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Swine flu proves wisdom of Islamic teachings: Cleric

DOHA: A Muslim cleric delivering the Friday sermon in a suburban mosque here told the devout yesterday that now that it was known that pigs had been identified as the basic source of the swine flu virus, it should be appreciated that Islam had forbidden breeding of pigs and eating pork.

Worshippers listened with awe as the imam of the main mosque in Al Gharrafa reminded fellow Muslims why Allah had asked people not to breed pigs, eat pork or indulge in adultery and homosexuality, which were known to be the cause of another killer disease (a reference to AIDS).

The imam referred to a prominent Arabic TV channel which reported that a major Muslim country had farms breeding some 350,000 pigs and the government there was mulling culling these animals as a precautionary measure. Criticizing the channel, the cleric said it should have mentioned that Islam prohibits breeding this animal and eating its meat.

If only God had also also banned cows (Creutzfeldt–Jakob), sheep (anthrax), cats (toxoplasmosis), rabbits (tularemia), civets (SARS), rodents (bubonic plague), monkeys (dengue fever), apes (ebola), all other mammals (rabies, malaria), birds (Spanish flu, West Nile virus), reptiles (salmonella), mosquitos (yellow fever), deer ticks (Lyme disease) and plankton (cholera), think how healthy we could be!

Dear cleric: please look up zoonosis in the dictionary, thanks.

And Peninsula, why so vague? Would it kill you to tell us WHICH imam? Is it illegal to name the prominent Arabic TV channel? And don't we all already know it's Egypt that's culling its pigs? I am baffled by your desire to inform the public without ever using a proper noun.


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May. 2nd, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Points for "mulling culling," though.
May. 2nd, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
had the same thought :)
May. 2nd, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Would have been a triple word score if they could have worked "mullah mulling culling" into it though.
May. 2nd, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, add toxoplasmosis to sheep as well - anthrax and toxoplasmosis. Birds are also responsible for psittacosis, too. Then again I'm sure that wasn't meant to be a complete list of all zoonoses. :-)
May. 2nd, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
I was trying for the biggies. I got a list of them in a history class in college once, but I don't have that on hand. I'd swear we learned that leprosy came from water buffalo, but I couldn't find that online anywhere. There seems to be some sort of bizarre controversy about whether armadillos get leprosy, though.
May. 2nd, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
"Even a stopped clock is right twice per day."
May. 2nd, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
... and people
Don't forget people, who are the main culprits in passing diseases to you. God should really ban people.
May. 2nd, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
It was exactly for this reason, that [I heard] WHO was asking people to STOP calling it "swine flu" - to protect the pigs!

What the hell IS Egypt doing raising that many pigs? How much of a local market for it, would there even be?
May. 3rd, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
Egypt is 10% Christian -- the pigs are entirely for them. So this is a convenient time for the government to cut them off. :-)
May. 3rd, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
Is the Egyptian government still upset about all the Coptic defacing of monuments and smoke damage to ceilings? That was a VERY long time ago... :-)
May. 4th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
I had NO idea the Coptic minority was anywhere near that big!

Amazing that so many have survived so long, among the Egyptians, who very thoroughly prosecuted their Jewish minority over the centuries. Especially so, as the Coptic presence is a constant reminder that the Arab Egyptians are relatively recent invaders, who have nothing to do with the glory of ancient Egypt that much of Egypt makes a living from.
May. 5th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Do you have a preferred source on the number of Egyptian Christians? Some quick searches get different numbers, and I suspect they get manipulated for political purposes.
I've noticed that a LOT of Palestinians you meet abroad are Christian. I've also heard that's no longer true in Ramallah.
May. 6th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Good point. I just used the CIA World Factbook, rather naively, to point out there are a bunch of them.
May. 3rd, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
I read your article by chance . Actually, Islam has always wisdom, I am not here to advertise for Islam faith, you can look it up from trusted ( Muslim view ) resources .
About eating pork , there are many opinion for why God banned that meat , but one important thing , which stopped me is how dirty this animal. I was wondering why there are pig in Egypt , recently I read that the people who collect the trash use pigs to get rid of considerable part of it. there is a connection between what Islam Banned and what an animal eat,, one rule any animal eats meat is prohibited. so maybe the reason why pork prohibited is what it eats. compare animal that Muslim allowed to eat ( chicken , cow , sheep , camel .. ) and pigs.

May. 5th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
In Afghanistan I saw sheep used much the same way, and Islam permits eating sheep.
It may be that eating animals in general just isn't the greatest idea. Don't worry, we should have synthetic meat in a few years, and we'll be able to eat it raw.
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