What does the Quran say about alcohol? – Drinking alcohol is considered haram, or forbidden, in Islam. As proof of the prohibition, Islamic scholars and Muslim religious authorities typically point to a verse in the Quran, the Muslim holy book, that calls intoxicants “the work of Satan” and tells believers to avoid them.
How many of alcohol is halal?
Question – I read in your fatwas something that seems to me to be contradictory when applied. In fatwa no.33763 you said: “We do not think that any alcoholic content in a thing makes it haram, rather if something contains a percentage of alcohol which will make a person intoxicated if he drinks it, then it is haram.
- But if the amount is miniscule and does not have any effect, then it is halal.” But in fatwa no.103881 you said, when discussing the use of alcohol: “This prohibition is general and applies to all manners of using alcohol, whether in food or in drink.
- It is not permissible to use it in food or drink in any way whatsoever.
The one who cooks meat with alcohol and consumes the juice is to be subjected to the hadd punishment, because the essence of the alcohol is still present.” However in the fatwa no.1814 you said: “It is not permissible to eat dishes cooked with alcohol, as ALL the alcohol is not evaporated with cooking or heat.” In the first fatwa, you focused on the possibility of intoxication as a definitive factor in the issue of prohibition, whereas in the other two fatwas you indicated that the mere presence of a percentage of alcohol, no matter what that percentage is, is sufficient cause for prohibition.
Is there halal beer?
Halal, Haram, and Hops: Is Non-Alcoholic Beer Actually Halal? When it comes to what’s permissible according to Islamic Law, Halal is the way to go. Food and drink that are halal have been prepared and cooked according to guidelines and don’t contain any prohibited ingredients. But when it comes to beverages, alcohol is a big no-no and any drink that contains it is considered haram.
- But don’t let that dampen your spirits, non-alcoholic beer is here to quench your thirst.
- Made with the same process as regular beer, but either with the alcohol removed through de-alcoholisation or through natural fermentation, non-alcoholic beer still has the same flavour, aroma, and character without the booze itself.Let’s read on to find out whether non-alcoholic beers are actually halal or not.
The answer is more complicated that you might think.
Is 40% alcohol halal?
Mufti Qavi Says Drink With Less Than 40% Alcohol Is Halal May 7, 2020 Mufti Abdul Qavi has said that any drink containing less than 40% alcohol was Halal in Islam. He said that it was permissible for all the Muslims can consume such drinks. The cleric during an interview said that if Tobacco was Halal for the clerics then all the drinks of today’s world are Halal too for ordinary Muslims.
- He said, “If any drink with even 100% alcohol is extracted from minerals, it is Halal in Islam.” Mufti Qavi was one of the suspects in the 2016 murder case of social media personality The cleric was arrested in 2017 after a court rejected an extension to his pre-arrest bail.
- The police declared Qavi as a suspect in the case at the request of Qandeel’s father.
However, he was granted bail later by a court in Multan. Qandeel’s selfies with Qavi months before her murder went viral on social media, causing a nationwide rage, after which the cleric’s membership of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and the National Ulema Mushaikh Council was suspended.
Why is alcohol not haram?
| why we should change the way we think of alcohol in the consumable products – THERE are literally thousands of chemical compounds with their own molecular structure and characteristics. The nomenclature for all those chemical groups depends mostly on the type of functional group attached to those molecular structures.
By definition, a functional group is a group of atoms responsible for the characteristic reactions of a particular chemical compound. Among those chemical compounds having their characteristics is alcohol, which carries its own functional group, – OH. THE (IN)FAMOUS SUBSTANCE Alcohol is categorised as an organic compound that contains a single or more functional group – OH.
It was founded by a Muslim scientist, JABIR IBN HAYYAN, who lived between 0712 – 0825 A.D. This was narrated in a book titled Ikhraj Ma Fi Al-Quwwa Ila Al-fi’l. The alcohol findings refer to research done on ethanol, which is one of the components of the alcohol group.
Essentially, this group of alcohol has their own ‘members’ and every single ‘member’ is named based on the number of carbon atoms in its molecules. Members in the alcohol group include methanol, ethanol, propanol, and others. As for the one found in the intoxicating alcoholic beverages (our main discussion for this interview), ethanol is the one contributing to that effect.
