Category Archives: Halaal

Halaal Bulletin: Update on Royal Castle

The Darul Uloom Halaal Committee has investigated the issue of contamination at the Halaal approved outlets of Royal Castle as reported in our previous bulletin.

After meeting with representatives of the company, we are satisfied that all items at the previously approved outlets are halaal except chicken nuggets.

There is no longer a contamination issue.

The halaal approved outlets are:

  • Ridgewood Plaza, Arima
  • Dial, Arima
  • Shoppes of Arima, Arima
  • Endeavour
  • Rio Claro
  • Cumoto
  • Piarco Airport, Piarco

Can Muslims work for banks or financial institutions?

Assalaamu Alaikum

Can Muslims work for banks or financial institutions? Would income earned from these sources considered to be haram?

Wa Alaikum Assalaam,

الجواب و بالله التوفيق

In general, transactions, borrowing and lending, financing etc. which are done at Banks and Financial Institutions are all directly and indirectly  connected to interest/usury (Riba) which is totally Haram (forbidden) in Islam. In fact, the major source of income for a bank/financial Institute is interest.

In this respect, the great scholar Mufti Khalid  Saifullah Rahmani has written, ‘Work and transactions in the bank are based upon Riba (interest), and interest based work and transactions are all Haraam. The Messenger of Allah has cursed one who takes interest; one who pays interest; one who writes a transaction of interest; the witnesses who witness such transactions and those through whom such transactions take place’ (Abu Dawood; Tirmidhi; Ibn Majah). The reason for such ‘curse’ is that all the above mentioned individuals are rendering assistance to interest based transactions. Those who work at the bank are involved in documentation and accounting, and in all other activities of  interest based transactions. Hence, they fall into the different categories of those who have been cursed in the hadith, and are direct helpers and supporters of this grave sin. It is therefore, not permissible to work at the bank.’ (Kitabul Fatawa Vol. 5 Pg. 392 Zam Zam Publishers Karachi 2008).

Many other great scholars and leading Muftis have also given the same Fatawa (verdict) regarding working in the bank. These are all documented in their respective books of Fatawas.

Therefore, when working for such Institutions are considered to be Haram, then the income earned from these sources will also be Haram.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.

28/06/16.

Quranic verses on vehicles.

Q. Is it permissible to have Quranic verses and phrases on one’s vehicle?

A. The Holy Quran contains the words of Allah and must be respected at all times. Placing these Quranic verses on vehicles is only a matter of fashion and style, and no sort of respect is given to these verses when they are placed in this manner. Instead, we see that a lot of dirtiness (which is on the vehicle) comes over these verses, no one pays attention to the sacredness of these verses, no one reflects on the message contained in these verses and in many cases, it is seen that music is played in many of these vehicles which contain these Quranic verses. It therefore shows that this act has become a ‘style’ and ‘fashion’ of the day, and Muslims must refrain from showing such disrespect to these Quranic verses.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Waseem Khan

Urgent Halaal Update

Urgent Update: Please be informed that Food for the Nation Restaurant also called Butchers Steakhouse located at Ramjohn Street, Monroe Road, Cunupia  is NOT certified by Darul Uloom Halaal Committee. The Food For the Nation Meats Section remains certified.

Fish Gelatin

Question: Fish gelatin.

السلام عليكم. لا أدري كيف يسمى هذا الشيئ في اللغة العربية و لكن أفهم معناها…و سؤالي: هل هذا الشيئ حلال؟؟ شكرا جزيلا

Assalaamu Alaikum.
I don’t know how to name this thing in Arabic, but i understand its meaning…..And my question is: Is this thing Halaal? Thank you very much.


Answer: Wa Alaikum As Salaam,

نعم، هذا حلال
Yes, this is permissible.

And Allah Knows Best.
Mufti Waseem Khan.
23/4/2014.

Rulings With Regards To Dogs

Question: asalaam alaikam respected mufti saheb

in Islam keeping a dog as a pet is haraam as we know it says in hadith one or two qiraat is deducted from the reward does this literally mean your good deeds get taken or the reward decreases does it mean all good deeds go away and the person on judgment day will not have hasanat?

Also what is the ruling as follows in this situation

1) a person lives in a area in England its a small town but not a city and there is some increase of crime not extremely dangerous but he thinks its best to keep a dog for protection or to keep watch as one cant be sure nowadays

2) in the area it is illegal to keep a dog outside on the front garden even in a doghouse it seen as intimidating to people so the person feels the dog can stay out the back garden this is more likely where a burglar can come in however this involves moving the dog from the back garden door to the front garden door to take it for a walk in other words the dog has to pass through the house if he has to be taken for a walk

3) someone said you lose good deeds if you stroke a dog is this true? is it haraam to pet a dog like touch it

4) hanafi madhaab says dog saliva is najis but the dog itself isn’t what hadith do other madhaahib use to say dog is najis? and what is the madhaabs proof the dog isn’t najis

jazak allah khair


Answer:

Wa alaikum As Salaam,

It means that literally your good deeds get taken away and this occurs every day. In the narration of Abdullah Bin Umar (R.A), it states that the Prophet (s.a.w) said, ‘whoever keeps a dog except for watching over the livestock or hunting, then everyday two qiraat (of blessings) are decreased from his good deeds.’ (Bukhari, Muslim). Another tradition of Abu Hurairah (R.A) shows that keeping a watchdog over one’s farms is also allowed.

