Not often you get to start a blog post with those words hey?!? Really!
The World Health Organization (WHO) posted on its website on 6 June 2015:
“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.”
You can’t make those things up…even if I tried really hard!
To answer such questions I turned to the Internet and WikiIslam (didn’t know that existed either!) and found the answer…Apparently in the hadith literature there are references to drinking camel urine for health. It appears Muhammed believed camel urine had medicinal value and prescribed it to cure the men’s illness.
“Some people from the tribe of ‘Ukl came to the Prophet and embraced Islam. The climate of Medina did not suit them, so the Prophet ordered them to go to the (herd of milch) camels of charity and to drink, their milk and urine (as a medicine).” Sahih Bukhari 8:82:794
And with camels associated with the spread of MERS, this is clearly no longer a good idea.
Simple as that!