Carmine

I have a query regarding an ingredient called, Carmine/Red lake 4/E 120/Cl 75470 status, as to whether it is halaal or haraam.

This constituent is extracted from a dead insect, cochineal bug. It is present in many items containing red food coloring to makeup brands many which bear the label "no animal ingredients". I found out that even many strawberry flavored products like yoghurts contained it.
Kindly, Clear the status of this ingredient so that I and the Muslims know whether to avoid it or not.

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Food Prepared In The Name Of Other Than God

There are food items other than flesh of animals. Some people cook such food and give it away while they do not invoke Allah’s name on it but invoke some other entity like a Prophet or a saint. Can we eat such food? Or it is ḥarām for us to eat when offered by any?

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Different Questions About Shari’ah Compliant Slaughtering

My Questions:

If someone is doing Zabiha all day like a butcher - does he require to do tasmia by saying some words every time - if yes Why? Or having that concept in mind is enough every time he is doing that? After all that is his job especially when he is hired in a Halal meet section of a Canadian meet company.

What is wrong with saying Allah-akbar on an automated slaughter process where the chickens are slaughtered one by one tied upside down on a belt? No one is touching the animal or wrestling with them to slaughter them or using knife by hand.

What is wrong with shooting them and do the Tasmia before that and make sure tazkya is also done using modern techniques?

What is wrong with recorded Allah-akbar while doing zabiha - this is an arrangement made specifically for Muslims by Muslims establishing a concept of permission from Allah to slaughter the animal - why a live human voice is necessary for each and individual animal?

Moreover why not a Muslim can buy number of animals and before giving all of them to a slaughter machines do tasmya for all of them that all these animals are going to be slaughtered because Almighty has given me permission to do so, else I have no authority/right to take these lives.

Questions about ingredients of non-meet items such as bakery and cheese products:

How far should we go to investigate the ingredients and the source of that (in North America)?

We never do this in Pakistan, there are hundred and thousands of items that are imported in Pakistan including meet products and have the same ingredients and same sources. List of a common Haram Ingredients are as follows.

Please also have a discussion with specialized chemist / industrial chemists / applied chemists. Some have the opinion that when these ingredients are made for industrial purpose (large production) they are produced 1) artificially 2) using small quantity of animal product and then make large quantity from it chemically to use in industrial process 3) some products (such as Alcohol) lose the original properties and convert into something else after production is complete. However it is not easy for a non-technical person to know/understand theses chemical changes.

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Flesh Of Animals Slaughters After Stunning

My question is about the meat that is slaughterd and sold as ḥalāl meat here in Sweden. The animals have to be stunned with a boltgun that is put to the animals temple (the head) and then shot and may very well kill the animal becuse its a hard blow to the head before it is slaughterd. Now my question is even if it is sold as ḥalāl is it really ḥalāl. If not can I eat meat that isn’t ḥalāl because I don’t have a soice like chiken or lamb.

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Wearing Pig Skin Suede Shoes

I suffer from intense foot pain from birth that has a crippling effect when I walk a block or stand for 20 minutes or so. I came across these medically altered shoes that have provided some relief. I found out today that they are made of Pig skin suede. Is it permissible for me to keep wearing these shoes? Your help will be really appreciated. Thank you.

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Regarding Eatables

I appreciate your answers very much. Presently I have some practical questions and need their answers. We live in UK and here all the eatables contain some gelatine (wheat /pork/beef/meat) in them. Examples of such food include ice-cream, biscuits, medicine etc. My questions in this regard follow:


1) If we don’t know whether the ice-cream has gelatin or not what should we do? Sometimes the management also does not know about them.
2) My wife bought medicine for lactation for my two months old son. We came to know that the shell of cod liver oil tablets contains gelatin in the ingredient. What should we do now? Origin of Gelatin is not mentioned.
3) What about Mcdonald's fish Burger? Can we eat that or not?
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Cannibalism

I would be grateful if you could enlighten us on the subject of cannibalism and Islam.

