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They can’t have a BLT for lunch but consumption of human flesh is OK under the right circumstances.

Allah forbids they crack open a Bud but it’s perfectly fine to drink camel urine.

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Well it’s no longer recommended that Muslims drink camel urine, or even camel milk, in light of the recent MERS outbreak. The Saudi Health Ministry is concerned about the spread of MERS, which includes 6 new cases, and is now encouraging people to change their habits:

The World Health Organization says until more is understood about MERS-CoV, people with diabetes,renal failure, chronic lung disease, and immunocompromised persons are considered to be at high risk of severe disease from MERS‐CoV infection. Therefore, these people should avoid close contact with animals, particularly camels, when visiting farms, markets, or barn areas where the virus is known to be potentially circulating. General hygiene measures, such as regular hand washing before and after touching animals and avoiding contact with sick animals, should be adhered to.

Food hygiene practices should be observed. People should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating meat that has not been properly cooked.

***Emphasis added.

I know what you are thinking… This is D.C. Clothesline. This isn’t Fox News or CNN. Muslims don’t really drink camel urine.

Do your own research and you will find that it is not only practiced but encouraged by many. Here is a perfect example from a site called Islam Question and Answer:

Here’s the “question”…

I hope that you can provide me with a scientific answer – if such knowledge is available – about the saheeh hadeeth about drinking camel’s urine. May Allaah reward you.

And here is a rather lengthy answer that was given:

Praise be to Allaah.

The hadeeth referred to by the questioner is a saheeh hadeeth, in which it says that some people came to Madeenah and fell sick. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told them to drink the milk and urine of camels, and they recovered and grew fat. In the story it also says that they apostatized and killed the camel-herder, then the Muslims caught them and executed them. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (2855) and Muslim (1671).

With regard to the health benefits of drinking the milk and urine of camels, they are many, and they are well known to the earlier generations of medical science and they have been proven by modern scientific research.

Ibn al-Qayyim said:

The author of al-Qanoon (the Canon) – i.e. the doctor Ibn Seena (Avicenna) – said:

The most beneficial of urine is the urine of Bedouin camels which are called najeeb. End quote.

Zaad al-Ma’aad (4/47, 48).

In the Emirati newspaper al-Ittihaad (issue no. 11172, Sunday 6 Muharram 1427 AH/5 February 2006) it says:

One of the most important things for which camels are raised is their milk, which is efficacious in treating many illnesses, including hepatitis, and the digestive system in general, various types of cancer and other diseases.

Read the rest of the answer here…

For all of you who are now considering replacing your Green Tea with camel pee, please remember the Saudi Health warning. Normally this might be an option for you, but in light of the current MERS scare it might not be a wise choice.

Wikiislam has an entire page set up for further learning about Camel Urine and Islam. Here is just a “taste” of what you can find on that webpage:

It appears Muhammed believed camel urine had medicinal value and prescribed it to cure the men’s illness.

In an interview in the Saudi Gazette, Dr. Faten Abdel-Rahman Khorshid states Nano-particles in camel urine may help treat cancer.

Islam Q and A states that the benefits of camel urine have been well known to earlier generations of medical science and have been proven by modern scientific research.

Back to the MERS threat. recently reported:

Some people believe the MERS virus outbreak is being spread by Muslims drinking camel urine, or by using camel byproducts as part of foods, cosmetics, and other products commonly sold in the Middle East.

Now the drinking of camel urine is based upon a verse in the Hadith, one of the Muslim holy books that complement the Koran. The section reads in English:

“Some people of ‘Ukl or ‘Uraina tribe came to Medina and its climate did not suit them. So the Prophet ordered them to go to the herd of (Milch) camels and to drink their milk and urine (as a medicine). So they went as directed and after they became healthy…”

Often times there is a story within a story. The spread of MERS is a major story that will likely get lost in the shuffle. We already have Ebola, Enterovirus-68 and the upcoming flu season in America.

Not many people will find time to read about MERS in Saudi Arabia. That is not to downplay any significance. People are already overloaded with health information.

But I bet that most people didn’t know that Muslims drink camel urine.

It’s a cultural thing. I will keep my ham sandwich and you can eat human brains if you would like. Just stay away from my family.

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But for Allah’s sake quit drinking the camel pee. Your health depends on it.