Q&A: How Much Alcohol is Permissible? | Dr. Shabir Ally
THE PERCENTAGE MATTERS The percentage of ethanol contained in an alcoholic beverage determines how quick and severe one would be intoxicated by it. That percentage is also used as a cutting point for the Ministry of Health to determine whether the beverage falls under the status of an alcoholic beverage or not.
- The cutting point is set at two per cent and above in general.
- The level of ethanol percentages that naturally occurs from fermentation is also used as a guideline by JAKIM (Malaysian Halal Authority) for the halal certification process for beverages.
- The ethanol percentage allowed is set below one per cent.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? This has created a misconception and confusion in using the term ‘alcohol content’ to prohibit alcoholic beverages for Muslims. If we study deeply into the hadith and verses from the holy Quran that broadly discusses the prohibition of alcoholic beverages, only two words are used to describe its prohibition. Those two words are ‘intoxicants’ and ‘intoxicates’, translated into English. In the hadith and verses from the Quran, intoxicants are mentioned as (khamru) while intoxicated or intoxicating is mentioned as (muskir).
- WIDE MISCONCEPTION However, the public has publicly and widely used the word ‘alcohol’ when speaking of alcoholic beverages.
- Seems fitting, given that the level of alcohol in those beverages is the reason why it is haram.
- However, using the term alcohol to describe its prohibited nature could carry a bigger effect elsewhere in certain ways.
You see, by using the word ‘alcohol’ as a term to describe the prohibition of alcoholic beverages, we generally will presume that alcohol itself is haram. This brings up a lot of confusion among consumers, especially for products that have alcohol content.
Among them are: 1. Alcohol-free fragrances There is a misconception saying that only alcohol-free fragrances are allowed to be used by Muslims because it is thought that alcohol itself is haram. Hence, ‘Alcohol-free’ labels were created to show that the product is now supposedly shariah compliant. And those who are not interested in going alcohol-free may be viewed as trying to avoid shariah guidelines in their business practices.
Referring back to the Quran and hadith, the only words used in relation to alcohol are intoxicants, intoxicated and intoxicating. Thus, it clearly refers to beverages that are intoxicating. Perfumes or deodorants are not intoxicants and do not cause intoxication, therefore do not fall into the same category as a haram alcoholic beverage.
The factor which makes it haram is when the level of alcohol is high enough to cause intoxication, not the alcohol itself. In fact, the reason for the usage of alcohol in fragrances is for dilution, as it increases the dispersion of the perfume molecules. In this case, a product is not haram and can be used by Muslims despite it containing alcohol because it is not for consumption.2.
A product’s ingredient containing the word alcohol There have been many cases where a certain product’s halal status is misinterpreted because of an ingredient in the packaging that contains the word alcohol. A prime example is lozenges. The main ingredient for many lozenge products is Dichlorobenzyl alcohol.
|In the case of dichlorobenzyl alcohol, the name is actually trivial and does not actually contain intoxicating substances. The specific name is 2,4- dicholorobenzyl methanol. The methanol, in this case, is just part of the whole molecular structure. Thus, this chemical compound or ingredient does not stand as one of the members of the alcohol group and does not carry any alcohol characteristics. The lozenges are a victim of misconception because of the name of their ingredient. It cannot be considered haram because dichlorobenzyl alcohol does not fulfil the ‘intoxicants, intoxicating and intoxicated’ described in the Quran and Hadiths.
3. Alcohol-free beverages made by alcoholic beverage manufacturers This is an issue Muslims worry about the most. It may as well be, as it promotes misinterpretation by the public who might not be in-depth in Islamic law well enough. This is because they think the reason for the prohibition of alcoholic beverages is because of the alcohol itself. Traditionally, the creation of these alcohol-free beers is done to promote a more responsible way to drink. Non-Muslims who want to drink beer still but don’t want to get drunk can choose to have alcohol-free beers. However, this creates significant confusion in Muslim-majority countries such as Malaysia.
It is our responsibility to understand why alcohol-free beers are still haram. Remember, we identify a prohibited beverage: Being categorised as an intoxicant, having an intoxicating effect, Therefore, if the product is promoted as ‘alcohol-free’ but still leaves drinkers intoxicated, then it is haram for Muslims.
Likewise, if a product is advertised as ‘alcohol-free’ but is manufactured by an alcoholic beverage manufacturer, it is haram for Muslims despite leaving no intoxicating effect. The harmonisation of the Muslim communities worldwide could be shaken if this mindset continues without any corrective effort.