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Permissibility Of Eating Chicken From Non-Halal Restaurants

I live in Pittsburgh, USA with my family. My question is regarding the permissibility of eating chicken from non-halal restaurants here. There is a severe shortfall of halal-restaurants here in Pittsburgh. Most of the Muslim community generally does not mind eating chicken from places like McDonalds which are not halal. The Imam at our local mosque claims that since chicken is not a haram item, you are allowed to eat it from all restaurants. The only alternative we have is having fish or vegetable everyday which is hard to do considering that the items available are very limited. I cannot even take food every day from home since my mother is not well enough to arrange packed meals for me every day. Please advise, is chicken permissible given the context of non-availability of halal food and limited availability of vegetables and fish items?

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Problems In Obtaining Halal Food

I live in Pittsburgh, USA with my family. My question is regarding the permissibility of eating chicken from non-halal restaurants here. There is a severe shortfall of halal-restaurants here in Pittsburgh. Most of the Muslim community generally does not mind eating chicken from places like McDonalds which are not halal. The Imam at our local mosque claims that since chicken is not a haram item, you are allowed to eat it from all restaurants. The only alternative we have is having fish or vegetable everyday which is hard to do considering that the items available are very limited. I cannot even take food everyday from home since my mother is not well enough to arrange packed meals for me everyday. Is chicken permissible in case of non-availability of halal food and limited availability of vegetables and fish items?

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Accountancy And Interest

I am a qualified accountant in London. Being an accountant some way or the other you have to do bookkeeping for interest accounts or other accounts which have an interest element in them. There is hardly any institution here which is 100% free from interest or interest related accounts even if they are trading in permissible commodities. There is interest involved in acquiring machinery, premises, cars, loans and others for a business in every organization. The financial system in almost all the countries seems to be somehow based on interest. I would like you to tell if my earnings as accountant are ḥalāl in this situation. I put my confusion below:

Is it ḥarām to calculate and record transactions which are fully or partially related to interest (I do not like it but I have to do this as an accountant) when I am not involved in transactions myself but my company. It does not represent the majority of my work. And is it ḥarām to check or audit such transactions? As an accountant in my situation which part of Hadīth (Sahih Muslim, No. 3881) applies to me, the one who witnesses or the one who records interest or both or none?

Jabir said that Allah's Messenger (sws) cursed the accepter of interest and its payer, and one who records it, and the two witnesses, and he said: They are all equal.

There are rare Islamic institutions. Even the people who build and run these institutions do not come from 100% Islamic institutions otherwise they will not have the practical exposure to manage such institutions. Secondly Islamic institutions are required to be linked with e.g. central banks which are not Islamic. Is it still ḥalāl to work there? Is it ḥalāl to teach accounting qualifications which are not 100% Islamic e.g. teaching about interest as a part of the course? If I have a ḥalāl business I will have to have my accounts and audit done to pay the tax. Would it be ḥalāl to go to such accountants then as I do not think there is any Islamic accounting or auditing firm in the world?

There is hardly any recognized and established Islamic accounting qualification. Islamic institutions to work in are very limited in number. Even to get a job there you need education and experience from institutions which will not be 100% Islamic. If it is still not ḥalāl to work as an accountant there then Muslim ummah will have to give up accounting knowledge to a large extent as there are not enough Islamic platforms available to get 100% Islamic either accounting knowledge and jobs. For instance if I have a child I will never want him to be an accountant because there is no certainty that he will be able to get 100% Islamic accounting qualification and then a 100% Islamic accounting job.

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Advising Parents

I have come to know that my parents are involved in harām earnings. I have tried to explain it to them but they didn’t accept my arguments. I am staying away from my parents for my studies. They send me money for my needs. This puts me into dilemma to recognize whether this money is harām or halāl. What they send might partially or fully contain this harām.

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Social Interaction With Non-Muslims

If a non-Muslim living in full by means of usury business invites me for food in his house, can I go and eat his food? If yes, then may I know the proofs that conclude such results?

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Is Alcohol Forbidden?

Is alcohol forbidden? Please elaborate.

There are doubts about the prohibition of alcohol.
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Regarding Marriage

A man asked a religious scholar on TV about marrying a woman with whom he already had a relationship. The scholar forbade the marriage. He considered the woman unworthy of the man as she was already involved with him. Islam, in my view, promotes virtue instead of condemning people?

