Food and Related Matters
(Q.28) If it
was known that cheeses imported from non-Muslim countries contain animal rennet
(calf or goat) or animal enzyme, is it permissible to consume?
is no harm in consuming the first two categories; and the third too, unless it
is known that it was taken from an unslaughtered animal. Allah is All Knowing.
(Q.29) Some imported soap contains lard. Eventually, only 5% [of the
lard] remains in it. Can the rule of Istihalah (transformation) be
applied here, so that it could be considered tahir (ceremonially clean),
or does it remain najis?
It remains najis. Allah is All
(Q.30) Is jelly, that is manufactured from cow bones not
slaughtered according to Islamic law, tahir for external use?
Yes, because bone is not amongst parts of the body that have life in
them. So, it is tahir even when it belongs to a dead carcass. Allah is
(Q.31) To fatten them up before sale, some chicken are
fed a mixture that contains 30% of pig bones. What is the ruling in this
respect? Is there any ishkal?
There is no objection to eating
such chicken meat. For it becomes tahir when it is slaughtered [according
to Islamic shari'a ]. It is preferable, though, to avoid the birds eating
such feed. Allah is All Knowing.
(Q.32) Muslims in Europe buy [and
wear] shoes, belts and other garments that are made of leather. It is possible
that the hide used in manufacturing such goods come from unslaughtered animals;
the other possibility is that it could have been imported from Islamic
countries, or it could belong to animals that were Islamically slaughtered here,
in Britain for example. Do we consider such leather products tahir on the
assumption that they could have been imported from Islamic countries or
slaughtered here by Muslims, though such possibility is somewhat remote?
If the possibility is so slim, constituting 2% for example, that
certainty is derived from the opposite, it must not be relied on. Otherwise,
there is no objection to assuming that it is tahir. Allah is All Knowing.
(Q.33) Is eating carp, prawns, and shell fish permissible?
No marine animal is halal, except fish that has scales, amongst which
are prawns. As for other animals, other than fish, like carp as well as other
kinds of fish that have no scales, it is not permissible to consume.
(Q.34) Importation of Beetle-Nuts (Sopari) is banned in Canada. If a
person brings in beetle-nut from another country and hides it from customs, is
it halal or haraam?
One thing is to be considered; it is that customs officials usually ask: Do you have anything to declare? However, if lying is involved, is it permissible to eat, knowing that they are illegal to bring into Canada?
It is not haraam to eat.
Does the sun, as a purifying agent, render tiles, marble and other similar
building material tahir?
Yes, provided adherence to conditions of
purifying [najis objects] is observed. Allah is All Knowing.
(Q.36) What is the ruling on the blood trapped under the nail, which
is difficult to remove. Is it najis or tahir? If it was
najis how should one go about it?
If it is not transformed,
it is najis and should be removed, provided this does not entail any
danger (haraj). If it remains, tayamum instead of wudhu and
ghusl must be applied. Allah is All Knowing.
(Q.37) A person
performed an obligatory ghusl. After a few hours, he noticed an object
that [apparently] constituted a barrier [to water reaching the area of the skin]
on his left finger or foot. Should such a person re-wash the entire left part of
the body? Or is it sufficient to wash that particular area only, with the
niyyah of ghusl?
Washing the affected area should do.
By way of ihtyat luzumi, however, you do wudhu, in case one breaks
one's wudhu during the intervening period.
(Q.38) Is it
permissible to backbite an opposing Muslim?
It is preferable not to