This answer was collected from Daruliftaazambia.com, which serves as a gateway to Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah – Lusaka, Zambia.

Are Vanilla Extract and Soy Sauce Halal?

Answered by Darulfiqh.com

Question: I would like to ask whether Vanilla Extract is halal because I read that the vanilla pods are soaked in alcohol. Also a lot of cakes and biscuits have Natural Vanilla flavour written on the packs these days. Would you say this vanilla flavour is halal or haram? One more question- what is the ruling… read more »

Are white wine vinegar and red wine vinegar halal?

Answered by Darulfiqh.com

Question: Are the following halal? White wine vinegar and red wine vinegar? Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh. Vinegar originates from wine. It goes through a chemical process whereby it transforms into vinegar.  As a result, all the elements which render alcohol Haram are removed.[1] Therefore,… read more »

What is the ruling of products containing alcohol?

Answered by Darulfiqh.com

Question: Many products state in the ingredients that they have alcohol in it.  Such as many lotions, mouthwash, aftershave sprays, perfumes, also mint antibacterial breath sprays. Is it permissible to use these products? Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh. Alcoholic products can be produced from the… read more »

Is it permissible to rent a property to one who sells cigarettes? Can I have shares in a cigarette manufacturing company? Can I sell cigarettes?

Answered by Darulfiqh.com

Question: Kindly clarify three things for me: 1)     I own a property that I am renting to a brother who has a shop.  He does sell cigarettes.  Is this permissible for me? 2)     Is it permissible to hold shares in BTI (British American Tobacco) who are one of the world’s largest cigarette manufacturers? 3)     Is… read more »

Contamination of alcohol at a canteen

Answered by TheMufti.com

Q. We have a canteen at our work place that sells fresh fruits as well as alcohol. Will it be okay for us as Muslims to purchase the fresh fruits from the canteen? A. If there is no contamination of the fruits and alcohol at the canteen, then it will be permissible to purchase the… read more »

Using Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizers and Disinfectants

Answered by TheMufti.com

Q. Is it permissible to use Alcohol based Hand Sanitizers and to disinfect the Masjid with Alcohol based Disinfectants? A. Generally, the Hand Sanitizers and Disinfectants available today in the market that are described as Alcohol-Based contain Ethanol/Ethyl Alcohol. Ethanol Alcohol is a synthetic/artificial based Alcohol. It is not alcohol that is prohibited in Shariah…. read more »