GLOBAL LAUGHING STOCK – MALAY MUSLIM ‘HYPOCRISY’: WHEN BODY PARTS OF A NON-MUSLIM ‘HARAM’ FROM EATING ‘BABI’ & OTHER PIG PARTS CAN SUDDENLY BECOME ‘HALAL’
The beauty of Malaysia version of Islam is its perfect definition of “halal (permissible)” and “haram (forbidden)”. Unlike other Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, Malaysia is perhaps the only Muslim country on planet Earth which consistently conducts its own R&D (research and development) to enrich its encyclopaedia of halal and haram.
Last week, in what appeared to be another major technological breakthrough, Ministry of Domestic Trade Co-operatives and Consumerism have successfully seized at least 2,000 paint brushes suspected of containing pig bristles, which is haram or forbidden. The raid on shops throughout the country was conducted after some of the brushes were sent for testing at a laboratory.
While it was quite easy to test for haram substance on tools such as a paint brush, the task of detecting porky substance in food has been a challenge to the country. Last December, McDonald’s joins the “porkyphobia party” when the fast food chain slapped a notice to its customers – “Birthday Cakes Have To Be Halal”.
So far, JAKIM (Department of Islamic Development Malaysia) hasn’t invented any machine which could detect haram substance making up a birthday cake. Malaysian muftis could easily issue a fatwa (edict) banning all Muslims from consuming birthday cakes but that would mean denying all the Muslim children the joy of celebrating their birthday.
A country that wanted to be more Saudi than Saudi and more Islam than Islam, Malaysia had declared Jihad (holy war) on Cadbury over pork-laced chocolate, which turned out to be a false alarm. But not all porkyphobia in the country was related to food or tool such as the calling for supermarkets to provide separate halal and non-halal trolleys.
Sometimes, the R&D could solve a sophisticated problem with a simple solution. Malaysian scientists had a mind-boggling answer to a consistent problem haunting certain Malaysian Muslims. Auntie Anne’s “pretzel dog”, which was a famous food among the Muslims, had created confusion leading them into thinking they would be eating a dog, until a name change to “pretzel sausage”.
Still, the greatest challenge hasn’t been solved – until today. If Malaysian Muslims would not think twice about declaring Jihad (holy war) on tools such as paint brushes and supermarket trolleys and on food such as Cadbury chocolate and birthday cakes, what do the country’s muftis – Muslim experts – have to say about organ transplantation?
Apparently, there are no restrictions for organ donation and transplantation between a Muslim and a non-Muslim, according to Federal Territories mufti Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri. He explained the latest awesome scientific discovery – “When an organ of a non-Muslim is transplanted into the body of a Muslim, the organ will become a part of the Muslim person’s body.”
He said this was because human organs were not Islamic or non-Islamic in nature but tools to support human life. Essentially, that means haram non-Muslim organs would “automatically” become halal when they join the body of a Muslim. But why can’t a paint brush or a trolley automatically become halal when changes hands from a non-Muslim to a Muslim?
On blood donation from a non-Muslim who may have eaten non-halal food such as pork, Zulkifli said it was allowed in Islam because it was only the blood being transfused not the essence of the pork. It’s unknown what type of grass Mr. Zulkifli has been smoking but pork, like other high-protein food, contains various nutrients that would have absorbed into the blood.
Pork delivers calories, water, protein, amino acids and various fats including pig fat called lard. Pork is also a rich source of many different vitamins and minerals – thiamin, selenium, zinc, niacin, phosphorus, iron, creatine, taurine, glutathione, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. In a nutshell, all these goodies are extracted after a complex biological digestion system takes place.
So the bottom line is when comes to saving a Malaysian Muslim life, it doesn’t matter if a kafir non-Muslim has just eaten an entire pig, cat or rat as long as the blood and organs fit nicely? Shouldn’t they take only Muslim-converted body parts? At least, organs from a Muslim-converted body is partially halal, not entirely haram.
In the same breath, why should a non-Muslim be cursed and condemned for eating pork next to a Muslim when at the end of the day, the pork was essential to deliver all the rich vitamins and minerals for a healthy body, of which the organs could end up in the body of a Malaysian Muslim? Could they make up their mind if they really want pork-polluted organs?
If the saliva of a dog touches a Muslim or any part of a Muslim’s clothing, then it is required to wash the body part touched and the item of clothing touched by the dog’s mouth or snout. Imagine body organs and blood which were practically formed, grown and reproduced from eating “bak kut teh” or “sweet and sour sauce pork ribs” – every day – for years by a non-Muslim.
If human organs were merely tools not subjected to “halalness” and “haramness”, why whined, screamed and bitched about vaccines contaminated with pig DNA? If they couldn’t accept vaccines, a tool for body immunisation, that might or might not be tainted with forbidden DNA, what more with organs from a pork-eating non-Muslim, which is 100% tainted with pig DNA?
Scientifically speaking, if mufti Zulkifli can prove that the essence of pork (including its DNA) cannot be transferred through blood, surely he can easily prove that the same essence of pork can be transferred through paint brushes (*grin*), can he not? Perhaps the mufti should perform more R&D on such matter in order not to confuse certain easily-confused Malaysian Muslims.