Studying Alcohol in a Lab

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


Is it permissible to work in a laboratory studying various types of alcohol?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Yes. It is permissible to study various types of non-wine alcohol.

There is nothing in the Sacred law that would prohibit such studies, especially since the relied-upon position in the Hanafi school is that non-wine alcohol is generally pure. [Tahtawi/Shurunbulali, Hashiyat Maraqi al-Falah]

This is especially true if such study translates into knowledge that is beneficial to humanity.

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[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch teaches Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he completed four years at the Darul Uloom Seminary in New York, where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences.

He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he studied for three years in Dar al-Mustafa under some of the most outstanding scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib.

In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Quran and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Quranic exegesis, Islamic history, and several texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.