Answers to the other questions: –

1. It will be allowed to keep only a watchdog for the purpose of protecting the property. This should be the only reason for keeping a dog. It must not be a pet dog.

2. If your purpose is to keep a dog for protection and you have to keep it at the back garden, then do so. You should not take it inside the house or allow it to pass through the house. You can walk it around in the back garden. The saliva and the mouth are impure. Having it ‘passed’ through the house means that it can touch its impurity to the wall, carpet or any other area. Along with this, the Prophet (s.a.w) is reported to have said, ‘The angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or there are pictures. (Bukhari, Muslim).

3. I have not read anything to this effect; however, you should not be placing your hands on it except when there is a dire need to do so. Stroking the dog to pet it is not a valid or dire need and you should not do it. Remember that the allowance is only given to have a dog for security purposes and not as a pet dog. You can look after it without having the need to touch it with your hands. If there is a necessity to do so, then it should be limited only to that need.

4. The correct opinion of the Hanafi Madhab is that while the dog’s saliva is Najis (impure), the dog itself is not entirely najis (impure). This however, does not mean that the dog is clean/pure. It is still impure to a certain extent but not in its entirety. Unlike the swine which is Najis (impure in its entirety). It is for this reason, in the books of fiqh, the ruling of the swine is given as ‘Najis Al Ain’ (impure in its entirety) while the dog is not described with such a ruling (with the phrase ‘Najis Al Ain’). With respect to the dog, its mouth, saliva, mucus, the dribble from the mouth, urine, excrement are all impure.
According to Imaam Malik (A.R), the dog is pure. However, when it licks in water the utensil will be washed seven times as mentioned in the Ahadith.
Imam Shafi and Ahmad Bin Hambal state that the dog is impure. They state that since it is evident from the hadith that the mouth of the dog is impure, this means that the remaining of the dog will be impure also.
The Hanafi Madhab states that the dog is not ‘Najis Al Ain’ (impure in its entirety) because it is an animal from which benefits can be sought, as in the case of protecting livestock farms and also being used to hunt. The Shariah clearly shows that when the trained dog catches an animal of hunt and kills it, then the animal becomes halaal for consumption. (This occurs when the Tasmiya has been said while sending the dog and it is a trained dog). It therefore means that benefits are gained from the dog. With respect to the Ahadeeth, it is established that the mouth of the dog, its saliva, excrement etc. are impure. However, analogy cannot be made on this to determine the ruling on the remaining parts of the dog.
It is to be noted that the Ahadeeth that mention about the dog and the ruling of washing the utensil when it licks into it, have been accepted and applied by all the Imaams of Fiqh in their respective Madhahib.
With respect to the dog itself, whether it is impure in its entirety or not, the Imaams have applied their reasoning and understanding and have thus given their judgment based on the fact that the Prophet (s.a.w) have allowed using the dog for different reasons, and has also given rulings regarding the impurity of its mouth and saliva. (Al Fiqh Al Islami Wa Adilatihi vol.1 pg. 305;Al Bahr Ar Ra’iq vol. 1 pg. 129; Qamoos Al Fiqh vol. 4 pg. 567)

And Allah Knows best.
Mufti Waseem Khan.

3/1/2014.

Hyaluronic Injection

Question: Is it permissible to take an injection of hyaluronic acid, also called synvisc injection for severe arthritis pain in the knees. The hyaluronic acid comes from the Chicken Comb. Jaza -Kallah.


Answer:

Assalamu Alaikum,

Yes, it is permissible to use the Synvisc injection for arthritis.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.

4/1/2014

Meaning Behind Halaal Certification of Chicken

Question: Salam dear mufti,

I have a question. As you may know, chicken are injected with steroids so that they can grow faster to meet the mass demand of the public. I was wondering, once certified halal, does this mean that the chicken do not contain steroids? Does this mean that the meat is pure from any sorts of steroids or other harmful chemicals? Thank you so much for your time. May Allah grant you goodness in this life and the life hereafter. Ameen.


Answer:

Wa Alaikum As Salaam,

Once the chicken is certified Halaal, it means that it is lawful for consumption and does not contain any Haraam substance or matter in it. It is possible that the meat may contain steroids even after it is slaughtered. However, according to many food scientists, this is negligible and not harmful for human consumption. In this regard, studies conducted by Cornell University (Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research) reveal the following: ‘The amount of steroid hormone that is eaten through meat of a treated animal is negligible compared to what the human body produces each day.’ It writes further: ‘Studies done so far do not provide evidence to state that hormone residues in meat or dairy products cause any human health effects.’ (From the material prepared by Renu Gadhi, Ph.D BCERF Research Associate and Suzanne M. Suedeker Ph.D Research Project Leader, BCERF (Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors BCERF) – envirocancer.cornell.edu).

The above research shows that such meats are not harmful for human consumption. Also, there isn’t anything that will make such meats haram once the guidelines of Islamic slaughtering have been met.

And Allah Knows best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.

1/1/2014