- Based on the misinterpretation and misunderstanding leading to the opposite decisions, there is a need to change the usage of the word ‘alcohol’ as a definition for haram.
- The term ‘alcohol’ shouldn’t be the defining factor, and it should be replaced with intoxicants, intoxicating, and intoxicated.
- Here are some simple guidelines as to why alcohol shouldn’t define the halal or haram status of a product: i) Alcohol was never mentioned as haram in the Quran and hadiths.
The only words used to define alcoholic beverages are intoxicants and intoxicated. ii) Any product consumed by Muslims is considered haram whenever it fulfils the two factors mentioned in the Quran and hadith, which are intoxicants and intoxicated. iii) Alcoholic beverages are intoxicants and leave drinkers intoxicated, thus haram for Muslims regardless of how small or big the volume consumed or whether there is any alcohol left in the finished product.
- Iv) Wine vinegar, which is widely used in hotel kitchens, is considered intoxicant, even though it does not leave people intoxicated and there is little to no alcohol in them.
- Thus it is haram for Muslims.
- V) Fragrances and deodorants are not intoxicants, do not leave people intoxicated, and are for external use only.
Thus it is halal for Muslims to use as intended even though it contains alcohol. vi) Tuak water, a traditional drink in Malaysia (juice from fermented palm), Nira (juice extracted from coconut blossom, palm or sugar palm), or Tapai water (juice from fermented rice) are not intoxicants and do not leave people intoxicated.
Thus it is halal by law to consume. However, when said substances are taken too much, they cause intoxication. Therefore, it is considered haram when the level has reached intoxication. vii) Recreational drugs are not intoxicants but can cause intoxication. Thus it is still haram even though there is no alcohol content.
DEFINING FACTOR SHOULDN’T BE ALCOHOL
What drinks are halal in Islam?
Why should beverages be Halal certified? – Plenty of beverages are completely acceptable for Halal-minded consumers – fruit juice, sparkling water, coffee, tea, soymilk, almond milk, and milk from cows, goats, or camels, for example. So why the need for Halal certification ?
Can Muslims drink champagne?
The question of whether champagne is haram – or forbidden – in Islam is a complex one, as there are a number of different interpretations of Islamic law on the matter. In general, however, most Islamic scholars agree that champagne is permissible to consume, as long as it is not used in excess or for intoxication.
This is because the Quran specifically prohibits the consumption of alcohol, which is the main ingredient in champagne. While there are some Muslims who believe that any type of alcohol is strictly forbidden, others take a more nuanced view. They argue that since champagne is not specifically mentioned in the Quran as being forbidden, it is therefore permissible to consume.
This is a similar argument to that made for other types of alcohol, such as beer and wine. It is important to note, however, that even those Muslims who believe champagne is permissible to consume generally advise against drinking it to excess. This is because Islam prohibits intoxication, which can lead to harmful behaviors.
- Therefore, Muslims who do choose to drink champagne should do so in moderation.
- Alcohol is prohibited according to Islam.
- Those who are educated can circumvent this difficulty by drinking champagne, also known as ‘gazouz.’ Because there are 3% alcohol content in these beverages, the beverage cannot be consumed as an Islamic offering.
If the product is certified as being halal, it can be labeled as such. When you drink champagne, you are likely to be drunk because it contains alcohol. Non-alcoholic beverages, on the other hand, have no alcohol content. Alcohol with a content of more than 5% halal (lawful) is considered not halal.
Sparkling wine is not a product that must be consumed with alcohol. Alcohol is prohibited in Islam, according to the Quran. As a result, those who have been educated can forego this difficulty by drinking champagne, also known as ‘gazouz.’ The Champagne is certified by the Champagne Certification Commission and contains 25.4 Ounces of Champagne and 750 milliliters of Champagne.
The alcohol content of champagne typically ranges from 12% to 12%. In other sparkling wines like prosecco and vino, the alcohol content is roughly the same. Regis Reserve is a non-alcoholic brut with no alcohol. St. Regis produces excellent non-alcoholic brut as well as their signature Nosecco.
- This wine is made with dealcoholized chardonnay, which gives it a hint of apple, melon, and lemon notes and makes it ideal for sipping in cocktails like a Bellini or a Martini.
- Furthermore, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes are not permitted.
- The truth is that, as you might expect, all Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all champagne is sparkling wine.
As opposed to winemaking, we should consider Champagne in terms of its geographical location.