Do I Have to Investigate Objects That Have Been Glued with Gelatin-based Glue?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I recently discovered that glue could be made from animal derivatives (including pork gelatin etc.). Glue is found in many different things. Does this mean I have to investigate objects that use glue to understand whether it is impure (najis)?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Glue made from animal derivatives is permissible except for pork-derived. However, if one comes to know that a particular glue is made from it, then it will be impermissible to use. Glue is made from a wide range of raw materials, so one can assume it is from other than pork derived. One does not have to investigate a specific product if it is made from a pork derivative.

One can apply this principle, and also to many things in life.

“The normal basis for all things is that they are permissible until there is evidence of impermissibility.” [Ibn Nujaym, Al-Ashbah Wa al-Nadhair]

If the glue does not show impermissibility, you have no obligation to consider whether it has been derived from animal or non-animal-based gelatin.

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What is glue made of? (

I pray this helps with your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.