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in response to reader comment: But, Iman Taj

Submitted by Taj (United States), May 8, 2008 at 20:04

(remember, it's imam - with an ""m" - although i really rather just be referred to as Taj...thanks)

There are a few points where your argument is mistaken...first it remains founded on a supposition that doesn't have a lot of actual evidence or are inaccurate...

soap did exist "in the past" and in arabia...soap use goes back as early as 2800 bc...Muslims themselves are the pioneers of the type/process of soap we generally use even today...in the time of Muhammad, vegetable and aromatic oils were used in making "soap"...

the meat of pigs is no more or less susceptable to bacterial contamination than any other meat in the absence of refridgeration...

also, note that the consideration for "purity" is not confined to whether meat spoils, since dogs weren't eaten, but are also "unclean"

biologically, dogs are cleaner than humans

cats are not different in physical cleanliness than dogs but are considered "clean"...

there is no historical evidence of diseases occuring in Arabia linked to pigs or dogs...thinking that Muhammad observed anything without any evidence in support makes such assumptions poor logical constructs...

you stated that it is a "contradiction" that rats are not considered "unclean"...actually they are...

the idea of purity is not one of equity/inequity in Islam...people can at times be unclean as well

nor does the disposition of "unclean" equate to a condemnation...I'm sure that if you asked pigs whether they mind being considered "unclean" and thus not butchered and consumed, you find that they probably wouldn't argue much...lol

Submitting....

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