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What Is the Dominant View on Shellac?

Answered by: Maulana Yūsuf Badāt

Question:

What is the dominant view on shellac?

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Answer:

To consume shellac is prohibited according to Islamic jurisprudence. Shellac is an insect-produced content (a resin secreted by the female lac bug on trees of India and Thailand). Insects and their by-products are forbidden according to all mainstream schools of jurisprudence. – (See: Al-Fatāwā Al-Hindiyyah, Vol 5, Page 289, Dār Al-Fikr1)

Only Allāh knows best

Written by Maulana Yūsuf Badāt

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

1 وَأَمَّا الَّذِي يَعِيشُ فِي الْبَرِّ فَأَنْوَاعٌ ثَلَاثَةٌ: مَا لَيْسَ لَهُ دَمٌ أَصْلًا وَمَا لَيْسَ لَهُ دَمٌ سَائِلٌ وَمَا لَهُ دَمٌ سَائِلٌ، فَمَا لَا دَمَ لَهُ مِثْلُ الْجَرَادِ وَالزُّنْبُورِ وَالذُّبَابِ وَالْعَنْكَبُوتِ وَالْخُنْفُسَاءِ وَالْعَقْرَبِ وَالْبَبْغَاءِ وَنَحْوِهَا لَا يَحِلُّ أَكْلُهُ إلَّا الْجَرَادُ خَاصَّةً، وَكَذَلِكَ مَا لَيْسَ لَهُ دَمٌ سَائِلٌ مِثْلُ الْحَيَّةِ وَالْوَزَغِ وَسَامٍّ أَبْرَصَ وَجَمِيعِ الْحَشَرَاتِ وَهُوَ أُمُّ الْأَرْضِ مِنْ الْفَأْرِ وَالْجَرَادِ وَالْقَنَافِذِ وَالضَّبِّ وَالْيَرْبُوعِ وَابْنِ عِرْسٍ وَنَحْوِهَا وَلَا خِلَافَ فِي حُرْمَةِ هَذِهِ الْأَشْيَاءَ إلَّا فِي الضَّبِّ فَإِنَّهُ حَلَالٌ عِنْدَ الشَّافِعِيِّ رَحِمَهُ اللَّهُ – كتاب الفتاوى الهندية ج٥/ ص٢٨٩ دار الفكر

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