Please take 5 secs to enjoy the cuteness:
Pigs are really remarkable animals. When I tried to picture a cow, a goat, a sheep, a chicken, a turkey trying to cuddle up to this dog, it just didn’t feel the same. Perhaps it is because of the emotional connection to the other dog and human, or maybe it is the ability to LOOK happy and content being with another creature in a home.
Whatever it is, I can see clearly why pigs should never be eaten and are forbidden by God for Christians, Muslims, Jews, and other faiths too. Pigs are definitely dirty and there are some horrible stories of larger ones even eating the farmers that fall into a pig pen. But there must be something else there in the pig that makes it a different animal than other farm animals.
I decided to do investigation and discovered that pigs are very close to humans genetically and we share many similar gene traits as it states in this article:
Pigs are even so close to us that they can be used as organ or tissue donors today and have been successfully.
So unlike what bacon lovers may say, God doesn’t just not want you to eat bacon because He is being a tyrant. God doesn’t want us to eat bacon because maybe it brings on the taste for human meat as well…as awful as that sounds cannibalism has happened on earth and in some parts of the world it still does. In many parts of pagan worship, it was often tradition to eat the flesh of humans. This was forbidden because God wanted LIFE of mankind to exist and not die out unrighteously devouring one another.
He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah . But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], there is no sin upon him. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
Here it even goes into the “haram” or sinful way of killing and so “halal” killing became a custom in muslims to follow the advice from God to cause the least amount of pain and disrespect to animals:
Prohibited to you are dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah , and [those animals] killed by strangling or by a violent blow or by a head-long fall or by the goring of horns, and those from which a wild animal has eaten, except what you [are able to] slaughter [before its death], and those which are sacrificed on stone altars, and [prohibited is] that you seek decision through divining arrows. That is grave disobedience. This day those who disbelieve have despaired of [defeating] your religion; so fear them not, but fear Me. This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. But whoever is forced by severe hunger with no inclination to sin – then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
Say, “I do not find within that which was revealed to me [anything] forbidden to one who would eat it unless it be a dead animal or blood spilled out or the flesh of swine – for indeed, it is impure – or it be [that slaughtered in] disobedience, dedicated to other than Allah . But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], then indeed, your Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.”
Let’s take the known Bible and Torah (Old Testament) now and compare:
11 And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, These are the living things that you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. 3 Whatever parts the hoof and is cloven-footed and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat. 4 Nevertheless, among those that chew the cud or part the hoof, you shall not eat these: The camel, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. 5 And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. 6 And the hare, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. 7 And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. 8 You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.
So as a Muslim, I can conclude that there is something dirty and impure about eating a pig that is not so when eating a cattle, deer, goat or sheep. As a scientist, I can see that our DNA is closer to pigs than monkeys as science has shown us in their studies. As an empath, I can see through these videos and experiences that pigs have a capacity for love and affection that possibly the other farm and cloven animals do not. It does mean that they are less important without emotions, it just means that God created different animals to hold different value and meaning to us. God is loving and never wants something to experience pain and suffering.
You can not pet a cow or chicken and watch it wiggle around with sheer delight at a human’s touch. I know, I have tried and though cows and chickens are beautiful animals as well..they are not close to pigs in terms of reaction and awareness in humans and possibly their own emotions, like a cat or dog.
“Almost certainly God is not in time. His life does not consist of moments one following another…Ten-thirty– and every other moment from the beginning of the world–is always Present for Him. If you like to put it this way, He has all eternity in which to listen to the split second of prayer put up by a pilot as his plane crashes in flames.” ~C.S. Lewis,
The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.~C. S. Lewis
Sitting here with a headache and fever, I decided to watch all the Narnia movies based on C. S Lewis’s book series. I love fantasy and escaping into beautiful worlds that can be felt, but not touched. As I woke up from my nap after these movies were done, I was prompted to write about the extraordinary parallel between time in the Quran and time in the Narnia books.
One of the greatest mysteries of the Quran is the idea of time being this flexible and moldable element as Gabriel explains things to Muhammad. We as muslims know by several of the verses that the End Days will be as almost life was only for a day or a night-like a dream. But it has been our whole life, and all of humanity’s time on earth reduced to mere minutes.
Time as we know scientifically doesn’t exist outside of our world in the ways humans can relate. We can say things such as “light years” and “bending time”, but we truly don’t know what that is because we never went through a wormhole or blasted into another dimension..at least nobody has come back to tell us of this experience if it has happened.
God is above time and space, and so are His Angels as described in the Quran verses.
But those who disbelieve will not cease to be in doubt of it until the Hour comes upon them unexpectedly or there comes to them the punishment of a barren Day.
Or [consider such an example] as the one who passed by a township which had fallen into ruin. He said, “How will God bring this to life after its death?” So God caused him to die for a hundred years; then He revived him. He said, “How long have you remained?” The man said, “I have remained a day or part of a day.” He said, “Rather, you have remained one hundred years. Look at your food and your drink; it has not changed with time. And look at your donkey; and We will make you a sign for the people. And look at the bones [of this donkey] – how We raise them and then We cover them with flesh.” And when it became clear to him, he said, “I know that God is over all things competent.”
Indeed, your Lord is God , who created the heavens and the earth in six days and then established Himself above the Throne, arranging the matter [of His creation]. There is no intercessor except after His permission. That is God , your Lord, so worship Him. Then will you not remember?
And similarly, We awakened them that they might question one another. Said a speaker from among them, “How long have you remained [here]?” They said, “We have remained a day or part of a day.” They said, “Your Lord is most knowing of how long you remained. So send one of you with this silver coin of yours to the city and let him look to which is the best of food and bring you provision from it and let him be cautious. And let no one be aware of you.
He arranges [each] matter from the heaven to the earth; then it will ascend to Him in a Day, the extent of which is a thousand years of those which you count.
The angels and the Spirit will ascend to Him during a Day the extent of which is fifty thousand years.
In Narnia, time did not feel any faster or slower than on Earth (for example, a year in either world took three hundred sixty-five days); however, the relative speed of Narnia time to Earth-time was inconsistent and erratic. When one was on Earth, there was no way to tell how quickly Narnia time was going. The first two adventures in Narnia (book #1, and book #2), one year passed for them on Earth while centuries passed by in Narnia. At another time, a week on earth passed in only ten minutes of Narnian time. Also, however much time an inhabitant of Earth spent in Narnia, no time passed in England.
In each end of the movies, and books all the children coming back to Earth realized that only seconds passed while feeling like many months and years have passed in Narnia.
I know C.S Lewis was a devote Christian, but I believe he tapped into a higher wisdom that was written about in the Quran proving it to be a true book that could be understood when imagination is open and faith is high. Time, is not as solid as we humans think and ultimately it is the WAY that the moments are spent that is more meaningful than how much time or little time we have on earth.