CAIRO - A US company has produced pork-laced bullets to be used against Muslims, a concept criticized for being based on an inaccurate understanding of the Noble Qur'an.
"With Jihawg Ammo, you don't just kill an Islamist terrorist, you also send him to hell," the South Fork Industries said in a press release cited by The Washington Post."That should give would-be martyrs something to think about before they launch an attack.
"If it ever becomes necessary to defend yourself and those around you our ammo works on two levels."
The company, based in Dalton Gardens, Idaho, says its ammunition, called Jihawg Ammo, is a defensive deterrent to those who violently act in the name of Islam.
According to the company, the bullets are coated in pork-infused paint, which the company states makes the ammo haram, or unclean.
It argues that the bullets will keep a Muslim who is shot with one of the bullets from entering paradise.
The company says the bullets will make "Peace Through Pork" and a "peaceful and natural deterrent to radical Islam".
The company's website also carries a number of slogans deemed anti-Muslim.
It shows a related line of apparel that feature slogans like "Put Some Ham in MoHAMed and a target poster that says "Give Em a Spankin with some Bacon."
Nevertheless, the ammo has plenty of supporters, with more than 4,300 people liking it on Facebook.
One fan, Ted of California, said he planned to buy 500 rounds, while another, Jeffrey, said he hoped someone would smuggle the bullets into US military troops.
But the company's conception drew fire for having an inaccurate understanding of the Qur'anic teachings on pork.
"There is no penalty for coming into contact with pork given by the Qur'an," Shannon Dunn, assistant professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University, told The Washington Post.
Dunn said Qur'anic verses prohibit only the consumption of pork and carrion that are reminiscent of Jewish dietary laws outlined in Leviticus.
"To my knowledge, Muslims, especially unknowingly, would not be banned from heaven for eating or getting hit by pork," she said.
"There are some interpreters who suggest that Muslims should eat pork rather than starve, if faced with that alternative."
Muslims do not eat pork and consider pigs and their meat filthy and unhealthy to eat.
Muslims should only eat meat from livestock slaughtered by a sharp knife from their necks, and the name of Allah, the Arabic word for God, must be mentioned.
Since 9/11, US Muslims, estimated between six to eight million, have become sensitized to an erosion of their civil rights, with a prevailing belief that America was stigmatizing their faith.
A US survey has revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about Muslims and their faith.
Another survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in May 2013 found that American Muslims are the most moderate around the world.
It showed that US Muslims generally express strong commitment to their faith and tend not to see an inherent conflict between being devout and living in a modern society.An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net