Sunday, April 10, 2005

A food chain is as poisonous as its most carnivorous link

I understood the case of the adulterer / murderer/ others deemed worthy of legislative death by the help of another issue I was thinking on: the food chain. I do not have the inclination to analyze the strength of this analogy, so let's move on.

Question: Why are certain kinds of food prohibited (non-kosher/ "haraam" in Islam) and the others allowed (kosher/ "halaal")? The law is, until something is specifically prohibited, or turns out uneatable/ unfit for human consumption through experiment (such as a rock, or fungus), it is halaal. Common sense would say that out of the great variety of eatable organic species, some are isolated for prohibition. Why?

I was reading [break. at this point I have wandered off to my old weblog in search of a reference. That was a much better diary!] ...


1 comment:

  1. Rocks and fungae have more tangible effects that make them inedible. But in my experience all substances or foods prohibited in Islam have issues too that we do not commonly know or do not know yet at all. For instance, I have found that Islam looks down upon eating scavengers like pigs and sharks. A pig is one of the few animals that will eat its own species, even its own offspring, its excrement, you name it. It is downright a filth recycling creature. Its meat is a carrycase for different kinds of harmful bacteria.

    Any prohibitions in Islam are always founded on some kind of logic even if we don't understand it. You'd have to research different foods and substances on a case-by-case basis to seek your answers.