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I saw in the internet that cows eat pork, so can we eat it?

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I saw in the internet that cows eat pork, so can we eat it?

 

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Cows eat pork swine jallalah

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Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 1.12

Jallalah refers to an animal that eats the waste or flesh of other animals. Ibn 'Abbas reported that the Messenger of Allah (saws) forbade even the drinking of such animals' milk. (Related by Bukhari and Muslim)

The Messenger of Allah (saws) also said: "It is also prohibited to ride upon a Jallalah. (Related by Abu Dawud.) 'Amr ibn Shu'aib related on the authority of his father, from his grandfather, that the Messenger of Allah (saws) prohibited the meat of domestic donkeys. As for the Jallalah, he (saws) prohibited riding or eating them." (Related by Ahmad, an-Nasa'i and Abu Dawud.)

If the Jallalah animal is kept away and quarantined from the other animals for some time and is given clean food to eat, then it becomes pure and is no longer called Jallalah. If this is the case, it becomes permissible to eat, as the reason for its prohibition was the change it underwent due to eating filth, a state which would no longer be present.

 

The term used in Islamic Jurisprudence or Fiqh for a normally lawful animal which eats or consumes the najis or impurities is Jallalah.and the Messenger of Allah (saws) forbade the believers to consume the flesh or milk of such an animal, or even to ride upon them.

 

Thus the cow which has been fed with swine flesh would be a Jallalah, and it would not be lawful for a believer to consume the flesh of the Jallalah animal; but if that Jallalah animal is quarantined and fed good food for a period of time necessary to cleanse its system of the filth it has consumed, the flesh of that animal would be lawful for the believers to consume.

 

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