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Non-Zabeeha Meat

I live in Memphis, USA. I wanted to ask Mr.Ghamdi about the issue of non-zabiha meat (meat that has not been slaughtered according to Islamic tradition). Is it permissible to eat non-zabiha meat? I ask this question in light of two verses of the Qur'an that in my limited knowledge point me in opposite directions. One talks about how the food of Ahl-e-Kitab has been permitted while the other talks about abstaining from food on which Allah's name has not been pronounced. Kindly advise me in this regard.

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Concerns About Food Offered By A Host

I follow the opinion that we can only eat the food if Allah's name has been invoked upon it (along with other necessary conditions), even if its sacrificed by Muslims, Christians or Jews. Is that correct? Considering the opinion I hold, my question is regarding eating food at some of our Muslim brothers' homes. We come across different situation in western countries that I am mentioning below.

1. We know about one of our Muslim brothers that he doesn't strictly care about the halal and haram food. If he invites us for a dinner, should we specifically ask him whether the food is halal or not, and refuse to eat if its not (this is what I think I should do). Or can we have a positive-thinking about our Muslim brother that he would have arranged halal food for us.

2. We know about one of our Muslim brothers that he considers the food of all the people of book as Halal (even without invoking Allah's name). What should be our approach in this situation. I have read that in case of difference of opinions in fiqh between Muslims, we should respect and follow the opinion of our Muslim brother who is hosting us. Does that apply in this situation too, such that we may respect and follow his opinion when we are at his home, and eat the food without hesitation (this is what I currently think I should do)?

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Use Of Alcohol

Alcohol can be used as medicine. In case of insomnia (lack of sleep), doctors prescribe tablets which cause sleep. My questions in this regard follow:

1) Can alcohol be used for this purpose, when the patient needs sleep, otherwise he/she could become sick because of lack of sleep? Already it has been used nowadays in many cough syrup and it has this additional effect of sleep also? Can we use those syrups for sleep?
2) So can we use beer, or wine a little to get sleep, if we are having a problem in sleep and it is confirmed diagnosed by doctors?
3) Or simply because of mental tension, we could not sleep but a little wine can make us sleep? Would it be allowable?
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Working In The Administration Of Bank

I have an option to work in the HR function of a commercial Bank. However, I feel one should avoid working for a bank as it deals in something which is haram i.e. interest My parents view is that interest was made haram because in those days individuals used to exploit the poor through this but now banks lend usually to people who use the money to make more money so there is no exploitation. Please shed light on this issue.

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Is Music Absolutely Forbidden

In response to my question regarding music, you mentioned that "....music in itself is not prohibited in the absolute sense. If it is, then the sources of Islam must mention it." According to the people who consider Hadith as an independent source of understanding religion, music has been absolutely prohibited and they will bring forth the Hadith which say that music is forbidden. How you will answer that?
Secondly, you wrote that "Prohibiting something because its use might lead to sin is always a prerogative of the state". I understand your point. But we have examples where God prohibited some thing for Sadd zari'a. Is not there any possibility that prophet (sws) prohibited music as a sadd zari'a?
My second question is regarding the expression Allah has used in Qur'an for offering prayers. The Books says: "akeemu sala. What does iqaamat means here? I have heard that some people have taken the word aqeemoo in a different way and them don't offer prayer. Kindly shed some light, by telling the views of such individuals and telling the meaning of the word "aqeemoo".

Thirdly, I commit a sin (I go near zina, although I do not actually do zina but I go near it). My problem is that I also offer prayers and also read Qur'an with understanding. Some times I think that if I can not leave the bad I should leave the prayers as well. Because I think that may be I am a hypocrite who is just trying to show off (although my intention is never to show off). What should I do with this thought of leaving good? I have tried but haven't been able to leave the sin; I feel I am in the middle of good and bad forces. Secondly, when some one is bad in one aspect of his life, can he advise well to others on any other aspect of life if not the one in which he is bad. People say that first one should apply well on himself then only he should advise others. Kindly put some light on this.

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Women Vocalists

My question to you is regarding women and music. I see Ghamdi Sahab has always been a supporter of music being permissible within the limits of Islam. My question to you is how can a woman pursue music as a career by remaining within the limits of Islam? It would be great if you can also define these limits if what I asked is permissible.

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