Using Utensils of Non Muslims

Q: I know its a general rule that Muslims do not eat from the pots of non-Muslims, but still use there plates, forks etc. Is this acceptable or is the use of any utensils of non-Muslims haraam/makrooh? A: The actual ruling is that all utensils AND cutlery used by non-Muslims must be washed at least […]

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Red Wine Vinegar

Q: Is red wine vinegar halal or haram? Some say it is and some not. Please clarify. A: Red wine vinegar is Halaal.  Vinegar has a tendency to exert is characteristics over wine when the latter is added to it. Red wine vinegar is made from red wine, but after its manufacture, the wine content […]

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Gelatine in Sweets

Q: We recently viewed a show on 3rd Degree where haraam meat was being sold as halaal. MJC was involved in giving halaal certification. They were not aware of the above occurrence. They then revoked the certification. Many of the sweets that contain gelatine are certified through MJC. are these sweets permissible to consume? A: […]

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Vanilla Essence

Q: Which vanilla essence should we use if Robertsons vanilla essence is haraam? A. Denatured alcohol does not contain intoxicating characteristics, so it’s Halaal. E122 is a synthetic dye and is also Halaal. Therefore, Moirs essence is Halaal for consumption. And Allah knows best. Mufti Siraj Desai

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Shell Fish

Q: Are shell fish such as clams, mussels, oysters, scollops, etc halal? A. A Hadeeth specifies two things that can be eaten without slaughtering. One of them is fish. This Hadeeth specifically mentions the word ‘As Samak’ which means fish. The Hanafi jurists, citing this Hadeeth, say that only that is Halaal for consumption from […]

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Hot Food

Q: I read in a book “Hot food is to be avoided. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, also disapproved of it.” I wanted to know does it mean hot as in when you touch it you feel it hot or the other hot as in spicy? A: The hadith you […]

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Status of Pork

Q: Can Muslims eat pig meat (pork)? A. The pig and all its parts and components are ‘Najisul Ayn’. Thus, no part of the pig may be consumed. Allah Ta’aala says in the Holy Qur’aan: “It (the pig) is filth” (Surah 6, verse 145). This verse proves that every part of the pig is filth […]

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Supplements with Gelatine

Q: I have been diagnosed by my doctor with having a very low testosterone level (hypogonadism). I receive monthly injections to elevate the levels but the doctor has also prescribed a supplement to keep the levels elevated in between injections. The concern is that the supplements come in the form of capsules that contain gelatin. […]

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Food in Makkah and Madinah

Q: Are all foods in Makkah and Madinah Halaal? If not then how should one differentiate between halaal and haraam? A: In view of the constant reports that filter through from people visiting Makka and Madina, as well as some of the reliable residents of these areas, some of the meat sold in supermarkets is […]

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