by non-Muslims alike (Oxford English Dictionary). Why would you therefore want to look at a photo of something that was impure and unclean?

This domestic animal is unclean not just in its habitat but also in its consumption of faeces, rubbish, other dead pigs (it is cannibalistic) and even humans [Oregon farmer eaten by his pigs - BBC News October 2012]. The pig is therefore a carrier of very many diseases that pass directly to humans.

Of course all of Allah’s creations are a marvel and have a purpose. However, very few Muslims would describe the pig as a “marvellous” animal.

All of us have to be “real”, acknowledge and appreciate that in this day and age, public and private institutions are religiously and culturally sensitive and rightly so. Therefore one should not be accused of giving Muslims a “bad name” for standing up for religious and cultural values.
Shuja Qureshi
Via Email

Sir, This is in response mainly to Mrs Saieeda Sashe. Why is Mr Shuja Qureshi giving Muslims a bad name? Pig is a dirty unclean animal, what do you mean it’s a marvellous animal?

Do you have a few pet pigs in your garden then? To me it is offensive and they make me sick. There has been incidents of racists possibly EDL, BNP type of groups slapping bacon on weaker type looking Muslims in areas where there are few Muslims.

What about incidents where pig heads have been put on Masjid fences? Should we be disgusted by that or admire the so called marvellous creature. I, for one, would not like to see pictures of the foul beast especially in a Muslim paper or anywhere associated is Islam.

In answer to Mazaffar Ellahi, pig has to be mentioned in the Qur’an to let us know not to eat it or how else would we know?
N Mirza

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