Praise be to Allaah.
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
The one who eats something takes on something of its characteristics in
his attitude and actions. Just as there is wisdom in what Allaah has created, there is
also wisdom in what He has prescribed and commanded (sharee’ah). He has forbidden His
slaves to eat unclean things because if they consume them, these things will become a part
of them and they will be what they eat. When a person eats, he resembles what he eats, and
what he eats becomes essentially a part of him. Hence man is more balanced in his attitude
and behaviour than other animals because he is more balanced in what he eats. Eating blood
and the flesh of carnivorous wild animals gives a person a wild, devilish character and
makes him aggressive towards other people, so sharee’ah wisely forbids eating such
foods except when there is an overwhelming reason to do so, such as absolute necessity.
Because the Christians eat pork, it gives them a kind of harshness and cruelty. The same
applies to those who eat the flesh of carnivores and dogs – they take on the
character of these animals. A devilish attitude is an essential attribute of fanged
carnivores, which is why they are forbidden as food by sharee’ah. Since camels may
display such a devilish attitude, Islam commands those who eat camel meat to counteract it
by doing wudoo’. Since a donkey-like attitude is an essential attribute of donkeys,
the Messenger of Allaah
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade us to eat
them. Since blood is the vehicle of the Shaytaan through which he travels, Allaah has
absolutely forbidden us to eat blood.
Whoever ponders the wisdom of Allaah in His creation and His
commandments, and pays attention to both, will have opened an important door to the
knowledge of Allaah and His Names and Attributes.